The Copperbelt University has reaffirmed its commitment towards protecting the welfare of students through mechanisms aimed at achieving academic excellence and maintenance of a healthy Lecturer Student relationship.

Speaking during the Media breakfast briefing held at the University Riverside main campus recently, Vice Chancellor Professor Naison Ngoma said the wellbeing of Students is the University’s top priority hence  its commitment to creating an enabling and safe environment for all stakeholders.

He said the University has zero tolerance of harassment of any kind and will take drastic measures on any member of staff found wanting while any student that will peddle false information in this regard will also face corrective action.

‘The University has put in place policies and mechanisms that protect the wellbeing of students and channels through which the victims should air their grievances. The institution will not hesitate to take stern action against any member of staff found wanting.’ Said professor Ngoma.

CBU students recently took to Social Media to make claims of being overloaded with tests days before the exams, pressure which has taken a mental toll and therefore leading to suicide.

Commenting on the issue relating to overload of students, Deputy Vice Chancellor Professor Paul Chisale said the University has strict guidelines on teaching and administration of tests and exams to which lecturers adhere to and are appraised hence students are within their rights to report any anomalies in the timetable.

Professor Chisale further called on students to take interest in study materials posted online as opposed to only relying on the traditional methods of learning. 

Meanwhile Dean of Students Stylish Magida said while there had been a case of suicide that took place off campus, it was not true that this was related to examination pressure.

She added that the University is committed to offering psychological, emotional, academic and financial support and has put in place mechanisms to strengthen reporting procedures for any form of harassment involving students.