Objectives of the Committee
The Internal Complaint Committee is an educational resource as well as a complaint redressal mechanism for the members of faculty, staff and students of the University. Its mandates are:
- To provide a neutral, confidential and supportive environment for members of the campus community who may have been sexually harassed
- To advice complainants of means of resolution as specified by the legislation
- To ensure fair and timely resolution of sexual harassment complaints
- To provide counselling and support services on campus
- To ensure that students, faculty and staff are provided with current and comprehensive materials on sexual harassment
- To promote awareness about sexual harassment through educational initiatives that encourages and fosters a respectful and safe campus environment
The committee seeks to inform the campus community of their right to a respectful work and learning environment. It believes that if we practice respect, exercise empathy in our interactions with others so that we do not hurt anyone through what we say or do, then we can create a campus that is free of sexual harassment.
The Committee seeks to achieve these goals through:
- Complaint Redressal: As per the act ‘The Sexual Harassment at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013’, appropriate action will be taken once the complaint is filed.
- Dissemination of Information: through production, distribution and circulation of materials, posters and handouts etc. to SPPU campus community.
- Awareness Workshops: for faculty, non-teaching staff and students with an aim to develop nonthreatening and non-intimidating atmosphere of mutual learning.
- Counselling – Confidential counselling service is an important service as the sexual harassment cases are rarely reported and are a sensitive issue. Counselling provides a safe space to speak about the incident and how it has affected the aggrieved woman.
Who can file the Complaint to the Internal Complaint Committee?
Any student, service provider, teaching, non-teaching staff may lodge a complaint against a student, service provider, teaching, non-teaching staff.
About Inquiry process
The Internal Complaints Committee shall make enquiry into the complaint in accordance with the provisions of the Service Rules applicable to the respondent. For the purpose of the enquiry, if the respondent is a non-teaching employee of the university, provisions of the Maharashtra Civil Services (Conduct) Rules, 1979 and provisions of the Maharashtra Civil Services (Discipline and Appeal) Rules, 1979, are applicable, and if the respondent is a teacher, provisions of the Teachers' Statutes are applicable. If the Respondent is a student, an enquiry shall be made as per provisions of Ordinance 157 as regards maintenance of discipline and good conduct by students.
Constitution of ICC,Process of inquiry,Conciliation,Power of the icc,Action during the pendancy of inquiry,Inquiry report and for other issue kindly refere to the Act.
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