In a radio current Affairs Programme monitored on Thursday, the PRO of the Obafemi Awolowo University(OAU) Ile-Ife, Osun State, Mr Abiodun Olanrewaju has made it known to the public on the issue of the romantic relationship between male lecturers and female students of the university.
According to Olanrewaju, there was no universal law stopping a man from approaching a woman but when a woman refuses such advances, it should be taken for what it is; a refusal.
The OAU spokesperson said that ‘’the University did not frown at the relationship between male lecturers and female students if it is consensual, but would only react it is forced on the female student.’’
He added that instances abound where male lecturers ended up having wives and marrying female students within the university system.
Nonetheless, he said, that in a university setup, there is a ‘loco parentis’a situation where lecturers are expected to play the roles of parents to their students. Olanrewaju revealed that ‘’most of the girls within the university have already males that they are in a relationship with, adding that the university system has a duty to guide the students in morals and manners.
Recall that the OAU in a press release had on Tuesday 7th September 2021, announced the dismissal of Dr. Adebayo Mosobalajeof the Faculty of Arts, Department of English Language, having been found guilty of sexual demeanor against a female student.
The Governing Council of the institution took the decision to reinforce its zero-tolerance policy on sexual harassment or other social vices on campus.