All students and faculty of this University believe”it’s never okay to humiliate or intimidate new members.” Ragging takes various forms, but typically involves physical risks or mental distress through, for example, humiliating, intimidating, or demeaning treatment. Ragging can cause significant harm to individuals, groups and the University. Raging is a violation of University’s code of conduct policy and also a crime under the Indian Penal Code.
According to the University Code of Conduct.
- Ragging is an offence and is punishable.
- Raging means an act that, as an explicit or implicit condition for initiation to, admission into, affiliation with, or continued membership in a group or organization.
- Ragging is viewed by a reasonable person as endangering the physical health of an individual or as causing mental distress to an individual through, for example, humiliating, intimidating, or demeaning treatment.
- Destroying or removal of common/ public or private property is would also be considered ragging.
- Ragging involves forcing others fellow students to consume alcohol or drugs or any other substances that are deemed unhealthy under knowledge governing medicine and popular social understanding
Individuals found in violation may be subject to measuring varying from oral reprimand to suspension to dismissal.
If you have been ragged, have witnessed ragging, or suspect that someone you know has been ragged, you can report your observations confidentially to university officials.
- Making a confidential telephone call.
- Submitting a confidential online report.
University’s ability to investigate reports and enforce its policy depends on the accuracy and specificity of the information provided. You are encouraged to provide as much specific detail as possible so that appropriate action can be taken to address the reported behaviour/incident.
- If you choose to provide contact information, your identity will be kept confidential.
As a first-year student at this University, you have the opportunity to join a wide range of groups, including athletic teams, performing arts ensembles, religious groups, public service organizations and others. Entry into some of these groups may involve various formalities. Kindly check with relevant authorities about the appropriateness of the same.
There are stipulated rules and formalities that help new members become part of a group. Therefore any effort to join a group warrants you or others physical health causing mental distress through, for example, humiliating, intimidating, or demeaning treatment, the pressure to drink alcohol should be considered as serious and should be reported for it falls in the realm of ragging.
If you are joining a group on the campus, it’s good to be an informed consumer and understand the risk of being ragged. Since such events thrive on secrecy and deception, it is important to be wide-eyed when joining a group.
If you want to help stop ragging, find out the steps that can be taken and the resources available.
If you become aware of ragging, you can make a confidential (or anonymous) report to University officials using the confidential number and mail id that is provided on the website or approach college authorities at their offices.
And if you are ragged in situations beyond your control, one of the most important things you can do is to resist participating in such activities. As a member of the organization, you will have a chance to challenge ragging and help bring about a change in the culture of the group and campus.