Code of Conduct – Students

The following guidelines are issued in order to help the students to conduct themselves courteously and in accordance with the highest standards of mannerly behaviour.

  • All students are expected to be in their classroom well before 9:00 AM.
  • Every student shall behave and conduct himself/herself in the College in a dignified and courteous manner and should be respectful to their teachers.
  • Consumption of narcotic drugs, tobacco, alcohol etc. is strictly prohibited in the campus and action will be initiated against those who violate the rule.
  • Students are prohibited from indulging in anti-institutional, anti-national, anti-social, communal, immoral, or political expressions and activities within the campus.
  • Students shall not disfigure/damage or destroy public or College properties. In the event of such damage or destruction, the cost of such properties with a fine will be recovered from the student(s) concerned. Disciplinary action will also be taken against the delinquents.
  • Unauthorised entry of outsiders into the campus is strictly prohibited. Without specific permission of the authorities, students shall not bring outsiders to the College.
  • No one shall bring, distribute or circulate any notice, pamphlet, leaflet etc. within the campus. The possession, distribution, or exhibition of any object which is per se obscene within the campus is an actionable offence.
  • Politically based student organisations or outfits are not allowed in the campus. Students are strictly prohibited from organising, attending, or participating in any activity or agitation sponsored by the politically based student organisations.
  • Nobody shall exhibit any type of banners, flags, boards etc. inside the campus, gates, walls and on the compound walls. Similarly, students are prohibited from disfiguring the walls of the College building. Except with the specific permission of the principal, no student shall collect money either by request or by coercion from others within the campus.
  • Students should not respond to any call for any form of strike or agitation including slogan shouting, dharna, gherao, burning of effigy or indulge in anything which may harm the peaceful and serene atmosphere of the institution and shall abstain from violence within the campus.
  • No student will enter or leave the classroom when the session is on without the permission of the teacher.
  • Usage of mobile phones by the students without the permission of college authorities is strictly prohibited in the campus. In the event of any violation in this regard, the Principal or the Tutor is empowered to seize the phone and to impose appropriate punishments.
  • In case the students have any grievances or complaints, they may approach the class tutor first and if not satisfied, the principal. The principal will at his/her discretion refer the matter to the students’ grievance redressal cell. Alternatively, students can also use Students complaint box placed near to the college office.
  • Students who are charged in criminal offence or are under suspension will not be allowed to enter the College campus without the permission of the principal.
  • Any case of criminal activity or violation of law and order in the College campus will be reported to the police and the police shall register case and initiate action against the offenders.
  • The terms and conditions of admission and the code of conduct are included in the College calendar issued to the students and are binding on all students. In the application form for admission an undertaking shall be given by the student and the parent accordingly.
  • In the matter of internal discipline the decision of the principal shall be final.
  • In order to keep cleanliness of the campus, students should not throw litter in the campus; rather place them only in the waste bins.
  • All students are required to wear their prescribed uniforms in the campus on all working days.
  • Students can park their vehicles only at the allotted space in the campus.
  • Any student who is persistently insubordinate, who is repeatedly or willfully mischievous, who is guilty of fraud or mal-practice in connection with examinations or who, in the opinion of the class tutor, is likely to be a bad influence on his fellow students, shall be removed from the rolls. The removal of the student by the principal shall be either temporary or permanent according to the gravity of the offence.
  • All students are expected to greet their teachers when they meet their teachers inside and outside the campus. They have to rise from their seats when the teacher enters the classroom.
  • Attendance will be marked at the beginning of each period by the teacher engaging the class. Late-comers may be marked late, at the discretion of the teacher concerned. If a student is absent for one hour, it will be treated as absence for half a day and if his absence is for two or more than two hours, it will be treated as absence for one full day.
  • Students are expected to spend their free hours in the Library/Reading Room. They should not loiter along the verandas or crowd at the college gate.
  • All types of ragging, eve-teasing are strictly prohibited. Such cases will be reported immediately to the police.
  • A student requiring leave for a particular period may be granted such leave by the teacher concerned. A student who is present in the class should not leave the campus without permission from principal.
  • Absence without leave from any examination or from the composition or practical work will be reported by the teachers concerned to the principal. Leave of absence from a term examination should be obtained from the principal.
  • Application for leave must be countersigned by the student’s guardian and recommended by the tutor or the teacher-in-charge of attendance or the HOD and is to
  • Students having a minimum of 75% average attendance for all the courses only can register for the examination. Condonation of shortage of attendance to a maximum of 10 days in a semester subject to a maximum of 2 times during the whole period of the programme may be granted by the university on valid grounds.
  • Those students who are not eligible even with condonation of shortage of attendance shall repeat the semester along with the next batch after obtaining readmission.
  • At the time of admission the students will be provided with an identity card. Students are required to wear College identity cards while in the campus. Students are not permitted to enter the campus without wearing their identity cards. For availing of any service from the College, identity card and uniform are mandatory for students.
  • If a student loses his/her identity card, a duplicate should be obtained immediately on payment of Rs. 100/-.

College Library

  • The library will be open from 9.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. on all working days except Sundays and other office holidays. The issue/return counter works only from 9.30 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. Saturdays will be maintenance days.
  • Students entering the reading room or the stacks at the reading and reference counters should produce their identity cards at the entrance on demand.
  • Before entering the library personal articles like books, umbrellas, bags etc. should be kept at the entrance at places assigned for the purpose. Strict silence should be observed in and around the library.
  • Magazines and papers should not be removed from their places on the tables and stands.
  • Books of reference, illustrated and rare books, special books, multivolume collections, serial publications and periodicals will not be issued out. However, these may be used for reference within the library after making necessary entries in the reference register.
  • On completion of the course, students should return all books borrowed from the library.
  • The loan period is 14 days. But in special circumstances the Librarian can call back any book at any time from a reader, even if the period of loan has not expired.
  • When there is no other demand, a book may be re-issued for one or more week after it is returned. Delay in returning a book after the due date will entail a fine of one rupee per day of delay for each volume.
  • Borrowers will be responsible for the loss of or damage to the books taken out by them. Marking on books with pencil or ink, soiling them, damage to pages or binding, underlining, writing remarks etc. on pages, folding or tearing off pages, etc. will be charged to the students at 150% of the cost.
  • If a book belonging to a set or series is lost or damaged and a new volume is not separately available, the user will be required to replace the whole set or series. The damaged set or series may be taken away by the person after making the replacement.
  • If a book is lost, it should be reported to the librarian immediately. He will decide if the book is to be replaced or paid for.
  • All library arrears should be cleared by the students before they receive their hall tickets for university examinations or before obtaining the T.C. if they leave before the completion of the course.

Mahatma Gandhi University Students’ Code of Conduct Rules – 2005

Mahatma Gandhi University Students’ Code of Conduct Rules-2005 introduced vide UO. No. 162/2004/2/Elen. dated 16 February 2005 has laid down rules for maintaining discipline in all Colleges affiliated to the university, which will be binding on all students at the College. The university order prohibits political activity inside the campus. Political activity is defined as “any act, activity or conduct by any student in a college by which political ideologies of any political parties recognized by the Election Commission are preached, professed, imparted or disseminated by speeches, visible representation or other means of communication whatsoever”.

Prohibition on political activity inside the campus means the following: –

  • No student of a College shall get himself/herself involved in any political activity by himself/herself or abet the said activity to be carried on by fellow students inside the campus in any manner whatsoever and any such activity is hereby banned inside the campus.
  • Taking part in any political activity by organizing students or gathering inside the College campus for the purpose of doing any activity as defined in Rule 4 (6) shall constitute serious indiscipline. Every member of such a gathering shall be individually liable and responsible for the gross indiscipline in this regard and the principal has the power to take disciplinary action against students who indulge in the aforesaid activities.
  • It shall constitute gross indiscipline to call for an appeal to strike based on policies and ideologies that may be preached by the political parties or their sister organizations or student wings. The participants in the strike as aforesaid shall be dealt with by the disciplinary authority and they will be punished as per the rules stated above.
  • No student at a College shall stage or indulge in any activity like dharna, gherao, and the like obstructing entry to and from any class room, office, hall or other places inside the campus and such activities shall be treated as misconduct.
  • No student shall shout slogans inside the classrooms, office or any other place inside the campus and obstruct or cause disturbance to the everyday functioning of the institution.

UGC Regulation on Curbing Ragging

In June 2009, the UGC has notified a comprehensive set of regulations to curb the menace of ragging in educational institutions.

What is Ragging?

As per the UGC Regulations 2009, ‘Ragging’ constitutes one or more of any of the following acts:

  • Any conduct by any student or students whether by words spoken or written or by an act which rudeness a freshener or any other student.
  • Indulging in rowdy or indisciplined activities by any student or students which causes or is likely to cause annoyance, hardship, physical or psychological harm or to raise fear or apprehension thereof in any fresher or any other student.
  • Asking any student to do any act which such student will not in the ordinary course do and which has the effect or causing in generating a sense of shame, or torment or embracement so as to adversely affect the physique or psyche of such fresher or any other student.
  • Any act by a senior student that prevents, disrupts, or disturbs the regular academic activity of any other student including a fresher.
  • Exploiting the services of a fresher or any other student for completing the academic tasks assigned to an individual or group of students.
  • Any act of financial extortion or forceful expenditure burden put on a fresher or any other student by students.
  • Any act of physical abuse including all variants of sexual abuse, homosexual assaults, stripping, forced obscene and lewd acts, gestures, causing bodily harm or any other danger to health or person.
  • Any act or abuse by spoken words which would also include deriving perverted pleasure, vicarious or sadistic thrill from actively or passively participating in the discomfiture to fresher or any other student.
  • Any act that the mental health and self-confidence of a fresher or any other student with or without an intent to derive a sadistic pleasure or showing off power, authority or superiority by a student over any fresher or any other student.

Punishments for Ragging

The UGC regulations stipulate that students can be expelled from an institute and debarred from taking admission to any other institute for a specified period after being found guilty of the offence.
As per the regulations any students can be fined up to Rs. 2.5 Lakhs if found guilty of ragging. The UGC regulations provide for justification of a student, a period from one to four semesters.

Depending upon the nature and gravity of the offence as established by the Anti-Ragging Committee of the institution, the possible punishments for those found guilty of ragging at the institution level shall be any one or any combination of the following:

  • Suspension from attending classes and academic privileges.
  • Withholding/withdrawing scholarship/fellowship and other benefits.
  • Debarring from appearing in any test/examination or other evaluation process.
  • Withholding results.
  • Debarring from representing the institution in any regional, national or international meet, tournament, youth festival etc.
  • Suspension/expulsion from the hostel
  • Cancellation of admission
  • Rustication from the institution for periods ranging from 1 to 4 semesters
  • Expulsion from the institution and consequent debarring from admission to any other institution for a specified period
  • Fine ranging between Rupees 25,000/- and Rupees 2.5 lakh
  • Collective punishment: When the persons committing or abetting the crime of ragging are not identified, the institution shall resort to collective punishment.

College Union

The College Union is organized with the following objectives:

  • To train the students of the College in parliamentary democracy so that they may be responsible future citizens of India, aware of their duties, responsibilities and rights.
  • To promote opportunities for the development of character, leadership, efficiency and spirit of service among students.
  • To organize cultural programs, quizzes, debates, seminars, work squads, touring parties etc. so that the students may acquire knowledge on current topics and develop deep thinking about them.
  • To encourage extracurricular activities like Youth Festival, Sports Meet etc. that are conducive to the above objectives.

Regulations Regarding the Election to the College Union

  • The election to the College union will be conducted on the parliamentary model as per paragraph 6.2.4 of the J.M. Lyngdoh Commission Report and order passed by the Supreme Court of India in SLP No. 24295/2004 and the High court of Kerala.
  • The College union will have a Students’ General Council and an Executive. All students are members of the Students’ General Council. In order to conduct election to the Executive Council, an electoral council consisting of two elected representatives from each class will be formed.
  • The electoral council will elect the Executive Committee consisting of the following office bearers: the Chairman, Vice-Chairman, General Secretary, University Union Councillors, Magazine Editor and the Arts Club Secretary. There shall be a Secretary of sports who will be nominated by the committee consisting of the Principal, The Head of the Dept. of Physical Education and the Staff Advisor of the Students’ Council.
  • An SC/ST representative also will be nominated, if there is no SC/ST among those elected to the Executive.
  • 4. One member representing the students of each Degree and P.G. class elected by and from among the student representatives of the respective years in the electoral council will also represent in the Executive Council.
  • Two lady representatives will also be there elected by and from among the lady representatives in the Students’ General Council.
  • The language secretaries of Malayalam, English and Hindi will function as assistant editors for the respective sections of the College magazine.
  • The candidates contesting to the electoral council should possess a minimum of 75% attendance in the previous year (except in the case of first year students) and should have passed all the examinations held so far. Those who were granted condonation of attendance in the previous year are not eligible to contest in the election.
  • Anyone against whom disciplinary action of any kind has been taken (inside or outside the campus, civil or criminal) ipso facto stands debarred from contesting elections to electoral council.
  • Students are forbidden to contest in the Union election on the label of student organizations.
  • The office-bearers of these various departmental associations will be elected by the members under the supervision of the Department Heads.
  • The Principal is the ex-officio Treasurer and Patron of the College Union. Expenses for the activities of the College union require prior sanction of the principal and the College union advisor.
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