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 university in October 2019.
The suspensions which are without pay take effect from January 1, 2020.
"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," a press statement signed and issued by the Director of Public Affairs of UG, Stella A Amoa on Monday [February 17, 2020] said.
"They will be required to receive a positive assessment after the training before resumption of their duties. They are also required to undergo annual assessment for a period of 5 years," the statement added.
It said a Fact-Finding Committee chaired by Justice Vida Akoto-Bamfo, a retired Supreme Court Judge, which investigated allegations of misconduct against Prof Gyampo and Dr Butakor found that they had contravened the Code of Conduct for Academic Senior Members.
The Committee that looked into the case according to the statement recommended that the case be referred to the Disciplinary Committee for Senior Members which proferred the sanctions against the pair.
"Management has accepted the recommendations of the Senior Members' Disciplinary Committee and has informed Prof. Gyampo and Dr Butakor accordingly", the release stressed.
The statement further assured stakeholders that any acts of misconduct, sexual harassment or any other form of harassment will not be tolerated among students and employees of the university.
Prof Gyampo and Dr Butakor were accused of soliciting sex in order to extend some advantages to female students in a documentary by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).
In the documentary produced by the BBC Africa Eye and published on Monday, October 7, 2019, the BBC reported that it has uncovered sexual harassment at the University of Lagos and the University of Ghana.
The BBC sent female undercover reporters to the campuses of the two universities where it reported that they were sexually harassed, propositioned and put under pressure by senior lecturers – all the while wearing secret cameras.
Following that, the two lecturers were interdicted by the university.
Below is a copy of the statement from the University of Ghana on the suspension;