GRIEVANCE REDRESSAL CELL (GRC)
The function of the cell is to look into the complaints lodged by any student, and judge its merit. The Grievance cell is also empowered to look into matters of harassment. Anyone with a genuine grievance may approach the department members in person, or in consultation with the Students Council. In case the person is unwilling to appear in self, grievances may be dropped in writing at the letterbox/suggestion box of the Grievance Cell at Administrative Block.
The objective of the Grievance Cell is to develop a responsive and accountable attitude among all the stakeholders in order to maintain a harmonious educational atmosphere in the institute. A Grievance Cell should be constituted for the Redressal of the problems reported by the Students of the College with the following objectives:
Upholding the dignity of the College by ensuring strife free atmosphere in the College through promoting cordial Student-Student relationship and Student-Teacher relationship etc.
Encouraging the Students to express their grievances / problems freely and frankly, without any fear of being victimized.
Suggestion / complaint Box is installed in front of the Administrative Block in which the Students, who want to remain anonymous, put in writing their grievances and their suggestions for improving the Academics / Administration in the College.
Advising Students of the College to respect the right and dignity of one another and show utmost restraint and patience whenever any occasion of rift arises.
Advising all the Students to refrain from inciting Students against other Students, Teachers and College administration
Advising all staffs to be affectionate to the Students and not behave in a vindictive manner towards any of them for any reason.
Ragging in any form is strictly prohibited in and outside the institution. Any violation of ragging and disciplinary rules should be urgently brought to the notice of the Principal.
MECHANISM FOR REDRESSAL OF GRIEVANCES
MECHANISM FOR REDRESSAL OF GRIEVANCES OF STUDENTS and STAFF
The students are the main stakeholders in any institution imparting education, and it is our endeavor to make all efforts to ensure transparency in all the activities at different stages. Taking this spirit in consideration the institute has decided to provide mechanism to students for Redressal of their grievances as under:
The Grievances may broadly include the following complaints of the aggrieved students
- Grievance related to Assessment
- Grievance related to Victimization
- Grievance related to Attendance
- Grievance related to charging of fees
- Grievance regarding conducting of Examinations
- Harassment by colleague students or the teachers etc.
It is good to air a grievance rather than to keep it bottled up. Protection of human rights is essential for all round development of an individual’s personality. To realize the primary needs of the students and staff and secure civil liberties for everybody, a Grievance Redressal Cell has been constituted. The cell is indented to find solutions for problems like, (i) Sexual harassment - any kind of physical or mental harassment (ii) Complaints regarding class room teaching - class room management, completion of syllabus, teaching methods, etc., if and when they arise. The Grievance Redressal Cell convenes meetings periodically and takes steps to redress the grievance.
PROCEDURE FOR REDRESSAL OF GRIEVANCES
- An aggrieved student who has the Grievance or Grievances at the Department level shall make an application first to the HoD. The Head of Department after verifying the facts will try to redress the grievance within a reasonable time. If the student is not satisfied with the verdict or solution of the HoD, then the same should be placed before the Department level committee.
- If the student is not satisfied with the decision of Department committee, he/she can submit an appeal to the Institute level grievance committee within a week from the date of the receipt of the reply from the Department level committee.
- The convenor of Institute grievance committee, after verifying the facts and the papers concerned and having discussion within the Chairman of the Department committee will place the matter before the Institute level committee which shall either endorse the decision of the Department level committee or shall pass appropriate order in the best possible manner within a reasonable time.
- If the student is not satisfied with the Redressal offered by the Institute level committee and feels that his/her Grievance is not redressed, he/she can submit an appeal to the central grievance committee within a week from the date of receipt of decision with the relevant details.
- While dealing with the complaint the committee at all levels will observe law of natural justice and hear the complainant and concerned people.
- While passing an order on any Grievance at any level the relevant provisions of Act/Regulations should be kept in mind and no such order should be passed in contradiction of the same.
- The student will submit the application of Grievance or appeal to the Institute level committee or central grievance Redressal committee, as the case may be, through the Head of Department and Head of Institute concerned.
The cell will deal with Grievances received in writing from the students about any of the following matters:-
Related to timely issue of duplicate Mark-sheets, Transfer Certificates, Conduct Certificates or other examination related matters.
Related to dues and payments for various items from library, hostels
Related to certain misgivings about conditions of sanitation, preparation of food, availability of transport, victimization by teachers etc.
- The cases will be attended promptly on receipt of written grievances from the students .
- The cell formally will review all cases and will act accordingly as per the Management policy.
- The cell will give report to the authority about the cases attended to and the number of pending cases, if any, which require direction and guidance from the higher authorities.
Procedure for lodging complaint:
- The students may feel free to put up a grievance in writing/or in the format available in the admin dept. and drop it in boxes.
- The Grievance Cell will act upon those cases which have been forwarded along with the necessary documents.
- The Grievance Cell will assure that the grievance has been properly solved in a stipulated time limit provided by the cell.
POLICY AND GUIDELINES FOR PREVENTION OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT OF (POSH) WOMEN AT WORK PLACE
PREVENTION OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT OF WOMEN AT WORK PLACE (POSH)
POSH Cell was established in the year 2015 and comes into effect from 14.11.2011. As per the directions of Anna University and guidelines of UGC dated on 05.11.15.
About the cell
In compliance with the Supreme Court Judgment and guidelines issued in 1997 to provide for the effective enforcement of the basic human right of gender equality and guarantee against sexual harassment and abuse, more particularly against sexual harassment at work places the University Grants Commission (UGC) has issued circulars since 1998 and insisting the enactment of the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal Act -Sexual Harassment Act in April 2013) to all the universities, advising them to establish a permanent cell /committee and to frame guidelines to combat sexual harassment, violence against women and ragging at the universities and colleges. It has further advised the universities to be proactive by developing a conducive atmosphere on the campus, where the women are respected and they are treated with dignity. As per the guidelines of UGC and the recommendation of the Anna University a Committee against Sexual Harassment/ (ICC) Internal Complaints Committee at SSM institute of engineering and technology have been established to provide a healthy and congenial atmosphere to the staff and students of the College.
This includes all forms of gender violence, sexual harassment, and discrimination on the basis of sex/gender. This also meets the obligation as mandated by the Supreme Court of India, in its landmark judgment in August 1997 viz., Vishaka& others vs. the State of Rajasthan & others which stated that every instance of sexual harassment is a violation of “Fundamental Rights” under Articles 14, 15, and 21 of the Constitution of India, and amounts to a violation of the “Right to Freedom” under Article 19 (1) (g). This judgment makes it obligatory for every employer and other responsible persons to follow the guide lines laid down by the Court and to evolve a specific policy to combat sexual harassment in the workplace. Thus to ensure the above mentioned human rights, SSM institute of engineering and technology has proactively established the Prevention of Sexual Harassment Cell (POSH) Cell.
According to the Supreme Court, sexual harassment is defined as “unwelcome sexually determined behavior such as”
Physical contact and making advances
A demand or request for sexual favors
Sexually oriented remarks
Use of electronic media (phone, internet, intranet) for perpetrating any of the above
Any other unwelcome physical, verbal, or non-verbal conduct of a sexual nature
In short, the definition of sexual harassment is broad enough to include all kinds of offensive, hostile, intimidating, humiliating and exploitative language, gestures and conduct
The Role of the cell:
Prevent discrimination and sexual harassment against women, by promoting gender amity among students and employees.
Deal with cases of discrimination and sexual harassment against women, in a time bound manner, aiming at ensuring support services to the victimized and termination of the harassment.
To ensure that appropriate action is taken against the offender.
To ensure that victims and witnesses are not victimized or discriminated because of their Complaint.
To take proactive measures towards sensitization of the working and learning community on gender issues so that the University is an excellent work place for all.
Recommend appropriate punitive action against the guilty party to the cell.
If informal methods such as telling the perpetrator to stop harassing do not succeed, the victim c
An lodge a complaint through email or by a telephone call to any of the members of ICC.
The complainant's name and identity will be kept confidential.
An atmosphere of mutual respect among members of the academic community is necessary for SSMIET, to function as a Technical Institution. Any violation of mutual trust, any form of threats or exploitation, damages the institution's educational process by undermining the essential freedoms of inquiry and expression. Students, staff, and faculty must feel personally secure for real learning to take place. As a place of work and study, SSMIET must be free of discrimination and harassment in all of its forms, including threats and exploitation. All students, staff, and faculty must be assured that the SSMIET will take action to prevent such misconduct and that anyone who engages in such behavior is subject to disciplinary procedures. SSMIET has a legal obligation to provide a harassment / discrimination free environment, and is committed to maintaining an academic, working and residential environment which is free of inappropriate and disrespectful conduct of a derogatory nature regarding any woman especially when such conduct adversely affects a student's or an employee's work / educational environment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment. Discrimination and / or harassment are prohibited personnel practices when it has the effect or purpose of abusing others based on direct or implied discrimination. It is also a prohibited personnel practice when it interferes with an individual's academic, social or work performance. The effect may include, but is not limited to: anguish, withdrawal from a course, a department or a career. This policy applies to all Employee / Employee, Employee / Student, Employee / Members of Management or Student / Members of Management cases of discrimination or harassment.
SCOPE OF GUIDELINES
ASSISTANCE BY THE COLLEGE
INTERNAL COMPLAINTS COMMITTEE
WHO, WHEN AND HOW TO APPROACH THE COMMITTEE
PROCEDURE FOR INVESTIGATION OF COMPLAINTS
PROTECTION AGAINST VICITIMISATION
SSMIET is a Technical institution approved by AICTE and affiliated to Anna University: Chennai is committed to provide to the nation good quality trained human resources who are socially sensitive have inquisitive minds. SSMIET is committed to prevent sexual harassment and provide for environment that enables employees to work without fear of prejudice, gender bias and sexual harassment. With the objective of providing a safe and friendly environment to all at the college, the college has framed the guidelines to ensure prevention of sexual harassment at workplace.
Medium of conducting Sexual Harassment
A person can be guilty of sexual harassment if any unwelcome sexually determined behavior is committed through any of the following ways:
Chats on any electronic medium like whatsApp, twitter, facebook, etc.
Showing of pornography clipping
Sounds or display of a derogatory nature
Any other understandable medium
SCOPE OF GUIDELINES
It applies to all the following who can be either victim or accused:
All students i.e. an undergraduate, post graduate and a repeaters
(Out gone students but having arrears paper)
Any ex-student permitted to use the facility of library, laboratory, reading room
Administrative and support Staff, Office assistants, scavengers – permanent and Temporary
Faculty members –Teaching and Laboratory Technicians, Lab Assistants- Permanent and temporary
Members of management
ASSISTANCE BY COLLEGE
In order to foster a fearless environment, the COLLEGE shall take proactive steps in preventing sexual harassment and resolving disputes of such nature.
To provide counseling services to the complainant
To undertake workshops and training programmes at regular intervals. (Twice in a year)
Sensitizing the students, faculty members and employees regarding the sexual harassment guidelines
To pursue the complaint and the safety of the complainant
To assure confidentiality of the case
To form the Internal Complaints Committee to deal with the cases relating to Sexual Harassment
To inform the members about the Internal Complaints Committee by displaying the same at conspicuous place
To provide necessary facilities to the Internal Committee as the case may be, for dealing with the complaint and conducting inquiry assist in securing the attendance of respondent and witnesses before the Internal Committee or the Local Committee, as the case may be;
To make available such information to the Internal Committee as the case may be, as it may require.
ICC: (Internal Complaints Committee)
The College has established an Internal Complaints Committee to address the grievances of any person subjected to sexual harassment.
Composition of the Committee
The committee consists of seven members headed and nominated by the PRINCIPAL of the total number of members, minimum three have to be women of seven members, two members are representative of teaching staff and two members are representative of non-teaching staff, one student representative and one member is a representative of the management.
INTERNAL COMPLAINTS COMMITTEE:
Working of the Committee
The PRINCIPAL shall appoint a chairperson and a secretary from amongst the members
The Chairperson will be a woman
In the absence of the chairperson, Principal shall suggest acting chairperson of the particular meeting
The name of the members of the committee, along with their contact places and telephone numbers, e-mail id are displayed at all times at conspicuous place of the main notice board of each of the college premises and department notice-boards.
The committee will meet twice in a semester
The chairperson has the power to call a special meeting on written request of not less than 1/3rd members with the consent of the Principal
The quorum for any meeting shall be at least three members
WHO, WHEN AND HOW TO APPROACH THE COMMITTEE
Who Can Approach
Right to approach the Internal Committee lies with:
Victim's family members
Witness of the Act
Suo moto by the committee
How to Approach
A complaint can be lodged with any member of the cell
Written complaint shall be signed / thumb impression by the complainant
Complaint can be oral or written
In case of oral complaint, the committee member to whom complaint has been made shall document it and get it signed by the complainant before any proceedings
Every complaint filed will be kept fully confidential
Where the complainant is unable to make a complaint on account of physical or mental incapacity or death or otherwise, legal heir or such other person as may be prescribed may make a complaint
When to Approach the Internals Complaint Committee
The victim should approach the committee within one month of the commission of any act amounting sexual harassment
The committee has the discretion to condone the delay in filing complaint.
PROCEDURE FOR INVESTIGATION OF COMPLAINTS:
The committee member to whom the complaint is made forwards the same to the chairperson within 10 days.
A meeting is convened by the chairperson within three weeks from the date of communication to him.
At the first meeting, the complainant or his/her representative will be heard
In case of a woman complainant, if she specifically expresses a desire that she be allowed to depose in the presence of women members of the cell, the cell will hear the complaint after male members have withdrawn from the hearing.
It is at the discretion of the cell to decide whether the complaint is to be proceeded with.
It is the duty of the Committee, to ascertain the wishes of the complainant before proceeding with the complaint. If complainant wishes only warning to the accused
If the complainant wishes that only warning would suffice, and then the alleged offender will be called to the meeting of the committee, heard, and if so satisfied that a warning is just and proper, it will be recommended to the Principal, that the accused may be warned about his behavior.
The matter is then treated as concluded after recording in the complaint register to that effect
A necessary note is made in the service book of the employee or record of the student
The cell verifies the compliance of the action taken. Complaint register is maintained by the committee
If complainant wishes to conduct enquiry
Before proceeding with the enquiry, the committee shall decide whether the delinquent deserves to be placed under suspension or prohibited from entering the premises pending enquiry, keeping in mind the nature and gravity of the misdemeanor complained of.
In case the committee comes to the conclusion that such an action is necessary, it shall recommend to the Principal accordingly
The committee shall accord fair and reasonable opportunity to the delinquent to defend himself and shall ensure observance of the principles of natural justice
Two weeks’ time is given to the delinquent to explain why he should not be treated as guilty of his behavior and not be punished for the act complained off
If not written explanation is submitted or if the written explanation is not sufficient, the committee shall recommend at the outset whether the offence deserves a minor or a major penalty.
The committee recommends the penalty to the Principal who shall then expeditiously act on such recommendations.
Grant of Leave
During the pendency of inquiry, on a written request made by the aggrieved person, the Internal Committee or the Local Committee, as the case may be, may recommend to the Principal to-
(a) Grant leave to the aggrieved person or
(b) Grant such other relief to the aggrieved person as may be prescribed.
The leave granted to the aggrieved person under this section shall be in addition to entitled leave.
On the recommendation of the Internal Committee the Principal shall implement the recommendations made regarding granting leave to the victim.
PROTECTION AGAINST VICITIMISATION
In the event of complainant being a student and the accused being a Teaching staff, during the pendency of the investigation and inquiry and even after such an enquiry if the Teaching staff is found guilty, then such teacher shall not act as an examiner for any examination for which the student appears.In the event of complainant and the accused both being employees, during the pendency of the investigation and inquiry, even after such an inquiry, if the accused is found guilty, the accused shall not write the confidential reports of the complainant, if he otherwise so authorized.
The committee may recommend the following penalties on a person found guilty of sexual harassment.
In case of employee being guilty of Sexual Harassment Penalties
Warning, Reprimand or Censure
Withholding of increments or promotion
Reduction to a post in the lower pay scale or to a lower stage of increment
Compensation to the Victim
Termination / dismissal from service
In Case Student Is Found Guilty Of Sexual Harassment Penalties
Bond of Good Behaviour
Debarring entry into a campus/ hostel
Suspension for a specified period of time
Compensation to the victim
Debarring from examination for a specified period of time, decided by the committee
Expulsion from the college
Determination of Compensation
For the purpose of determining the compensation to be paid to the aggrieved person the Internal Committee shall have regard to
The mental trauma, pain, suffering and emotional distress caused to the victim;
The loss in the career opportunity due to the incident of sexual harassment
Medical expenses incurred by the victim for physical or psychiatric treatment
The income and financial status of the respondent;
Feasibility of such payment in lump sum or in installments.
ROLE AND RESPONSIBILITY
Responsibility for Redressal:
- The final responsibility for grievance Redressal rests with the Principal of the college.
- The college expects that grievance Redressal be time bound and result oriented. Every grievance is expected to be resolved within a reasonable period.
- The grievance Redressal cell of the college shall monitor status and progress of grievance Redressal and shall furnish report on grievance Redressal position to the Principal.
- In case of any grievance the members of the cell are empowered to sort out the problems at their level through discussion with students.
- In case the members fail to find out any solution then the matter is referred to the Principal for final commitment on the matter.
- Considering the nature and depth of the grievances due inquiry is made by the members of the cell and through personal discussion the matter is solved. If anybody is found to be guilty for any kind of nuisance he or she is given punishment with due consideration with the Principal. The nature of punishment, information to the police (if situation arises for so) and expelling from the college are as per the rule of the institute.
The grievance Redressal cell shall not entertain the following issues:
- Decisions of the Governing body, Academic council, Board of studies and other administrative or academic committees constituted by the University.
- Decisions with regard to award of scholarship, fee concessions, medals etc;
- Decisions made by the University with regard to disciplinary matters and misconduct.
- Decisions of the University about admissions in any courses offered by the institute.
- Decisions by competent authority on assessment and examination result.
The cell is having the provision of being reconstituted every year if situation arises for so by the Principal himself along with suggestions sought from the in charge administrative body. Care has to be taken to select staff members from each stream.
Details of Grievance Redressal Meetings/Programme
Name of the Programme
Grievance Awareness Meeting
06.05.22 & 07.05.22
Makkali Thedi Maruthuvam
Master health checkup
Grievance Awareness Meeting
Faculty and Student counselling with Dr.S.Aasha
First year students counselling
Roles & Responsibilities of office bearers
Student counselling with Dr.S.Aasha
Awareness Girls Students
Grievance Cell Meeting
Roles & Responsibilities of office bearers
Girls Students Awareness Programme
Girls Students Awareness meeting Programme
Grievance Redressal Meeting
Dr. G. Selvabharathi B.Tech., M.E., Ph.D
DEPARTMENT OF CIVIL ENGINEERING,
SSM INSTITUTE OF ENGINEERING & TECHNOLOGY,