Student Code of Conduct

Preamble

Upon admission into the Institution, a student accepts the mission of the Institution and is subject to the following principles:

1. All human beings are endowed by their Creator with certain rights and no student, faculty or staff of the Institution may infringe upon the rights of fellow Members of the Institute.

2. The goal of the Institution is advancement of knowledge which cannot occur without a safe and comfortable learning environment. All persons working at and attending the Institution are responsible for the creation and maintenance of such an environment.

3. The Institution learning environment must be one in which all persons’ views are listened to and tolerated unless they violate Principles 1 and 2 (mentioned above). Learning in a democratic society must take place through the free exchange of ideas. The Institution’s Student Code of Conduct has been formulated with the goal of upholding the stated mission. It is the responsibility of the Institution to make this Code of Conduct available to all members of the Institution community such that in case of violations and subsequent convening of the Disciplinary Committee, all measures and procedures are clear to all parties concerned. Violations of the Code of Conduct shall invoke disciplinary process as outlined in this document. Sanctions will be commensurate with the seriousness of the offense and may include suspension or in extreme cases, expulsion from the Institution. Repeated offenses justify increasingly severe sanctions.

Code of Conduct

2.1. Free Expression and Disruption

Being an academic Institution, the Institution is committed to the open expression and constructive debate of alternative views, theory and data. It recognizes and respects all peaceful and non-obstructive forms of dissent, whether individual or collective, that are within the Institution’s regulations and which do not interfere with the regular and essential operation of the Institution. Disruption, in this context, has been defined as an action or combination of actions by an individual or a group that unreasonably interferes with, hinders, obstructs or prevents the smooth and regular functioning and operations of the Institution, including the holding of classes and all administrative functions. If an action is determined by the Institution authority as disruptive, authorized officials have the right to restrain or prohibit such a behavior.

2.2. Intolerance

The Institution aims and strives to maintain an environment that is tolerant and respectful toward others irrespective of gender, race, religion, class, political affiliation, caste, status or position in the Institution or the community at large. To this end, intolerance refers to an attitude, feeling or belief wherein an individual shows contempt for other individuals or groups based on the characteristics mentioned above. As stated in the policy statement on free expression, the expression of diverse views and opinions is encouraged and any attempts to (hamper) obstruct such expression will be considered an act of disruption by the Institution’s authorities.

2.3. Physical Abuse

The Institution is committed to the safety and well-being of all its members and strives to maintain an environment that is free from acts of violence. The Institution will not tolerate any acts of physical violence, such as beating, punching, kicking, unwanted physical contact with a person and the like by any member of the Institution community.

2.4. Smoking

The Institution desires to achieve a public environment as close to being smoke-free as practicable. Achieving this goal will require the willingness, understanding, and patience of all members of the campus community working together. As a general rule, preferential consideration shall be given to nonsmokers whenever it is clear that they are being exposed involuntarily to smoke. It is the responsibility of all members of the campus community to observe the provisions of these guidelines and make the whole campus smoking free as much as possible. The following guidelines are designed to achieve this goal:

a. Smoking is prohibited in all indoor locations of the Institution.

b. Any other area designated as “non-smoking” by the Institution.

Violations of Code

3.1. Acts of Academic Dishonesty

3.1.1. Plagiarism: Representing the work of another as one’s own work.

3.1.2. Preparing work for another that is to be used as the other’s own work.

3.1.3. Cheating.

3.1.4. Knowingly furnishing false information to the Institution official about academic matters.

3.2. Acts of Social or Personal Misconduct

3.2.1. Violence

a. Physical abuse.

b. Direct threat of violence, either verbal or written or by electronic message.

c. Intimidation, either verbal or written or by electronic message.

d. Participation in any activity to disrupt any function of the Institution by force or violence or provocation.

e. Reckless behavior that causes danger or threat to person(s).

3.2.2. Deliberate obstruction or interference to any person’s right to attend or participate in the Institution function.

3.2.3. Causing Fear and Apprehension using misrepresentation, misinformation, force or coercion to solicit support, signatures or participation in activities of a subversive nature or detrimental to the normal functioning of the Institution.

3.2.4. Any conduct, expression or language considered improper in interacting with faculty members, the Institution official and staff.

3.2.5. Property Damage

a. Arson.

b. Willful or malicious damage or destruction of property.

c. Reckless behavior causing damage to property.

3.2.6. Possession and/or use of weapons

a. Firearms.

b. Explosives or explosive materials such as bombs, cocktails, chemicals or anything in similar nature.

c. Fireworks except as and when authorized by a designated University official.

d. Knives, clubs, sticks or any item that is used with the intention to cause harm/injury or threat.

3.2.7. Disobedience

a. Disobedience, interference, resistance, or failure to comply with the directive of an identified the Institution official acting in the line of duty.

b. Trespassing and other forms of unauthorized presence.

3.2.8. Deception

a. Furnishing false information to the Institution with the intent to deceive.

b. Forgery, alteration or misuse of University documents, records and identification cards.

c. Forgery or issuing a bad check with intent to defraud.

3.2.9. Theft

a. Misappropriation or conversion of the Institution funds, supplies, equipment, labor, material, space or facilities.

b. Possession, storing or transport of stolen the Institution property.

c. Aiding or abetting theft of the Institution property.

3.2.10. Safety

Tampering with elevators, security devices such as doors and locks, the Institution equipment such as computers and electronics and/or other the Institution equipment.

3.2.11. Drugs or controlled substances

a. Manufacture.

b. Sale or delivery.

c. Unauthorized possession, carrying or use.

3.2.12 Indecent Behavior

Disorderly actions or committing any lewd act including indecent or uncalled for remarks or exposure that demonstrate obscene conduct and indecency.

3.2.13 Tarnishing the Institute Image

Behavior, inside or outside campus, that damages University’s image or functioning in any way.

3.2.14. Other Violations

Violations of University policies beyond the code of conduct.

Disciplinary

4. Disciplinary Process

4.1 Any violation of the Code of Conduct, as stated in this document, is a cause for initiating necessary disciplinary action(s). The judicial system is subject to the authority of the Principal of the Institution as he/she deems appropriate, except that the Disciplinary Committee shall have the authority to approve disciplinary warning as a sanction. The

Disciplinary Committee shall consider the cases and make recommendations to the Principal for necessary sanction(s).

4.2. The following offenses may warrant immediate expulsion of the student on recommendation from the Chairperson without the need to call for a committee meeting:

4.2.1. First offense of the following nature and category:

a. Physical abuse (clause 3.2.1.a)

b. Any conduct, expression or language considered improper in interacting with faculty members, the Institution official and staff (clause 3.2.4).

c. Arson (clause 3.2.5.a)

d. Willful or malicious damage or destruction of property (clause 3.2,5.2).

e. Forgery, alteration or misuse of University documents, records and identification cards(clause 3.2.8.b).

f. Misappropriation or conversion of the Institution funds, supplies, equipment, labor, material, space or facilities (clause 3.2.9.a).

g. Possession, storing or transport of stolen the Institution property (Clause 3.2.9.b).

4.2.2. Repeat offenses of the following nature and category:

a. Plagiarism (clause 3.1.1).

b. Knowing and willful falsification of educational data (clause 3.1.4).

c. Knowingly furnishing false information on academic matters (clause 3.1.4).

4.2.3. A student who wishes to appeal such decisions must submit a written request for an appeal within 5 days of notification of the sanction.

4.3. All other violations shall be subject to hearing by the Disciplinary Committee. In case of a violation of the code, rules and regulations occurs, the matter shall be reported to the Chairperson of the Disciplinary Committee.

4.3.1. The Committee shall inform the student about the charges against him/her in writing sufficiently in advance of the hearing to afford a reasonable opportunity to prepare a defense.

4.3.2. The hearing shall be conducted in a manner that is professional and just and shall not be restricted unduly by rules of procedure or evidence. Evidence not directly related to the matter at hand will not be considered. The focus of inquiry in Disciplinary proceedings will be the innocence or guilt of the person(s) accused of violating the Code of Conduct.

4.3.3. The hearing will be private unless the accused student requests that it be open to members of the Institution community.

4.3.4. In the event that a student requests that the hearing be open, such request may be overruled by the Chairperson in agreement with the Committee if an open hearing would have an adverse impact on any witness; would disclose personal, psychological or medical information of a sensitive nature; or would otherwise jeopardize the privacy or welfare of any witness or accused Student.

4.3.5. On behalf of the Institution, the charges and evidences may be presented by the Chairperson or a person designated by the Chairperson.

4.3.6. The Chairperson and/or any other Member of the Committee shall have the right to question witness(es) that are admitted to the hearing. The testimony of unknown or unidentified witness(es) will not be admissible.

4.3.7. Imposition of sanctions shall not be based solely upon the failure of the person charged to answer the charges. In the event of the failure or refusal of the accused person to appear at the hearing, the evidence in support of the charges shall be presented and considered.

4.3.8. A written report of the original hearing will be made consisting of the followings:

a. Notice of charges and other documents

b. A summary of the evidence presented

c. All the findings and

d. Sanction(s) recommended

Disciplinary Sanctions

5. Disciplinary Sanctions for Violations

5.1. Academic Dishonesty:

The faculty member shall have initial jurisdiction over cases of academic dishonesty.

5.1.1. In such cases, the matter can be handled at an informal hearing between the student and the faculty member to adjudicate the cases with either of the following two sanctions should the student accept responsibility for the violation:

1. A failing grade (F) may be assigned for the work in connection with which the violation occurred.

2. A failing grade (F) may be assigned for the course in which the violation occurred.

5.1.2. Should the faculty member so desire, he/she can refer the case to the Head of the Departmental who can then adjudicate the case with either of the above two sanctions.

5.1.3. In any case where the student does not accept responsibility for the violation, and/or social misconduct is also involved in addition to the incident(s) of academic dishonesty, the Department Chair shall refer the case to the Disciplinary Committee based on a written complaint made by the faculty member.

5.1.4. Faculty member(s) may also make the written complaint directly to the Chairperson of the Committee.

5.1.5. In addition to the above sanctions, any one or more of the following sanction(s), mentioned under clause 5.2. below can be imposed on the student following hearing by the Disciplinary Committee.

5.2. Violation of Regulations the range of official sanction that may be recommended by the Disciplinary Committee for violation of regulations (both academic and social) shall comprise of the following disciplinary sanctions:

5.2.1. Disciplinary Warning

Disciplinary warning is a notice to the student that his/her conduct was questionable and that future breaches conduct will be treated more severely. The warning may be issued verbally or in writing but shall become a matter of record in the student’s file.

5.2.2. Disciplinary Probation

Disciplinary probation removes a student from good disciplinary standing. The status of disciplinary probation is assigned for a specific period of time. Though the student will be allowed to continue with courses at the Institution, disciplinary probation status may affect qualification for some awards, prizes or student financial aid and/or impose some conditions or tasks to comply. Violations of the conditions of probation will result in further sanctions based on follow-up proceedings of the Disciplinary Committee. Disciplinary probation status and the conditions of the probation as set forth by the Disciplinary Committee shall become a matter of record in the student’s file.

5.2.3. Loss of Privilege

Loss of privilege is the withdrawal of a privilege, use of a service or participation in an activity for a specific period of time consistent with the offense committed and the rehabilitation of the student. Loss of privilege may be imposed separately or in addition to any other sanction(s).

5.2.4. Disciplinary Suspension

Disciplinary suspension is an action that excludes the student from registration, class attendance, participation in the Institution events and activities and use of the Institution facilities for a specified period of time. In cases where the student is currently attending courses, s/he will be allowed to finish the semester without prejudice. Disciplinary suspension will then start from the following semester for the stipulated period of time. If the student has voluntarily refrained from registering for the semester during which the Disciplinary Committee holds its hearing, that semester will not be counted within the stipulated period of disciplinary suspension. Disciplinary suspension becomes a matter of record in the student’s file.

5.2.5. Disciplinary Expulsion

Disciplinary expulsion is the permanent withdrawal by the Principal of the Institution of the Student’s Privilege of registration, class attendance, use of the Institution facilities, and participation in the Institution activities and events. Disciplinary expulsion is recorded in the student’s transcript.

5.2.6. Restitution to the Institution

Restitution requires a student to pay for damages to or misappropriation of the Institution property or the property of members of or visitors to the Institution. Such restitution shall be charged to any student who alone, or through group activities, organizes or knowingly participates in the events causing such damages or costs.

Restitution may be imposed separately or in addition to other sanction(s).

5.2.7. Temporary or Interim Suspension

Such a sanction requires that the student leave campus immediately. It may be imposed upon a student by a Department Head (Academic) or the Chairperson of the Disciplinary Committee, should s/he have reasonable cause to believe that the student is an immediate threat to the safety of persons, property or to the essential functions of the Institution. The officer enforcing the rule must notify the Disciplinary Committee in writing by the next working day for subsequent action. Any summarily suspended student who returns to campus during the period of interim suspension shall be subject to disciplinary dismissal or disciplinary expulsion. Any student who is summarily suspended will be required to stay off the Institution property till an official hearing is conducted by the Disciplinary Committee. The hearing normally shall be held within 5 (five) working days of the notice of suspension.