An Internal Complaint Committee (ICC) of the college is hereby formed consisting of the following members w.e.f. 28.09.2021 for a period of 3 years:
1. Dr. Ankur Bhatnagar, Convenor
2. Dr. Raj Kumar, Assistant Professor, Commerce
3. Dr. Neelu Anita Tigga, Assistant Professor, Political Science
4. Mr. Ankur Rai, Advocate
5. Ms. Raj Kumari Gupta, Member, NGO
6. Mr. Arun Giri, Officiating Section Officer
7. Ms. Richa Gaba, Assistant
SATYAWATI advocates the empowerment of women & has zero tolerance for sexual harassment we at Satyawati college had constituted an Internal complaint Committee on Sexual Harassment in the year2018. This proactive action on the part of our college clearly evidences the seriousness with which the management of the college &ICC views complaints of sexual misconduct of any nature.ICC looks swiftly& diligently into the matters related to sexual harassment. Complaint boxes have been placed at two different places in college for reporting of grievances. We have also displaced details of the members of the committee on Our College notice board. Also, posters of the POSH law in simplified words are displayed at various points in the college like girl’s common room, auditorium, office block etc .
To sensitise the students & staff of our college, the ICC had organised an orientation program on sexual Harassment, which included a workshop in August 2018. This orientation program received an overwhelming response from students in particular who seemed to have benefited the most not only in the terms of what constitutes Sexual Harassment but also legal remedies available to them. Many students appreciated our efforts and even reacted very positively. . They feel more safe & secure.
In the last few years, ICC received a few complaints, which were resolved& settled by the committee. We have a team of legal advisers & NGO members to assist ICC in resolving complaints.
Our ICC members are attending workshops & seminars from time to keep them fully informed about the rules etc
Thereafter, the committee continued to reinforce this awareness by roping in students volunteers so that sensitive information and feedback could be shared between peers in an informal and open environment. students and staff alike have the complete freedom to freely approach the ICC including, on conditions of anonymity, by way of drop boxes placed in several parts of college
The ICC on sexual harassment continues till today in its commitment to delivering justice to each & every one irrespective of any economic or social prejudices.
POLICY ON SEXUAL HARASSMENT
After the enactment of the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressed) Act, 2013 and its notification by the Government of India, the University of Delhi issued notification No. Estab.II(1)/27/ACC/2006/ dated 9 January 2014 declaring that the provisions of this Act supersede the University Ordinance XV-D. Further, vide its Notification No. Estab.II(i)/027/ACC/2006 dated 16 January 2014 the University of Delhi constituted its own Internal Complaints Committee as required under the Act and directed all colleges/institutions under it to constitute their own Internal Complaints Committees.
According to the Act of 2013, the University of Delhi is committed to maintaining and creating an academic and work environment free of sexual harassment for students, academic staff and non-teaching staff of the University of Delhi.
Sexual Harassment shall include, but will not be confined to, the following:
When submission to unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favours, and verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature is made, either implicitly or explicitly, a ground for any decision relating to employment, academic performance, extracurricular activities, or entitlement to services or opportunities at the University of Delhi.
When unwelcome sexual advances, verbal and non-verbal and/or physical conduct such as loaded comments, remarks or jokes, letters, phone calls or e-mails, gestures, an exhibition of pornography, lurid stares, physical contact, stalking, sounds or display of a derogatory nature that have the purpose and/or effect of interfering with an individual's performance or of creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment.
When a person uses, with a sexual purpose, the body or any part of it or any object as an extension of the body in relation to another person without the latter's consent or against the person's will, such conduct will amount to sexual assault.
When deprecatory comments, conduct or any such behaviour is based on the gender identity/sexual orientation of the person and/or when the classroom or other public forum of the University is used to denigrate/discriminate against a person or create a hostile environment on the basis of a person's gender identity/sexual orientation.
At the level of College, all complaints of this nature, are to be routed through the Internal Complaints Committee, to be comprised of:
A Presiding Officer - a woman employed at a senior level at the workplace from amongst the employees. [Sec.4 (2) (a)]
Not less than two Members - from amongst the employees preferably committed to the cause of women OR who have had experience in social work OR have legal knowledge.[Sec.4 (2) (b)]
One Member - from amongst NGOs OR associations committed to the cause of women OR a person familiar with issues relating to sexual harassment.[Sec.4 (2) (c)]
One half of the total Members nominated should be women. [Sec.4 (2) (c)].
Under the UGC guidelines of May 2016, as directed by the University of Delhi, the membership has extended to include three elected student members and two nominated non-teaching members.
The Presiding Officers and Members will hold office for a period not exceeding three years. [Sec. 4 (3)]
The Internal Complaints Committee (ICC) so constituted will carry out its responsibilities as contained in Chapters (IV) and (V) of the Act.
Students' Representation on ICC
The UGC (Prevention, prohibition and redressal of sexual harassment of women employees and students in higher educational institutions) Regulations 2015 stipulates the composition of the Internal Complaints Committee (ICC) in Section-4.
As per the UGC Regulations 2015:
There will be nine members on ICC: a Presiding Officer, two faculty members and two non-teaching employees, one member from amongst non-government organisations or associations and three students.
Three students will be elected through the transparent democratic procedure.
The term of the Office of the members on the ICC shall be for three years, HEIs may also employ a system whereby one-third of the members of the ICC may change every year.
The Staff Council, Miranda House of 14 December 2018 noted that the Ordinance XV-D also provided for three students' representation on the College Complaints Committee (redressal committee under the Ordinance). The process laid down by the Ordinance XV-D provided for a mechanism that was transparent and democratic. At the same time, the procedure of election produced sensitisation because of the greater involvement of students. The Staff Council, therefore, adopted that the same procedure for electing the three students' representation on the Internal Complaints Committee.
Election of three students' representatives to ICC
1. Every year, three student representatives shall be elected to ICC from a Gender Sensitising Committee of students comprising one elected representative of each class. At least one of the three representatives should be a second-year graduate student.
2. Election schedule:
* Last date for nomination (duly proposed and seconded): 1st week of September
* Withdrawal: 2nd week of September.
* Polling: 3rd week of September
* A minimum interval of three working days should be given between the stages. In any case, the whole process shall be completed on or before 25th September.
3. Mode of Elections:
The first stage for the election of the student representatives, i.e. electing from each class a member of the GSC, can be done over a period of a week.
The election will be through a secret ballot.
Three students polling a maximum number of votes will be elected as representatives. The student representatives include at least one from 2nd year in the ICC.
The elections will be conducted by the Principal as Returning Officer and Convenor, Women Development Cell as Presiding Officer.
At the time of counting the votes, candidates/ a nominee of each candidate can be present as an observer.
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