Internal Complaints Committee


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               Everybody has the right to be treated with dignity and respect and a right to safe and healthy work environment. Sexual harassment is a violation of an individuals’ right to work and live with dignity.

As per the guidelines of Supreme Court, UGC, Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition & Redressal) Act, 2013, an Internal Complaints Committee has been established by the College for a period of two years (2019-20, 2020-21). The College has a zero-tolerance policy towards any such transgression. St. James College of Nursing is committed to providing safe academic and working environment to all students and its women employees that is free of sexual harassment and is extremely alert to matters pertaining to any kind of harassment and gender sensitivity. ICC meets on a need basis to address any complaints from students, teaching and nonteaching members and takes necessary action. All members of St. James college of nursing – students, teaching faculty, administrative staff, both contractual and temporary will come under the purview of this policy. Twice in a year assessment of the functioning of the ICC will be done to anticipate and prevent laxity or negligence in its work.

Objectives, roles and responsibilities of ICC:

  1. To uphold the commitment of the Institute to provide an environment free of gender-based discrimination.
  1. To Prevent discrimination and sexual harassment by promoting gender amity among staff and students.
  2. Create a secure physical and social environment to defer any act of sexual harassment.
  3. Promote a social and psychological environment to raise an awareness on sexual harassment in its various forms.

What constitutes sexual harassment?

Sexual harassment as defined in the Sexual harassment of women at workplace (prevention, prohibition and redressal) Act, 2013 includes any one or more of the following ‘Unwelcome’ acts or behaviour:  

The Process for Complaint and Inquiry:

Step I: An aggrieved woman should give a written complaint either in person or through post or email. It should be submitted to the ‘Prevention of Sexual Harassment against Women Committee’ within 1 months of the date of the incident. The time limit may be extended for a further period of 3 months if, on account of certain circumstances, the woman was prevented from filing the complaint. If the aggrieved woman is unable to make a complaint, her legal heirs may do so.

Step II:On receipt of the complaint, the ICC will proceed to make an inquiry in accordance with the service rules or in their absence, in accordance with rules under the Act. The inquiry will be completed within 90 days. And the inquiry report will be submitted within 10 days from the date of completion of the inquiry.

Step III:If the ICC finds that the allegations against the respondent are proven, it will submit a report to the Principal to take action for sexual harassment as misconduct in accordance with the provisions of the applicable service rules or where no service rules exist, in accordance with rules framed under the Act.

Step IV:The college management will act on the recommendations of ICC within 60 days of the submission of the inquiry report.

Step V:Appeal against the decision of the ICC is allowed within 90 days of the recommendations.

Committee Members(2020-2021)

Sl. No Name of the member Designation Contact no
1. Dr. Sr. Merly Presiding officer 9995078984
2. Ms. Angel Thomas Secretary 9745971118
3. Ms. Latha M A Non-teaching member 9895130910
4. Ms. Meena Pious External member 8086534988
5. Ms. Manju A M Student member
6. Ms. Anjaly Joseph Student member
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