MONROVIA: The worst of the fraudulent academic acts at the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law, University of Liberia is yet to be heard as another top academic at the institution has tendered her letter of resignation after she discovered that some students altered their failing grades in courses she taught last semester which enabled the students in question to graduate during the recent convocation.
In her letter of resignation dated June 23, 2023 and addressed to Dr. Jallah A. Barbu, Dean of the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law, University of Liberia, Asst. Professor Lucia D. Sonii-Gbala, cited three reasons for her action, among which are the unilateral change of the final grades of the Applied Legal Studies II which she taught, the arbitrary clearance of students, who failed ALS II for graduation and the fact that a request for investigation still remains unaddressed by the University of Liberia.
Professor Gbala stated that she attached a detailed summary and supporting evidence covering the event which prompted her resignation.
“I hereby tender my resignation from the position of an Assistant Professor at the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law (LAGSL) with immediate effect. Please note that I am resigning as a consequence of (1) recent event involving the unilateral change of the final grades of the Applied Legal Studies II course taught by me, (ii) the arbitrary clearance of students, who failed ALS II, for graduation and (iii), the fact that a request for investigation still remains unaddressed by the University of Liberia”, she averred in her letter.
She then thanked the immediate past Dean and the LAGSL for affording her the opportunity to instruct and serve as the youngest Assistant Professor of Law at the LAGSL from 2021 to 2023. “Within two and half years of service, I was delighted to have imparted and shared my knowledge of the Law with 97 students whilst instructing the courses of Labor Law, Legal Methods, and Applied Legal Studies II”, she said.
She further said the experience in the academia has been meaningful in the trust of sense and but “notwithstanding, we must disengage at this time when the system shows little or no interest in ensuring academic excellence and upholding integrity”
Besides the letter of resignation, Professor Sonii-Gbala posted on her Facebook page of her action where she stated that she has also taken the case to the Supreme Court of Liberia and the Liberia National Bar Association (LNBA)
“Today, I tendered my resignation as an Assistant Professor of Law at the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law for the cause stated in my resignation letter. This decision comes after 3 weeks of promptings within the University of Liberia to ensure that the appropriate action is taken.
“I’ve now elevated this issue to the Supreme Court of Liberia and the Liberia National Bar Association for their intervention”, she wrote on her wall.
It can be recalled that another Professor at the Law School, Cllr. Frances Johnson-Allison, resigned her position after she raised an alarm that then students Alimatu Nuri Hutchinson and Ebenezer Mass Wilson failed but were able to alter their grades from “D” to “C” which paved the way for graduation during the recent convocation.
Despite putting up a fight for the university authority to stop the two individuals from graduating, everything was fruitless as they marched with their colleagues during the exercise.