STUDENTS’ AFFAIRS DIVISION
|Dr. Aisha Habib|
The Dean, Student Affairs
This is a division under the office of the Vice Chancellor which is responsible for the provision of certain essential services to students of the University. The Division is headed by a Senior Academic Staff who serves as the Dean of Student Affairs. The division caters for the accommodation, career guidance, recreational and sporting activities of students. Matters pertaining to students’ Union Clubs, Societies and Associations are also handled by the division.
The office is responsible for the welfare and discipline of students. The Students’ Welfare Board (SWB) and Students’ Disciplinary Committee (SDC), together with Hall Advisers and their assistants also help the Dean in carrying out these functions.
In addition, it also provides assistance and advice to students on different kinds of individual matters that relate to the welfare of those who are resident in the halls, which include orientation, scholarships/prizes, and general counseling.
Other important functions of the Student Affairs Division include:
- To co-ordinate and monitor students clubs and societies;
- To provide necessary link between students and university authorities;
- To ensure that it guarantees the welfare and discipline of students; and
- To provide students with regular counseling to make them become useful, responsible and result- oriented products of the University.
The Student Affairs Division is therefore the most appropriate place to consult whenever students are in doubt about any issue for necessary guide, advice or information that could assist them.
The Student Affairs Division maintains an active partnership with students in the development and enrichment of their academic programmes and the inculcation of sound morality and discipline to make them become intellectually and morally fit for the society.
SPORTS AND RECREATION
CAREERS, GUIDANCE AND COUNSELLING
The unit is headed by a professionally trained Guidance and Counseling Officer, The unit liaises with the Federal and State Ministry for Higher Education and other scholarship Boards on the provision of scholarships and Bursaries to the students. Processes N.Y.S.C. Posting and assists students for Entrepreneurship study programmes.
In addition, the unit also offers counseling services to students in the following areas:-
- Assists the students to resolve their educational and vocational problems;
- Helps the students to remove barriers that might inhibit learning, and at the same time assist them to develop better problem-solving techniques;
- Assists the students vent their anxieties, seek enriching information and in the process live normal lives;
- Offers advice and counseling to students on their rights, opportunities for employment, including relevant subjects or specialization for chosen careers;
- e) Establishes and maintain contact between the University and prospective employers (Government, Industry, Commerce and the Professions) so as to acquaint them with the courses and programmes of studies being pursued by students and to enable employers acquaint the University with new areas of study where students can seek employment;
- Serves as a link between the graduates of the University and the various employing agencies on what jobs are available and give feedback to the University on new areas of study where students can seek employment;
- To equip students into health skills to cope with rapid societal changes;
- Assists the students to understand themselves and to be able to resolve personal and social problems so that the best possible ‘’self ’’ can be realized.
Catering service is available, but is being rendered by private caterers on pay –as-you-eat basis. Students are therefore strongly advised to equip themselves with enough money to last them for session.
Times of meals are as follows:-
- Breakfast 7:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
- Lunch 12:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
- Dinner 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
A Disciplinary Committee set up by the Vice Chancellor advises him on the discipline of students.
Minor cases are, however, dealt with by the Deans of students. Hall Masters are involved in this aspect of student life.
The Committee’s responsibilities shall include among others,
- Maintenance of law and order among students within and outside the University;
- Regulation of students’ conduct to be in consonance with University ideals, set goals and standards;
- Prompt intervention in the case(s) of contravention of any of the University laws by any student or group of students;
- Deliberation on all reported cases of disobedience or damage to any University property by any student or group of students;
- Deliberation on all reported cases of rampage, arson, theft, brigandage, violence and all other acts of lawlessness by any student or group of students in the University;
- Resolution of all matters in conflict among students for the promotion of peace and stability in the University;
- vii.) Preparation of resolutions from deliberations on every case before the committee and submission of same to the Vice Chancellor for implementation.
- For every disciplinary case, the student(s) so charged with an offence shall be expected to provide a written statement of defence in support of the case.
- Such student(s) shall also be expected to make a physical representation of himself/herself or before the SDC for the purpose of oral testimonies and cross- examination
- The Date Time and Place for the appearance by a student before the SDC shall be officially communicated to the student in question at least one week before it will take place. This is to give the affected student(s) the opportunity to prepare adequately and defend himself/herself properly before the Committee.
- The recommendation of the SDC shall be submitted to the Vice Chancellor not later than 2 weeks after its sitting. The decision of the Vice Chancellor shall be communicated to the affected student(s), the Head of Department and the Dean of the Faculty to which he/she belongs, and the parent/guardian.
- Any student or group of students that are being sanctioned by the University on the account of indictment by the Students’ Disciplinary Committee (SDC) has the right to appeal against such decision to the University Governing Council within two (2) weeks of the decision being communicated to him/her.
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