LEADING UNIVERSITY CODE OF CONDUCT FOR STUDENTS
Damage to property
Loss of Privilege
Restitution of property
Unless the context otherwise requires, definitions given below shall apply.a. Disruption is an act or a combination of actions by an individual or a group of individuals, who interfere with the smooth and regular functioning of the University. Authorised officers of the University have the right to restrain or prohibit such disruptive behaviour and take such other action as may be deemed fit and proper.
b. All members of the University are expected to be tolerant and respectful towards others irrespective of race, religion, class, gender and status in the University or with the community at large. Any attitude or conduct of an individual or group of individuals failing to be so respectful and tolerant and disrespect to others is an act of intolerance.
c. The University is committed to safety and security of all its members. It seeks to maintain an environment free from acts of violence. Any act of physical violence such as beating, kicking, and unwanted physical contact by any member of the University is an act of physical abuse.
d. The University would like to ensure a public environment, which is smoke free. All members of the campus community are expected to refrain from smoking. Smoking is forbidden in all indoor and outdoor locations of the University.
e. Interference or obstruction intended to prevent a person from attending any University function is intent of unlawful confinement. Any intention to or prevention of a person from attending any University function is an unlawful confinement.
f. Application of force or coercion intended to solicit support or obtain signatures to show support or compel any member of the University to participate in activities subversive of discipline or of functioning of University is an act of disorder.
g. Possession and use of firearms, explosives, knives, clubs, etc. is an act of violence.
h. Interference or obstruction or disobedience to rightful directive of any University official given in the discharge of his/her official duty is an act of disobedience.
i. Any damage to property caused by arson, wilful act or reckless behaviour is damage to University property.
j. Any offensive conduct, improper expression or language in communicating with faculty members, University officials or others is an unseemly conduct.
k. Providing false information with a view to deriving benefit thereby and forging of documents, records, etc. is an act of fraud.
l. Misappropriation or removal of University property without any lawful authority is an act of theft.
m. Tempering with or unauthorised use of any University equipment or other properties such as doors, locks, computers, telephones, is an act of mischief.
n. Taking, inducing others to take drugs within the campus is an act of narcotic offence.
o. A behaviour in or off the campus that tarnishes the image of the University is an act of undesirable behaviour.
p. Any behaviour or expression intended to tease or annoy members of the opposite sex or use of otherwise improper words or gesture is an act of indecent behaviour.
q. Any breach of University rules, regulations or policies is an act of disorderly behaviour.
r. Cheating, presentation of somebody else’s work as own, preparing work to be used for some body’s works, knowingly furnishing false information about academic matters to an university official are an act of academic dishonesty.
The Disciplinary Committee, hereinafter called the Committee, have jurisdiction over all offences listed in the Code. Any violation of the Code shall attract disciplinary proceeding against the delinquent student. The adjudication system is subject to the authority of the Vice Chancellor. The Committee have power to impose disciplinary warning as a sanction.
The Disciplinary Committee shall hear all violations of the Code that has been brought to the notice of the Chairperson. It shall inform the accused student of the charges against her/him in writing well in advance of the hearing to afford reasonable time to prepare defence. The Committee shall aim at finding the truth and shall take evidence for that purpose. Evidence not having direct bearing on the charges shall not be admitted. The Committee shall arrive at clear determination whether the student is guilty or not.
The enquiry shall be held in private unless the accused student desires in writing an open enquiry. The Committee may refuse open enquiry in consideration of sensitive nature of information to be revealed about a witness, or otherwise affect the right to privacy of
The Committee may reject the evidence of any witness on the ground of the witness being an interested person or doubtful witness. The Committee shall not admit testimony of unidentified outside witnesses. When the accused student does not attend the enquiry, the Committee shall take all available evidence in support of the charges before arriving at its conclusion.
The Committee shall prepare a written report at the end of the enquiry. The report shall consist of the following:
a. Written charges and other documents
In case of academic dishonesty, the faculty member or the Chairperson, if the faculty member refers the case to him, shall adjudicate the matter in an informal hearing of the student. If the student accepts responsibility, Failing Grade (F) may be assigned for the course for which or in connection with which violation occurred. If the student does not accept responsibility for the violation, the case should be referred with a written complaint to the Committee. The faculty member may also directly make the written complaint to the Chairperson of the Committee. The latter may impose other sanctions in addition to Failing Grade (F).
The Committee may impose Disciplinary Warning, which is a warning given to the delinquent student that his/her conduct is unacceptable and that future breach shall be dealt with severely. It shall in all other cases recommend to the Vice Chancellor any one or a combination of sanctions for violation of regulations. Affected student may make appeal against Disci
On the recommendation of the Committee, the Vice Chancellor may impose any one or a combination of following sanctions:
i. Disciplinary probation is assigned for specific period of time. The sanction of disciplinary probation dose not debar a student from pursuing courses at the University but may disqualify him/her from awards, prizes or financial aids.
ii. Loss of privilege is withdrawal of privilege, denial of a service or participation in any activity for a specific period of time. The sanction should be consistent with the gravity of the offence committed and the need for rehabilitation of the student.
iii. Disciplinary suspension denies the student from registration, class attendance, participation in any university event and activity and use of University facilities for specified period of time. This sanction becomes record in the student’s file.
iv. Disciplinary expulsion is the withdrawal of the affected student’s privilege of registration, class attendance, use of University facilities and participation in University activities and events. Disciplinary expulsion is recorded in the student’s transcript.
v. The payment of damages to or misappropriation of University property of the property of the members of the University or visitors to the University is the restitution. Restitution may be imposed in addition to other sanctions.
vi. Interim suspension requires the student to leave the campus immediately. The departmental head or the Chairperson of the Committee may impose this sanction. This sanction is imposed on a student where there are reasonable grounds to believe that the student is an immediate threat to the safety and security of persons property or to the functioning of the University.
vii. The University authorities shall hear any grievance of a student for possible redress. A student may represent a grievance either
forbidden and is considered an act of agitation. Offenders on account of agitation are liable to one or a combination of severe sanctions.
viii. Where the departmental head imposes the sanction, he/she must notify the Committee in writing by the next working day for possible subsequent action. If such a suspended student returns to the campus during the period of interim suspension, he/she becomes liable to disciplinary dismissal or disciplinary expulsion, as he/she is required to stay off the University campus and property until the Committee takes up official hearing. The hearing shall be held ordinarily within five working days of suspension.
Following offences shall warrant immediate expulsion of the student on the recommendation of the Chairperson without hearing of the Committee:
The following repeat offences shall warrant severe punishment than was awarded for the first offence: