St. Thomas College Policy: Zero Tolerance:
St. Thomas College does not allow any leeway in the matter of sexual harassment of any kind and even a single incident of sexual harassment, if found to be true after investigation as per this policy, is bound to be met with the strictest of disciplinary action based on the nature and intensity of the violation. The case of violation/offence may even include termination of employment or expulsion from the institution and payment of compensation to the victim directly by the person found guilty of sexual harassment. Depending upon the requirement of law, the college uses its discretionary powers to deal with the incidents and does not hesitate to even report to the police and/or other authorities for further action under law.
COMMITTEE FOR PREVENTION OF SEXUAL HARRASMENT (CPOSH)
As per the instructions of U.G.C, all Universities and colleges have to establish a committee/ cell to deal with instances of sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013. Following the directions of the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India in the Case of Vishakha Vs The State of Rajasthan. St. Thomas College has constituted a committee for Internal Complaints against Sexual Harassment named “CPOSH” i.e ‘Committee for Prevention of Sexual Harassment’ in the year 2011 onwards for the effective enforcement of the basic human rights of gender equality by guaranteeing against sexual harassment and abuse and to provide a conducive atmosphere in the campus. Every year, the committee organizes awareness programmes against sexual harassment whether it is psychological, verbal, emotional or through electronic media. This year, the committee organised a Self Defence Programme for girls and an open interactive panel discussion session was also held with various subject experts.
What is Sexual Harassment?
According to Sexual Harassment of Women at the Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act 2013. Sexual harassment is any unwelcome sexually determined behavior, such as:-
Who is covered under College Policy on Prevention of Sexual Harassment?
While sexual harassment is an issue that can affect men and women alike, more commonly women in workplaces tend to bear the brunt of these unfortunate incidents. The policy is gender neutral and covers with equal rigour both women and men, including same-sex harassment and it covers everyone on the campus, irrespective of gender and age. The objective is to facilitate a safe place for education and employment for everyone here, and transcending all sorts of hierarchy, the policy is applicable even to the third parties who are involved with the institution in any manner.
Objectives of the Committee:
The Committee were consisted with following members for the session 2017-18:
Procedure for Approaching the Committee:
Any complaint of sexual harassment may be lodged by the victim, in writing, addressed to the principal of the college, convener or co-convener or any member of the Committee.
CPOSH Activity 2015-17 link