Followed the recent British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) sex-for-grades investigation report on some African universities, University of Port Harcourt, UNIPORT, has launched its policy against sexual harassment where amorous hugging between lecturers and female students is now an offence with those found guilty punished severely.
UNIPORT is the first university in the country to unveil a policy document against sexual harassment on campus.
The minister of education, Mallam Adamu Adamu commended the act, according to him, the policy will go a long way in addressing the danger of sexual harassment in institutions of learning.
The Vice-Chancellor of UNIPORT, Prof. Ndowa Lale, while unveiling the policy document said the university frowned at sexual misconduct and was taking actionable steps to tackle the menace.
He said the document defined the rules of engagement between lecturers, administrators and students, including visitors to the university.
“The document unambiguously defines what constitutes sexual harassment and the sanctions to be taken against those who wittingly and unwittingly infringe on its provisions in the line of duty.
“Henceforth, lecturers and administrators who do not remember to sow zippers in front of their trousers should be ready to bear the consequences of their amorous liaison with female students.
“Also, students who harass lecturers to award them undeserved grades should equally be ready to face the music if and when they are caught in the act of self-advertisement to their lecturers.
“Similarly, any randy Juliet (female student) who blackmails vulnerable male students or colleagues, and any visitor who believes that UNIPORT is hunting ground for cheap sex would be prosecuted,” he warned.
Prof. Nwadiuto Akani of the Department of Paediatrics, UNIPORT, said that sexual misconduct started with a lecturer or student addressing themselves by names, such as, baby, honey and darling.
She said that gestures, such as hugging; blowing kissing sound, touching of the body and sending unsolicited messages, constituted sexual harassment.