Proceedings of The International Conference on Future of Social Sciences and Humanities
Nature and Management of Students’ Misconduct in Off-Campus Residences in Tertiary Educational Institutions in Kogi State, Nigeria
This study investigated the nature, sources and measures used in managing students’ misconduct in off-campus residences in tertiary educational institutions in Kogi State, Nigeria. The study population comprised of students (in off–campus housing), staff of the security units in tertiary institutions in the state, landlords/caretakers, and the police. Data were collected through questionnaire (administered to students) and interviews (conducted with landlords/caretakers, security units officials, and the police). Data collected through questionnaire were analysed using frequencies and percentages while responses from interviews were content analysed (manually). Findings of the study revealed nature of students’ misconduct in off-campus residences to include thefts, burglary, damaging of properties in rented apartments, use of psychoactive substances, and cultism. These were however found to have been caused by greediness/lack of contentment on the part of the students, peer influence, poor parental care, genetic disorder (inherited from parents), and poverty. In managing students’ misconduct, the study discovered the use of both formal and informal measures. Although the measures have helped to lessened students’ misconduct in the sampled institutions, the school authorities still needs to collaborate maximally with the state ministries of education, youth and social development, health, and the host communities in the areas of adequate provision of on-campus students housing, orientation programme for parents on the need to always inculcate good virtues on their children as well as for students on the need to always be contented, care such as gene therapy for students suffering from inherited gene disorder, and security for adequate monitoring of students activities.
Keywords: Education; Gene disorder; Good virtues; Host communities; State ministries.