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.
Sexual harassment rife @universities globally. Absence of policies make it hard to effectively, extensively intervene in sexual harassment.— Pumla Dineo Gqola, PhD (@feminist_rogue) December 5, 2016
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: