Rajagiri College of Management and Applied science

Policy on Prevention of Sexual Harassment

Introduction

Rajagiri College of Management and Applied Sciences (RCMAS) is committed to providing a safe, respectful, and inclusive learning and working environment for all its members. Sexual harassment is a violation of fundamental human rights and dignity and undermines the values of equality and mutual respect. This Policy on Prevention of Sexual Harassment reaffirms the college’s commitment to preventing and addressing instances of sexual harassment effectively.

Definition of Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment refers to unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal, non-verbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature that creates a hostile, intimidating, or offensive environment. This includes but is not limited to:

  1. Sexual comments, jokes, or gestures.
  2. Persistent requests for dates or sexual favors.
  3. Displaying sexually explicit materials.
  4. Physical contact of a sexual nature without consent.
  5. Online harassment, including cyberstalking or sending sexually explicit messages.
  6. Scope of Application

This policy applies to all members of the RCMAS community, including faculty, staff, students, visitors, and anyone associated with the college in any capacity. It covers incidents of sexual harassment that occur on college premises, during college-sponsored events or activities, or in any context related to college affairs.

Preventive Measures

RCMAS adopts the following preventive measures to create awareness and foster a culture of respect and dignity:

Conducting orientation sessions and training programs to educate members of the college community about sexual harassment, its impact, and the procedures for reporting incidents.

Displaying posters, distributing pamphlets, and organizing awareness campaigns to promote understanding of rights and responsibilities related to sexual harassment.

Providing counseling services and support mechanisms for individuals who have experienced or witnessed sexual harassment.

Procedures for Addressing Complaints

RCMAS has an established Internal Complaints Committee (ICC) to receive, investigate, and address complaints of sexual harassment. The committee is comprised of impartial members representing faculty, staff, students and expert from the industry are responsible for ensuring fair and prompt resolution of complaints. The details of the coordinator will be displayed in the notice borad.

Any member of the college community who experiences or witnesses’ sexual harassment is encouraged to report the incident to the ICC, or the college authorities promptly. Complaints will be handled with confidentiality, sensitivity, and impartiality. Appropriate action will be taken to address the issue, including conducting a thorough investigation, providing support to the complainant, and imposing disciplinary measures on the perpetrator if found guilty.

Disciplinary Action

Individuals found guilty of engaging in sexual harassment will face disciplinary action, which may include but is not limited to:

  1. Reprimand or warning.
  2. Suspension from duties or academic activities.
  3. Termination of employment or expulsion from the college.
  4. Legal action as per the provisions of the law.

Conclusion

RCMAS is committed to maintaining a campus environment free from sexual harassment, where all individuals are treated with dignity, respect, and fairness. By enforcing strict policies, promoting awareness, and providing support services, the college aims to empower its community members to prevent and address sexual harassment effectively.

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