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OAU: Male lecturers and female students’ relationships must be consentual

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Abiodun Olanrewaju, Public Relations Officer (PRO) of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Osun State, has addressed the issue of romance in the classrooms between male instructors and female students.

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In a radio current affairs programme monitored by 50MINDS on Thursday, Olanrewaju disclosed that since 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 stated that the university did not frown at relationships between male lecturers and female students if it is consensual but would only react when it is forced on the female student.

Olanrewaju added that there were instances of male lecturers who ended up marrying and having as wives female students within the university system.

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Nonetheless, he explained that in a university set up, ‘il loco parentis’ exists, in which lecturers assume the role of parents to their students.

He also revealed that most of the girls within the university have elderly 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 university in a press statement had on Tuesday 7th September, 2021, announced the dismissal of Dr Adebayo Mosobolaje of the English Language Department, Faculty of Arts, who was found guilty of sexual demeanor against a female student.

The Governing Council of the institution decided to enforce their zero-tolerance policy against sexual harassment.

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