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PREVENTION OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT OF WOMEN AT THE WORKPLACE

Definition of Sexual Harasment:

The following constitute sexual harassment:

When there are unwelcomed sexual advances, and verbal, non-verbal and/ or physical conduct such as loaded comments, remarks or jokes, letters, phone calls or e-mails, gestures, exhibition of pornography, lurid stares, physical contact, stalking, sounds or display of a derogatory nature.

When submission to unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favours, and verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature are, implicitly or explicitly, made a term or condition of teaching/guidance, employment, participation or evaluation of a women’s engagement in any University activity.

When a person/s uses, with a sexual purpose, the body or any part of it or any object as an extension of body in relation to another women without the latter’s consent or against that women’s will.

When deprecatory comments, conduct or any such behavior is based on the gender identity/sexual orientation of the women and/or when the classroom or other public forum of the University is used to denigrate/discriminate against women(s), or create a hostile environment on the basis of a women’s gender identity/sexual orientation.

All the above are perceived as having the purpose and/ or effect of interfering with a women’s performance or of creating an intimidating, hosting, or offensive environment.

DEFINITION:

  1. ‘Campus’ includes all places of work and residence in the Goa University or any College or Institutions affiliated to Goa University. It includes all places of instruction, research and administration, as well as hotel, health centres,sports grounds, staff quarters, public places(including parks, streets and lanes) and canteens, etc. on Goa University campus or the campus of any College or institution affiliated to Goa University.
  2. ‘Committee’ means Committee for the prevention of Sexual Harassment of Women at the Workplace (henceforth CPSHW).
  3. ‘Contractor’  includes but is not limited to any private person offering residential, food and other facilities to Goa University.
  4. ‘Disciplinary Authority’ is the competent authority to take disciplinary action against the delinquent.
  5. ‘Members of the University’ includes students, teachers and non-teaching staff of the University.
  6. ‘Non-Teaching Staff’ includes any person on the staff of the university or any of the College/institutions affiliated to it, who is not included in the category of teacher. It shall also include contract workers, and daily wage employee.
  7. ‘Outsider’ includes any person who is not a member of the University or a resident.
  8. ‘Resident’   includes any person who is a temporary or permanent resident of any of the accommodations or premises allotted to an employee by the Goa University or by any of the College or institutions affiliated to it.
  9. ‘Students’ includes regular students as well as ex-students of Goa University.
  10. ‘Teachers’ includes any person on the staff of the University or any of the College/institutions affiliated to it, who is appointed to a teaching and/or research post, whether full time, temporary, ad-hoc, part-time, visiting, honorary, or on special duty or deputation and shall include employees employed on a casual or project basis.

JURISDICTION

The rules and regulations outlined in this policy shall be applicable to all complaints made of Sexual harassment.

The sexual harassment could be:

  1. By a member of the university against any female member of the University irrespective of whether the harassment is alleged to have taken place within or outside the campus.
  2. By a resident against a female member of the University or made by a female member against a resident irrespective of whether sexual harassment is alleged to have taken place within or outside the campus.
  3. By an outsider/contractor against a female member of the University or by a member of the University against an outsider/contractor if the harassment is alleged to have taken place within the campus. In such cases the CPSHW may recommend that the University/College authorities initiate action by making a complaint with the appropriate authority. Further the CPSHW may actively assist and provide available recourses to the complainant in pursuing the complaint.
  4. By a member of the University against a female outsider/contractor if the sexual harassment is alleged to have taken place outsider the campus. In such cases the CPSHW may recommend that the University/College authorities initiate action by making a complaint with the appropriate authority. Further the CPSHW may actively assist and provide available recourses to the complainant in pursuing the complaint.

REDRESSAL:

  1. The College/University shall suspend the alleged harasser after a prima facie case has been established.
  2. The Head of the institution upon receipt of the inquiry report shall refer the same to the Governing Body/Executive Council (EC) and institute disciplinary action on the basis of the recommendation of the CPSHW under relevant service rules.
  3. The disciplinary action will be commensurate with the nature of the violation.
  4. In the case of University/College employees, disciplinary action could be in the form of:
    1. Warning
    2. Written Apology
    3. Bond of Good behavior
    4. Adverse remarks in the Confidential report
    5. Debarring from supervisory duties
    6. Denial of membership of statutory bodies
    7. Denial of re-employment
    8. Stopping of increments/promotion
    9. Reverting, demotion
    10. Suspension
    11. Dismissal
    12. Any other relevant mechanism.
  5. In case of students , disciplinary action  could be in the form of:
    1. Warning
    2. Written apology
    3. Bond of Good behavior
    4. Debarring entry into a hostel/campus
    5. Suspension for a specific period of time
    6. Withholding results
    7. Debarring from exams
    8. Debarring from contesting elections
    9. Debarring from holding posts such as member of Committee of Programmes, membership of college union,etc.
    10. Expulsion
    11. Denial of Admission
    12. Declaring the harasser as ”persona non grata” for a stipulate period of time
    13. Any other relevant mechanism. 

REGISTERING A COMPLAINT

PERSONS WHO CAN MAKE A COMPLAINT: The victim/s of sexual harassment or any other person on behalf of the victim/s.

PERSONS WHO CAN RECEIVE COMPLAINTS: CPSHW secretariat (or individual members), Vice Chancellor, Registrar, Head of the Institution, Head of the Department, teaching or non teaching staff member of the University/College/affiliated institution.