The new Vice-Chancellor of the University for Development Studies (UDS), Prof. Gabriel Ayu Teye, has cautioned students of the university against examination malpractices, saying perpetrators would be severely dealt with.
“There are consequences for any examination malpractices and you should avoid such acts. If any student is found culpable, the laws of the university would be ruthlessly applied,” he warned.
Prof. Teye gave the warning at the 23rd matriculation ceremony of the UDS at the Tamale campus on Saturday during which 4,806 fresh students were matriculated.
He also admonished the students to shun vices such as stealing and forgery as well as fighting on campus, since such acts were against the university’s regulations.
Instead of cheating, Prof. Teye urged the students to work hard to achieve academic excellence to justify the degrees that would be awarded to them on graduation.
“UDS degrees are awarded but not acquired, hence we would not hesitate to expel any student who fails to live up to the academic expectation of the university,” the Vice-Chancellor stated.
In addition, Prof. Teye warned the students to desist from engaging in occultism, stressing, “we totally reject and will not countenance the activity of occultism.”
He assured the fresh students of the necessary support to enable them to undertake their respective programmes successfully, and urged them to take advantage of the various opportunities offered by the university.
Prof. Teye hinted that the university was in the process of rolling a number of postgraduate courses towards helping to build the needed human resource base for national development.
“The UDS would continue to mount programmes that are relevant to Ghana’s development aspiration and useful to the enhancement of communities,” he stated.
From Yakubu Abdul-Majeed, Tamale.