Fourth Wits lec­turer ac­cused of ha­rass­ment re­signs

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A FOURTH lec­turer ac­cused of sex­ual ha­rass­ment at Wits Univer­sity has re­signed, bring­ing an end to the ha­rass­ment cases that were un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion, the univer­sity said.

“Three of the ac­cused were dis­missed by the univer­sity with im­me­di­ate ef­fect, fol­low­ing the out­comes of their re­spec­tive hear­ings,” Vice- Chan­cel­lor Pro­fes­sor Adam Habib said yes­ter­day.

Wits in­ves­ti­gated four academics ac­cused of sex­ual ha­rass­ment this year.

Two of the academics were fired in July, and the third in Septem­ber.

“The fourth lec­turer is no longer in the em­ploy of the univer­sity, and this brings to an end the in­di­vid­ual cases that were be­ing in­ves­ti­gated.”

In April, the univer­sity ap­pointed a law firm to probe sex­ual ha­rass­ment claims fol- low­ing an ar­ti­cle in the Sun­day Times which said a lec­turer in the drama depart­ment had ha­rassed a num­ber of his stu­dents. Habib said the univer­sity had a zero-tol­er­ance pol­icy on any form of sex­ual ha­rass­ment and would deal de­ci­sively with such mat­ters.

“Wits is ac­tively es­tab­lish­ing an ad­e­quate sex­ual ha­rass­ment struc­ture, and that will hence­forth deal with all mat­ters re­lated to sex­ual ha­rass­ment at the univer­sity.”

Habib apol­o­gised to those who had been af­fected by the ha­rass­ment. – Sapa

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