The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has made it known that its ethics committee in public universities across the country warns members of the union to always protect students rather than to molest them.
ASUU stated that where cases of sexual harassment were established against its members, the union would not protect such persons since it had repeatedly isssued warnings on the matter.
Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, National President of ASUU, disclosed this on Thursday in an interview with pressmen, saying that it was, however, necessary to give to lecturers and students fair hearing concerning allegations of sexual assault.
Two senior lecturers of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) have been suspended for sexually harassing British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) undercover reporters, who pretended to be in need of admission from the lecturers.
While reacting to the sad development, Prof. Oguyemi stated that where cases of sexual harassment are extablished againt members of ASUU, the union will not protect anyone, adding that the union’s ethics committee constantly warns members to protect students rather than molesting them.
“Accusations or allegations of sexual harassment are not new and we have taken steps to curb the incidence. Our union has an ethics committee.
“The ethics committee in every branch has for a long time been sensitising our colleagues and students. We accept that lecturers are parent substitute and owe the students a responsibility to protect them. We recognise that lecturers can harass the students rightly or wrongly,” ASUU President stated.