Since the BBC released its table shaking investigative journalism called Sex For Grades, the University of Ghana, which is one of two universities documented in the report has been issuing missed statements.
It told the BBC earlier that it considered the allegations of misconduct levelled against Dr Butakor and Dr Gyampo to be extremely disturbing.
The university also said that it has a pro-active policy on sexual harassment and is committed to rooting out the problem.
However, early this morning – a day after Sex For Grades was released, the Chair of the university’s Sexual Harassment Committee said there is not enough evidence in the BBC video to back the sex for grades claims against two lecturers of the university.
According to Dr. Margaret Amoakohene, even though the university frowns on the conduct of the two lecturers captured in the investigative piece, the evidence does not point to the allegation.
However, moments ago, the university has released its most authoritative statement yet since the release of the report.
In a statement issued by the Public Affairs Directorate of the University of Ghana, the university disclosed that it has suspended Dr Ransford Gyampo and Dr Paul Butakor who were implicated in the video.
According to the statement, this is to allow for an internal investigation to commence.
What is more important from the statement is when the university said it would not protect anyone who is found guilty of sexual harassment.
“We would like to state emphatically that the University of Ghana does not and will not shield any employee or student found to have engaged in sexual harassment or misconduct. No member of the university is considered above the law,” the statement said.
This is very important because a lot of online commentaries have alleged that the Doctors implicated in the scandal are very influential and they would rely on their influence to escape any form of punishment.
See below for the university’s statement on the suspension of Dr Gyampo and Dr Butakor:
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