Barely few months after the management of Delta State University (DELSU), Abraka, sanctioned over 150 students for examination misconduct, another 126 students were handed various sanctions ranging from rustication for two semesters to eight semesters, while some were expelled outright from the university
This information was contained in the summary of the final joint report of the two groups of Examination Malpractice Mobile Disciplinary Committee for first semester of Regular/Continuous Education programmes for 2014/2015 academic session from March 30 to April 30, 2015 which was made available in the university’s online bulletin of May, 2015.
According to the report, some of the students were expelled for impersonation and unlawfully leaving of examination halls with answer booklets, while a larger chunk of them were rusticated for cheating, aiding and abetting malpractice, taking extraneous materials into examination halls, forgery of receipts, fake identity cards and similar offences.
The report also revealed that some suspected defaulters were discharged and acquitted for lack of evidence, while few were warned after insufficient evidence was found against them.
The vice-chancellor of the university Professor Victor Peretomode, had in his address during the 9th convocation ceremony of the university earlier this month, noted that his administration frowned at all forms of academic dishonesty, adding that he would not hesitate to show the way out to anyone found wanting.
When contacted, DELSU Student Union president, Comrade Okeroghene Kelvin Sajini, confirmed the sanctions. He said, “I am presently not in town, but I have heard of the development. Some of the students have been calling me, but I asked them to wait until I come back.
“When I return from my journey, I will look at the constitution and see what I can do for them within my powers.”