AJC Ruling on Social Misconduct

On December 2, 2015 the Ashesi Judicial Committee (AJC) ruled on a case of social misconduct, which occurred on 24 November 2015. The AJC concluded that the student, a member of the Class of 2018, is guilty of knowingly providing false information to a University office, as well as to a security officer who works on behalf of Ashesi.

As stated in Ashesi’s student handbook, Section 9.2.

A student may not knowingly provide false information or make misrepresentation to any University office. Students are obligated to provide University personnel with truthful and accurate identification upon request. Students who are found to have provided false information may be subject to dismissal.

After deliberating, the AJC decided that the student will be suspended from Ashesi for a semester, with immediate effect, until the start of the 2016-17 academic year (August/ September 2016). The student will not be allowed to complete this semester.

The facts surrounding the case, and the fact that the student showed remorse and apologized for what was done reduced the severity of the sanction from an outright dismissal. However, because the student had already been found guilty of misconduct at the AJC level, the AJC increased the suspension period to amount to more than a semester. They did so by disallowing the student from completing this semester and from writing the final exams.

The AJC would especially like to advise students of the following:
1. Lying to Ashesi officials is absolutely forbidden, as are acts which are deliberately meant to mislead officials.
2. Pranks which contravene Ashesi policies and rules will not be overlooked.
3. Carrying out acts which undermine the ability of students, staff and faculty to perform their studies and work will be treated out with the utmost of seriousness.