University of Port Harcourt, UNIPORT, has launched a new policy. This new policy stands against sexual harassment where immoral hugging between lecturers and female students is seen as an offence with severe punishment for offenders.
The Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Ndowa E. S. Lale speaking at the launch of the policy ceremony, said the University decided to raise the bar on sexual harassment to ensure that the young men and women under the care of lecturers are protected, especially from antics of sexual predators who use their privileged positions to blackmail or railroad their unwilling students or subordinate staff into granting them sexual favours.
According to him, the University management defined the rules of engagement in terms of the acceptable engagement between lecturers, administrators and students, including visitors to the university. Prof Ndowa vowed that sanctions would be meted to erring members of staff but added that there was a system place to protect those who are innocently accused.
He warned that the same applied to students who go about harassing lecturers to give them undeserved grades, saying they should equally be ready to face the music if and when caught in the act of seducing lecturers.