Varsity acts against lecturer over sexual harassment

Seeking justice: The victim showing the report she lodged against the lecturer on Wednesday.

PETALING JAYA: Universiti Malaya has taken disciplinary action against a senior lecturer following a sexual harassment complaint filed by a student last year.

In a statement yesterday, Vice-Chancellor Datuk Abdul Rahim Hashim said they have taken immediate action against the suspect.

Although the university had suspended him, they did not announce it because the university was obligated to safeguard confidentiality and privacy of the parties involved.

Abdul Rahim said this in response to a recent police report lodged by the victim, claiming she had failed to get a satisfactory answer from the university pertaining to the sexual harassment complaint filed on July 1 last year.

The victim, a third-year student, claimed that a senior lecturer had sexually harassed her on June 3 last year.

Expressing regret over the alleged incident, Abdul Rahim said they will take the necessary action to alleviate the student’s emotional burden.

“UM takes such matters seriously. We have implemented various programmes and initiatives to prevent sexual harassment on campus.

“UM is committed to strengthening such initiatives and programmes to ensure effective management (of such cases), ” he said.

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