Prof. Ndowa Dale, Vice Chancellor, University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT) said that the management of the university had been able to stamp out cultism from the institution through its new policies.
The VC, who spoke in Port Harcourt, during a briefing ahead of the university’s forthcoming 32nd convocation, said that with the new policy, cultism had no place in the institution anymore.
Dale recalled that in the past, students found to be members of cult groups were merely suspended for one semester but the punishment was now outright expulsion from the university.
He said a committee was created to put an end to the menace and the recommendations of the committee had made it impossible for any student to join any of the cult groups.
“At the time I came on board, the level of cultism and examination misconduct was high; I asked myself if students who should be the leaders of tomorrow should be involved in such vices. I remember then that the penalty for being a cultist or involvement in examination misconduct was suspension for one semester.
“Today, if it is established that you are a cult member, you are expelled from the university. Based on this, the issue of cultism and examination misconduct, are no longer common and students have advised themselves to be well-behaved,” the VC stated.
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