We have zero tolerance for sexual harassment – OAU VC

The Vice-Chancellor, Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Prof. Eyitope Ogunbodede, has said the institution has zero tolerance towards any form of sexual harassment and other social vices on campus.

Ogunbodede said this at the launching of the anti-sexual harassment policy of the institution on Wednesday in Ile-Ife.

He said that the university found the policy imperative in creating a safe learning environment for all, even as no community was devoid of deviants.

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Ogunbodede noted, however, that OAU would continue to strengthen its resolve against sex-related vices.

Also speaking, the wife of the Ekiti State Governor, Dr Bisi Fayemi, urged every tertiary institution across the country to emulate Obafemi Awolowo University by having a policy on sexual harassment and a zero-tolerance culture.

She noted that every tertiary institution leadership needed to demonstrate its unwillingness to condone a culture of abuse, silence and impunity.

“Where there are policies in place to prevent and deal with sexual harassment, they should be implemented to the fullest extent possible,” she said.

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Fayemi urged other tertiary institutions to adopt the policy and work towards establishing models of good practice.

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