The university in pursuance of the regulations published by UGC “University Grants Commission (Prevention, prohibition and redressal of sexual harassment of women employees and students in higher educational institutions) Regulations, 2015” has constituted the Internal Complaints Committee (ICC) at Nirma University for prevention, prohibition and redressal of sexual harassment of women employees and students at the university.
Definition of Sexual Harassment
Sexual harassment means-
(i) An unwanted conduct with sexual undertones if it occurs or which is persistent and which demeans, humiliates or creates a hostile and intimidating environment or is calculated to induce submission by actual or threatened adverse consequences and includes any one or more or all of the following unwelcome acts or behaviour (whether directly or by implication), namely:
(a) any unwelcome physical, verbal or nonverbal conduct of sexual nature
(b) demand or request for sexual favours
(c) making sexually coloured remarks
(d) physical contact and advances; or
(e) showing pornography
(ii) Any one (or more than one or all) of the following circumstances, if it occurs or is present in relation or connected with any behaviour that has explicit or implicit sexual undertones:
(a) implied or explicit promise of preferential treatment as quid pro quo for sexual favours
(b) implied or explicit threat of detrimental treatment in the conduct of work
(c) implied or explicit threat about the present or future status of the person concerned
(d) creating an intimidating offensive or hostile learning environment
(e) humiliating treatment likely to affect the health, safety dignity or physical integrity of the person concerned
Procedure for Approaching Committee
An aggrieved person is required to submit a written complaint to the ICC within three months from the date of the incident and in case of a series of incidents within a period of three months from the date of the last incident. Provided that where such a complaint cannot be made in writing, the Chairperson or any member of the ICC shall render all reasonable assistance to the person for making the complaint in writing.
Provided further that the ICC may, for the reasons to be accorded in the writing, extend the time limit not exceeding three months if it is satisfied that the circumstances were such that prevented the person from filing a complaint within the said period. Friends, relatives, colleagues, co-students, psychologists or any other associate of the victim may also file the complaint in a situation where the aggrieved person is unable to make a complaint on account of physical or mental incapacity or death.