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Sexual Harassment Policy

Safety and security of students and staff member’s policy committee is  Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal Policy of sexual harassment of Women Employees and Students-GMRIT

The policy is as follows:

In pursuance of UGC (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal of Sexual Harassment of Women Employees and Students in Higher Education Institutions) Regulations, 2015 read with Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013, the Internal Compliance Committee (ICC) of the College is constituted as given below to deal with complaints relating to Sexual harassment at the work place.

S.NO

COMMITTEE NAME OF THE MEMBER ROLE

1

Presiding Officer

Dr. P.Kanchanamala

Chairperson

2

Two faculty members (GMRIT)

Dr. P.N.L.Pavani

Dr. K. Koteswara Rao

Member

Member

3

Two non-teaching employees (GMRIT)

Mrs. Suseela

Mrs. Mary

Member Secretary

4

A member from NGO or a person familiar with sexual harassment issues

Dr. Vanaja Danthuluri, Asst. Professor Dept of Social Work Dr. B. R. Ambedkar University Srikakulam

Member

5

Three Student nominees (if the matter involves students)

Ms. P. Deepika(III-CSE)

Ms. A. Jahnavi(III-Civil)

Ms K. Jhansi(III-IT)

Members

The term of office of the members of the ICC will be for a period of three years.

On receipt of a complaint, the ICC shall conduct a preliminary enquiry so as to ascertain the truth of the allegations by collecting the documentary evidence as well as recording statements of any possible witnesses including the complainant. ICC shall then submit the preliminary enquiry report to the principal, along with all the original documents adduced during the preliminary enquiry proceedings. In case the allegations are not in the nature of sexual harassment, the ICC may refer such complaints to the Grievance Redressal Cell or to the principal.

On receipt of a complaint, the ICC shall conduct a preliminary enquiry so as to ascertain the truth of the allegations by collecting the documentary evidence as well as recording statements of any possible witnesses including the complainant.

ICC shall then submit the preliminary enquiry report to the principal, along with all the original documents adduced during the preliminary enquiry proceedings. In case the allegations are not in the nature of sexual harassment, the ICC may refer such complaints to the Grievance Redressal Cell or to the principal.

Where sexual harassment occurs as a result of an act or omission by any third party or outsider, the ICC shall take all steps necessary and reasonable to assist the affected person in terms of support and preventive action.

The ICC shall comply with the procedure prescribed in the aforementioned UGC Regulations 2015 and the Sexual Harassment Act for inquiring into the complaint in a time bound manner.

If the ICC concludes that the allegations made were false or malicious, or the complaint was made knowing it to be untrue or forged, or misleading information has been provided during the inquiry, the complainant shall be liable to be punished as per the relevant provision of the aforementioned UGC Regulations 2015.

The Member Secretary, ICC shall receive the written complaints of sexual harassment, if any, on behalf of ICC and shall coordinate the deliberations of the ICC on the complaints received.

Who can approach ICC for help?

Any female (faculty member, student or non-teaching staff member) of GMRIT can seek redressal from the ICC.

Definition of Sexual Harassment: "Sexual harassment" includes any unwelcome sexually inclined behaviour, whether directly or indirectly, such as:

a) Physical contact and advances

b) A demand or request for sexual favours

c) Making sexually coloured remarks (including jokes)

d) Showing pornography (books, photographs, paintings, films, pamphlets, packages, etc. containing ‘indecent representation of women’)

e) Any other unwelcome physical, verbal or non-verbal conduct of sexual nature.

Under the Act, the following also count as sexual harassment:

a) Implied or explicit promise of preferential treatment in her employment.

b) Implied or explicit threat of detrimental treatment in her employment

c) Implied or explicit threat about her present or future employment status

d) Interference with her work or creating an intimidating or offensive work environment for her

e) Humiliating treatment likely to affect her health or safety.

What are the possible actions that can be taken against the accused if found guilty?

If the accused is an employee:

Depending upon the severity of the case, punitive action may take any of the following forms

  • Warning 
  • Written apology 
  • Bond of good behaviour 
  • Adverse remark in the Confidential Report 
  • Stopping of increments/promotion 
  • Suspension
  • Dismissal 
  • Any other relevant actions.

If the accused is a student:

  • Withhold privileges of the students such as access to the library, auditorium, halls of residence, transportation, scholarships, allowances, and identity card. 
  • Suspend or restrict entry into the campus for a specific period. 
  • Expel and strike off name from the rolls of the institute, including denial of readmission. If the offence so warrants; 
  • Award reformative punishments like mandatory counselling and or performance of community services.

If you think you are being harassed, what should you do?

Your complaints will be kept CONFIDENTIAL.

Inquiry process:

  • The inquiry shall be completed within a period of 90 days from the date of the complaint. 
  • The ICC shall provide a report of its findings to the principal within a period of 10 days from the date of completion of the inquiry and such report shall be made available to the concerned parties. 
  • If the allegation against the respondent has been proved, the ICC shall recommend punitive action(s) to be taken against the respondent. 
  • The principal shall act upon the recommendation within 60 days of receiving it.

Frivolous complaints

If ICC concludes that the allegations made were false, malicious or the complaint was made knowing it to be untrue or forged or misleading information has been provided during the inquiry, the complainant shall be liable to be punished as per the relevant provision of the aforementioned UGC Regulations 2015.

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