The Arthur Jarvis University, located in Akpabuyo local government area of Cross River state, weekend, matriculated 262 new students during its 4th matriculation ceremony even as the National University Commission (NUC) has given the institution accreditation to run 15 courses.
Speaking during the event, the Vice Chancellor of the institution, Prof Ani Nkang, said the new students, made up of 140 males and 122 females, were admitted into its five faculties and enumerated such faculties as those of Natural & Applied Sciences; Humanities, Management and Social Sciences; Basic Medical Sciences; Law as well as faculty of Education.
He said out of the number, 64 students were admitted into Faculty of Natural & Applied Sciences; 11 into faculty of Humanities, Management and Social Sciences; 47 into Basic Medical Sciences and 34 into faculty of Law.
While warning against social vices, Nkang said the institution was determined to take drastic steps against any student involved in cultism, rape, exam malpractices amongst others, and that such a one would not only be expelled but would also be handed over to law enforcement agents for prosecution.
“I wish to re-emphasize that the university has zero tolerance to examination misconduct, drugs, secret cult activities, possession of dangerous weapons on campus, fighting, rape, stealing, impersonation etc.
“Such activities and behaviours are considered criminal offences, and culprits will be promptly dismissed from the university and further handed over to appropriate law enforcement agencies for prosecution. The random drug test policy of the university is still in force,” Nkang warned
He noted that the university scored 100 percent in the result of the October/November accreditation exercise conducted by the NUC.
“Furthermore, the university scored 100 percent in the result of the October/November accreditation exercise conducted by the National University Commission, with 13 courses having full accreditation, while two others were given interim accreditation,” he stated adding that the university was issued a Full Statutory Licence to operate as a tertiary institution since June, having met all the qualifications following a 2019 review of initial provisional license.
He said the university would always provide best academic atmosphere for learning and therefore charged students to reciprocate the gesture by staying off crimes.