The University of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, has warned its new students against unwholesome social activities, urging them to bear in mind that their priority for being in the university is to study.
The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Comfort Ekpo, who said this in Uyo on Thursday during the 21st matriculation ceremony of the university, advised the students to abide by the rules and regulations of the institution to avoid problems.
“Beware of what social interaction you are involved in. Please do not be lured into any unlawful social group. If you do, the university will have you expelled and your career truncated. Report any act of intimidation or harassment early.
“Do not be intimidated by anybody. You do not have to join any cult group to be ‘powerful. Be positive in your decisions and make that difference that is expected of you,” she said.
The VC advised the matriculants to avail themselves of the opportunities of religious centres, which are available in the campus.
Ekpo revealed that there had been cases of students who made excellent grades in academics but who had had their certificates withheld for various reasons of impropriety or misconduct.
She asked the student to shun all activities that would be detrimental to their stay as students in the institution.
“Set yourself a goal and dutifully pursue it. As an institution, our goal is to produce graduates that can compete favourably with other best graduates globally,” she stated.
She stated that the university had obtained full accreditation status in 99.9 per cent in all its programmes from the National Universities Commission and that it was working hard to improve on the position