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CHAPTER 4: THE SENATE

CHAPTER 4:  THE SENATE

 

Composition

 

35. The Senate shall be composed of the following:

 

(1) The President;

(2) The Rector;

(3) The Vice Rector or Vice Rectors;

(4) The Deans of the Faculties and Independent Schools;

(5) The Dean of Students;

(6) The Provost of the School for Overseas Students;

(7) The two Chairmen of the Authority for Research Students;

(8) The Chairman of the Authority for Research and Development:

(9) The Chairman of the Libraries Authority

(10) 25 Full Professors from the non-experimental Faculties and Schools, to be selected by each Faculty/School Council, according to the following criteria:

 

(a) Each Faculty will have two representatives and each Independent School will have one representative.  The remaining representatives will be allocated in accordance with the number of full professors from each Faculty and Independent School relative to the total number of full professors from the non-experimental Faculties/Schools.

 

(b)    If the number of representatives after the allocation is not a whole number, the number will be rounded to the nearest whole number. A fraction equal to or greater than 0.5 will be rounded up, but if the resulting total number of representatives exceeds 25, one representative from the Faculty/School in which the fraction was the lowest will be deducted.  Where the fraction was identical in two or more Faculties/ Independent Schools, the Faculty/School representative will be decided by lottery between the relevant Faculties/Schools.
 

(c)    Notwithstanding the above, a Faculty which is represented by not more than 5 representatives is entitled to choose one Associate Professor instead of a Full Professor among its representatives in the Senate and a Faculty which is represented by more than five representatives, is entitled to choose two Associate Professors instead of two Full Professors
among its representatives in the Senate.

 

(d)    The Faculty Council may decide to reserve a place for one of its representatives in the Senate for a certain office-holder in the Faculty provided he is an Associate Professor or a Full Professor.  Once such a decision has been made, it will remain in effect until cancelled by the Faculty Council.

 

 

 

(11)  25 Full Professors from the experimental Faculties, to be elected according to the system as detailed above in (10).

 

(12)  8 Full Professors, half of whom will be from the non-experimental faculties and schools and half from the experimental faculties, to be elected at a general meeting of the entire academic staff at the level of senior lecturer and above, provided that no more than two representatives will be chosen from any one Faculty or School.  The meeting will take place once a year, at a date to be chosen by the Standing Committee.  In the framework of this meeting, the President and the Rector will submit reports, and discussions on central issues in the life of the University will be held.  This forum will also be assembled following the written request of a minimum of 100 faculty members eligible to participate in it.

 

(13)  Ten Associate Professors or Senior Lecturers, half of whom will be from the non-experimental faculties and schools and half from the experimental faculties to be elected according to the system as detailed above in section (12).

 

(14 Two Representatives of the academic staff in the regular track at the level of lecturer or senior lecturer without tenure, one from the non-experimental faculties and schools and one from the experimental faculties to be elected at a meeting of faculty at this level.

 

(15)  One representative from the parallel teaching track, to be elected at a meeting of faculty in this track.

 

(16)  Two undergraduate or masters student representatives, one from the non-experimental faculties and schools and one from the experimental faculties.

 

(17)  Two research student representatives, one from the non-experimental faculties and schools and one from the experimental faculties.

 

The student representatives will be elected according to a system to be determined by the Standing Committee.

 

Term of Office

 

36.   (a)  A Senate member elected under sections 10-15 will serve for three years and may be reelected, but s/he may not serve for more than three consecutive terms.

 (b)  A Senate member elected under sections 16 and 17 will serve for two years.

 

Chairmanship of Senate

 

37. (a)  The Rector shall be Chairman of the Senate, and in his absence the Vice-Rector shall preside at the meetings.  In the event that two Vice Rectors have been appointed, the Rector shall determine which Vice Rector.  In the absence of the Rector and the Vice Rector or Vice Rectors, the Senate shall elect a Chairman from among its members.

 

(b)  The Chairman shall have a second and casting vote in case of equality of votes. 

 

The Powers and Functions of the Senate

 

38.  The Senate shall, without derogation from its general powers under the Constitution, have the following powers and functions:

 

(a)  To do any act or thing, including the making of Regulations, for securing the supervision and the proper functioning of the Faculties, Schools, Institutes, Branches, Departments and other academic units of the University, and their respective boards or governing bodies;

 

(b)  To make proposals for submission to the Board of Managers and the Executive Committee for the establishment or closure of Faculties or Schools including the declaring of a unit as an Independent School;

 

(c)  To approve, following approval by the Standing Committee, the opening of study programs in which new academic degrees shall be granted.

 

(d)  To make recommendations to the Executive Committee and to the Board of Governors with regard to any matter concerning the University;

 

(e)  To confer doctoral degrees and to confer honorary degrees  of Doctor Honoris Causa;

 

(f)   To appoint, in cooperation with the Executive Committee, academic courts of discipline and prescribe their powers and procedures by Regulations;

 

(g)  To delegate any of its powers to such committee or committees as it may appoint, or to faculty Boards, or to committees of such Boards.

 

Prior Notification Required

 

39.  In matters which are specified in paragraphs (a) and (b) of Sections 42, the Senate shall not decide, or adopt a resolution, unless the Dean of the Faculty concerned has been previously notified, so that he may bring the matter for discussion and decision before the Faculty Board, provided that the discussion shall be held and concluded within the time fixed by the Rector or the Senate.

 

40.     The Board of Governors, the Executive Committee or the Board of Managers shall not pass a resolution relating to any matter for which the Senate is responsible under the Constitution, unless such a matter has first been considered by the Senate and a resolution or a report thereon has been laid before the other Authority concerned.  Where the President, after consultation with the Rector, certifies a particular matter to be urgent, a resolution thereon may be passed before consideration by the Senate, but after discussion by the Senate’s Standing Committee.  But such resolution shall be reconsidered by the Authority which has passed it, if the Senate does not endorse it.

 

Standing Committee of the Senate
 

41.     (a) The Standing Committee of the Senate shall be composed as follows:  The Rector as Chairman, the President, the Vice-Rector or Vice Rectors and the Deans of the Faculties and Independent Schools as ex-officio members and five others appointed by the Senate from among its own members.  The Vice-Rector shall be Chairman of the Standing Committee in the absence of the Rector.  In the event that two Vice Rectors have been appointed, the Vice Rector determined by the Rector shall serve as Chairman.

(b)  The members of the Standing Committee other than ex-officio members shall serve for two years.  They may be re-appointed at the end of that period provided that their combined period of service shall not exceed four consecutive years.
 

Powers of the Standing Committee of the Senate
 

42. (a)  The Standing Committee of the Senate shall have the following
            powers:

 

(1)  To consider matters on the agenda of the Senate and report to the Senate thereon;

 

(2)  To recommend to the Senate to enact academic regulations for teachers, students and for teaching;

 

(3)  To recommend to the Senate to approve the opening of study programs in which new academic degrees shall be granted subject to budgetary approval;

 

(4)  To approve changes in study programs and approve the opening of study programs which do not involve the granting of new academic degrees, subject to budgetary approval;

 

(5)  To consider proposals to establish or to close academic units and administrative units, as well as to expand or constrict them, to unite or divide them, to determine their affiliations or to transfer them from one framework to another, and to make recommendations on these matters;

 

(6)  To consider the establishment of policy and principles regarding admission of student to the University and to make recommendations on the matter;

 

(7)  To consider all general questions relating to the student body, and to make recommendations on these matters;

 

(8)  To receive information, to discuss and to make recommendations to the University Management on matters related to the ongoing administration of academic matters of the University and to set the academic objectives of the University and the ways to achieve them;

 

(9)  To decide on current academic matters relating to the University as a whole or to specific faculties – provided that  any such matter is neither within the competence of a Faculty Board, nor requires consideration and decision by the Senate;

 

(10)               To approve special requests of members of the staff that are within the competence of the Standing Committee in accordance with the Regulations;

 

(11)               To approve appointments to positions in the University and to committees in accordance with the powers of the Standing Committee as per the Regulations; and to recommend appointments as aforesaid for other entities in the University that are authorized according to the Regulations to approve the appointments;

 

(12)               At the initiative of the University Management, to discuss other matters related to the University and to make recommendations on these matters to the authorized bodies.
 

       (b)  The Standing Committee of the Senate may delegate any of its
             powers to a sub-committee or sub-committees which it appoints.
 

Notice to Members of the Senate

 

43.  If the Standing Committee of the Senate has decided on a matter within the authority of the Senate, notice shall be given of its decision to the Senate which shall reconsider the matter if any member so requests.
 

Appointment Committees
 

44. Academic appointments and promotions shall be made by Appointment Committees. The composition, powers and functions of the Appointment Committees shall be prescribed by the Senate and the Executive Committee with the approval of the Board of Governors.

 

 

 

 

Restriction of Service on Committees
 

45.     Representatives of the Senate, apart from ex-officio members, shall not at the same time be members of the Standing Committee of the Senate and of the Board of Managers.


 

CHAPTER 4:  THE SENATE