A total of 128 level 100 students of the University of Cape Coast (UCC) have been dismissed for poor academic performance.
Twenty three level 200 and 300 students also suffered the same fate for failing in more than three credit-hour courses while 40 others who failed in three credit-hour courses were to repeat their failed courses as external candidates and redeem themselves within one academic year.
Those who would be unable to do so would be dismissed.
The Vice-Chancellor of the UCC, Rev Professor E.A. Obeng, made this known at the matriculation ceremony for 4,158 students for the 2006/2007 academic year at the weekend.
He explained that the decision was in line with the university's regulation on academic excellence.
Rev Professor Obeng, therefore, reminded the fresh students of their primary objective of being on campus and urged them to make good use of their time while on campus.
He told them that their heads of departments and academic advisors were at their disposal to assist them where they encountered genuine and unavoidable difficulties.
Besides, he said, the hall tutors were on hand to assist them if they had problems that were not academic but which could hinder their academic performance and that they could also seek professional advice from the university's Counselling Centre.
Rev Professor Obeng said the student's residential policy of “in-out-out” and the “in-out-out-in”, which were to ensure that fresh students who were vulnerable were helped to get acquainted to their new environment, had been introduced with effect from the 2006/2007 academic year.
He said other students would thereafter be given accommodation subject to availability. Rev Professor Obeng said the only reasonable and permanent solution to the accommodation problem was to have adequate accommodation to take care of every single student at each point in time.
He said as long as the problem persisted, some students would find themselves outside the hall system.
He explained that the primary objective of the residential policy, both the old and the new, had always been to ensure that at least each student had an opportunity to stay in a hall of residence during the period of his/her study in the university.
Rev Professor Obeng said the university would continue to pursue alternative options to solve the accommodation problems facing students at the campus.
On the security situation at the campus, Rev. Professor Obeng said it had improved considerably with the support of the police and the construction of a permanent police post from a ¢400-million support from the MP's share of the Common Fund.
He said the university was also considering providing a wall for certain parts of the campus which were prone to risk, so that the flow of traffic and pedestrians on campus could be checked, and urged the students to also adopt personal security and safety measures, since none could guarantee their safety better than themselves.
He advised them to maintain a high sense of morality and decency, which would match the high academic excellence they pursued at the campus, which would also help them to avoid contracting HIV/AIDS.
Rev Prof. Obeng reminded the students of the recent narcotic drug trafficking scare that had hit the country and advised those with problems to seek counselling before it was too late.