University of Zimbabwe Act
- Commenced on 14 January 1983
- [This is the version of this document at 31 December 2016 and includes any amendments published up to 31 December 2017.]
- [Note: This version of the Act was revised and consolidated by the Law Development Commission of Zimbabwe]
1. Short titleThis Act may be cited as the University of Zimbabwe Act [Chapter 25:16].
2. InterpretationIn this Act—“academic staff” means all persons employed, whether full-time or part-time, by the University as—(a)professors, lecturers of any class or persons engaged in research; or(b)holders of posts declared by the Senate to be academic posts;“administrative staff” means all persons employed, whether full-time or part-time, by the University who—(a)are not members of the academic staff or employees and whose contracts of appointment are for not less than one year; or(b)are holders of posts declared by the Registrar to be administrative posts;“Academic Appointments Board” means the Board established in terms of subsection (2) of section twenty;“Bursar” means the person appointed to be the Bursar of the University;“Chairman of Department” means the person appointed by the Vice-Chancellor to be the chairman of a teaching department or the head of any institute or centre controlled by the University;“Council” means the Council established in terms of subsection (1) of section eleven;“employee” means any person employed by the Council who is not a member of the academic or administrative staff;“Faculty” means a Faculty established by the Statutes;“Head of Department” means a person appointed as a Head of Department in terms of the Royal Charter;“Librarian” means the person appointed to be the Librarian of the University;“Minister” means the Minister of Higher Education or any other Minister to whom the President may, from time to time, assign the administration of this Act;“Ordinance” means an Ordinance made by the Council in terms of subsection (1) of section twenty-seven;“Pro-Vice-Chancellor” means a Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the University appointed in terms of section nine;“Registrar” means the person appointed to be the Registrar of the University;“Regulation” means a Regulation made by the Senate in terms of paragraph (1) of section sixteen;“Royal Charter” means the Royal Charter dated the 11th February, 1955, establishing the University;“Senate” means the Senate established in terms of subsection (1) of section fifteen;“Statutes” means the Statutes set out in the Schedule as amended from time to time or replaced in terms of subsection (2) of section twenty-five;“student” means any person registered by the University for the purpose of obtaining a qualification of the University or any person who is determined by the Senate to be a student;“Students’ Union” means the association of students recognized by the Council as the Students’ Union;“teaching department” means a department within a Faculty prescribed by Ordinance as a teaching department;“University” means the University established by the Royal Charter the incorporation of which is continued by this Act;“Vice-Chancellor” means the Vice-Chancellor of the University appointed in terms of section eight.
3. Incorporation of the University
4. The objects and powers of the UniversityThe objects of the University are the advancement of knowledge, the diffusion and extension of arts, science and learning, the provision of higher education and research and, so far as is consistent with those objects, the nurturing of the intellectual, aesthetic, social and moral growth of the students at the University and for these objects the University shall, subject to this Act and in addition to any other powers conferred by this Act, have the following powers—
5. Prohibition of discrimination in membership of University
6. Membership of the University The University shall consist of—
7. The Chancellor
8. The Vice-Chancellor
9. The Pro-Vice-Chancellors
10. Present Principal and Vice-Principals to become Vice-Chancellor and Pro-Vice-ChancellorsThe Principal and Vice-Principals holding office on the 14th January, 1983, shall continue to hold office as provided in subsection (2) of section twenty but from such day shall be known as the Vice-Chancellor and Pro Vice-Chancellors respectively.
11. The Council
12. Duties of the CouncilIt shall be the duty of the Council, subject to the provisions of this Act and the Statutes—
13. Powers of the CouncilWithout derogation from the generality of any other powers conferred on the Council by this Act, the Council shall have the following powers—
14. Executive Committee of Council
15. The Senate
16. Duties and powers of the SenateThe Senate as the academic authority of the University shall have the following powers and duties—
17. The Convocation
18. The Registrar, Bursar and Librarian
19. Terms of service of persons employed by University
22. Staff Disciplinary Committee
23. Student Disciplinary Committee
24. Service of processAny writ or other process, notice or document may be served on the University, Council or Senate by serving the same on the Registrar.
28. Validity of decisions of Council, Senate, Convocation or boards or committeesNo decision or act of the Council, the Convocation or any board or committee established by or in terms of this Act shall be invalid solely on the ground that—
History of this document
14 January 1983