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UNIPORT wants to Stop Sexual Harassment … So it Bans Hugging between Lecturers & Students

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The University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT) has caught up with the movement against sexual harassment in Nigerian universities, and while it’s good that they’re coming up with ways to put an end to it, their methods are quite, well, questionable.

According to PM News, the Vice Chancellor of the University, Ndowa E. S. Lale, announced a new policy which states that hugging between lecturers and female students have been banned, and erring parties will be “punished severely.”

Lale said the university is seeking to stop sexual harassment, to ensure that those the lecturers are presiding over, both students and junior staff members, are protected, especially from sexual predators who wish to victimise them.

Lale added that students who harass lecturers, promising them sexual favours in exchange for undeserved grades, will also be punished. He said that anyone accused under the new policy will be presumed guilty, and will be expected to prove themselves innocent under a fair hearing.

How banning hugs will stop lecturers from sexually harassing students exactly is difficult to see; lecturers don’t need to be friendly with you before they demand sexual favours in exchange for good grades. Still, it’s a good thing that UNIPORT have ending #SexForGrades in their sights.

3 Comments

  1. Asa

    November 4, 2019 at 11:25 am

    Let’s not jump on the bandwagon and ridicule this ban. Let’s try for a second to see things from their point of view. My people say na from clap dem dey enter dance. UNIPORT, I think, is trying to prevent clapping from happening long before dance is even in consideration. In any case, I am all for this ban, anything that may quell indecent relations should be attacked. If they feel hug is to be attacked, then hug should be attacked. Anyone who goes beyond hug to sex must then be sent packing since sex would be an extreme version of what they have sworn not to condone.

    This is what I think.

    • Kellaboola

      November 5, 2019 at 7:26 am

      Everything is wrong about this. Like the post said, lecturers dont have to be friendly with you to demand sexual favors. What bothers me most is the unbelievable policy that anybody accused will be presumed guilty until proven innocent! Thats just silly. Sexual harrassment can be almost eradicated by simply ensuring that the school laws on student result protection and lecture ethics work properly.

      We have had this sort of nonsense from the school before. Last year, they came up with a “directive” that no student should pay illegal fees. Interestingly, nobody was ever caught for collecting illegal fees, and no platform was made for students to report the matter. Students rejoiced for a few days until they realized it was just nonsense.

  2. by_stander

    November 6, 2019 at 3:14 pm

    All this tells me is how backwards my country is…which also makes me okay that atleast something is being done or atleast they are trying to do something.

    If our Universities can not resolve problems intelligently, i am sorry to say we can not expect much from our nation.

    And it also explains why uneducated morons feel they stand shoulder to shoulder with a university graduate or that education doesn’t count for anything…i mean if villagers can come-up with better solutions and proverbs, what are schools in this country really doing?

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