The Obafemi Awolowo University, (OAU), Ile-Ife, on Wednesday matriculated 8, 158 students and warned them against social vices.
Vice-Chancellor of OAU, Prof. Eyitope Ogunnbodede, gave the charge while addressing the students during the 2017/2018 academic session matriculation ceremony at the Oduduwa Amphitheatre of the university in Ile-Ife.
Ogunnbodede urged the newly admitted students to desist from any anti-social behaviours capable of disrupting the smooth running of the university.
According to him, the university has zero tolerance for cultism, examination malpractices, violent behaviours, flagrant disregard to constituted authority and sexual harassment.
He said that the warning was imperative to safeguard their studentship and ensure successful academic career in the institution.
“I will strongly advise that you steer clear from these deplorable behaviours and other similar vices in order to safeguard your studentship and ensure successful academic career,” he urged.
Ogunbodede appealed to all freshers to support the management for all hands be on deck and shun indiscipline in order to complete every session on scheduled.
He observed that their admission to the university coincided with a period of near economic recession in the country, when funds were not readily available for constant provision of municipal services.
He, however, assured them of the readiness of university authority to address issues affecting students as promptly as possible and give priority for the provision of essential needs.
Ogunbodede advised them to combine academic excellence with culture of “omoluabi” in a challenging, competitive and diverse academic environment.
“Omoluabi” is being ones brother’s keeper.
He urged them to beware of their colleagues who would want to lure them to join bad groups.
The matriculating students had undergone two weeks orientation to familiarise themselves with the university’s environment to enable them inculcate the ethics of the institution.