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violation.” The jurisdiction of the policy extends to outsiders too, if one of the party involves someone from BU.

The policy, formulated by a Syndicate subcommittee, prescribes punishment for two categories of accused — employee and student. Not only does the policy specify that the committee to which complaints will be addressed will consist of at least 50 per cent women, but also prescribes formation of complaint committees at three levels — affiliated colleges (College Complaints Committee), university (University Units Complaints Committee) and Apex Complaints Committee. Complaints can be registered in person, via email or by post to the committees. Employees not covered by any of these committees can approach ACC directly.

Milestones

The policy document says that the complaints committee will conduct the enquiry based on the complaint within three days from the time it is filed. By the 15th day, the sub-committee will present the report to the respective committee for action/suggestions. By the 25th day, the ‘accuser’ (complainant) will be informed about the steps taken and by the 30th day, action will be taken against the accused, if found guilty.

The policy also gives opportunity for the accuser to file an appeal to the apex committee within seven days after action is initiated if he/she is not satisfied with the decision.

This is the first concrete step the varsity has taken towards ensuring safety of its students on the vast BU campus. The CCTVs that were promised to be installed on campus are going to take a while as Vice-Chancellor B. Thimme Gowda said it will follow the completion of the construction of the compound walls.

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