Olusola Elijah

The University of Ibadan (UI) has on Wednesday released hotlines where its students can report cases of sexual harassments and sexual misconduct.

An ad-hoc committee panel was also set up to investigate such reports emanating from the institution.

The Vice Chancellor, Professor Abel Olayinka, made this announcement in a statement on Wednesday.

He reaffirmed that the institution has zero-tolerance for sexual harassments and misconducts.

Mr Olayinka lamented the report cases of sexual harassment in Nigerian universities.

He said “The recent expose of sexual misconduct in Nigerian universities is deeply disturbing and necessitates a reminder that the University of Ibadan maintains the tradition and standard of zero-tolerance for sexual harassment and misconducts as contained in our Staff and Student Information Handbooks, the recently revised Gender Policy and Sexual Harassment Policy, and other allied documents as earlier approved by both the Senate and Council.

“Consequently, in order to ensure that the University is proactive in preventing incidence of sexual misconducts and be assured that the University of Ibadan is a safe space for staff and students, members of the University community are hereby notified that an ad-hoc committee has just been inaugurated by the Vice-Chancellor to among others, investigate claims of sexual misconducts.

“To assist with their task, kindly communicate all relevant information on the subject matter to e-mail: uisexualmisconduct@gmail.com; and phone number 07025232090.

“Be aware that all claims will be processed through disciplinary organs of the University using our extant regulations and guidelines.

“Please, be assured that maximum sanctions will be imposed if the claims are substantiated and there will be no sacred cows, even while we ensure that there will be no witch-hunting.

“I trust I can always count on your usual understanding, support and goodwill. Thank you.”

This development comes days after a lecturer at the University of Lagos, Dr Boniface, was exposed in a 13-minute video soliciting sex from a BBC undercover, Kiki Mordi, posing as a 17-year old seeking admission into the university.