KUALA LUMPUR – The University of Malaya (UM) has initiated an immediate investigation on the alleged sexual harassment on one of its student.
According to the university, the perpetrator who is also an Associate Professor at the university has been suspended from his work and is brought to the Disciplinary Committee.
According to its Vice-Chancellor, Datuk Ir. Abdul Rahim Hashim, the university has taken action against the perpetrator.
He also said that UM regrets the matter and is very concerned about the incident which hits its student who allegedly faced sexual harassment from an Associate Professor.
The university also understands the feelings, anxiety and the apprehension experienced by the student and her family.
However, according to him, the university is bound by the procedures and demands it to protect the privacy of everyone involved.
“The University of Malaya wishes to emphasize that we take the complaint or report on the sexual harassment which involved a student and a staff seriously and we have developed various initiatives and programmes to prevent sexual harassment in the campus,” he said.
Yesterday, a student from UM urged the police to investigate the case as she alleged that the university had failed to act effectively by refusing to disclose the result of their internal investigation.
Abdul Rahim added, UM is always ready to listen to and take necessary actions in lightening the emotional burdens experienced by the student.
“The University of Malaya is always committed to improve on our sexual harassment prevention initiatives and programmes and the management of its cases so that it can be managed more efficiently,” he said. –MalaysiaGazette