Policy on Sexual Harassment

After the enactment of the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressed) Act, 2013 and its notification by Government of India, University of Delhi issued notification No. Estab.II(1)/27/ACC/2006/ dated 9 January, 2014 declaring that the provisions of this Act supersedes the University Ordinance XV-D. Further, vide its Notification No. Estab.II(i)/027/ACC/2006 dated 16 January, 2014 the University of Delhi constituted its own Internal Complaints Committee as required under the Act and directed all colleges/institutions under it to constitute their own Internal Complaints Committees.

According to the Act of 2013, the University of Delhi is committed to maintain and create an academic and work environment free of sexual harassment for students, academic staff and non-teaching staff of University of Delhi.

Sexual Harassment shall include, but will not be confined to, the following:

  • When submission to unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favours, and verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature are made, either implicitly or explicitly, a ground for any decision relating to employment, academic performance, extracurricular activities, or entitlement to services or opportunities at University of Delhi.
  • When unwelcome sexual advances, verbal and non-verbal and/or physical conduct such as loaded comments, remarks or jokes, letters, phone calls or e-mails, gestures, exhibition of pornography, lurid stares, physical contact, stalking, sounds or display of a derogatory nature that have the purpose and/or effect of interfering with an individual's performance or of creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment.
  • When a person uses, with a sexual purpose, the body or any part of it or any object as an extension of the body in relation to another person without the latter's consent or against the person's will, such conduct will amount to sexual assault.
  • When deprecatory comments, conduct or any such behavior is based on the gender identity/sexual orientation of the person and/or when the classroom or other public forum of the University is used to denigrate/discriminate against a person or create a hostile environment on the basis of a person's gender identity/sexual orientation.

At the level of College, all complaints of these nature, must be routed through the Internal Complaints Committee, to be comprised of:

  1. A Presiding Officer - a woman employed at a senior level at the workplace from amongst the employees. [Sec.4 (2) (a)]
  2. Not less than two Members - from amongst the employees preferably committed to the cause of women OR who have had experience in social work OR have legal knowledge.[Sec.4 (2) (b)]
  3. One Member - from amongst NGOs OR associations committed to the cause of women OR a person familiar with issues relating to sexual harassment.[Sec.4 (2) (c)]
  4. One half of the total Members nominated should be women. [Sec.4 (2) (c)].
  5. Under the UGC guidelines of May 2016, as directed by the University of Delhi, the membership has extended to include three elected student members and two nominated non-teaching members.
  6. The Presiding officers and Members will hold office for a period not exceeding three years. [Sec. 4 (3)] The Internal Complaints Committee (ICC) so constituted will carry out its responsibilities as contained in Chapters (IV) and (V) of the Act.

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