Professor Florence Obi, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Calabar, has asked new students at the institution to report all cases of sexual harassment by faculty and staff to the university authority.
Obi made the call Friday in Calabar during an orientation program for newly admitted freshmen at the institution.
He said his administration has zero tolerance for gender-based violence and sexual harassment of female students.
He informed the students that his administration had to create the Gender Development Center and a counseling unit to handle these cases.
While encouraging female students to be bold enough to report such cases, she also warned them against indecent dress and disrespect towards the faculty and staff of the institution.
“My dear students, especially the women, I want to charge you to be bold enough to speak out against all forms of sexual harassment that may come from faculty and staff at this institution.
“Don’t let anyone bully you into sex for grades. We have established a strong mechanism to protect student performance; no teacher can fail a good student.
“For men, avoid the bad gangs that can lead you to the cult; focus on your studies at all times because this first semester is very short in view of the time lost in the strike.
“In order for you to be a full student of this institution, you must pay your fees and register your courses online. Do not pay your dues or other records to anyone, all payment must be made through the bank,” he said.
The VC also exhorted students to be safety-conscious at all times, urging them to avoid volatile areas, including the institution’s boardwalk at odd hours.
Earlier, Dean of Student Affairs Anthony Eyang, an associate professor, urged students to take their studies seriously, adding that their academic performance from the first year determines the grade they will graduate with.
He advised students to avoid most social activities that might distract them from their academic pursuits. Edited
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