CODE OF CONDUCT FOR STUDENTS

I. Conduct

The codes depicted underneath shall apply to all sorts of conduct of students within the College premises and their off-campus mannerisms which may have serious consequences or adverse impact on the Institution’s interests or reputation. At the time of admission, each student would have to sign a statement consenting to abide by the framed codes and should also affirm undertakings that,

  • The student shall be regular in the classes and must complete his/her studies in the Institute.
  • In the event, the student is forced to discontinue studies for any legitimate reason; he/she may be relieved from the Institution subject to the written consent of the College Authority.
  • In case of relieving the student, he/she shall have to clear all pending dues and if the student had joined the Institute on a scholarship, the said grant shall be revoked.
  • The College believes in promoting a safe and efficient climate by enforcing behavioural standards. All students must uphold academic integrity, be respectful to all persons, to their rights, to the college property and to the safety of others.
  • All students must deter from indulging in any and all forms of misconduct including partaking in any activity off-campus which may affect the Institute’s interests and reputation substantially.

1. The various forms of misconduct, the students should refrain from, include:

  1. Any act of discrimination (physical or verbal) based on an individual’s gender identity, caste, race, religion or religious beliefs, colour, region, language, disability, marital or family status, physical or mental disability etc.
  2. Intentionally damaging or destroying Institute’s property or property of other students and/or faculty members & Administrative staffs.
  3. Any disruptive activity in a class room or in an event sponsored by the college.
  4. Inability to produce the identity card, issued by the Institution, or refusing to produce it on demand by campus security personnel.
  5. Participating in activities including:
    • Organizing meetings and processions without permission from the institution.
    • Accepting membership of religious or terrorist groups banned by the institution and/or by the Government of India
    • Unauthorized possession, carrying or use of any weapon, ammunition, explosives or potential weapons, fireworks contrary to law or policy.
    • Unauthorized possession or use of harmful chemicals and banned drugs.
    • Smoking within the college campus.
    • Possessing, consuming, distributing, selling of alcohol in the Institute and/or throwing empty bottles on the campus of the institute.
    • Parking a vehicle in a no parking zone or in the area earmarked for parking of other type of motor vehicles, cycles etc.
    • Rash driving on the campus that may cause any inconvenience to others.
    • Not disclosing a pre-existing health condition, either physical or psychological which may cause hindrance to the academic progress of the student.
    • Pilfering or unauthorized access to the resources of others.
    • Misdemeanour and/or exhibiting disruptive attitude at the time of students’ elections or during any activity of the institute.
    • Engaging in disorderly, lewd or indecent conduct including, but not limited to, creating unreasonable noise, pushing and shoving, inciting or participating in a riotous or group disruption at the Institute.
  6. Students are expected not to interact, on behalf of the Institution, with media representatives or invite media persons on to the campus without the permission of the institute authorities.
  7. Students are not permitted to do recording of either audio or video of the lectures delivered in class rooms, actions of other students, faculty or staff without prior permission.
  8. Students are not permitted to provide audio and video clippings of any activity on the campus to print and/or electronic media without prior permission.
  9. Students are expected to be careful and responsible and exercise restraints while using the Social Media. They should desist from posting derogatory comments about other individuals of the Institute and refrain from indulging in such other related activities having grave ramifications on the reputation of the Institute.
  10. Thievery or abuse of Institution’s computers and/or other ICT instruments and Institution’s services are not allowed. Unauthorized entry, tampering of property or facilities of private residences of teaching/administrative staff, offices, classrooms, LAN connectivity and other restricted facilities and interference with the work of others is punishable.
  11. Causing damage to, or destruction of any property of the college, or any property of others on the Institution premises would invite punishment
  12. Making video/audio recording, taking photographs, or streaming audio/video of any person in a location causing thoroughfare into the person’s privacy without his/her knowledge or consent, is punishable. .

If there is a case against a student for any possible breach of the mentioned codes of conduct, then a committee will be formed, which shall inquire into the alleged violation and accordingly recommend suitable disciplinary action against the said student. The committee may give a hearing to the student to ascertain the misconduct and suggest one or more disciplinary actions based on the nature of misconduct.

II. Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is essential for the success of an institution and its research missions as well, and hence its violation constitutes a serious offence. The policy on academic integrity forms an integral part of the code which applies to all students of the institution to which they should adhere. Failure to uphold these principles threatens both the reputation of the institution and the value of the degrees awarded to its students. Every pupil of the institution should feel responsible to ensure the highest standards of academic integrity.

The principles of academic integrity require that a student should

  1. Properly acknowledges and cites use of the ideas, results, material or words of others.
  2. Properly acknowledge all contributors to a given piece of work.
  3. Make sure that all assignments in a course are submitted by his/her own.
  4. Perform academic activities without the aid of impermissible materials or collaboration by obtaining all data or results by ethical means and reports them accurately without suppressing any results inconsistent with his/her interpretation or conclusions.
  5. Have right to pursue their educational goals without interference.
  6. Violations of this policy include, but are not limited to:

a) Plagiarism:

Plagiarism means the use of materials, ideas, figures, codes or data as one’s own, without appropriately acknowledging the original source. This may involve submission of material, verbatim or paraphrased, that is authored by another person or published earlier by oneself. Examples of plagiarism include: (1) Reproducing, in whole or part, text/sentences from a report, book, thesis, publication or the internet. (2) Reproducing one’s own previously published data, illustrations, figures, images, or someone else’s data, etc. (3) Taking material from class-notes or incorporating material from the internet graphs, drawings, photographs, diagrams, tables, spreadsheets, computer programs, or other non-textual material from other sources into one’s class reports, presentations, manuscripts, research papers or thesis without proper attribution. (4) Self plagiarism which constitutes copying verbatim from one’s own earlier published work in a journal or conference proceedings without appropriate citations. (5) Submitting a purchased or downloaded term paper or other materials to satisfy a course requirement. (6) Paraphrasing or changing an author’s words or style without citation.

b)Cheating:

Cheating includes, but is not limited to: (1) Copying during examinations, and copying of homework assignments, term papers, theses or manuscripts. (2) Allowing or facilitating copying, or writing a report or taking examination for someone else. (3) Using unauthorized material, copying, collaborating when not authorized, and purchasing or borrowing papers or material from various sources. (4) Fabricating (making up) or falsifying (manipulating) data and reporting them in thesis and publications. (5) Creating sources, or citations that do not exist (6) Altering previously evaluated and resubmitting the work for re-evaluation (7) Signing another student’s name on an assignment, report, research paper, thesis or attendance sheet

(c) Conflict of Interest:

A clash of personal or private interests with professional activities can lead to a potential conflict of interest, in diverse activities such as teaching, research, publication, working on committees, research funding and consultancy. It is necessary to protect actual professional independence, objectivity and commitment, and also to avoid an appearance of any impropriety arising from conflicts of interest. Conflict of interest is not restricted to personal financial gain; it extends to a large gamut of professional academic activities including peer reviewing, serving on various committees, which may, for example, oversee funding or give recognition, as well as influencing public policy. To promote transparency and enhance credibility, potential conflicts of interests must be disclosed in writing to appropriate authorities, so that a considered decision can be made on a case-by-case basis. Some additional information is available also in the section below dealing with resources.

III. Anti-Ragging

The Institution has a coherent and an effective anti-ragging policy in place which is based on the ‘UGC Regulation on curbing the menace of ragging in higher educational institutions 2009 (hereinafter referred to as the ‘UGC Regulations’). The UGC Regulations have been framed in view of the directions issued by the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India to prevent and prohibit ragging in all Indian educational institutions and colleges. The said UGC Regulations shall apply to this Institution also.

Ragging constitutes one or more of the following acts: a) any conduct by any student or students whether by words spoken or written or by an act which has the effect of teasing, treating or handling with rudeness any student; b) indulging in rowdy or undisciplined activities by any student or students which causes or is likely to cause annoyance, hardship, physical or psychological harm or to raise fear or apprehension thereof in any other student; c) asking any student to do any act which such student will not in the ordinary course do and which has the effect of causing or generating a sense of shame, or torment or embarrassment so as to adversely affect the physique or psyche of such a student; d) any act by a senior student that prevents, disrupts or disturbs the regular academic activity of any student; e) exploiting the services of a student for completing the academic tasks assigned to an individual or a group of students; f) any act of financial extortion or forceful expenditure burden put on a student by other students; g) any act of physical abuse including all variants of it: sexual abuse, stripping, forcing obscene and lewd acts, gestures, causing bodily harm or any other danger to health or person; h) any act or abuse by spoken words, emails, post, public insults which would also include deriving perverted pleasure, vicarious or sadistic thrill from actively or passively participating in the discomfiture to any other student ; i) any act that affects the mental health and self-confidence of any other student with or without an intent to derive a sadistic pleasure or showing off power, authority or superiority by a student over any other student.

Anti-Ragging Committee:

The Anti-Ragging Committee shall examine all complaints of anti-ragging and come out with recommendation based on the nature of the incident.

Anti-Ragging Squad:

To render assistance to students, an Anti-Ragging Squad, which is a smaller body, has also been constituted consisting of various members of the campus community. The said Squad shall keep a vigil on ragging incidents taking place in the community and undertake patrolling functions. Students may note that the squad is active and alert at all times and are empowered to inspect places of potential ragging, and also make surprise raids in hostels and other hotspots in the college. The Squad can also investigate incidents of ragging and make recommendations to the Anti Ragging Committee and shall work under the guidance of the Anti-Ragging Committee. A student found guilty by the committee will attract one or more of the following punishments, as imposed by the Anti-Ragging Committee:

  • Suspension from attending classes and academic privileges.
  • Withholding/ withdrawing scholarship/ fellowship and other benefits.
  • Debarring from appearing in any test/ examination or other evaluation process.
  • Withholding results.
  • Debarring from undertaking any collaborative work or attending national or international conferences/symposia/meeting to present his/her research work.
  • Suspension/ expulsion from the hostels and mess.
  • Cancellation of admission.
  • Expulsion from the institution and consequent debarring from admission to any other institution for a specified period. a) In cases where the persons committing or abetting the act of ragging are not identified, the institute shall resort to collective punishment.
  • If need be, in view of the intensity of the act of ragging committed, a First Information Report (FIR) shall be filed by the Institute with the local police authorities. The Anti-Ragging Committee of the Institute shall take appropriate decision, including imposition of punishment, depending on the facts and circumstances of each incident of ragging and nature and gravity of the incident of ragging

IV. Gender Discrimination and Allied Harassment:

The Institution’s stand on prevention and prohibition of sexual harassment at workplace shall apply mutatis mutandis to the students of the Institute which can be accessed and reviewed by the students as per the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013.Students should note that sexual misconduct or harassment encompasses a range of conduct, including but not limited to sexual assault, unwanted touching or persistent unwelcome comments, e-mails, or pictures of an insulting or degrading sexual nature, which may constitute harassment, which shall depend of the circumstances of each case.