Code of Conduct
It is a primary goal of the institute to create conditions on its campuses which are conducive to not only imparting education to students in a peaceful and serene environment, but also to enrich their personalities by inculcating in them a sense of reason, tolerance, discipline, enlightened moderation, and civilized behavior, thereby ensuring an orderly and decent atmosphere of learning. The following Regulations establish the ground rules of permissible student behavior and structure for their enforcement.
These Regulations, framed in pursuance of Section 18 (2) (g) of Ordinance XXXVIII of 2000, for the establishment of the COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, shall be called the “COMSATS Institute of Information Technology Students Discipline Regulations, 2006.”
These Regulations shall come into force with immediate effect.
These Regulations shall apply to all students of the Institute.
In these Regulations, unless there is anything repugnant to the subject or context, the following expressions shall have the meanings respectively assigned to them as under:
- “Academic Council” means the Academic Council of the Institute;
- “Board” means the Board of Governors of the Institute;
- “Campus” means a constituent campus of the Institute;
- “Campus Discipline Committee” means the Campus Discipline Committee constituted on a campus;
- “Discipline Committee” means the Discipline Committee constituted at the Institute;
- “Director” means the Director of a campus;
- “Institute” means the COMSATS Institute of Information Technology;
- “Officer In-charge of Student Affairs” means the Officer In-charge of Student Affairs, by whatever name called;
- “Provost” means the Provost of the Institute;
- “Rector” means the Rector of the Institute;
- “Student” means the student of the Institute.
All other terms and expressions used in these Regulations shall have the same meanings as are assigned to them under Section 2 of the COMSATS Institute of Information Technology Ordinance, 2000.
In order to facilitate maintenance of student discipline on the campuses, following shall be the competent authorities:
- The Rector
- Discipline Committee
- The Directors
- Campus Discipline Committee
- Officer In-charge of Student Affairs
- The Discipline Committee shall comprise the following members:
- The Rector or his/her nominee, as Chairman;
- Two Professors nominated by the Academic Council, as members;
- One member nominated by the Board, as member;
- The Provost, as member who shall also act as Secretary.
- The terms of office of the members of the Discipline Committee other than the ex-officio members shall be two years. The quorum for a meeting of the Discipline Committee shall be three members.
The functions of the Discipline Committee are to:
Propose Regulations to the Academic Council for the conduct of students, maintenance of discipline, and for dealing with cases of indiscipline; and
Perform such other functions as may be assigned to it by the Regulations.
The Campus Discipline Committee for each campus shall comprise the following members:
- The Director or his/her nominee, as Chairman;
- Three senior teachers to be nominated by the Director as members.
- The In-charge Student Affairs, as member who shall also act as Secretary.
Acts of indiscipline
The following, among others, shall constitute as acts of indiscipline cognizable under these Regulations:
- Violation of public morals, such as use of indecent and abusive language; undesirable verbal remarks and vulgar gestures; acts of moral turpitude; disorderly behavior; quarreling; fighting; insolence towards others; use of force; breaking laws; etc.
- Indulgence in acts that may cause insult or bodily injury to fellow students, teachers, officers, staff & other employees.
- Defiance of lawful authority.
- Spreading by word of mouth or written material religious, sectarian, ethnic, regional or linguistic conflict, or hatred.
- Impersonation, giving false information, willful suppression of information, cheating, deceiving, plagiarizing.
- Possession, carrying or use of any type of weapons/fire arms or explosive material in the premises of the campus.
- Damaging campus property, including its buildings, equipment, vehicles, etc.
- Using campus property, including its buildings, equipment, vehicles, etc. without lawful authority.
- Encouraging, assisting or aiding another person to commit misconduct.
- Possession, sale, distribution or consumption of intoxicants/drugs on campus.
- Using of student organizations for furthering the cause of a political party.
- Circulation by word of mouth or in written form material derogatory to Pakistan, Islam or any other religion.
- Allowing or abetting entry of expelled/rusticated students or anti-social elements to the campus.
- Obstructing the smooth functioning of the campus or causing disruption of curricular/co-curricular/ extracurricular activities.
Punishments/penalties for acts of indiscipline
Punishments or penalties for acts of indiscipline shall be commensurate with the gravity of the offence, and may be any one or combination of the following, or any other punishment or penalty deemed appropriate by the Discipline Committee, or Campus Discipline Committee, as the case may be:
- Minor Punishments /Penalties
- Censure or warning in writing.
- Probation for a specified period.
- A fine of under Rs. 10,000 commensurate with the nature and extent of the act of indiscipline.
- Withholding of a certificate of good moral character for a specified period.
- Withholding benefits/privileges available to the students of the campus for a specified period.
- Withholding of an examination result for a specified period.
- Declining admission in the campus hostel.
- Withdrawal of membership from students’ clubs/ societies.
- Ban on representing the Campus and the Institute for a specified period.
- Major Punishments / Penalties
- A fine of over Rs. 10,000, commensurate with the nature and extent of the act of indiscipline.
- Cancellation of financial benefits/ concessions for a specified period.
- Suspension of admission and ban on entry into the campus for a specified period.
- Cancellation of an examination result.
- Rustication from the Institute for a specified period and ban on entry into the campus.
- Expulsion from the Institute and ban on entry into the campus.
Procedure for dealing with acts of indiscipline
- Acts of indiscipline shall be reported to the Discipline Committee or the Campus Discipline Committee, as the case may be, for dealing with the case, which shall follow the following procedure:
- The Secretary Discipline Committee or Campus Discipline Committee, as the case may be, shall issue a show-cause notice to the student charged with an act of indiscipline.
- The Discipline Committee or Campus Discipline Committee, as the case may be, shall ensure that the student against whom disciplinary proceedings have been initiated is given adequate opportunity to explain his/her conduct.
- The Discipline Committee or Campus Discipline Committee, as the case may be, may ask, if necessary, the student(s) charged with an act of indiscipline to personally appear before the Committee.
- In case the reply to the show-cause notice is not received within the specified time, or if the student concerned fails to appear before the Committee when so required, the Committee may take an ex-parte decision.
- An appeal against the decision of the Discipline Committee or Campus Discipline Committee, may be filed with the Rector or Director, within 15 days of the notification of the decision.
- The Rector or Director, as the case may be, shall dispose off the appeal himself/herself or refer it to an Appellate Committee, comprising three senior most teachers, for review. The decision of the Rector or Director, as the case may be, shall be final, who may also provide an opportunity of personal hearing to the student(s) charged with act(s) of indiscipline.
- In order to create an effect of deterrence against acts of indiscipline, the notification of the decision of penalties may be placed on the campus notice board and/or in the public media.
- Nothing provided in the clauses 11 (a) and 11 (b) shall restrict the powers of the Rector or the Director, as the case may be, to issue an immediate order without referring the case to the Discipline Committee or Campus Discipline Committee, as the case may be, and without following the normal procedure, if circumstances so require.
- Any orders of imposition of penalty/penalties may be withdrawn and misconduct pardoned as may be considered necessary by the Rector or the Director, as the case may be, if after passing such orders the Rector or the Director, as the case may be, is satisfied that the penalized student has exhibited genuine repentance/remorse over his/her past conduct and has promised to demonstrate and ensure improved conduct in future.