JSS COLLEGE OF ARTS, COMMERCE & SCIENCE
(Re-accredited by NAAC with 'B++' Grade (III Cycle), Affiliated to University of Mysore)
For the effective enforcement of the basic human rights of gender equality and guarantee against sexual harassment and abuse, the Anti-Sexual Harassment Cell has been constituted in the college to provide a congenial and conducive atmosphere in which students, teachers and non-teaching staff can work together in an environment free of violence, harassment, exploitation, and intimidation. This includes all forms of gender violence, sexual harassment and discrimination on the basis of gender.
Sexual harassment includes unwelcome sexually determined behavior (whether directly or by implication) such as:
Anti-Sexual Harassment Cell assures all the complaints of the students, teaching and non-teaching staffs are treated with dignity and respect and the complaints should be maintained confidential.
The rules and regulations outlined in this policy shall be applicable to all complaints of sexual harassment made:
To ensure the provision of a work and educational environment that is free from sexual harassment
To take all reasonable steps (active and preventive in nature) to prevent the harassment occurring; To address any oral/written complaint about: unwelcome sexual advances, unsolicited acts of physical intimacy, unwelcome requests for sexual favours or other unwelcome conduct of asexual nature. Unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature includes oral or written statements of a sexual nature to a person, or in a person’s presence.
Obtain support from the Principal for implementing a comprehensive strategy:
Providing information to all staff and students about what constitutes sexual harassment and about their responsibility not to sexually harass other staff and students Providing information and training to managers, supervisors and staff conducting teaching and learning activities on meeting their responsibilities in relation to maintaining a work and study environment free from sexual harassment.
Develop a written policy which prohibits sexual harassment. The Institution shall have a Sexual Harassment Policy. The policy outlines the Institute’s key commitments and legal responsibilities and provides a definition of sexual harassment and behaviors that are not acceptable.
Regularly distribute and promote the policy at all levels of the organization; Ensure that managers and supervisors discuss and reinforce the policy at staff meetings; Provide the policy and other relevant information on sexual harassment to new staff as a standard part of induction; Periodically review the policy to ensure it is operating effectively and contains up to date information.
Display anti-sexual harassment posters on notice boards in common work areas and distribute relevant brochures; Conduct regular awareness raising sessions for all staff on sexual harassment issues.