Barani Institute of Sciences expects all students to conduct themselves as honest, responsible and law-abiding members of the academic community and respect rights of other students, members of the faculty, staff and public to use, enjoy and participate in Institute programmes and facilities. Student’s conduct that disrupts or violates the personal and property-rights of others is prohibited and may invite disciplinary action.
Any student found to have committed a violation of Students Conduct Code is subject to disciplinary action. The following offenses constitute violation of the Student Conduct Code and could lead to serious disciplinary action, including suspension or expulsion from the Institute permanently or for a specified period of time.
A. Acts of Dishonesty
Acts of dishonesty include but are not limited to:
1. Cheating, plagiarism or other breaches of academic integrity such as fabrication, facilitating or aiding any academic dishonesty, theft of teaching material or tests, unauthorized access to or manipulation of laboratory equipment or experiments, alteration of grades or files, misuse of research data in reporting results, use of personal relationship or pressure to gain grades or academic favour or otherwise attempt to gain grade or academic favour through fraudulent means.
2. Knowingly furnishing false information to any Institute official, faculty member or office.
3. Forgery, alteration or misuse of Institute documents record, instruments of identification, computer programmes or accounts.
Harassment includes but is not limited to verbal, graphic and/or written abuse directed at another beyond a reasonable expression of opinion,
1. Threatening or intention to do any bodily harassment or
2. Substantial interference with a person’s exercise of his/her responsibilities as a student, faculty or staff member.
3. These also include any conduct or method of initiation of admission, or conditions of continued membership in any student’s organization which endangers the physical or mental health or safety of any student or other persons including extended deprivation of sleep or rest, forced consumption of food, drugs or liquor or beating, involuntary confinement, etc.
Assault and related affairs
Physical assault includes, but is not limited to, physical conduct of an insulting or provocating nature or physical interference with a person which prevents the person from conducting his/her usual affairs, puts the person in fear of his/her physical safety or causes the person to suffer actual physical injury.
D. Drug use
1. Use, possession, distribution or sale of any narcotics or dangerous drugs.
2. Use, distribution or sale of alcohol in the building or on the premises of the Institute.
E. Firearms, explosives and weapons
1. Unauthorized possession or use of firearms, explosives, weapons or dangerous chemicals on the Institute premises including: i) Discharge of firearms on campus; ii) possession of fire-arms or ammunition on campus; iii) possession of dangerous chemical on campus.
F. Illegal and Disruptive conduct
1. Violation of Federal, Provincial or local law on Institute premises or at the institute sponsored activity, violations of published institute policy, rules or regulations.
2. Acting to impair, interfere with or obstruct the orderly conduct, processes and/or functions of the institute including:
a. Violation, or threat of violation, against self or any member or guest of the Institute community;
b. Interference with the freedom of movement of the members or guest of the Institute community;
c. Interference with the rights of others to enter, use or leave any Institute facility, service or activity;
d. Obstruction or disruption of teaching, research, administration, disciplinary procedures or other Institute activities or authorized activities on the institute premises;
e. Use of public address systems on campus, outside the Institute building except with written permission of the office of the Students Affairs;
f. Failure to comply with the directions of law- enforcement officials and the Institute officials acting in the performance of their duties and/or failure to identify oneself to those persons when requested;
g. Failure to comply with any authorized Students Conduct Code sanction/conditions;
h. Trespassing or unauthorized entry into Institute building or property.
Theft/misuse of property:
1. Theft, attempted theft, unauthorized possession, use of Institute property or the property of any members of the institute community.
2. Defacing, tampering, damaging or destroying such property.
3. Unauthorized presence in or use of Institute grounds, facilities or property.
4. Theft or other abuse of computer facilities, capabilities and/or computer time including but not limited to:
a. Unauthorized entry into file, use, read or change the contents or for any other purpose;
b. Unauthorized transfer of file;
c. Unauthorized use of another individual’s identification or password;
d. Use of computer facility to interfere with the work of another student, faculty members of institute official;
e. Use of computer facility to send harassing or abusing messages;
f. Use of computer facility to interfere with the normal operation of computer system;
5. Theft of telephonic services or other auxiliary services of the Institute.
All of the above activities leading to misconduct and/or discipline are liable to punishment with major or minor penalty, as the case may warrant, leading to expulsion, suspension from the Institute or other punishment as the disciplinary committee may decide.
Rights of appeals and grievances Appeals
In case of disagreement with the decision of a staff member, an appeal should be made by the concerned student to the next higher officer of the department or institute authority. If the student is in doubt concerning the person, the appeal could be filed to the respective Dean.
Student’s grievances are handled by the approved procedures within the institute.
The student’s grievance may be of four types.
b. Student conduct,
c. Discrimination or harassment,
d. Any other academic grievances
a. Academic grievances
Academic grievances are the grievances involving course work, grades, etc. All such grievances are to be handled in accordance with the approved Institute guideline
Students conduct grievances
Students Conduct Grievances are the grievances which do not involve academic or alleged discrimination or harassment.
c. Discrimination or harassment
Barani Institute of Sciences guarantees the rights to file grievances on grounds of discrimination to all students, employees or applicants for admission. Any student who believes he/she has experienced unlawful discrimination on account of race, religious affiliations, sectarian and regional bases, physical or mental handicap should consult the Director Student Affairs, to discuss his/her concerns and to initiate any formal grievance procedure. In addition, the Institute prohibits all forms of harassment of employees by co-workers or superiors or of students by peers, staff, faculty or administrators.
ETHICAL CODE OF CONDUCT FOR STUDENTS, FACULTY AND STAFF
The objective of this policy is to provide guidelines to students, faculty and staff regarding their behavior and responsibilities which are necessary to create a favorable teaching and learning environment while also maintaining and safeguarding the religious, social & cultural values of our society.
In Addition to the rules stated in the above policy document the students are expected to:
i. Show respect towards their institution by refraining from passing comments or committing acts which reflect negatively on the institute
ii. Show respect towards their teachers by complying with their instructions, using decent language and showing courtesy
iii. Refrain from smoking anywhere on the campus
iv. Refrain from using mobile phones during class and for purposes other than appropriate communication and education
v. Maintain a dress code which is decent, neat and modest for both male and female students
vi. Male and female students should avoid isolated coupling on the campus especially in the cafeteria, the library, mosque lawns, in front of girls’ hostel etc.
vii. Male and female students should maintain decent posture when interacting with each other
viii. When on tour, students should also observe the above mentioned guidelines
ix. Academic integrity and professional responsibility should be maintained in true letter and spirit.
x. Social networking/ electronic means of communicating threatening, obscene, instigative or harassing messages not allowed
xi. Improper use of computer resources should be disallowed i.e. computer user ids and passwords must not be shared with one another etc.
i. Failure to comply with the above guidelines may be reported to Disciplinary Committee of Barani Institute of Sciences for appropriate action.
ii. There should be strict checking of Institute identity cards to prevent outsiders from using institute premises for nefarious activities.
iii. Closed circuit cameras must be installed at key locations in the institute to keep a check on undesirable activities of students.
c. Teachers are expected to:
i. Act as role models. Therefore, teachers must avoid all activities which are prohibited for students like smoking etc.
ii. Maintain the highest academic integrity in teaching and research activities especially avoiding plagiarism, nepotism, favoritism etc.
iii. Maintain dignified behavior in class and on campus especially in use of language, as well as gestures and postures.
iv. Avoid all forms of harassment of students particularly when interacting with students of the opposite gender.
v. Uphold high moral values and take responsibility to watch the violation of code of conduct by students.
vi. Assure that grading is fair and not arbitrary or biased.
vii. Must remain neutral when discussing controversial issues.
viii. Shall not intentionally expose the student to embarrassment or disparagement.
ix. Shall not exploit professional relationships with students for personal benefits.
d. Staff is expected to:
i. Fulfill assigned responsibilities diligently.
ii. Demonstrate accommodative and respectful behavior towards students and faculty.