After an investigation, the university decided to terminate the services of the lecturer effective immediately.
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Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) has terminated the service of a lecturer who was accused of allegedly sexually harassing a former student, effective immediately.
Based on UiTM’s statement, the university said it took the allegations of sexual harassment seriously and had conducted an investigation following the guidelines and legal process contained in the Statutory Bodies (Discipline and Surcharge) Act 2000 [Act 605].
The Malay Mail reported that disciplinary action can be taken against staff members who violate the rules, codes of conduct and prohibitions contained in Act 605 and UiTM regulations under the act.
UiTM Integrity Unit conducted a thorough investigation beginning last year based on all the collected evidence.
Meanwhile, UiTM vice-chancellor, Prof Datuk Roziah Mohd Janor, said the university’s staff members are regularly reminded about Act 605.
She added that the university will not compromise and will take stern action against anyone who disobeys an order or show any behaviour that can be interpreted as disobeying an order.
What happened before?
Back in August 2022, a former UiTM Segamat, Johor, student revealed that a university lecturer sexually harassed her.
He allegedly led her into answering a sexually explicit survey and continued the lewd behaviour by calling her in the middle of the night and sharing the sexual fantasies he had about her.
After lodging police reports against the lecturer, he allegedly went to her house and begged her to retract her report.
According to Free Malaysia Today, the lecturer also allegedly tried to pay the victim’s family RM20,000 so that the victim will drop the case.
He allegedly tried to sue the victim for revealing his workplace and his private life but the victim denied it. The victim said all the private information about the accused was found by netizens.