Women Development Cell (WDC) &

Internal Complaints Committee (ICC)

Women Development Cell (WDC)

Internal Complaints Committee (ICC)

GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE (ICC) :

  1. Any woman employee or girl student shall have the right to file a complaint to ICC concerning any harassment including sexual harassment against a boy student or a male employee or a representative of the management with any of the members of the Cell as the case may be.
  2. Such a complaint may be either oral or in writing.
  3. Any complaint in writing has to be signed by the person making the complaint. If the complaint is oral, the same shall be put in writing (in detail) by the member of the Cell to whom the complaint is made and will be read out to the complainant and will not be acted upon till the same is signed by the complainant.
  4. The complainant shall be afforded full secrecy at each stage.
  5. In the event of the complaint being made to the member of the Cell, immediately upon receipt of the complaint, and within not more than five working days, the member of the Cell to whom the complaint is made shall communicate the same to the Chair Person or the President, as the case may be, of the Cell. The name of the complainant shall be kept confidential and will not be divulged even to the Cell, till the meeting in this regard is convened.
  6. Within a period of ten working days from the date of such communication, the Chair Person of the Cell shall convene a meeting of the Cell to deal with the complaint.
  7. Within ten working days of the enquiry committee being set up, the Convener shall convene a meeting for which an advance intimation shall be given to the complainant. At the first meeting, the complainant or at her request her representative shall be heard. The Inquiry Committee shall then decide whether the complaint deserves to be proceeded with. The complaint will stand disposed of if according to the CWDC the complainant has not been able to disclose pritna facie an act of any kind of sexual harassment.
  8. In case, the Inquiry Committee decides to proceed with the complaint, the wishes of the complainant shall be ascertained and if the complainant wishes that a warning would suffice then the alleged offender shall be called to the meeting of the Cell, heard and if so satisfied that a warning is just and proper, he may be warned about his behavior. The matter shall then be treated as concluded and disposed of with a note to that effect made in the Complaint Register.
  9. In case the complainant requests that the complaint should be proceeded with beyond a mere warning, the same may be proceeded with as laid down in regulation 18.

PENALTIES:

  1. A person found guilty of any kind of sexual harassment shall be subject to the same penalties for major and minor misconduct as prescribed under the Statutes of the University for the teaching staff and as per the Standard Code Rule, 1984/2013 for non-teaching staff.
  2. An employee guilty of sexual harassment shall be liable to any of the following penalties:
    (i) Warning, reprimand or censure.
    (ii) Withholding of increments,
    (iii) Reduction in Rank.
    Provided however, that in addition to all these penalties, the offender is also required to give a written apology to the victim and upon his failure to do so, his case shall be considered for major penalty under relevant statutes of the University or the standard Code Rules.
  3. A student guilty of sexual harassment shall be liable to any of the following penalties:
    (i) Warning, reprimand or censure.
    (ii) Suspension from the University/ College/ Institution for a period upto one month.
    (iii) Debarment from appearing for the final examination for a period upto three years.
    (iv) Rustication from the University/ College/ Institution as the case may be.
    Provided however, that in addition to all these penalties, the offender is also required to give a written apology to the victim and upon his failure to do so, case shall be considered for other action as deemed fit according to prevalent law.
  4. Any person from the Management found guilty of sexual harassment shall be liable to any of the following penalties;-
    (i) Warning, reprimand or censure.
    (ii) Suspension from the Management of the University/ College/ Institution for a period upto one month.
    (iii) Removal from the Management of the University/ College/ Institution, as the case may be.

Contact:  Dr. Savita Gandhi 079 – 26300877 / Dr. Archana Mankad 079 – 26302578 | e-mail: wdc@gujaratuniversity.ac.in