Khyber Medical University (KMU) has instituted a prohibition on what it terms as ‘intimate relationships’ between faculty and students, aligning with the Higher Education Commission’s directive to curb harassment on university campuses.

According to a notification from Dr. Brekhna Jamil, the chairperson of KMU’s harassment inquiry committee, the consequences for breaching this policy are stringent and may encompass verbal or written warnings, termination of employment, temporary or permanent suspension, expulsion, disciplinary probation, financial penalties, withholding of degrees, revocation of professional licenses, documentation in personal records, and other pertinent sanctions as deemed necessary.

Dr. Brekhna has encouraged all faculty members to distribute the policy within their respective institutes and administrative sections. While ensuring that all faculty, staff, and students are fully informed and adhere to the provisions outlined in the policy. She noted, “The notification has been issued with the approval of the KMU vice-chancellor.”

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KMU Issues Notification Against Student-Teacher Relationships  

The institution emphasized that such relationships present conflicts of interest, undermine professional judgment, and jeopardize the institution’s credibility. It further stated that individuals engaged in such relationships should disclose them.

The notification titled “Prohibition of Intimate or Romantic Relationships Between Faculty Members, Staff, and Students in Accordance with HEC’s Policy on Protection Against Sexual Harassment in Higher Education Institutions 2020” underscores the importance of addressing issues related to personal relationships within KMU’s academic community, given the adoption of the policy by the university.

The policy’s jurisdiction encompasses all constituent and affiliated colleges and institutions of KMU. Sub-section 3.1 of section 3 (jurisdiction) specifies that the policy applies to the conduct of students. As well as, faculty, staff, and other members of the higher education institution (HEI) community, including interns, residents, third parties like service providers, and visitors.

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