Management of the University of Ghana has suspended pending investigation two of its lecturers who were secretly filmed sexually harassing “students”.
Concise News had reported that Ransford Gyampo, a Professor of Political Science, and Dr. Paul Kwame Butakor, a lecturer at the College of Education, were seen soliciting sex from students in a 13-minute video documentary released by the BBC Africa Eye on Monday.
Both Professor Gyampo and Dr. Butakor denied any wrongdoing, vowing to sue the BBC over the sex-for-grades documentary.
The lecturers also said the documentary could not establish anything against them.
However, the University of Ghana said Gyampo and Butakor had been called to appear before a committee to give evidence.
Speaking after the broadcast of the film, the chairperson of the Anti-Sexual Harassment and Misconduct Committee at the University of Ghana, condemned the conduct of the Ghanaian lecturers seen in the footage.
“Unacceptable, inappropriate behaviour that is really an affront to their positions as lecturers at the University of Ghana,” Dr Margaret Amoakohene told the BBC’s Thomas Naadi in Accra.
She said the committee would make recommendations to the university authorities only after an investigation had concluded.
“What we are doing now is to open our doors to other victims to come and testify to us as to what their experiences have been, whether they are current students or past students,” she said. “We invite them to come and tell us.”
In a statement published on Tuesday, the University of Ghana said it had created “additional communication channels” for members of the university community to report harassment, including a dedicated email address: email@example.com.
The suspensions follow similar action against two lecturers in Nigeria, who were also filmed by the BBC.