UNICAL Retire 2 Lecturers, Including a Professor Over Plagiarism

… Passes Out 7,222 Graduands, Including 12 First Class Products

By Rotimi Olarenwaju, Calabar

The governing council of the University of Calabar (UNICAL) has recommended the immediate retirement of one professor and a senior lecturer, whose names were not disclosed at press time, over academic fraud.
This comes as the University set to pass out 7,222 graduands, including 12 first class products cutting across various degrees, in the 2014/2015 academic session, on Saturday, 12 March, 2016.
Vice Chancellor of the University (VC), Professor Zana Akpagu, stated this during the institution’s 29th pre-convocation press briefing, yesterday in Calabar.    
According to him, the affected lecturers, after facing the university’s disciplinary committee, were found culpable in the act of plagiarism.
While fielding questions from newsmen, Akpagu said “This administration that I am leading has zero tolerance for indiscipline on the part of lecturers, non-teaching staff and students.
“We do not condone any form of indiscipline; be it in the form of forgery, plagiarism, examination malpractice, stealing and other vices.
“Only this week, the disciplinary committee of our governing council concluded cases of even lecturers who were involved in plagiarism.
“We went through the whole gamut of processes, giving them fair hearing. At the end, two lecturers were found guilty of plagiarism, with different degrees.
“One of them is a professor and the other is a senior lecturer. Consequently, the governing council of the university has approved their retirement with immediate effect.    
The VC also said within the period under review, 20 students were suspended and others expelled for one academic offence or the other.
According to Akpagu, when compared to the past, the university’s ability to currently produce 12 first class graduands is an indication of the improvement in its curricular content.
“I want to put it on record that this year is quite remarkable for us. Last year, we had three first class awards, this year we are having 12 first class.
“I think this is a testimony of the fact that we have not only improved in our curricular content, but also in delivery”, he added.  

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