The University of Ghana has suspended Professor Ransford Gyampo and Dr Paul Butakor for six months and four months respectively after their involvement in the #SexForGrades documentary aired on BBC months ago. Both lecturers were accused of soliciting sex from female students in exchange for good grades. A press statement signed by the University’s Director of Public Affairs, Stella A. Amoa, said the suspension “takes effect from January 1, 2020”. Prof Gyampo and Dr. Butakor will also undergo appropriate training on the university’s Sexual Harassment and Misconduct policy as well as the Code of Conduct for its Academic Staff.
A Fact-Finding Committee chaired by Justice Vida Akoto-Bamfo, a retired Supreme Court Judge, had investigated allegations of misconduct against the two. According to the school, while “credible evidence of misconduct” has been found against the lecturers, there is no evidence of sexual misconduct under the school’s Code of Conduct of Senior Members, which states that the victim of the misconduct must be a member of the university. It also assured all students, faculty, staff, other stakeholders and the public of UoG’s commitment to rooting out any acts of misconduct, sexual harassment or any other form of harassment.