University Senate

The Senate is the principal overall decision-making organ in respect of all academic matters of the University and it is responsible for the academic work of the University both in teaching, research and consultancy and for the regulation and superintendence of the education of the students of the University.

Senate is chaired by the Vice Chancellor, and its membership includes representatives from all Colleges, Schools, Faculties and academic Departments as well as from the student body. 

BOARDS & COMMITEES
Under the Senate, there are a number of College ,Faculty/School Boards, and standing committees looking after various policy/functional areas.

SENATE’S RESPONSIBILITY
Senate for the University is subject to the powers of the Council as the principal overall decision-making organ in respect of all academic matters of the University and is responsible for the academic work of the University both in teaching, research and consultancy and for the regulation and  superintendence of the education of the students of the University.

Members of the Senate
The members of a Senate of the University consist of:
(a) The Vice Chancellor, who is the Chairman of the Senate;
(b) The Deputy Vice Chancellor responsible for academic, who is the Vice-Chairman of the Senate;
(c) The Deputy Vice Chancellor responsible for administration and finance;
(d) The Dean of Students;
(e) The Principal of each University College;
(f) The Deans of schools of the University;
(g) One member appointed by the Chairman from amongst the members of the Council;
(h) The Directors of institutes, directorates, Centres, Library or other similar organs of equivalent designation in the University;

(i) Two members appointed by the Vice Chancellor from outside the University one of whom shall be from the ministry responsible for education;

(j) The Heads of Academic Departments of the University;
(k) Four members elected by the professors of the University from amongst themselves at least two of whom shall be women;
(l) One member elected by the Academic Board or equivalent body, if any, of each constituent colleges from amongst the members of that Board or body;
(m) The Executive Director of Higher Education Students Loans Board;
(n) One representative of each of the Faculty Boards appointed by each Board from amongst its members who are not members of the Senate by virtue of any other provision of this sub-rule;
(o) The Chief Coordinator of the University Teaching and Learning Improvement Programme;
(p) Four members elected by the Students' Organization, one of whom shall be a woman, one other who shall be a disabled students and one postgraduate student;
(q) One member elected by the academic staff association from amongst its members;
(r) Director of the Sokoine National Agricultural Library;
(s) One member elected by the convocation;
(t) One member who shall be appointed by the Minister responsible for Education in Zanzibar; and
(u) Corporate Counsel who shall be secretary to the Senate.


Powers and functions and duties of the Senate

(1) Subject to provisions of the Act and the Charter, the Senate shall be responsible for the academic work and shall, subject to the powers reserved to the Council by the Charter,
take such measures and act in such a manner as shall be appropriate to promote the academic work of the University in teaching, research, consultancy and extension and for the regulation and superintendence of the education and discipline of the students of the University.

(2) Without prejudiced the generality sub-rules (1) the Senate shall, subject to the Charter and in addition to all other powers vested in it, have the following powers-
(a) to regulate and control, after considering any views of faculty or school boards or academic boards, all teaching, courses of study and the conditions qualifying for admission to the various titles, degrees and other awards offered by the University;

(b) To regulate and control all awards offered by the University as validated awards, in conjunction with other bodies in respect of validated awards upon such terms and conditions as may be required by the University;

(c) To regulate the admission of persons to courses of study and their continuance thereon;

(d) To make recommendations to the Council on the establishment of such faculties, schools, institutes, directorates, centres, departments, colleges and equivalent bodies as may be required;

(e) To regulate all University examinations and assessments and to appoint examiners, both internal and external where appropriate;

(f) To hear and determine appeals of students from the provisional results;

(g) To direct, regulate and promote research within the University through relevant organs of the University and to require reports from time to time on such research;

(h) To review proposed major alterations to the duties and conditions of service of members of the academic staff and to advise the Council accordingly;

(i) To recommend to the Council on the allocation of resources for teaching and research;

(j) To advise the Council on the long-term development of the University, including any capital and estate proposals;

(k) To advise the Council on the welfare of the students of the University;

(l) To discontinue or suspend students, for a stated time, from any part of the University or its premises, or from attending any course of study or from doing any examination or other form of assessment;

(m) To recognise such examinations and periods of study at such universities and places of learning as equivalent to such examinations and periods of study in the University;

(n) To make recommendations or to express an opinion to the Council on any matter of interest to the University and its affairs;

(o) To satisfy itself regarding the content and academic standard of any course of study offered by a school, faculty, institutes, colleges, or department under its control and the general regulation in respect of a degree, diploma, certificate or any other award of the
institution and to report its findings thereon to the Council or Governing Board respectively;

(p) To propose for approval by the Council By-Laws regarding-
(i) the eligibility of persons for admission to courses for a degree, diploma, certificate or other award of the University; and
(ii) The standard of proficiency to be attained in each examination for a degree, diploma, certificate or other award of the University;

(q) To regulate the conduct of examinations of the University, including pre-entry or matriculation examination, if any;

(r) To decide whether any candidate for a degree, diploma, certificate or other award of the University has attained the standard of proficiency prescribed in the By-Laws made under paragraph (p) and is otherwise fit for the grant of such degree, diploma, certificate or other award of the University;

(s) To consider recommendations made to it by Governing Boards, Academic Commitees, boards of institutes, schools, colleges and faculties relating to the conduct of the University generally and take appropriate action;

(t) To establish or appoint Committees for the proper or better carrying out of its functions, and to disestablish any one or more of such Committees;

(u) To perform such other functions as are conferred upon the Senate by the Act, Regulations there under, the Charter or Rules.

(2) The Senate may, as it deems fit, delegate any one or more of the powers and functions conferred on it under the Charter, these Rules, or any other applicable written law, to the Academic Committee of a College, a Board of a School, Faculty, Institute, the University Library, Centre or Directorate, subject to any limitations or conditions the Senate may prescribe.

(3) In respect of any matter in relation to which the Senate is required to report to the Council or to make By-laws in accordance with or furtherance of the provisions of paragraphs (d) (i) (n) and (p) of sub-rule (1), the Council shall not initiate any action in respect thereto until such report has been received from the Senate or, as the case may be, such By-laws have been made by the Senate, and shall not reject any such report or Bylaws without further reference to the Senate.

Delegation of the Powers of Council and Senate
(1) Subject to sub-rule (2), the Council and the Senate may delegate by Regulation to a committee or committees or to an officer or officers such powers as they see fit.

(2) The Regulations under sub-rule (1), shall state the terms of delegation, what confirmation if any, is required, and the duration of the delegation.

(3) The Council shall delegate, without any requirement of confirmation, to a Committee of the Council, or to a Committee of Senate, or to a joint Committee of the Council and the Senate of which in no case students shall be members, or to a particular person not a student, the power, to appoint, promote or dismiss or to determine the powers, duties remuneration or terms or conditions of an officer or class of officers.

(4) The Senate shall delegate, without any requirement of confirmation, the following powers to a Committee or Committees of which no students shall be members, or to a
person or persons not being students-
(a) the admission of a student;
(b) the conduct of the examination of a student, and the determination of the results of any form of academic assessment of the work of a student.


 

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