A fact-finding committee set up to investigate two University of Ghana lecturers – Professor Ransford Gyampo and Dr Paul Butakor – following a BBC documentary titled ‘Sex for Grades’, has found them guilty of breaching the University’s Code of Conduct and Statutes, as amended, and has recommended that the matter be taken before the university’s Disciplinary Committee.
The fact-finding committee, chaired by Justice Vida Akoto-Bamfo, a retired Supreme Court Judge, noted in its report to the Vice-Chancellor that there is prima facie evidence of misconduct against Professor Gyampo and Dr Butakor contrary to Paragraph 6.4 of the Code of Conduct for Academic Staff of the University of Ghana, which stipulates that: "Academic Staff shall at all times comport themselves in ways that will enhance their image and that of the University.”
The Committee further found prima facie evidence of misconduct contrary to Statute 42(1)(e)(ii) of the University of Ghana Statutes, which states that: “...No member of the University shall engage in a course of vexatious conduct that is directed at one or more specific individuals, and that is known to be unwelcome…”
A statement signed by the Director of Public Affairs at the University of Ghana, Stella Amoa, said the Vice-Chancellor has accepted the Committee’s findings and forwarded the report to the Disciplinary Committee for senior members, the appropriate adjudicatory body, for immediate action.
The University of Ghana said it is committed to rooting out sexual harassment and misconduct and has reminded its students and employees of the provisions in its Anti-Sexual Harassment and Misconduct Policy as well as those contained in the Statutes of the University of Ghana.
The University said it will not shield any member of the community found to have contravened these provisions.
The two lecturers — Prof Ransford Gyampo and Dr Paul Kwame Butakor – were interdicted by the university after they were caught in a BBC exposé on alleged sexual misconduct at the University of Ghana and University of Lagos.
The two lecturers were captured allegedly making sexual advances at a female investigative journalist who posed as a student.
The lecturers have, however, denied the allegations leveled against them.
Stella A. Amoa
Director of Public Affairs
November 20, 2019