Question: “I am a teacher. Some students gave me a gift of low values at their graduation. I’ve taken the gift. Am I guilty for doing it?”
Answer: “It is not allowed for a teacher or lecturer to receive any gift, even though it is of low value, from his student, whoever he is. If you received it already, then the gift should be given to the office (as a property of the institute).
The best solution is for you to explain the ruling regarding this matter to the students wisely, as the Prophet did when Ash Sha’b Ibn Jatsama gave him a donkey when the Prophet was in the state of ihram. The Prophet told him wisely,
إنا لم نرده عليك إلا أنا حرم
“Indeed, we do not return this gift of yours but because we are in the ihram state.” (Narrated by Bukhari and Muslim)