The University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA) has directed that students who wear indecent dresses on campus must not be allowed to attend lectures.
The Vice-Chancellor of the university, Professor Abednego F. O. Amartey, who issued the directive, mentioned the dresses which would not be tolerated on campus to include short skirts, torn jeans and other such apparel that exposed vital parts of the body.
At the university’s 2021 matriculation in Accra last Friday, Prof. Amartey said the directive followed an observation that some of the students admitted in the 2020/2021 academic year wore “very inappropriate dresses” on campus, against the professional ethics of the university.
“I have noticed that some of you have started wearing short skirts all over the place. The UPSA is a professional institution and we dress very well. We have directed lecturers that if you dress in an inappropriate manner, they should remove you from the lecture halls.
“You are not allowed to dress the way we have seen you dress these days. We allowed it in the past week because we assumed you did not know. Now you know, so there should not be excuses,” he added.
The matriculation oath was administered to the 8,247 students who have been admitted to pursue professional, diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate courses.
They are made up of 70 professionals, 1,623 diploma, 5,671 undergraduate and 883 postgraduate students.
Prof. Amartey said the university received 13,148 applications, out of which 11,148 applicants were offered admission, the highest in the history of the university.
“Matriculating with our fresh students today are six international students from four West African countries — Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Côte d’Ivoire and Togo,” he added.
The UPSA Vice-Chancellor said the management of the university had adopted a blended teaching and learning approach (virtual and in-person) as part of measures to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 on campus.
He explained that for the first six weeks, there would be in-person or face-to-face teaching, with double contact hours per week, followed by another six weeks of online or virtual teaching.
“End-of-semester examinations will largely be held in-person, with examinations for a few courses taken online or as take-home assignments,” he added.
Prof. Amartey urged the students to take their studies seriously and also desist from inappropriate practices that could bring the name of the university into disrepute.
For his part, the Chairman of the Governing Council of the UPSA, Dr Kofi Ohene-Konadu, assured the students that the management would not relent in its efforts to ensure their safety and success throughout the duration of their respective programmes.