UNILAG constitutes task force to stem sexual harassment

Professor Oluwatoyin Ogundipe

The University of Lagos (UNILAG) management has set up a task force to address issues of sexual harassment with a view to stemming it.

The university’s Principal Assistant Registrar for Communication, Taiwo Oloyede, disclosed that it was “in continuation of the institution’s unrelenting campaign against the menace of sexual harassment and other forms of inappropriate behaviours.”

The institution recently suspended two senior lecturers exposed in alleged sexual harassment in a BBC investigative documentary video.

The documentary also exposed some lecturers of the University of Ghana, Legon.

“The task force has the mandate to examine the extant University of Lagos policy on sexual harassment, receive complaints from faculties, departments and other units concerning matters that border on sexual harassment,” Mrs Oloyede said in a statement.

“It is to also receive oral and written testimonies from staff and students involved in cases of sexual harassment and recommend appropriate sanction for offenders.

“The task force, in addition to other functions, will put forward counselling and other therapies for mitigating the adverse effects of sexual harassment on victims and carry out other duties aimed at eradicating the ugly trend from the institution.”

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The task force is expected to send monthly reports of its activities to the Vice-Chancellor, Oluwatoyin Ogundipe.

Oloyede reiterated the institution’s commitment to stamping out the menace and related offences from its campuses.

She noted that the university “would spare no effort in ensuring that it remained a foremost citadel of learning and promoting excellence in character.’’

In a related development, EduCeleb.com earlier reported that the University of Ibadan has designated helplines for students to report sexual harassment. With that, students may contact the management via a provided email address or telephone number.

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