University teachers call on UWI to deal swiftly with sexual assault allegations

University teachers call on UWI to deal swiftly with sexual assault allegations

The administration at the University of the West Indies, St Augustine has been called upon to deal expeditiously with allegations of sexual assault made against a member of staff.

The request has been made by the president of the West Indies Group of University Teachers (WIGUT) Dr Indira Rampersad.

In a statement on Thursday, UWI said it noted with deep concern “serious allegations appearing on social media platforms against one of its teaching staff regarding sexual harassment, sexual assault, and inappropriate use of university premises. The campus administration wishes to assure the university community and our stakeholders that these allegations are being taken seriously and the matter is being appropriately addressed.”

Rampersad said “We understand the accused person is an instructor. WIGUT does not represent instructors, therefore he’s not a WIGUT member. Nonetheless, as the watchdog of the campus, a trade union, and the representative bargaining body of academic, senior administrative, and professional staff, WIGUT does not condone misfeasance from any member of the university community.

“Therefore, WIGUT hopes that the campus management would deal with these serious allegations and any other similar allegations expeditiously.”

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