Refund Illegal Charges To Students, V-C Directs HoDs By Otikor Samuel

In his resolve to ensure strict compliance with the payment of only charges that are approved by Senate of the University, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Ndowa Lale, has directed an immediate end to the collection of unapproved charges from students by some Departments and Faculties. The Vice-Chancellor, accordingly, directed Departments and Faculties that had collected such unapproved payments to refund the affected students with immediate effect. He warned of unpleasant consequences in the event of failure by the affected Heads of Department and Deans of Faculty to fully comply with the directive

The Director of Quality Assurance and Quality Control Unit, Professor Ikechukwu Agbagwa, conveyed the Vice-Chancellor's position in a statement dated April 24, 2018 and made available to UniPort News. He reminded staff engaged in the collection of illegal levies that such an act constituted gross misconduct as contained in page 8, subsection 1(vi) of the Regulations Governing Staff Conditions of Service (2015).

“The attention of the Vice-Chancellor has been drawn to the rising spate of illegal charges levied on Undergraduate and Graduate Students of the University. Such levies come under different guises and sub-heads like Result Upload Fee, Departmental Clearance Fee, Course Registration Fee, etc., for Undergraduates, and Internal Defence Fee, Departmental Defence Fee, Faculty Defence, Transportation Fee, Accommodation and Entertainment Fee, etc., for Graduate Students. There are also several cases of unauthorised and compulsory sale of books through departmental back channels against the Senate directive on the issue,” the statement pointed out.

Professor Agbagwa stated that the Vice-Chancellor has vehemently condemned the practice, directing that all such illegal levies outside the statutorily approved payments in the ongoing 2017/2018 academic session should be immediately refunded to the affected students. The statement further directed that forthwith, no student should be subjected to payment of such unapproved charges.


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