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By Chester Makana | Jul 31, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

A SENIOR lecturer at the University of Venda allegedly demanded sex from students in exchange for higher marks.

A SENIOR lecturer at the University of Venda allegedly demanded sex from students in exchange for higher marks.

The lecturers also allegedly harassed junior colleagues by demanding same favours from them.

It is alleged that the Univen senior lecturer, whose name is known to Sowetan, allegedly failed some students because they refused to have sex with him.

The university has called ion an audit firm and handwriting expert to help with the investigations against the academic.

University spokesperson Takalani Dzaga said several students and junior lecturers wrote to management complaining about the behaviour of the lecturer.

The university confirmed yesterday that the lecturer was suspended because of the allegations.

"At this stage we can only say that there are allegations of misconduct levelled against a senior lecturer," said Dzaga.

He refused to give further details regarding the suspension, saying he was not allowed to disclose the nature of misconduct to third parties.

Sowetan was told that some of the female students who had refused the lecturer sexual favours had suffered academically.

The students' marks were changed to their disadvantage so they could not complete their courses.

The lecturer also allegedly harassed junior lecturers and other officials at the institution by demanding sex from them.

Dzaga confirmed that an audit firm had been roped in to conduct an investigation into the allegations.

A handwriting expert was also employed to investigate the marks-fixing scandal.

This has led to the lecturer's suspension following a recommendation that corrective action be taken against him.

Dzaga said the hearing would be conducted in camera: "Our disciplinary processes against the lecturer will be done in camera and the date for the hearing is yet to be decided."

He said the institution's policy guidelines clearly stipulated that sexual harassment amounted to misconduct.


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