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.
The Complaint Mechanism Procedure to file/report a complaint:
Any aggrieved woman may make, in writing, a complaint of sexual harassment at workplace to the ICC, within a period three months from the date of incident. If she is unable to make a complaint in writing, the ICC will render all reasonable assistance to her for making the complaint in writing. If the ICC is satisfied that the circumstances were such, which prevented the woman from filing a complaint within a period of three months, it may extend the time limit not exceeding three months.
The complainant needs to submit six copies of the complaint along with the supporting documents and names and addresses of the witnesses to the ICC. On receipt of the complaint, the Committee will send one of the copies to the respondent within a period of seven working days and ask the respondent to file his reply to the complaint along with his list of documents and names and addresses of witnesses, within a period not exceeding ten working days from the date of receipt of the complaint by him. Legal practitioner is not allowed to represent the case at any stage of the proceedings before the Committee.
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