Sexual and romantic relationships between staff and students off limits at Wits

The University of Witwatersrand has prohibited sexual and romantic relationships between students and staff (undergraduate and Honours students).

The new policy was approved by the university's council on Friday following a 2013 inquiry into sexual harassment across all campuses.

The university is a space for education and research. It is not a space to exploit or to gain access to young women.

Prof Bonita Meyersfield

702's Azania Mosaka spoke to member of the advisory board of the gender equity office, Professor Bonita Meyersfield, about the need for such a policy in efforts to curtail abuse of power by lecturers.

She said that the university is aware that unequal power relations between students and staff could become harmful for students.

If there's a genuine relationship, then this is something that can be discussed at the gender equity office. It must be declared immediately.

Prof Bonita Meyersfield

Listen to the full interview below:


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
Standard Bank on how it has maintained 21-year partnership with Joy of Jazz

Standard Bank on how it has maintained 21-year partnership with Joy of Jazz

The milestone will be celebrated next weekend with young artists recognised over the years taking to the stage, together.

[LISTEN] Why you should always check the validity of your contracts

[LISTEN] Why you should always check the validity of your contracts

Consumer journalist Wendy Knowler details two complaints from Vodacom customers who were locked into the wrong contracts.

'The warmer it is, the more gender-based violence is likely to occur'

'The warmer it is, the more gender-based violence is likely to occur'

Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute Prof Matthew Chersich explains the relationship between heat and violence.

[LISTEN]  Car care in the rainy season

[LISTEN] Car care in the rainy season

If your car is exposed to rain water, what is the kind of damage you are likely to experience and how can you prevent it?

Tight budget compelled 8% fee increase  - Wits

Tight budget compelled 8% fee increase - Wits

Yesterday Wits announced fee increase, and starts in-sourcing workers from January which was one of the Fees Must Fall demands.

Why the 'Blesser craze' isn't so black and white

Why the 'Blesser craze' isn't so black and white

There's a lot more nuance involved in the pursuit of nice things, explains Wits lecturer Dr Danai Mupotsa and first-hand blessees.

Popular articles
Fraudsters are getting professional, scamming consumers with ingenious methods

Fraudsters are getting professional, scamming consumers with ingenious methods

“It makes all of us a target to fraudsters,” warns Manie van Schalkwyk of the South African Fraud Prevention Service.

'We have evidence that the EFF and Julius Malema took bribes for tenders'

'We have evidence that the EFF and Julius Malema took bribes for tenders'

Arabile Gumede interviews Stefaans Brummer, a journalist at the amaBhungane Centre for Investigative Journalism.

Mail & Guardian: Hawks investigating Floyd Shivambu's Range Rover Sport purchase

Mail & Guardian: Hawks investigating Floyd Shivambu's Range Rover Sport purchase

Investigative journalist Thanduxolo Jika gives details of the report he filed on the EFF leader and the connection to VBS.

[WATCH] 'If this world were mine', grocery store impromptu rendition goes viral

[WATCH] 'If this world were mine', grocery store impromptu rendition goes viral

Khabazela shares tweets and Facebook posts that have gone viral.

Call for arrested drug mules to serve time in SA prisons

Call for arrested drug mules to serve time in SA prisons

Locked Up SA's Patricia Gerber wants government to have a prison transfer agreement so families are involved in rehabilitation.

How to buy a new car even if you don’t really have enough money for it

How to buy a new car even if you don’t really have enough money for it

South Africans are increasingly buying cars they can’t afford using balloon payments, says consumer journalist Wendy Knowler.

Forensic investigator pokes holes in Watson death probe

Forensic investigator pokes holes in Watson death probe

The recent findings of a private pathologist ruled out suicide as the cause of death of the former Bosasa boss.