The University Senate is the academic governing body of the proposed University. It is responsible for the approval of new programmes, the granting of degrees and diplomas. It manages the reviews of Faculties, Centres and Institutes.
It is responsible for setting academic regulations (including regulations governing student conduct and discipline), examinations, teaching and research quality which affect the proposed University as a whole, and it establishes the academic calendar.
Senate shall be the highest decision making body on academic matters relating to the proposed University. It shall consist of:
- The Vice-Chancellor,
- The Deputy Vice-Chancellor
- the University Librarian,
- Deans of Faculties,
- Dean of Postgraduate School;
- Dean of Students Affairs;
- Directors of Academic Institutes,
- Heads of Academic Departments,
- The persons not exceeding four, for the time being holding such appointments on the staff of the proposed University as may be specified by the Vice-Chancellor, and
- Such teachers (not below the rank of Senior Lecturer) and not being more than two in respect of each faculty as may be elected from among the members of each faculty, the total number thereof to be determined from time to time by Senate,
- l. Registrar as Secretary and Bursar in attendance.
An elected member may, by notice to the Senate, resign his office.
There shall be elections for the selection of elected members, which shall be held in the prescribed manner on such day in the month of May, or June in each year as the Vice-Chancellor may from time to time determine.
An elected member shall hold office for the period of two years beginning with 1st August in the year of his election, and may be a candidate at any election held in the year which his period of office expires, so however that no person shall be such a candidate if at the end of his current period of office he will have held office as an elected member for a continuous period of four years or would have so held office if he had not resigned it.
No election shall be held in any year if the number of non-elected members does not exceed by more than one the figure which is thrice the number of those elected members holding office who do not vacate office during that year, but for the avoidance of doubt it is hereby declared that no person shall be precluded from continuing in or taking office as an elected member by reason only of a reduction in the total of non-elected members occurring on or after 30th April in any year in which he is to continue in or take office as an elected member.
Senate shall meet at least five times in a year and is chaired by the Vice-Chancellor. In his absence, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor shall preside. The quorum of Senate shall be one quarter (1/4) of its membership rounded to the next higher whole number.
Specific functions of Senate shall be:
(a) Establishment, organization and control of the Faculties, Institutes and Departments of the proposed University and the allocation to the different departments of responsibility for different branches of learning;
(b) Organization and control of courses of study and of examinations at the proposed University;
(c) Approval and management of research grants
(d) The award of degrees and such other qualifications as may be prescribed in connection with examinations held as mentioned above;
(e) Making recommendations to the Council with respect to the award to any person of the title of professor emeritus;
(f) Consideration of persons for the award of honorary fellowships or honorary degrees;
(g) The selection of candidates for admission as students at the proposed University;
(h) The supervision of the welfare of students and the regulation of their conduct;
(i) The granting of fellowships, scholarships, prizes and similar awards within the control of the proposed University based on the recommendations of the Committee of Deans; and
(j) Determination of what description of dress shall be academic dress for the purposes of the proposed University and regulating the use of such academic dress.
Major Standing Committees of Senate
Senate functions through its various committees which carry out much of the detailed work and recommend actions that Senate should take. Senate shall have the following standing committees:
i. Academic Planning and Curriculum Development Committee
ii. Research Grants Committee
iii. Central Admissions Committee
iv. Library and Publications Committee
v. Students Welfare Board
vi. Student Disciplinary Committee
vii. Committee on Honours and Awards
viii. Ceremonies Committee
ix. Sports and Games Committee
x. Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Committee
Other Committees may be established as Senate may deem fit.