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Maintenance of discipline among Students of the University

  1. All powers relating to discipline and disciplinary action are vested in the Vice-Chancellor.
  2. “The” Vice-Chancellor may delegate all or such powers as he/she deems proper to the Proctor and to such other persons as he/she may specify in this behalf.
  3. Without prejudice to the generality of power to enforce discipline under the Ordinance the following shall amount to acts of gross indiscipline:
    • Physical assault, or threat to use physical force, against any member of the teaching and non- teaching staff of any Institution/Department an¬†against any student¬† within the University of Delhi.
    • Carrying of, use of or threat to use of any weapons.
    • Any violation of the provisions of the Civil Rights Protection Act, 1976.
    • Violation of the status, dignity and honour of students belonging to the scheduled castes and tribes.
    • Any practice-whether verbal or otherwise derogatory of women.
    • Any attempt at bribing or corruption in any manner.
    • Willful destruction of institutional property.
    • Creating ill-will or intolerance on religious or communal grounds.
    • Causing disruption in any manner of the academic functioning of the University system;
    • Prohibition of Ragging as per Ordinance XV-C.
  4. Without prejudice to the generality of his/her powers relating to the maintenance of discipline and taking such action in the interest of maintaining discipline as may seem to him/her appropriate, the Vice-Chancellor,  may  in  the  exercise  of  his/her  powers  aforesaid  order  or  direct  that any  student or students :-
    • be expelled.
    • be, for a stated period rusticated.
    • be not for a stated period, admitted to a course or courses of study in a College, Department or Institution of the University.
    • be fined with a sum of rupees that may be specified.
    • be debarred from taking a University or College or Departmental Examination or Examinations for one or more years.
    • the result of the student or students concerned in the Examination or Examinations in which he/she or they have appeared be cancelled.
  5. The Principal of the Colleges, Heads of the Halls, Deans of Faculties, Heads of Teaching Departments in  the  University,  the  Principal;  School  of  Open  Learning  and Librarians  shall  have  the  authority  to exercise   all   such   disciplinary   powers  over   students   in   their   respective   Colleges,   Institutions, Faculties and Teaching Departments in the University as may be necessary for the proper conduct of the Institutions, Halls and teaching in the concerned Departments. They may exercise their authority through,  or  delegate  authority  to  such  of  the  teachers  in  their  Colleges,  Institutions  or  Departments as they may specify for these purposes.
  6. Without prejudice to the powers of the Vice chancellor and the Proctor as aforesaid detailed rules of discipline and proper conduct  shall be framed. These rules may be supplemented, where necessary, by the Principals of Colleges, Heads of Halls, Deans of Faculties and Heads of Teaching Department in this University. Each student shall be expected to be aware of these rules.At the time of admission, every student  shall be required to sign a declaration that  on admission her/she  submits  himself/herself  to  the  disciplinary jurisdiction  of  the  Vice-Chancellor  and several authorities  of  the  University  who  may  be  vested  with  the  authority  to  exercise  discipline  under  the Acts, the Statutes, the Ordinances and the rules that have been framed therein by the University.


Prohibition and Punishment for Ragging

  1. Ragging in any form is strictly prohibited, within the premises of College/Department or Institution and any part, of Delhi University system as well as on public transport.
  2. Any individual or collective act or practice or ragging constitutes gross indiscipline and shall be dealt with under this Ordinance.
  3. Ragging for the purpose of this Ordinance, ordinarily means any act, conduct or practice by which dominant,¬† power or status of senior students¬† is brought¬† to bear on students¬† freshly enrolled or students who are in any way considered junior or inferior by other students; and includes individual or collective acts or practices which –
    • a.¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† involve physical assault or threat to use of physical force.
    • b. ¬† ¬† violate the status, dignity and honour of women students.
    • c. ¬† ¬†¬† violate the status, dignity and honour of students belonging to the scheduled caste and tribe.
    • d.¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† expose students to ridicule and contempt and affect their self-esteem.
    • e.¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† entail verbal abuse and aggression, indecent gestures and obscene behavior.
  4. The Principal of the College, the Head of the Department or an Institution, the authorities of College, or  University  Hostel  or  Halls  of  Residence  shall  take  immediate  action  on  any  information  of  the occurrence of ragging.
  5. Notwithstanding anything in Clause (4) above, the Proctor may also suo moto enquire into any incident of ragging and make a report to the Vice-Chancellor  of the Identity of those who have engaged in ragging and the nature of the incident.
  6. The Proctor may also submit an initial report establishing the identity of the perpetrators of ragging and the nature of the ragging incident.
  7. If the Principal of a College or Head of the Department or Institution or the Proctor is satisfied that for some reason, to be recorded in writing, it is not reasonably practical to hold such an enquiry, he/she may so advise the Vice-Chancellor accordingly.
  8. When the Vice-Chancellor is satisfied that it is not expedient to hold such an enquiry, his/her decision shall be final.
  9. On the receipt of a report under Clause (5) or (6) or a determination by the relevant authority under clause (7) disclosing the occurrence of ragging incidents described in Clause 3(a), (b) and (c), the Vice Chancellor shall direct or order rustication of a student or students for a specific number of years.
  10. The Vice-chancellor may in other cases of ragging order or direct that any student or students be expelled  or  be  not  for  a  stated  period,  admitted  to  a  course  of  study  in  a  college,  departmental examination for one or more year or that the results of the student or students concerned in the examination or examinations in which they appeared be cancelled.
  11. In case any students who have obtained degrees or diplomas of Delhi University are found guilty; under this Ordinance, appropriate action will be taken under Statute 15 for withdrawal of degrees or diploma conferred by the University.
  12. For the purpose of this Ordinance, abetment to ragging whether by way of any act, practice incitement of ragging will also amount to ragging.
  13. All Institutions within the Delhi University system shall be obligated to carry out instructions / directions issued under this Ordinance, and to give aid assistance to the Vice-chancellor  to achieve the effective implementation of the Ordinance.

Note : Order of the Vice-Chancellor in pursuance of Ordinance XV-C

Where incident(s) of ragging are reported to the Vice-Chancellor by any authority Under this Ordinance, the students(s) involved in ragging, shall be expelled for a specified term, designated in the order, non-students involved in reports of ragging will be proceeded with under the criminal law of India; they will also be rendered ineligible for a period of five years from seeking enrollment in any of the institutions of the University of Delhi; Students against whom necessary action is taken under this note, will be given post decisional hearing, with strict adherence to the rules of natural justice.