Fresh Students Go Through Orientation

The University of Cape Coast, UCC, is holding a two-day orientation programme for newly-admitted students for the 2017/2018 academic year. The two-day event is aimed at providing useful information that would be helpful to the new students and also make their life on campus comfortable. Addressing the students, the Dean of Student Affairs, Prof. Kwoaw Edjah, noted that UCC puts a premium on discipline. Prof. Edjah advised the fresh students to respect the rules and regulations of the University and implored them to diligently read the Students' Handbook, which regulates the conduct and activities of students on campus. "You have to read and understand [the Students' Handbook] if you don't understand come for tutorials, I will give you tutorials to understand the rules that bind you on campus here. Rules that will make you very happy and rules that will make you stressful if you break them." he told the freshmen, who converged at the Congregation Grounds. Prof. Edjah admonished them to take their studies seriously and make judicious use of the library. "The library should take more of your time because it is the reason why you are on campus, " he cautioned. When faced with emotional and academic challenges, he asked the students to patronise the activities of the Guidance and Counselling Centre in the various halls, office of the Dean of Students, Departments, Colleges and Sections. The Dean of Students advised them not to consult unprofessional people in their resolve to deal with their problems on campus. “...Don't Consult wrongly, when you don't understand something, seek counsel from senior members and profession counsellors in their halls” the Dean added. He also pointed out that the University was a secular institution and noted that everybody was free to worship. However, he urged them not to join unrecognised and unregistered associations and clubs in the University and advised them to always seek clarification from the Dean of Students Affairs Office before enrolling. Touching on Distressed Students Reporting Protocol (DSRP), he told the fresh students that if they noticed 'abnormal' or strange signs among their colleagues, they should report such cases to DSRP of the Office of the Dean of Students Affairs for prompt action. According to the Dean, some of the obvious signs included "inappropriate anger, emotional change, social withdrawal, drug and alcohol abuse, sudden change in hygiene and appearance, resistant to change on unreasonable limit. The Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Prof. George K.T. Oduro, advised fresh students against acts of occultism and advised them to study well. He said they should do their best to make life on campus enjoyable, adding that " a lot depends on you if you want to be successful or a failure in the University". He advised them to market UCC wherever they found themselves. In a welcome address, the Registrar of the College of Humanities and Legal Studies, Dr. Alexis Akanson, noted that UCC thrives on quality, discipline and dedication to work. "In this University, quality is our watchword, dedication to work is one of our principles and the students’ success is our key principle", he stated. He urged them to be dedicated and committed to their responsibilities and advised them to put the name of the University first and other aspirations second. The Provost of the College of Agriculture and Natural Sciences, Prof Livingston Sam-Amoah, who chaired the function, advised them to take their lessons seriously and asked the students to attend lectures regularly and prepare adequately in order to obtain excellent marks in examinations. Resource persons, representing the various sectors of the University, enlightened the freshmen about the operations of their office. These included the Dean, Centre for International Education, Prof. Rosemond Boohene who spoke about International Students Matters and Exchange Programmes; Head of Electricity Section, Mr. J. W. Ansah spoke about Energy Conservation; Director of Centre for Gender Research Advocacy and Documentation, Dr. Genevieve Adukpo made a presentation on Sexual Harassment and Gender Issues in the University. \ Others were the Ghanaian Director of Confucius Institute, Prof. Ishmael Mensah who briefed students on the Chinese Proficiency Programme; Dr. Precious Mattah made a presentation on Academic Planning and Quality Assurance Issues; ADO 2 Ishak Abdullah and STN 01 J. W. Mensah also spoke about Fire Safety. The President of the Students Representative Council, Tony Henry Arthur; President of UCC Local Chapter of National Union Ghana Students, Prince Mintah Obour, also had the opportunity to address the fresh students. Present at the programme were Provosts, Deans, Heads, among other professionals in the University.