TKM College of Engineering, Kollam is an institution that nurtures teaching learning process in utmost sanctity and harmony. Besides striving for the best facilities and faculties for a world class education, it also firmly believes in respect, moral values, discipline and integrity that is crucial for the development of the institution as well as its students. The students of today are the nation’s engineers tomorrow. We believe in instilling this responsibility in the students of this campus.
Students form the pivotal element in the smooth functioning of an institution and hence TKM is committed to being student-friendly. While having a grievance redressal mechanism at every level to cater to the needs of the students, these efforts are expected to be reciprocated in the form of good conduct and behavior by the students.
This Code of Conduct intends to guide the students to be aware of their social and moral responsibilities in the campus as individuals and as budding products of this institution.
Section 1: Title and Commencement
This code may be called T K M College of Engineering Kollam Student’s Conduct and Disciplinary Code. The code shall be deemed to have come into effect from the date on which the Action Committee/Chairman, TKM College Trust resolved to implement this Conduct and Disciplinary Code.
Section 2: Preamble
T K M College of Engineering is a learning centre where both the teachers and the students uphold the cause of maintaining order and discipline in the campus for the accomplishment of the vision of the institute and maintaining a harmonious atmosphere. Rules and regulations are therefore meant to achieve the contours of these much needed order and discipline. The student community should see that the rules envisaged in this code are strictly followed so that their conduct will be in conformity with and supportive of and conducive to the institute’s vision.
Section 3: Applicability of the Code
The code shall be applicable to all the students admitted to this Institution including any academic programme, activity or event conducted by the Institute. It is the responsibility and duty of each and every student to become acquainted with all the provisions of the Code. It is presumed that every student from the date of his/her admission to the institute to any academic programme/activity/event has knowledge of this Code. All students coming within the above categories are required to strictly adhere to this Code as a condition of their admission to the institute and this Code would be binding on and enforceable against them or any among them.
Section 4: Responsibilities of the Students.
The responsibilities of the students shall be to:
“By constant self discipline and self control, you can develop greatness of character”- Grenville Klieser
Section 5: Behaviour of the students
“Freedom without rules doesn’t work. And communities do not work unless they are regulated by etiquette”- Judith Martin
Section: 6 Respect for Women
Verbal or non verbal conduct such as unfair comments, remarks or jokes, letters, phone calls, SMS or emails, gestures, exhibition of pornography, indecent stares, physical contact, stalking sounds or displays of a derogatory nature which have the purpose and/or effect of interfering with a woman’s academic performance or living environment will be considered as misbehavior to girls/ladies and is strictly prohibited in the campus and hostels.
Section: 7 Disciplinary Sanctions
Any student exhibiting prohibited behavior mentioned in this Code shall, depending upon the gravity of the misconduct or depending on its recurrence, be subjected to any of the following disciplinary sanctions:
(a). Minor Sanctions
i) Warning or Reprimand
This is the least sanction envisaged in this Code. The student engaged in any prohibited behaviour will be issued a warning letter.
ii) Tendering Apology
The student engaged in any prohibited behaviour may be asked to tender an apology for his/her act. An undertaking that he/she shall not indulge in such or any of the prohibited behaviour in future will be sought.
(b) Major Sanctions
i) Debarring from Examinations
A student/group of students may be debarred from writing all/any/some of the examinations, which forms part of the academic programme for which he/she/they has/have joined.
A student may be suspended from the institute for violation of any of the provisions of this Code. The period of suspension and conditions, if any, shall be clearly indicated in the communication addressed to the student by the college authority. The student shall lose his/her attendance for the suspended period unless decided/informed otherwise by the college authority.
Restitution implies reimbursement in terms of money and/or services to compensate for personal injury or loss, damage/disfiguration to property of the institute or any property kept in the premises of the institute in any manner. The students/group of students may be asked to compensate for the loss that has been caused to any person or property of the institute or any property kept in the premises of the institute due to the act of vandalism perpetrated by the students. The students/group of students shall also be liable to put in their service to restore any loss or damage caused to any property and thereby bringing it to its original form if it is possible.
Caution deposit of any student engaged in any prohibited behaviour shall be forfeited.
This is the extreme form of disciplinary action and shall be resorted to only in cases where stringent action is warranted. Expulsion is the permanent dismissal of a student from the Institute. Such a student will not be eligible for readmission to any of the courses of this institute thereafter.
Section 8: Functionaries under the Code
i) Head of the Departments/ Senior Advisors/Deputy Chief Warden/ Wardens of Hostels.
As the persons in charge of the Departments/Hostels, the respective functionaries of all Teaching Departments and Hostels shall have the power and duty to take immediate action to curb any prohibitory behaviour as envisaged in this code. As these functionaries cannot single handedly manage the entire issues, they can assign part of the work to the teachers and the teachers of all the departments/wardens have the responsibility to inform any incident of prohibited behaviour to the Head of the Departments or Deputy Chief Warden so that any serious issue can be settled before the same goes out of control. The Head of the Departments/ Deputy Chief Warden shall have the power to impose minor sanctions as envisaged under section 7(a) of this Code. They may also recommend imposition of major sanctions as envisaged under Section 7 of this Code to the Principal. The Head of the Departments/ Senior Advisors/ Deputy Chief Warden/ Wardens of Hostels while taking any action as envisaged in the code shall do so in an impartial manner and see to it that the sanction imposed/proposed is commensurate with the gravity of the prohibited behaviour. Any lapse on the part of a teacher /warden to report any instance of violence/misconduct/ragging on the part of the students shall be reported to the Principal by the respective Head of the Departments/ Deputy Chief Warden. The wardens of Hostels shall be responsible for maintaining strict discipline and decorum in the hostel. He/she shall specifically see to it that the inmates of the hostel do not involve themselves in violation of any clause under Section 5 & 6 of this Code.
ii) Dean, Student Affairs
Any authority of the institute with delegated powers shall have the power to visit/inspect any premises, buildings, hostels or any property of the institute when there is a genuine doubt that any act of prohibited behaviour is taking place. The authority may take any lawful actions to curb such behaviour. The HoDs/ Senoir Advisors/ Deputy Chief Warden/ Wardens of Hostels shall report to the Dean (Student Affairs) any instances of prohibited behaviour, who in turn shall bring it to the notice of the Principal. The Dean (Student Affairs) shall forward the recommendations from the HoDs/ Deputy Chief Warden to impose a major sanction under Section 7(b) of this Code to the Principal after noting his observations. The Dean (Student Affairs) may also suo moto recommend action against any student(s) indulging in prohibited behaviour which is brought to his/her notice to the Principal.
The Principal shall be the ultimate authority in imposing major sanctions as envisaged under Section 7(b) against the students for acts of prohibited behaviour. The Principal can also entertain any appeal from any student (s) aggrieved by the action of any authority of the institute under or subordinate to the Principal and decide the case on merit.
Section 9: Right to Appeal
The student (s) aggrieved by the action of any authority of the institute under or subordinate to the Principal can appeal to the Principal. The decision of the principal shall be final and binding on the students.
Section 10: Assistance from Law Enforcement Agencies
The Principal and the Dean, Student Affairs (with the concurrence of the Principal) shall have the power and duty to call the Police immediately when there is a threat of law and order situation in the Campus and also when there is a genuine apprehension that any incident of rioting, vandalism or any other act prohibited by law is likely to take place. The HoDs/ Deputy Chief Warden shall in such a case give a detailed report to the Principal/Dean, Student Affairs. The Principal/Dean, Student Affairs may also arrange for video recording of the entire situation and take requisite actions through police and other concerned authorities.
Section 11: Student affairs Committee
The Institute has a “Student Affairs Committee” where the students can air their grievances. The Committee consists of the Dean, Student Affairs, as Convener and faculty and student representatives as members.
Section 12: Undertaking by the Students
The students joining any academic programme of the institute will have to give an undertaking to the effect that he/she will comply with the provisions envisaged in this Code in letter and spirit and in case it is violated, it will be bound by the provisions of this Code.
Section 13: Opportunity for Hearing
No order other than the order suspending or warning a student shall be passed without giving an opportunity of hearing to the student (s).
Section 14: Ultimate Authority
For all disciplinary matters related to students, the Principal shall be the ultimate authority as provided herein.
Section 15: Amendments to the Code
The Action Committee/Chairman, TKM College Trust, of the institute shall have the power to amend any of the provisions in this Code. The amendments shall be brought to the notice of the students and teachers of the institute immediately.