Prof. Labode Poopola, the new Vice-Chancellor of University of Osun (UNIOSUN), says any lecturer or staff who infract the laws and values of the institution will be disciplined.
He gave the warning on the backdrop of the sacking of a lecturer of the university over alleged involvement in a sex video scandal.
The VC, who spoke with journalists in Osogbo,Osun state, expressed disappointment that a lecturer could engage in such immoral act.
He said: “We have to nip the scandal in the bud.
“Whatever has happened in UNIOSUN happens in any profession; just that it is worse if it happens here (UNIOSUN)”.
According to him, a lecturer is supposed to be a parent. It is worse, it is an immoral act and should be condemned.
“The university system has laid down rules of dealing with any one that engage in such.
“There are disciplinary measures, no lecturer will have infractions on our values and won’t be disciplined.
“If you followed the story, you will realise that this university is a product of law and non of its statues can be stampeded.
“When we find someone defaulting, the university takes all necessary steps.
“On this matter, the university took steps at all levels – departmental, faculty, senate.
“Whatever you might read lately is the decision of the council. I am not in a position to say what next will be done,” Popoola said.
When asked if the lecturer’s doctorate degree would be withdrawn, the VC said degrees were earned and worked for.
“UNIOSUN cannot dethrone him of his degree but wherever he got it from, degrees are issued on learning and character,” he said.
He, however, called on media practitioners and stakeholders in Osun State to support the vision of making the university “a 21st institution”.
He assured students and parents that crisis would no longer affect the operation and activities of the university.
“Teaching, learning and community service never stop at anytime despite the crisis.
“The crisis may have affected morale and confidence of some, but it has not stopped us from working.
“All the stakeholders have agreed to put the challenges behind us and move forward.
“We enjoin everyone, including the media, to join us,” Popoola said.
From Saheed Adeyemi, Osogbo