The university believes that a safe, secure and cohesive learning climate is an ineluctable precondition to quality education and research in HEIs. It should be the prime concern of the university administration to ensure that students are safeguarded against attacks, threats and accidents, both man-made and natural.
Safety of Students on Campus:
Any physical infrastructure housing students, whether university campus or hostels, is secured by a boundary wall of such height that it cannot be scaled over easily. In order to further fortify it, a fence of spiraling barbed wires is surmounted on the wall so that unauthorized access to the infrastructure is prevented effectively. The entry points to housing units is restricted to three and they are manned by at least three security guards, sufficiently armed, CC TV cameras, identity verification mechanism and register of unknown entrants/visitors with their identity proofs and contact details. One woman security personnel is deployed at such entry points so that physical security check of girl students or visitor can be undertaken , if needed. The bags and other belongings of students/visitors can also be examined, manually and/or by metal detectors, in order to secure a weapon-free and violence-free campus, if required.
The university is in the process of creating Smart Card way of marking student attendance, both in the class/ campus as well as hostels to enable the university administration to keep an eye on a student’s movement and whereabouts in foolproof manner.
Students and staff are provided easily identifiable and authentic ID cards and carrying of such cards in the institutional premises is made compulsory by administration.
University administration flash at frequently visited junctions like canteen, student lounge and notice boards, helpline numbers against ragging, sexual harassment, accidents and calamities. The University abide and implement all the provisions contained in UGC (Curbing the Menace of Ragging in Higher Educational Institutions) Regulations, 2009.
In order to ensure that campus community receives timely, accurate, and useful information in the event of a significant emergency or dangerous situation on campus or in the local area that poses an immediate threat to the health and safety of campus community members, the University has installed the emergency notification through which emergency message can be sent via email, telephone, cell phone and text messaging within minutes of the occurrence of an incident.. The emergency information system is supplemented by evacuation procedure to be followed in crisis condition so that stampede-like situations can be avoided.
The University ensures the provisions contained in UGC (Promotion of Equity in Higher Education nstitutions) Regulations, 2012 are observed by teaching & non-teaching staff, students and other stakeholders in letter and spirit. Discrimination, verbal or behavioral, based on the caste, religion, colour, nationality sex, gender, sexual orientation and social status is strictly prohibited.
The University has put in place a broad-based “Students Counseling System” for the effective management of problems and challenges faced by students. It is unique, interactive and target-oriented system, involving students, teachers and parents, resolved to address common student
concerns ranging from anxiety, stress, fear of change and failure to homesickness and a slew of academic worries. The counselor coordinates with wardens of hostels and exchange personal details of students, academic record and behavior patterns for prompt pre-emptive or corrective action.
The University organizes parents-teachers meet (PTM) so that grievances and gaps in system can be addressed and resolved.
On-campus medical facilities are available to student and university vehicle are kept in ready mode for attending emergency and crisis situations.
The University has installed the fire safety system under which mechanisms for the detection of a fire, the warning resulting from a fire and standard operating procedures for the control of fire are evolved. This includes sprinkler systems, fire extinguishing systems, fire detection devices, stand-alone smoke alarms. Students and staff are given training in the effective operation of firefighting devices.
Talks by officials of police and public administration departments are arranged at least once in a year covering issues related to the safety of personal belongings, vehicles, personal information, ATM, special event safety, defensive sprays and so on.
Self-defense training for women studying and working on campus through tie-ups with training institutions / NGOs are the regular and continuous component of extra-curricular activities undertaken in the campus.
In the face of the increasing cases of sexual harassment and violence against women,the University organizes preventions programs in collaboration with student groups and NGO to:
- Educate the campus community about sexual violence in the context of a university setting and engage people in a commitment to get involved when they observe risky situations.
- Confront the oppressive stereotypes that are the basis for the disrespect that leads to interpersonal violence.
- Talk about healthy relationships and healthy sexuality, emphasizing the importance of communication and respecting personal boundaries
- Coordinate campus-wide awareness efforts, such as town hall meetings, lectures, and other open spaces for dialogue on sexual violence.
The University has prepared Student Handbook which is exhaustive Code of Conduct for students enrolled in different Schools and displayed in the Virtual Learning Environ (VLE) portal.
Safety of Students while they are on Excursion/ Tours/ Academic trips etc.: -
The University work out the itinerary and travel plan well in advance and circulate them amongst the parents/guardians of the students who are setting out on journey. Any representation or
suggestions made by parents in these regards are taken into consideration in the interest of the successful and safe organization of expedition.
The University made it mandatory to elicit consent letters from the parents/guardians of the students who are embarking on tour. Further, no excursion/ tours shall be undertaken without such insurance as would indemnify students against the various emergencies ad risks.
Before proceeding on tour all the students are properly briefed by the way of “training session” about the geography, climate, hazardous locations and risk zones existing in the proposed destination, codes on environmental protection, emergency procedures and basic first aid. Teachers further remind the participants of the importance of safety precautions, team spirit and discipline.
If the expedition involves camping, only such sites should be selected as are designated for the purpose by various government agencies concerned and should be free from hazards such as flooding, dangerous slopes, falling rocks and dead trees etc.
Students are allowed to carry personal communication devices such as mobile phones and should be instructed to remain in constant touch with their parents / guardians and accompanying yeachers. This would also facilitate casualty handling and communication in the event of an emergency.
AURO University abide and made the guidelines as suggested by UGC ( Safety of Students on and off Campuses of Higher Educational Institutions )