Uniuyo Students’ Regulations

Here are Regulations Governing General Behavior Of Student….

(A) STUDENTS’ CONDUCT AND DISCIPLINE
Apart from research, the other main function of the University is to educate and train the student. To qualify for the award of degree, diploma or certificate of the University, a student must be found worthy, not only in learning, but also in character. Discipline and the inculcation of good character are therefore, integral part of University education.

The implication of acceptance of admission offer by a student into the University is that the student has accepted to abide by the rules and regulations that may from time to time be made by appropriate authorities of the University, for the governance of the University. Such acceptance also carries the obligation that the student shall be a responsible member of the academic community, in learning and conduct.

All students of the University are required to maintain a high standard of personal integrity. Students are expected to conduct themselves maturely and peacefully in advancing their passions on any issue.

The University regards as serious acts of misconduct, unethical, immoral, dishonest, disloyal, or destructive behaviour as well as violation of University regulations. Every student has the responsibility, not only to familiarize with these regulations, but also to assist to uphold them at all times.

While fully committed to the support of the legitimate rights of its members, the University has an equally important duty to protect its educational purpose and the interest of the entire membership of its community.

Therefore, the University is naturally concerned about the actions of some individuals and groups of individuals, which may conflict with the overall goal and integrity of the University, or infringe upon and/ or disregard the rights of other members of the community.

The right to express different opinions and concerns is an essential component of the academic community. However, the imposition of opinions and concerns upon others shall not be condoned.

It is stressed that like all other citizens, all members of the University community (including students) are subject to the laws of the land. This is so whether they are outside or within the University premises.

They are expected to learn to cope with problems and difficulties intelligently, maturely, and with understanding, bearing in mind the rights of others. Each member shall recognize that as he/she values his/her right and freedom, so also is he/she expected to respect the rights and freedom of others.

For, where the right of a man ends,there begins the right of another. The University reserves the right, upon evidence that a student has breached of any of its rules, Codes of Conduct or Regulations, to discipline such student after due process.

 

THE DISCIPLINARY SYSTEM:
The Vice-Chancellor and Senate are vested with the power to discipline students. In practice, there is a Student Disciplinary Committee with the general function of dealing with individual cases of indiscipline. The Vice-Chancellor has delegated powers to the Dean of Students, Deans of Faculties, Head of Departments, Hall Masters/Mistresses on certain defined offences. Ad hoc committees are commonly used in the disciplinary process.

Sanctions for Violation of Regulations or Codes of Conduct:
Any of the following disciplinary sanctions may be imposed for violation of University regulations or Code of Conduct:

(a) Loss of Privileges:
Loss of privilege is the withdrawal of a privilege to use University services or facility (such as Hostels) for a specified period of time.

(b) Reimbursement:
Reimbursement requires that a student pays for damage to, loss or misappropriation of University property or the property of other members of the University Community. Such reimbursement is charged to any student(s) who individually or by group action, engage(s) or participate(s) in event(s) which causes damage or loss. Students, who embezzle or misappropriate their organizations funds and/or property may, in addition to reimbursement, face further disciplinary action.

(c) Rustication/Suspension:
Rustication/Suspension is an action, which excludes the student from registration, class attendance, examination, resident in the University Hall of residence, and the use of University facilities for specified period of time. This action means that the student must immediately leave the University.
Refusal by any student to appear before a constituted Committee or Panel set up by the authorities of the University will attract the penalty of indefinite suspension of the student.

(d) Expulsion:
Expulsion is the ultimate punishment and represents a permanent withdrawal by the authority of the Vice- Chancellor of a student’s privileges of registration, class attendance, examination, residence in the University Hall of residence, the use of University facilities studentship. This action means that the student must leave the University immediately, and cease forthwith to be a member of the University Community.

APPEAL:
In all cases of disciplinary action, students concerned have the right to appeal to the Vice-Chancellor and ultimately to the Governing Council of the University.

DEMONSTRATIONS, PROTESTS AND STRIKES:
The University recognizes dialogue as a crucial instrument in the process of identifying and resolving problems, which may arise from the dynamics of life in an academic Community. All members of the University are therefore free to examine and discuss all questions of interest to them and to express opinions. Of equal importance, which the University also recognize, however, is the legitimate right of any member of the Community to dissent, to disagree, to hold different opinion, or to think differently from others. Indeed, this is an integral aspect of University education and academic freedom.

Students may support a cause(s) by all orderly means as long as they do not disrupt the regular activities of the University since disruption would go beyond the acceptance limits of responsible exercise of free enquiry and expression. Before any decision of the Student’s Union become effective on University-wide issues, such as boycott of lectures, demonstrations, etc. the following conditions must be met:

(a) A referendum involving voting by secret ballot must be conducted;
(b) At least sixty percent of the membership of the Students Union should participate in such a referendum;
(C) The outcome of the referendum should show that a simple majority of votes cast are in favour of the planned action;
d) The referendum should be conducted under the supervision of the Dean of Student Affairs or a representative selected by him.

Guidelines for Demonstrations, Strikes and Boycotts:
Organizers of demonstrations and similar actions must observe the following guidelines: (i) All demonstrations, boycotts, etc, must be peaceful.
(ii) Demonstrators and/or their leaders must NOT:
(a) force others to join them, or deny other members of the University Community both staff and students their right not to join a demonstration, a strike and/or such similar actions;
(b) disrupt or obstruct the activities of the University including administration, lectures, tutorials and laboratory work;
(c) obstruct or restrict free movement of persons on any part of the University Campuses;
(d) deny the use of offices, classrooms and other facilities to staff and students or guests of the University;
(e) endanger the safety of any person or of the University Campuses.
(f) destroy or damage University or public property.

Procedure for Demonstrations, Boycotts and Strikes:
To go on strike, demonstration or boycotts, the Vice- Chancellor shall, through the Dean of Student Affairs be:
(a) Notified in writing at least forty-eight hours in advance, about the place, nature, cause, method, date and time of the commencement of the action;
(b) Notified in writing _at least forty-eight hours in advance, about the measures taken to ensure that services will not be disrupted, as a consequence of the action;
(c) Assured in writing that there would be no violence against any person or damage to any University or other property.
Students should note that there are laws in force which prescribes trial and punishments for students who disrupt normal University activities. On conviction such students could be jailed for years or pay a fine or both. These guidelines are therefore put in place, partly to assist students not to contravene the law while exercising their rights.

 

(A) GROSSMISCONDUCTS
Some misconducts have been classified as gross misconducts, and they include:
i) fighting;
ii) stealing;
iii. membership of illegal associations;
iv) rape;
v) forgery;
vi) fake certificates
vii) illegal demonstration;
viii) Wanton destruction of University and/or public property;
ix) Publication of Seditious, Inciting and Scandalous Letters or Article against Individual(s) or the University;
x) Embezzlement of Association Funds;
xi) Membership of Secret Cults;
xii) Insubordination, and
xiii) Assault.

(i) Fighting:
Fighting by students and use of force on other students to obtain compliance is a very serious offence. Any student found guilty of fighting or using force to obtain compliance shall be severely punished by the University Authority through rustication or even expulsion.
(Ii) Stealing:
Stealing of any form is prohibited in the University. Any student found to have stolen in any form shall be expelled from the University.
(iii) Membership of Illegal Associations:
Students found to be members of illegal associations; clubs, fraternity or confraternity shall be expelled from the University.
(Iv) Rape:
Any student liable of rape shall be expelled from the University.
(v) Forgery: Forgery is a criminal offence. Any student found liable of forgery shall be expelled from the University.
(vi) Fake Certificates: Students found to have used fake certificates and credentials in order to gain admission into the University shall have his/her studentship summarily determined.
Illegal Demonstration:
No student is permitted to stage any form of demonstration against an individual, University, State or the Federal Government of Nigeria without explicit permission from the police., Students found guilty of this offence shall be rusticated for a period of time or expelled, depending on the gravity of the offence.
Wanton Destruction of University and / or Public Property:
Any Student(s) of the University found guilty of destruction of University and/or public property shall be surcharged at a current Of the property(s). In addition to the surcharge such a student may be rusticated from the University for a period Of time or may be expelled, from the University.
Publication of Seditious, Inciting and Scandalous Letter or Article against Individual(s) or the University:
Any student found to engage in seditious, inciting and scandalous letter writing against individual(s) or the University shall be deemed to have breached his/her matriculation Oath and shall be liable to rustication for a period of time or, expulsion, if such action had caused a breach of public peace.
Embezzlement of Association Funds:
Any student member of a registered association in the University found guilty of embezzling association funds shall be deemed to have committed offence and shall be made to refund the money. In addition, the student may be rusticated from the University for a period of time or may even be expelled.
(xi) Membership of Secret Cults:
Membership of secret cults in the University is prohibited. Accordingly, all forms of cult activities are proscribed. Any student found to be involved in the activities of secret cults shall be expelled from the University.
(xii) Insubordination:
Any student of the University found guilty of any act of insubordination towards constituted authority shall be rusticated from the University for a period of time or may even be expelled.
(xiii) Assault:
Any student found guilty of assault in any form shall be rusticated from the University for a period of time or may even be expelled.

(C) IDENTITY CARDS
Upon registration in the University, each student is issued with an official Student Identity Card, valid for one session only, or as may be indicated on the card. Student may be required, at any time to identify themselves upon request, by authorized University officials while discharging their official duties.

Some University faculties (e.g. the library) are open only to students who are able to show valid identity cards. Students are also normally required to present their identity cards before they are allowed to take University examinations. Students are expected, therefore, to take very good care of their identity cards, carry them always and be ready to produce them at any time on demand. The Identity card remains a useful item even after graduation, as they are required for collection of certificates.

Students must submit their identity cards to the appropriate University officer upon graduation and collection of their certificates or withdrawal from the University. Failure to do so shall be regarded as a breach of the rules and regulations and Code of Conduct of the University. Students are advised to promptly report loss or theft of their Identity Cards to the Security Department and the Dean of Students.

D) STUDENTS’ PUBLICATIONS
The University of Uyo is building a reputation for a vigorous, free student press, and it deliberately encourages responsible freedom of expression and speech in keeping with the best University tradition. The following regulations govern students’ publications in the University:

(a) Only registered students’ organizations/associations may produce and sell or distribute on the campus, any publication or printed matter bearing the name of the University or purporting to emanate from it.
(b) All student publications must carry the name of the organization responsible for it publication and the individual names of Editorial Board members.
(c) A student Organization which publishes, sells or distributes any material shall be held responsible for such materials including any matter of libel and litigation.
(D) All students’ publications must state categorically on the editorial page that the opinions expressed there do not represent those of the University Administration or the student body in general.
(e) Five copies of any such publication must be deposited with the Dean of Student Affairs by any such Students’ Organization/ Association before circulation.
(f) The following types of Publications are prohibited on the Campuses:
(i) Publications which are libelous;
(ii) Publications which are obscene;
(iii) Publications which incite violence;

E) STUDENT UNIONISM
Students are encouraged to participate in student union activities. Participation is however voluntary. To participate in student unionism, the Student Union constitution as approved by Senate constitutes the basis for all student union activities.

The Student Union is subject to the regulations of the University as approved by Senate. The Student Union is therefore subject to be sanctioned/dissolved at any time the University Senate finds its existence as being counter productive to the aspirations and needs of the University.

F) STUDENTS’ ORGANISATIONSI ASSOCIATIONS
As a policy, the University of Uyo encourages students to organize and participate in associations that promote and project the academic, cultural, recreational and social life of the University. All such organizations are required to apply annually for formal recognition and registration {through the Dean of Student Affairs division) to the Students’ Welfare Board.

University of Uyo. These are independent organizations/associations and affiliated organizations/associations.
(a) Independent organizations / associations are students’ organizations / associations, which have been duly registered in accordance with the regulations. Such organization/associations are entitled to certain privileges, but may not receive special services or support form the University or the Students’ Union.

(b) Affiliated organizations are those, which have been duly registered as required, but may receive special assistance from the University, the Students’ Union or any of the academic Faculties and/or Departments. Their objectives and activities in the University must not be political or religious in nature.

(I) General Regulations on Students’ Organizations
(a) Registration of a Student Organization must not be construed as agreement with, support of, or approval of its activities at all times by the University, but only as a recognition of the rights of the organizations to exist in the University subject to the conditions appertaining thereto.
(b) Only bona-fide and registered students of the University are eligible for membership of Students’ Organizations. Other persons may be admitted to associate membership if the organization’s constitution so provides, and such registration is not in anyway inimical, to the interest of the University.
(c) All Students’ Organizations must keep proper records of their finances. All funds raised by Students’ Organizations or their j Officers by whatever means, are subject to financial accountability.
(d) Officers of Students’ Organizations shall accept individual responsibilities for the conduct of the activities sponsored and/or executed by their organizations. .
(e) Upon application, an affiliated Students’ Organization may receive support, including finance, from the Students’ Union. The sponsoring Faculty or Department must assume full responsibility along with the Organization’s Officers for the actions and activities of the sponsored organization.
(f) Except with specific authorization by appropriate University authorities, no students’ organization is allowed to indicate or imply that it is acting on behalf of the University or with its approval.
(g) Where any provision of the Constitution, Rules, Regulations or Bye-laws of a Student Organization (including the Students’ Union) contradicts the University’s Rule(s), Regulation(s), Code of Conduct or decision(s)on any matter, the University’s Rule(s), Regulation(s), Code of Conduct or decisions shall prevail.
(h) All Students’ Organizations must be registered through the Student Affairs Division at the beginning of each session by submitting the following information not later than three weeks from the beginning of the new academic session.
(i) Names and addresses, Faculty, Department and Halls of residence of current, Officers,of the Organizations. .
(ii) The name(s) of Faculty Adviser/Patron who has Agreed to so serve.
(iii) Programme of activities for the year, including dates and venues (if known).
(iv) A copy of the annual report of the preceding year.
(v) No club, association or society is officially registered unless its members have been interviewed and thoroughly screened and the outcome is satisfactory.
vi) Any student involved in the running of an unrecognized, dissolved or de-established organization shall be deemed to be operating an illegal organization, and shall be disciplined as appropriate.

(II) Conditions for University Recognition of Student Organizations/ Associations
In general, the University does not support or recognize any Student Organization, which in its membership recruitment, discriminates on account of race, sex, or religion.
Accordingly, tribal and other ethnic Student Organizations are not encouraged or given due recognition by the University. Where they are formed, however, such organizations are required to inform the Dean of Student Affairs of their existence and objectives and to submit to the Dean the names of their officers and constitution for record purposes, immediately upon formation/appointment.
The University reserves the right and authority to disallow the operation of any such organization where the interest of the organization is inimical to that of the University in any way whatsoever.
To be accorded University recognition, a student organization must satisfy the following conditions:
(a) A clear intention to pursue activities, which are consistent with the educational and social functions and set policies of the University.
(b) An intention to perform by the organization as shown by their Constitution, rules and sources, commensurate with the activities to be undertaken.
(c) Evidence that the organization is not part of any existing Student Organization(s)
(d) Three Staff Patrons or Advisers.
For this purpose, groups seeking recognition must submit through the Dean of Student Affairs to the Student Welfare Board the following:
(i) Fifteen copies of the proposed Constitution and Byelaws. The Dean of Student Affairs must be notified on any future amendments within twenty-one days of the adoption of such amendments;
(ii) Names, Matriculation numbers, Hostel and Faculty/Departmental addresses of the officers.
(iii) Signature and Names of three Full-time Senior Academic, Administrative or technical staff of the University who have accepted to serve as Advisers/Patrons to the organization.
(iv) Certificate by Adviser/Patron that at least thirty Full- Time Students will form the nucleus of the organization.
(v) Statement of purpose and proposed programmes of activities as it relates to the expected contribution to the academic, cultural social or recreational life of the University.
(vi) Affiliation, if any, to external organization(s). .
(Vii) Statement of proposed financial support or resources, and custody and management of funds. .
(viii) Statement of sponsorship from the Head of Department, Dean etc. if the Organization is to be sponsored by a Department or Faculty of the University. .
(ix) Bursary receipt for the payment of the approved annual Renewal/Registration fee. .
Decision on any application for recognition rests with the Students’ Welfare Board. The Students’ Welfare Board on the advice of the Dean of Student Affairs may dissolve or de-establish any Student Organization, after making such enquiries as it may deem fit. Any officer or the entire executive/leadership of a student organization (including the Students’ Union) may also be dissolved or derecognized by the University for a good cause.

(III) Privileges of Recognized Students’ Organizations I Associations.
The following privileges are available for recognized organizations: .
(a) Membership drive from among the members of the University Community; .
(b) Use of University facilities subject to payment of approved charges, if any, and to the scheduling and booking regulations and procedures governing the use of such facilities;
(C) The use of the name of the University as a part of their official titles;
(d) Request to the Students’ Union (or affiliated organizations) for Financial and other forms of support for specific activities and/or programmes.

(IV) Withdrawal of Recognition
The recognition of a student organization may be withdrawn for any of the following cause(s):
(a) Breach of approved procedures for recognition and for sustenance of recognition.
(b) Breach of University rules and regulations.
(c) Breach of the laws of the country or failure to observe the normal requirements of decency, good morals, and good conduct by the organization.

(G) STUDENT’S ACTIVITIES INVOLVING PERSONS WHO ARE NOT MEMBERS OF THE UNIVERSITY COMMUNITY
In line with University traditional commitment to freedom of enquiry and the pursuit of truth, students’ organizations are allowed to organize activities featuring guest speakers and other guests of their choice from within and outside the University. However, the University has an obligation to ensure that activities in the campus are conducted in appropriate manner with requisites protocol. Where the President of Nigeria, Governor, Minister, Commissioner, Head of a Foreign Mission, or other very important personalities from outside the University are to be invited, the Vice-Chancellor through the Dean of Student Affairs must be informed at least one month before the date of the event.

(H) USE OF UNIVERSITY LOGO
As a policy, the University of Uyo encourages members of the University community as well as some reputable members of the public to produce some gifts or stationery items with the inscription of the University Logo on them as a means of publicizing the University. To obtain the approval for the production of such items the following guidelines must be followed:
(a) make a sample of the proposed gift or stationery item with University Logo;
(b) submit samples of the proposed gift or stationary item and an application to the Registrar for approval or authority to produce the items, stating the benefits of such items to the students and other members of the public;
(c) submit a feasibility study showing the level of acceptance of the proposed product or item as well as the cost of the product;
(d) an undertaking to indemnify the University from any failure in contractual obligations as well as ensure that the security of the University Logo was not abused; and
(e) the proposed outlet through which the product would be sold.

I) CHANGE OF NAME
All students admitted into the University shall be required to graduate with their names as they appeared as at the time of admission. The University does not permit any change of name EXCEPT those changes are consequent upon change in marital status in the case of female students. All students must, therefore, ensure that they record their names in the same order and the same spelling each time they register for courses in the University. Application for change of name by female students should be submitted on the prescribed form, to the registrar through the Dean of Student Affairs for approval.

J) RELIGIOUS WORSHIP
As a policy, the University upholds the law on freedom of worship as enshrined in the Nigerian constitution. Accordingly, three dominant religious groups are recognized on campus namely: the Catholic Community, the Protestants Community Victory Chapel; and the Muslim Community. Recognition is, however, usually accorded to other smaller students fellowship, which operate strictly in accordance with the Rules and Regulations of the University.

The University as an academic Community deserves nothing short of conducive and serene atmosphere for meaningful academic work. In order to maintain this, all religious activities on campus must start from 8.00p.m. on any working day and from 6.00p.m. on Saturdays. On no account should any religious activity take place on campus outside the time stipulated above.

K) USE OF UNIVERSITY FACILITIES
As a deliberate policy of encouraging interaction between members of the University Community and some reputable members of the public, some University facilities are usually given out for use. The following procedure would be adopted:
(a) The application for the use of the facility must be written and signed by the Executive Officers of the registered Student Association/Organization in the University.
(b) The application should be addressed to the Registrar through the Dean of Student Affairs.
(c) At least two (2) weeks notice must be given to enable the University Administration ensure that the facility will be available and approval given for its use.
(d) Any application that does not meet the above requirements will not be considered.
Any student or group of students who use the University facility without approval from appropriate arm of the University would be made to face disciplinary action including the replacement of any item(s) damaged or stolen as a result of such illegal usage.

L) CONTROL OF SUNDRY SERVICES
As a social organization, the University allows some reputable members of the pubic to come into the campus to provide Sundry services such as typing, photocopying, snacks bars, etc. to members of the University Community.
The approval for the provision of such services as well as control rests with the Registry Department. Therefore, on no account should any student or group of students arrogate to themselves the authority to approve and/or control operators of these businesses.

iv) DRESS CODE ON CAMPUS
Appropriate dressing by students is an important factor that impacts on the discipline process. The University admits only adults and therefore has the responsibility to set some standards including dressing code.
Students are therefore to note that it is an act of indiscipline to be indecently dressed on campus and will be treated as such. Students should note and observe the following dressing code on Campus:
i) all trousers and skirts must be worn not below the waist;
li) the neckline of skirts and blouses must not be styled in a way that will reveal any sensitive part of the body (even while bending);
iii) dresses must cover all underclothing (Singlets, brastraps, pants, underskirts etc. must be hidden under the dress);
iv) foot-Nears that could cause distractions are discouraged. Bathroom slippers are unacceptable. Simple slippers, cutshoes, shoes with lace; sandals, even neatly designed tennis shoes and boots may be used. v) The physically challenged may wear whatever suits his or her condition;
vi) any headgear that makes identity impossible is not allowed on Campus;
vii) simple jewelries and chains may be used for adornment. This certainly does not include earring for men and nose ring of any type;
viii) make-ups must be simple and not loud;
ix) tattoos are not allowed on campus. Any student with tattoo before admission should declare it at the Security Unit and at the University Health Centre. The tattoo should be fully described and certificate given. No further complication is expected at graduation;
x) traditional African hair-do and simple modern hair-dos at salons from weave-ens to roll-ens should be used except that the rnultl-coloured and distracting examples should be avoided. Plating of hair and frivolous haircut are not allowed for males;
xi) back-packs should be nice and simple and not reflect that of cowboy or wandering gypsy;
Xii) no student or staff, male or female is permitted to wear shorts or knickers on campus. (shorts are pants that are above the knee) except during sporting activities.


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