Sandwich students of the University of Ilorin have been told to imbibe the ethics guiding students’ conduct in the University if they are to have a smooth sojourn in the University.
The Registrar, Mr. Emmanuel Dada Obafemi, gave this charge last Monday (August 4, 2014) during the orientation programme organised for the 2,500 sandwich students, who have just been offered admission into the University’s Institute of Education (IOE).
Mr. Obafemi noted that the University of Ilorin has become the most desirable academic destination for prospective students, explaining that the University has been able to achieve this enviable level of development through adherence to the highest standards based on the values of excellence, academic integrity, respect, diversity, accountability and overall ethical conduct.
“The need for code of ethics is to develop a sense of individual responsibility on the part of each member of the community to participate actively in maintaining our standards, to foster an environment of trust, honour and respect within the community”, the Registrar said, adding that “for the students, it is to enable them embrace the norms and values as well as to educate them about their rights and responsibility as community members.”
Mr. Obafemi stressed that the ultimate goal of the University is to help students understand the balance between individual and community rights and foster an atmosphere that is conducive to academic success. He said further that in order to maintain its credibility and reputation, the University is committed to upholding the highest standards of moral and academic integrity.
He said, “The University, like every society, has its code of ethics to which every student must subscribe. This is particularly so because honesty, trust and personal responsibility are the fundamental attributes of the University community”, adding that the Students’ Handbook of Information and Regulations, containing the University code of ethics, would be given to them during registration or thereafter.
The Registrar disclosed that the Code of Ethics focuses on academic honesty, respect for property, respect for constituted authority and individual rights, indecent dressing, impolite behaviour, religious bigotry, environmental degradation, hard work and so forth.
Mr. Obafemi told the students, “The University of Ilorin strives to provide all-round education aimed at building students who are worthy in character and learning. The achievement of this noble goal imposes some obligations and standards of behaviour on the community. As we begin this lifelong relationship with you, we implore you to conduct yourselves in a manner that upholds the University ethics.”
In his own address, the Director of the Institute of Education, Prof. A. Y. Abdulkareem, said that the philosophy of the Institute is to promote effective teaching and learning in schools through the provision of in-service training opportunities for teachers at all levels of the educational system.
Prof. Abdulkareem said that the University is ever ready to support the Institute in its drive to improve access to quality education by providing necessary resources.
The Director said that the Institute’s programmes are based on the National Universities Commission’s Benchmark and Minimum Academic Standards (BMAS) and regular programmes of the Faculty of Education of the University as approved by the University Senate.