The senate of University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT) has expelled eight students over alleged misconduct bordering on plagiarism, extortion and examination malpractices.
According to NAN, Williams Wodi, the deputy registrar (information), disclosed this in a statement issued in Port Harcourt, capital of Rivers state, on Friday.
Wodi said that the decision to expel the students was arrived at during the 499 meeting of the senate of the institution.
“The students were expelled after a separate investigation established cases of gross misconduct against them. They were summarily expelled to serve as deterrent to others,” he said.
“Four of the students were expelled for attempted tampering with the anti-plagiarism scan (software) which ascertains the originality of students’ research.
“Also, two of the expelled students were involved in examination malpractices, while one of them was caught extorting N360,000 from his fellow students.
“The Senate withdrew the studentship of one of the students for abandoning his medical programme for three academic sessions without formal documentation or authorisation from the authorities.”
The deputy registrar noted that the expelled students were from the department of petroleum engineering, department of history and diplomatic studies and department of fisheries.
He added that others include students from department of educational foundation while one of the affected students was a master of science degree student.
The development comes months after the Federal Polytechnic Nasarawa also expelled 66 students over their alleged involvement in examination malpractice and misconduct.