• No alcohol, marijuana, drugs or any other substance abuse on the campus
• No trolling the institute on Facebook, Twitter or any other social network portal/page
• No hanging around on the campus after 8pm on working days and after 6pm on holidays
Presidency University on Thursday decided to fix a code of conduct for students and expel offenders as punishment, depending on the gravity of the offence.
“No form of drugs use on campus will be tolerated,” said vice-chancellor Malabika Sarkar. “It is a worldwide problem and all good institutions have imposed bans on drugs on campus. Presidency University will take stern action against students who violate the ban,” she said.
The code will focus on three key areas: ban consumption of intoxicating substances, including alcohol, on the university premises; prohibit students from accusing the institution through social networks and public forums; and an after-hour curfew to ensure that students leave the campus at a stipulated time in the evening.
University officials said indiscipline would attract serious punishment, including suspension and expulsion from the institute.
An official said accusing the institution without valid reasons would be unacceptable. “We don’t want to curb freedom of speech. But we will not allow them to malign the institution. If a student has a grievance against the university, he or she enjoys the liberty to approach the vice-chancellor or the registrar or any senior official or a teacher. Students can face severe punishment if they accuse the institution without providing sufficient and valid reasons.”
A Presidency teacher said some students have been found to be bringing allegations against the institution on social networks. “When the authorities investigated, most often the complaints turned out to be baseless. We have nothing to say if a student makes a personal attack on a senior official on Facebook or Twitter, for instance. But if he or she brings a false accusation against the institution that lowers the prestige of the university, the student can face expulsion.”
A platform of Presidency students, which was banned by the authorities on September 24, had allegedly promoted drugs abuse and alcohol on campus through a social network site. The platform had also been posting “filthy remarks” against the institution, senior officials and members of university’s mentor group.
When the authorities identified some of the students and called their guardians, the students staged a hunger strike.
The authorities have also received complaints that some students stayed back on the campus till 2am.“This practice has to stop. Students will have to leave the campus latest by 8pm on working days and by 6pm on holidays,” an official said.
“If a student has to work late in the laboratories, he or she will have to take permission from the teacher concerned.”
The code will be discussed among the university officials, teachers and guardians before it is finalised. A meeting in this regard is slated for Monday.
“The code will spell out the rights and responsibilities of students. Every student will be expected to maintain basic conduct and discipline. Such codes exist in all world-class institutions, helping students develop appropriate behaviour and cautioning them about the consequences of inappropriate action,” a Presidency teacher said.
“One has to be very good in studies to get a seat at Presidency but will not achieve intellectual excellence if he does not maintain basic discipline.”