Lawyer for Prof. Ransford Gyampo and Dr. Paul Butakor has revealed the lecturers have asked the University of Ghana for a retrospective application of their suspensions.
Prof. Gyampo was handed six months while Dr. Butakor was given four months suspension without pay effective January 1, 2020 after UG completed investigations into allegations agaisnt the two in the BBC’s Sex for Grades documentary.
The lecturers say they would not contest the university’s decision.
The university a day after the BBC aired their documentary for investigations.
After an initial committee set up to investigate the lectures found them guilty of contravening “relevant provisions on misconduct in the University of Ghana Statutes and the Code of Conduct for Academic Senior Members,” the Disciplinary Committee of the University went ahead to hear the matter and recommended they be suspended.
But speaking on Friday, lawyer for the two said they want the suspension to take effect from the day of interdiction, October 8, 2019.
The University, Francis Xavier Sosu, told Joy FM’s Top Story on Friday, is yet to get back to him and his clients on their latest plea.
“We are looking forward to the university responding favourably to that,” he said.
Francis Xavier Sosu
UTAG describes decision as harsh
The UG chapter of the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) has meanwhile,
UTAG says it does not condone the acts alleged to have been committed by its members but the fact-finding committee constituted by the University to investigate the matter could not establish any case of sex for grades, making the subsequent suspension without pay harsh.
Reacting to this, Mr. Sosu says, he and his clients would have appreciated UTAG’s sentiments earlier since it could have affected the university’s decision.