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Students’ Rights

Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham is an academic community in which all students, faculty, and staff share the responsibility for both individual growth and the continued welfare of the community. As members of the Amrita community, students can expect the following:

  • Students should receive information about the maintenance of acceptable academic standing, graduation requirements, and individual course syllabi and requirements.
  • Students have the right to view their education records and the expectation that those records will be protected from unauthorized disclosure.
  • In all instances of general discipline, academic discipline, and academic evaluation, students have the right to fair and impartial treatment.
  • Students are free to represent their grievances to the authorities and can be assured that they will not be singled out for doing so.
Students’ Responsibilities

Students, their guests and student organizations, are responsible for knowing and behaving consistently with this Code.

General Provisions
  • Attempts to violate this Code, including unsuccessful attempts, are prohibited and are subject to the same response under this Code as are actual violations.
  • Students who assist others in violating any provision of this Code may be charged with a Code violation to the same extent as those persons committing a violation.
  • Students are responsible for the activities that occur in their hostel rooms and the shared living spaces in the flats where applicable. Therefore, students are expected to properly secure their living area(s) at all times. All assigned occupants of a room may be subject to the same sanctions under this Code as the actual violators.
  • Students will be respectful, use appropriate language and etiquette and be courteous at all times.
  • Students shall wear their identity cards around their neck so as to clearly display their identity within the campus and may be required to surrender them on demand by authorities.
  • Students will arrive on time to the school and refrain from leaving early unless prior permission has been granted. Students who wish to stay back at the school after 6.00 p.m. shall get permission for the same from their chairperson. They should also get a signed form from the staff-in-charge of the activity for which they are staying back clearly showing the time from and to which they were present in the college for that activity. This certificate will have to be produced at the hostel when they report there.
  • Students shall, in general, obtain prior permission in writing from the authorities for leaving the campus during class hours.
  • Hanging out in the hallways during class hours, even when classes are not in session is not permitted.
  • Littering or spitting in the classrooms, hallways, playgrounds or the garden area are unacceptable. Students shall cooperate in keeping the campus clean and tidy.
  • Students shall use appropriate language and etiquette at all times.
  • Students are expected to behave respectfully towards members of the faculty, staff and all other students in all their interactions with them. Challenges or harassment of faculty, staff members or other students, either verbal or otherwise including inappropriate gestures, by students are unacceptable. All acts of physical violence will be dealt with severely.
  • Interactions between boys and girls are expected to be within acceptable norms of our culture and tradition.
  • Students are required to maintain 80% attendance and maintain a serious attitude regarding their own achievement including the completion of all assignments in a timely manner.
  • Each student will accept responsibility for his/her own academic success.
  • No food or beverages are allowed in classrooms, laboratory, library, reading or tutoring room unless prior permission has been granted.
  • Smoking is strictly prohibited anywhere on the campus premises. Tobacco represents a definite health hazard and therefore its use in any form will not be tolerated.
  • Consumption of Alcoholic beverages and any form of substance abuse is strictly prohibited and will be severely dealt with.
  • Possessing any content of obscene nature is unacceptable and will be dealt with severely.
  • Students shall bring to the campus only those articles required for academic or co-curricular activities. They shall not bring to the class devices like stereos, radios, cameras, musical instruments etc., unless otherwise a written permission has been obtained from the concerned authorities.
  • Students shall take responsibility for all their belongings themselves.
  • Students are advised to speak in English, without compulsion or coercion in order to acquire proficiency in the use of the language.
  • Irrespective of where they go, students shall behave in a manner befitting a student of an educational institution. They shall always remember that the institution would be judged by their conduct.

Procedure for Applying for Leave

  • Students have to apply for leave of absence from any class well in advance (as far as possible) or immediately after return from leave. The leave application should be submitted to the Counsellor. In the case of duty leave the person who assigned the duty should first recommend the leave and then the leave has to be sanctioned by the head of the department.
  • Students unable to attend the class due to illness or any other reason and remain in the hostel must submit the leave application to the hostel warden, and get the leave recommended. The leave application should be submitted to their counsellor when they return to college.
  • Students applying for leave due to illness shall produce a medical certificate if the leave exceeds three days. The leave application should be submitted to the counsellor latest on the day they return to the college. Medical leave has to be sanctioned by the head of the department only.

Uniform and Dress code

While recognizing that personal tastes and styles may vary considerably, the university has established a dress code which all students are expected to the purpose of these guidelines is not to dictate strict conformity or to create oppressive restrictions. They are designed, rather, to encourage standards of modesty appropriate to a campus life at an educational institution and standards of personal appearance that will be expected for many students in their chosen professions. Students should be aware that individual faculty or departments might adopt additional standards for dress/appearance, particularly when students are representing the university in internship or placement opportunities, or for laboratories or on university- affiliated trips. Mature attitudes of respect and cooperation are expected in following any such guidelines.

  • Students shall wear their full uniform on all days except Wednesdays and Saturdays and for all campus events.
  • Uniforms should strictly conform to the pattern specified. Tucking out the shirt and rolling up the shirt sleeves are not permitted.
  • ID’s should be worn (around the neck) on all days.
  • Apparel with provocative/suggestive language, or inappropriate advertising, is prohibited.
  • Wearing clothing that is torn, or has holes (even if unintentional), is not permitted.
  • Hair should be kept clean, well-groomed and modestly styled.


  • Day scholars who would like to bring motor vehicles on a regular basis to campus shall register their vehicles with the Administrative office within the first week of classes during the semester. To register their vehicles, students must have their identity card, the vehicle registration, and their driving license.
  • Students, including day-scholars, are not permitted to possess/drive motorized vehicles such as cars, scooters, mopeds etc. in the campus.


Courtesy and consideration for the reasonable expectations of others are essential if a harmonious atmosphere is to be maintained in an academic setting.   While class/house

coordinators, campus security officers, members of the faculty and staff or the administrators will act to stop unreasonable noise, the primary responsibility for keeping noise at a reasonable level rests with each individual student. Noise should not be audible outside the classroom. Excessive noise, whistling, hooting, shouting or talking that unreasonably disturbs other students will not be tolerated.

Community Responsibility

Amrita has set appropriate and clear guidelines for the behaviour of its students. These guidelines are established to ensure that student conduct does not adversely affect the educational mission of the University or its relationship with the surrounding community, sister institutions, or members of the University community. Therefore, any misappropriate behaviour occurring off- campus may be subject to the Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities.

Prohibited Acts

Violations comprise attempts to be dishonest or deceptive in the performance of academic work in or out of the classroom, alterations of academic records, alterations of official data on paper or electronic content, or unauthorized collaboration with another student or students.

Offences against Persons

Include but are not limited to

  • Threatening or causing physical harm or abuse to one’s self or another person.
  • Threatening or causing non-physical abuse of or abusive behaviour toward another person.
  • Harassment of another person in any manner.

Property Offences

Include but are not limited to

  • Displacing, or damaging university property,
  • Trespassing upon or entering, unauthorized areas of university property
  • Unauthorized or inappropriate use of university property or the property of others.
  • Unauthorized or inappropriate use, duplication, or possession of keys, computer access codes, identity cards, or other security mechanisms.


Plagiarism is defined as presenting another person or group’s work as one’s own. Presentation includes copying or reproducing it without the acknowledgement of the source. Plagiarism involves copying of phrases, clauses, sentences, paragraphs or longer extracts from published or unpublished work (including from the Internet) that exceeds the boundaries of the legitimate cooperation without acknowledgement of the source. Plagiarism could be intentional (dishonest plagiarism) or non-intentional (negligent plagiarism).  All students entering Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham are expected to maintain high standards of academic honesty and integrity.

Other Offences

  • Include but are not limited to Possessing or using weapons of any kind.
  • Illegal use, possession or distribution of alcohol, drugs or other controlled or restricted
  • Intentionally creating a safety or health hazard.
  • Impeding or obstructing an investigation, or not cooperating in an investigation process.
  • Conveying or presenting any false information for any official purpose.
  • Possessing or using any form of false university identification.
  • Engaging in disorderly, disruptive, or indecent conduct. Inciting or participating in a demonstration or group disruption. Failing to leave the scene of a demonstration or group disruption when instructed by officials. Disorderly conduct may include disruption of programs, classroom activities or functions and processes of the university. This item covers unreasonable noise, creating a physically hazardous or physically offensive condition.
  • Gambling and betting of any sort. Any form of unauthorised collection of money from among the students or from the general public in the name of the university.
  • Using charging devices, electric irons,  heaters  or  other  similar  devices  except  as permitted in writing by the university/hostel administration.
  • Failure to comply with any sanction imposed by the University for Misconduct under this Code.
Disciplinary Records

Records of all disciplinary proceedings and actions will be maintained by the University. Disciplinary records are confidential. Students may inspect their records at reasonable times. These records may also be shared with other University officials who have a legitimate educational interest in the information they contain and may also be shared with parents and guardians.

Parent Notification

The University sends written notification to the parents or guardians of students when they have been found responsible for violating the University’s Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities and also in cases of poor academic performance.

Academics and Examination
  • Students shall be responsible for books, apparatus, tools, instruments, materials, etc., issued to them.
  • The teacher/tutor shall have the power to take appropriate action against a student who misbehaves in his/ her class. All such cases be also be reported to the appropriate committees.
  • Students are expected to adhere to the highest level of integrity in examinations. The adoption of any unfair means like bringing banned material/devices in examination hall, tampering with marked answer books etc. will result in strict disciplinary action by the Examination Committee, which may include rustication for one or more semesters, or expulsion from the Institute.
  • The convener of a course shall have the power to debar a student from the examination in which he/she is detected to be using unfair means.
Policies to Abide for Student Residents
  • Each student shall reside only in the hostel room allotted to him/her by the Chief Warden.
  • Students shall be responsible for all articles of furniture, electrical and other fixtures provided in their rooms. They shall not damage, disfigure institute property, or paint walls, doors, windows, etc.
  • Consumption of Alcoholic beverages and any form of substance abuse is strictly prohibited and will be severely dealt with.
  • Possessing any content of obscene nature is unacceptable and will be dealt with severely.
  • Students are requested to lock their rooms whenever they leave; loss of property in such case is not the responsibility of the hostel warden.
  • Use water and electricity judiciously. Students should not leave their room without turning off the switches.
  • All residents must obtain permission from their roommate(s) each time they would like to entertain a guest.
  • All residents and visitors/guests must present proper photo identification to gain building entry.
  • Residents will be accountable for their visitors/guests at all times.Residents also will be accountable for any Code violations committed by their visitors/guests.
  • The Warden-in-Charge of a hostel has the power to reprimand, impose fine or take any other suitable measure against a resident who violates either the Code of Conduct or rules and regulations pertaining to the hostels.
Sexual Misconduct
  • We have a zero-tolerance policy for sexual misconduct of any kind on our campus. Enforcing this policy requires the efforts of all members of our University community.
  • As per ruling of Supreme Court, sexual harassment includes physical contact and advances, demand or request for sexual favors, sexually colored remarks, display of pornography and any other unwelcome physical, verbal or non-verbal conduct of a sexual nature. Internal and university-wide committees have been setup with an aim to provide for the effective enforcement of the basic human right.
Disciplinary Actions and Related Matter
  • For maintaining discipline amongst the students of the Institute, a student affairs and grievance department has been formed under the School heads. An Enquiry Committee appointed by this department examine the cases of students involved in breach of rules of conduct and recommend a suitable disciplinary action/punishment.
  • Violation of the Code of Conduct by an individual or of a group of students can be referred to this committee by a student, teacher or other functionary of the Institute.
  • Breach of rules and regulations of the hostel, lack of decorum, act of indiscipline, misconduct in classroom/laboratory/playgrounds, willful damaging of the Institute/hostel property/fellow-students’ belongings, misbehavior with faculty/staff members/fellow students, ragging of fellow students and use of unfair means in tests/examinations may entail the student’s temporary or permanent dismissal from the Institute.
  • Violation of the Code of Conduct shall invite disciplinary action which may include punishment such as reprimand, disciplinary probation, fine, debarring from examinations, withdrawal of scholarship and/or placement services, withholding of grades and/or degrees, cancellation of registration and even expulsion from the Institute.
  • In case of damage to any building, furniture, apparatus or other property of the Institute, the damages will be charged to the student or students known to be directly involved, but if persons responsible for damage are unknown, the cost of damage may be recovered by equally charging all the students of the Institute. Students are also expected to report the instances of damage immediately to the concerned Warden/Chief Warden.
Student Associations
  • Society, association or club shall be formed with the prior permission of the School Head and the Dean or the Associate Dean.
  • Person from outside, shall be invited to address any meeting or society with the prior permission from the School Head and the Dean or the Associate Dean.
Grievance Procedure for Students
  • A student who feels aggrieved with the punishment awarded may, however, appeal to the grievance cell, stating clearly the case and explaining his/her position, and seeking reconsideration of the decision.
Whom Do We Contact with Questions?

You can direct questions regarding the intent or applicability of this Code of Conduct to Registrar, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham.

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