CONFIRMED: Wits professor found guilty of sexual harassment dismissed

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Wits professor found guilty of sexual harassment dismissed

Wits professor found guilty of sexual harassment dismissed. A professor at the University of Witwatersrand currently accused of sexually harassing colleagues at the institution has been found guilty and dismissed on Wednesday, Vice-Chancellor and Principal Adam Habib said.

Three women who were said to have laid complaints against the academic with the institution’s Gender Equity Office (GEO) last year, which subsequently investigated the case, he said.

“An independent investigation was undertaken and the staff member was found guilty of misconduct on the grounds of sexual harassment in respect of three complainants,” Habib said in a statement.

The professor reportedly committed the offences over a period of time.

He allegedly pressured the three women for sexual favours in exchange for his influence and seniority at the institution.

“The university does not tolerate any form of GBH and as a public institution we are determined to eliminate gender-based harm. Again, I would like to make it very clear that the university will not tolerate any form of sexual harassment. We have revised our policies, instituted several programmes and conscientised the university community to speak out and act against gender-based harm.”

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