The University of Ghana (UG) has suspended Professor Ransford Gyampo and Dr Paul Butakor for six months and four months respectively for their roles in a sexual harassment scandal which hit the school last October.
The suspensions which are without pay take effect from January 1, 2020.
A statement by the university’s management revealed that “In line with statute 46 (2) of the University of Ghana Statutes, as amended, and regulation 15.0 of the Code of Conduct for Academic Staff of the University of Ghana, the Disciplinary Committee recommended a six-month suspension without pay for Professor Gyampo and a four-month suspension without pay for Dr. Butakor. The suspensions take effect from January 1, 2020.”
The statement further noted that the two lectures will have to be trained on the University’s sexual misconduct policy after which they will resume their posts based on a “positive assessment”.
They will also be subjected to an annual assessment for a five year period.
“In addition, Prof. Gyampo and Dr. Butakor are required to undergo appropriate training on the University of Ghana’s Sexual Harassment and Misconduct Policy as well as the Code of Conduct for Academic Staff of the University of Ghana. They will be required to receive a positive assessment after the training before resumption of their duties. They are also required to undergo annual assessments for a period of five years.” the statement stated.
Management further assured all students, faculty, staff, other stakeholders and the public of its commitment to ending any form of harassment in the school.