Sexual Harassment: Law Students Make 3 Demands From UNICAL

Sexual Harassment: Law Students Make 3 Demands From UNICAL

  • The Nigerian law students under the umbrella of LAWSAN have demanded public condemnation of the alleged sexual harassment against Prof. Cyril Ndifon of the faculty of law at UNICAL
  • Speaking on behalf of the students, the national director of student rights, Richard Solomon, said the law students had forwarded a letter to the management demanding immediate action
  • According to Solomon, aside from public condemnation, the union also want the management to ensure that all those involved in the allegation are brought before the law

Calabar, Cross River - The Law Students Association of Nigeria (LAWSAN) has demanded more actions from the management of the University of Calabar (UNICAL) against the dean of the faculty of law of the institution, Prof. Cyril Ndifon, who was accused of sexual harassment.

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On Monday, August 14, some university students protested against the professor, making several allegations, including sexual harassment.

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The management of the UNICAL on Wednesday set up a committee to investigate the allegation, and on Thursday, Prof Ndifon was reportedly suspended by the management.

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But while speaking on behalf of the students with, the national director of student rights, Richard Solomon, disclosed that they had made their demands in a letter to the university vice-chancellor, Professor Florence Obi.

According to Solomon, their demands included public condemnation of the act from the management and that everyone involved should be brought before the law.

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Other demands of the law students were the protection of the faculty's sanctity and immediate response to their demands.

Speaking on the letter, Solomon:

"Expressing concern for the well-being of the victims, the letter implores the Vice Chancellor to launch a comprehensive and impartial investigation into the allegations. It urges that individuals responsible for such misconduct should face appropriate consequences by the law and the institution's policies.
"The letter goes on to state that failure to address these allegations promptly and transparently could result in further damage to the institution's integrity and standing. The Students’ Rights Directorate stresses the importance of upholding a safe and respectful academic environment where students can pursue their studies without fear of harassment or discrimination."

UNICAL probes sexual harassment allegation levelled against the lecturer earlier reported that the management of the University of Calabar has begun probing the sexual harassment allegation levelled against the dean of the Faculty of Law, Prof Cyril Ndifon.

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Professor Ndifon was accused of sexual harassment and assault by some students who staged protests against him on Monday.

But the professor denied the allegation, adding that the protesting students were being sponsored by individuals who have issues with him in the faculty.


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