Mangalore University has decided to organise a programme to sensitise its faculty, students and research scholars on issues related to sexual harassment, according to its Vice-Chancellor T.C. Shivashankara Murthy.

Prof. Murty told presspersons on the sidelines of the Academic Council meeting on Wednesday, that a legal expert would speak on the issue.

He said the university had reconstituted its permanent cell to deal with violence against women and sexual harassment on campus. The 16-member cell had been re-constituted according to the guidelines of the University Grants Commission. It had 11 women in it, he said.

The cell was headed by a woman professor. It had a woman professor, three women faculty members, four student representatives, including two women, a representative of teachers, a woman representative from non-teaching staff, a representative from the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, two research scholars with one being a woman, an external woman representative from a non-governmental organisation and a woman legal expert.

Prof. Murthy said the university had sent a circular to all departments that no student or research scholar should stay in the department after 6 p.m. In case they wanted to stay for study related purposes, they would have to obtain the permission from the chairpersons of the departments concerned and the authority of the university concerned.

To a question, he said a committee set up by the university to inquire into charges of sexual harassment against a teacher from the Department of Bio-sciences on the campus last year had submitted its report.

Two women research scholars had complained to the university in this regard.

The Registrar (administration) would seek an explanation from the teacher over the observations made by the committee.

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