The University of Lagos (UNILAG) have announced that 125 students have been expelled and another 198 students rusticated for various offences, including examination malpractices during the last academic session.
The lists of the affected students was published on the university’s website on Sunday.
UNILAG Deputy Registrar (Information), Mr. Toyin Adebule, confirmed the expulsion and rustication to the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos on Sunday. Adebule said that the university “will soon publish and display the names and photographs of the students in the media.’’ He said that the action was in line with the university’s zero tolerance for malpractices and other vices on campus.
“Yes, we have published some names on our website and these students will be punished in various degrees, depending on the severity. Last session, a number of students were caught in various forms of malpractices during their examinations. Some were found cheating during the examination with “micro sheets” while others were hired as surrogates to sit for exams for others. Others were caught smoking weeds (marijuana) right in their halls of residence by their colleagues and were reported to the university authorities.
“For those who were caught impersonating others during the examination, they will face expulsion,’’ Adebule said while adding that those caught smoking or with micro sheets would face suspension ranging from two to four semesters.
“In other to get the desired effect of their various punishments, we are planning to publish all their names as well as display their photographs all over the campus in the next one week. We shall carry out this measure in all the departments and faculties in the institution.”
“This is to help the university ensure that the affected students will have nowhere to hibernate on campus. By doing this, the affected students would know that the university wants to ensure total compliance to the sanction and would not want to be seen anywhere around the campus,’’ he said.