The Internal Committee has to be constituted by TISS under section 4 of the UGC Regulations 2013. The Committee has to function as a Grievance Redressal Mechanism to address all complaints of Sexual Harassment by women students, employees and all other staff in the campus. The meaning of campus is extended as a “workplace” and according to Section 2 (o) it means:
“Workplace” means the campus of a HEI including-
The Vishaka Guidelines against Sexual Harassment mandates that “it shall be the duty of the employer or other responsible persons in work places or other institutions to prevent or deter the commission of acts of sexual harassment and to provide the procedures for the resolution, settlement or prosecution of acts, of sexual harassment by taking all steps required”. These guidelines have been further delineated in the Sexual Harassment of Women (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) at Workplace Act 2013, in which it is outlines that sexual harassment constitutes the following:
Sexual harassment will include stalking and persistent efforts to meet, use social media-e-mail, facebook, whatsapp, smses, etc. to contact, malign a woman.
Composition of IC as given in UGC Regulations 2013 Section 4:
Two faculty members and two non-teaching employees, preferably committed to the cause of women or who have had experience in social work or have legal knowledge, nominated by the Executive Authority;
Three students, if the matter involves students, who shall be enrolled at the undergraduate, masters, and research scholar levels respectively, elected through transparent democratic procedure;
One member from amongst non-government organisations or associations committed to the cause of women or a person familiar with the issues relating to sexual harassment, nominated by the Executive Authority.
At least one-half of the total members of the IC shall be women.
Persons in senior administrative positions in the HEI, such as Vice- Chancellor, Pro Vice-Chancellors, Rectors, Registrar, Deans, Heads of Departments, etc., shall not be members of ICCs in order to ensure autonomy of their functioning. At TISS Chairpersons of Independent Centers who are at par with Deans will also not be included in the IC.
The term of office of the members of the ICC shall be for a period of three years. HEIs may also employ a system whereby one -third of the members of the ICC may change every year.
The Member appointed from amongst the non-governmental organizations or associations shall be paid such fees or allowances for holding the proceedings of the Internal Committee, by the Executive Authority as may be prescribed.
Responsibilities of the IC (Section 5):
Procedure for the IC:
Once a complainant files a written complaint the IC needs to undertake the following procedure:
Members of the Internal Committee, Mumbai Campus (2018-19)
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