DISCIPLINE & CONDUCT OF STUDENTS REGULATIONS
The basic purpose of these regulations is to infuse discipline in normal life of the students, to keep orderly and smooth conduct of the teaching at the university and to allow peace and tranquility at the university. The purpose of all its penalties is to tell the student concerned the gravity of their misdeed and to convey a message among the fellow students to refrain from such activities. These regulations shall apply to all students on the rolls of the University, including those of the constituent / affiliated institutes. A student who violates these regulations shall be guilty of indiscipline and misconduct and will be liable to disciplinary action against him.
Unless there is anything repugnant in the subject or context, the expressions used in these regulations and defined or used in the University of Okara Act, 2016 shall have the meanings assigned to them respectively hereunder or in the Act.
(a) “University” means the University of Okara as constituted under University of Okara Act, 2016;
(b) “Authority” means any of the Authorities of the University specified in the University of Okara Act, 2016;
(c) “Chancellor” means the Chancellor of the University;
(d) “Pro-Chancellor” means the Pro-Chancellor of the University;
(e) “Vice-Chancellor” means the Vice-Chancellor of the University;
(f) “Competent Authority” means an Officer or authority of the University competent to take disciplinary action against a university student guilty of misconduct and indiscipline;
(g) “Dean” means the head of a faculty of the University;
(h) “Chairperson” means Chairperson of the Teaching Department
(i) “Director Student Affairs” means Director Student Affairs of the University
(j) “Discipline Committee” means the Discipline Committee, as constituted under the First Statutes appended to the University of Okara Act, 2016 and specified in these regulations;
(k) “Faculty” means a teaching faculty of the University;
(l) “In-charge Sports” means In-charge Sports of the Faculty
(m) “In-charge Student Affairs” mean In-charge Student Affairs of the faculty
(n) “Penalty” means a penalty which may be imposed under these regulations;
(o) “Statutes” “Regulations” and “Rules” made or deemed to have been made under the University of Okara Act, 2016;
(p) “Syndicate” means the Syndicate of the University;
(q) “Teachers” mean Professors, Associate Professors, Assistant Professors, and Lecturers engaged whole time by the university.
- CODE OF HONOR
Every student must observe the following code of honor:
(a) He must be faithful in his religious duties and respect the conviction of others in matters of religion and custom.e must be loyal to his country and refrain from doing anything which must lower its honor and prestige.
(b) He must be truthful and honest in his dealings with all people.
(c) He must respect the elders and be polite to all especially women, children, old people, the weak and the helpless.
(d) He must respect his teachers and others in authority in the University.
(e) He must keep clean in body and mind, standing for clean speech, sport and clean habits.
(f) He must help his fellow-beings especially those in distress.
(g) He must devote himself faithfully to his studies.
(h) He must observe thrift and protect university property
- CODE OF CONDUCT
i. No Student Shall:
(a) Disobey the lawful order of a teacher or other person in authority of the university
(b) Habitually neglect his work or habitually absent himself from his classes without reasonable cause
(c) Smoke in the university campus (specifically but not limited to class room, laboratory, workshop, library, examination hall, convocation hall and during studio work or academic functions).
(d) Consume alcoholic liquor or other intoxicating drugs within the University Campus or a hall of residence or during the instructional, sports or cultural tours, or survey camps, or enter any such place or attend any such tour or camp, while under the influence of such intoxications.
(e) Keep licensed or unlicensed arms in the university campus
(f) Use indecent or filthy language (in any form) in university
(g) Use immodest, improper and provocative dress
(h) Use undesirable remarks or gestures
(i) Disorderly behave, such as, shouting, abusing quarrelling, fighting and insolence
(j) Use or attempt or threat to use force
(k) Defiance of authority
(l) Impersonate perjury, giving false information, willful suppression of information cheating, deceiving and stealing
(m) Abuse mobile phones, laptops and other electronic gadgets that includes but not limited to using them in examinations, taking pictures of the fellow students without their consent etc.
(n) Create mess inside or in vicinity of play grounds, class rooms, seminar halls or other university functions/ activities
(o) Commit any criminal, immoral or dishonorable act whether within the university campus or otherwise which is prejudicial to the interest of the university
(p) Visit places out of bounds, without proper permission
(q) Organize or take part in any function within the University campus or a hall of residence or organize any club or society of students except in accordance with the prescribed rules and regulations.
(r) Collect any money or receive donations or pecuniary assistance for or on behalf of the University or any University organization except with the written permission of the Vice-Chancellor.
(s) Stage, incite or participate in or indulge in any walkout, strike or other form of agitation against the University or its teachers or officers.
(t) Damage university property movable or immovable cause willfully due to negligence or otherwise.
(u) Involve himself in obstructing teaching or any other activity of the university
(v) Act defamatory of and derogatory to Islam and Pakistan
ii. A student who does not pay the fees, fines or other dues leviable under the university acts, rules and regulations, etc. or does not comply with the rules of the university shall be considered act of indiscipline.
iii. Any act, conduct, disorder or neglect which is considered prejudicial to good order or discipline or unbecoming of a student by the competent authority and including any act on the part of a university student to bring or attempt to bring political or other influence directly or indirectly on the chancellor, Vice Chancellor or any officer or any authority or teacher of the university shall be considered act of indiscipline.
- DISCIPLINE COMMITTEE
i. There shall be a Committee of Discipline to deal with the serious cases of indiscipline. It shall consist of the following members:-
(a) Chairperson, to be nominated by the Vice-Chancellor;
(b) Two professors, to be nominated by the Academic Council;
(c) One member, to be nominated by the Syndicate;
(d) Director Student Affairs by whatever name called (Member/Secretary)
ii. The term of office of members of the Committee excluding ex-officio members shall be two years.
iii. The quorum for a meeting of the Committee of Discipline shall be four members
iv. The functions of this Committee shall be:
(a) To propose Regulations to the Academic Council for the conduct of University Students, Maintenance of Discipline and breach of discipline; and
(b) To perform such other functions as may be prescribed by Regulations
- DUTIES OF THE TEACHERS AND OFFICERS OF THE UNIVERSITY
i. Every member of the teaching staff shall have the powers and it shall be his duty to check disorderly or improper conduct or any breach of the rules by students occurring in any part of the precincts of the University. Should such misconduct occur in a room when the student is under the charge of a demonstrator, the latter shall report the matter without delay to the Chairperson of the Department.
ii. The Librarian shall be responsible for maintenance of order in the Library. In case of disorderly conduct or any breach of rules, he may require the student so offending to withdraw from the library for the remainder of the day and shall immediately report the offence to the Chairperson of the Library Committee.
iii. The Warden shall be responsible for maintenance of order among the students in halls of residence or hostels.
iv. The Director Student Affairs shall be responsible for the maintenance of order among the students on or near the play grounds or while otherwise under his charge.
- COMPETENT AUTHORITIES & PENALTIES
i. If a student commits a breach of any of the rules of conduct as prescribed in section 3 shall be guilty of an act of indiscipline and shall be liable for each such act to one or more of the penalties prescribed in this section.
ii. The penalty or penalties imposed shall be appropriate and proportioned to the nature and gravity of the Act
iii. The penalties which may be imposed and the authority or authorities competent to impose each kind of penalty are specified below:-
iv. When a case against a student is referred to the Discipline Committee, the Committee may, if it deem fit, suspend the student from University Rolls and/ or direct him to vacate the Hall of Residence till it has taken a decision in the case.
v. Notwithstanding anything contained in sub-section-(iii) of section 6 the Vice-Chancellor shall have the power to impose any of the penalties mentioned in the said sub-
section (iii) of section 6 or to refer any case to the Discipline committee.
vi. A teacher or officer mentioned in rule 6 in whose presence or in relation to whom an act of indiscipline is committed or who obtains knowledge of such act on a report or otherwise, may deal with the case himself or if in his view:-
(a) the case is one which can be more appropriately dealt with by another authority; or
(b) a penalty or penalties severer than those which he is competent to impose are called for in the case;
(c) he shall follow the procedure specified below:-
i. If he is not the Dean of the faculty he shall refer the case to the Dean who may deal with it himself or refer it to the appropriate authority.
ii. If he is the Dean of the Faculty, he shall refer it to the appropriate authority or the Discipline Committee.
vii. No student shall be rusticated or expelled from the University, unless he has been allowed reasonable chance of replying to the accusation against him.
viii. When in the opinion of the Discipline Committee, the penalty of rustication or expulsion is not called for in a case referred to it
under sub-section (v) or (vi) of Section 6, it may impose any other penalties mentioned in sub-section (iii) of Section 6.
ix. When a Teacher or an Officer has imposed penalty/penalties on a student under sub-section (iii) of Section 6, the later shall not be liable to a higher or an additional penalty unless the offending student has been given a reasonable opportunity of showing cause against the proposed action.
x. An appeal against the imposition of penalty may be made within a week’s time to the teacher who imposed the penalty. In case the student is not satisfied with his decision/revision he may appeal to the Chairperson, Discipline Committee who shall place it before the Discipline Committee for its consideration and decision within a maximum of six weeks to dispose of the case. A final appeal against the imposition of penalty may then be made to the Committee as provided in Rule 11 of the General Discipline Rules relating to students.
xi. An appeal against a decision imposing a penalty mentioned in subsection (iii) clauses (r), (s), (t) shall lie with a Committee consisting of the Vice-Chancellor and the Deans of Faculties.
xii. No appeal shall lie against a decision of an authority imposing a penalty other than that mentioned in sub-section (xi) of this rule except on the ground that such authority has imposed a penalty which it was not competent to impose.
xiii. An appeal on the ground that an authority has imposed a penalty which it was not competent to impose shall lie to the Vice Chancellor.
xiv. No appeal by a student under sub-section (xi) or sub-rule (xiii) of this rule shall be entertained, unless it is presented within fifteen days from the date on which the decision is communicated to him provided that the Vice-Chancellor may for valid reason extend this period.
xv. The Vice-Chancellor or any teacher or officer to whom the Vice-Chancellor may delegate his powers may direct a student to pay compensation for any loss of or damage to property belonging to the University or fellow student or to an employee of the University, caused by a willful act or gross negligence of the student and if the student does not pay such compensation within a reasonable time, the Vice-Chancellor may expel him from the University.
xvi. The syndicate may for special reason re-admit a student rusticated or expelled from the university, under these rules, if otherwise eligible.