Lupane State University Act – Download Full PDF
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AN ACT to establish the Lupane State University; and to provide for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.
[Date of commencement: 17th September, 2004.]
1 Short title
This Act may be cited as the Lupane State University Act [Chapter 25:25].
In this Act—
“Academic Appointments Board” means the Board established in terms of subsection (1) of section twenty four;
“academic staff” means all persons employed, whether full-time or part-time, by the University as
professors, lecturers of any class or persons engaged in research; or
holders of posts declared by the Senate to be academic posts;
“administrative staff” means all persons employed by the University who are categorised in terms of the Statutes as members of the administrative staff;
“Bursar” means the person holding office as Bursar of the University in terms of section twenty; “chairperson of a department” means a person appointed in terms of the Statutes to be chairperson of a
teaching department or head of an institute or centre controlled by the University;
“chairperson of the Council” means the person elected in terms of the Statutes to be the Chairperson of the Council;
“Chancellor” means the President in his capacity as Chancellor of the University in terms of section seven; “Council” means the University Council established in terms of section ten;
“dean of faculty” means a person elected by the faculty board in terms of the Statutes; “faculty” means a faculty of the University established in terms of the Statutes; “faculty board” means a faculty board established in terms of the Statutes; “institute” means an institute established in terms of the Statutes;
“Librarian” means the person holding office as Librarian of the University in terms of section twenty-one;“Minister” means the Minister of Higher Education and Technology or any other Minister to whom the
President may from time to time assign the administration of this Act;
“non-academic staff” means all persons employed by the University who are not members of the academic staff;
“ordinance” means an ordinance made by the Council under Statute 23;
“Pro-Vice-Chancellor” means a person holding office as Pro-Vice-Chancellor in terms of section nine; “Registrar” means the person holding office as Registrar of the University in terms of section nineteen; “regulations” means regulations made by the Senate under section thirty-two;
“Senate” means the Senate established in terms of section sixteen;
“senior administrative staff” means the Registrar, the Bursar and such other members of staff as the Council may from time to time determine;
“staff” means academic staff, administrative staff, technical staff and workers;
“Statutes” means the Statutes of the University set out in the Schedule as amended from time to time or replaced in terms of section thirty-one;
“Students’ Executive Council” means any association of students recognised by the Council as the Students’ Executive Council;
“technical staff” means all persons employed by the University who are categorised in terms of the Statutes as members of the technical staff;
“University” means the Lupane State University constituted in terms of this Act;
“Vice-Chancellor” means the person holding the office of Vice-Chancellor in terms of section eight; “workers” means all persons employed by the University who are categorised in terms of the Statutes as
3Establishment of University
(1)There is hereby constituted a university to be known as the Lupane State University.
(2)The University shall be a body corporate with perpetual succession and shall be capable of suing and being sued in its corporate name and, subject to this Act, performing all acts that bodies corporate may by law perform.
4Objects and powers of University
(1)The objects of the University are—
the advancement of knowledge through teaching, research and learning; and
the nurturing of the intellectual, aesthetic, social and moral growth of the students.
(2) For the achievement of its objects, the University shall, subject to this Act, have the following powers—
to provide for research and courses of instruction whether on a full-time or part-time basis, by
correspondence or extra-murally, and take such other steps as may appear necessary and desirable for
the advancement and dissemination of knowledge;
to hold examinations and to confer degrees, including honorary degrees, diplomas, certificates and other
awards, upon persons who have followed courses of study approved by the Senate and additionally, or
alternatively, have satisfied such other requirements as may be determined by the Senate;
to provide courses not leading to degrees, diplomas or certificates, including training for persons
wishing to enter the University;
to provide opportunities for staff and students, and such other persons as the University may approve, to
engage in productive activity in the fields of agricultural science, livestock production and wildlife
management and any other fields in which the University may from time to time be engaged;
to promote research into economic, political, social, cultural, scientific and other matters generally with
particular reference to the interests of Zimbabwe;
to institute professorships, lectureships, research fellowships, staff development fellowships and other
posts and offices and make appointments thereto;
to institute and award fellowships, scholarships, bursaries, prize medals, exhibitions and other
distinctions, awards and forms of assistance consistent with its objects;
to erect, equip and maintain laboratories, offices, halls of residence, lecture halls, libraries, museums and
other buildings and structures required for the promotion of its projects;
to regulate and provide for the residence of its students and members of staff;
to provide and maintain sports fields and other recreational facilities for its students and members of
to demand and receive such fees as may from time to time be prescribed by or in terms of the Statutes;
to enter into such contracts and establish such trusts and appoint such staff as the University may
to establish pension, superannuation or provident or other credit fund schemes for the benefit of its staff
or any section thereof, and to enter into arrangements with the Government or any organisation or
person for the operation of such schemes;
to acquire any property, movable or immovable, and to take, accept and hold any property which may
become vested in it by way of purchase, exchange, grant donation, lease, testamentary disposition or
to sell, mortgage, let on hire, exchange, donate or otherwise dispose of any property held by it;
to invest in the money market, business concerns, land or securities such funds as may be vested in it for
the purpose of endowment, whether for general or specific purposes, or such other funds as may not be
immediately required for current expenditure;
to borrow money for any purpose deemed fit by the Council;
to lend money in the form of short-term loans to its staff on terms and conditions approved by the
to do all such acts and things, whether or not incidental to the powers specified in this subsection, and
whether inside or outside Zimbabwe, as may be requisite in order to further its overall objects or any of
5Membership of University
The University shall consist of— (a) the Chancellor; and
(b) a Vice-Chancellor; and
(c) one or more Pro-Vice-Chancellors; and
(d) members of the Council; and
(e) members of the Senate; and
(f) members of staff; and
(g) registered students, both full-time and part-time; and
(h) the Convocation.
6Prohibition against discrimination in membership of University
(1)No test of religious or political belief, race, ethnic origin, nationality or gender shall be imposed upon or required of any person in order to entitle him or her to be admitted as a member of staff or student of the University or to hold any office therein or privilege thereof.
(2)Nothing in subsection (1) shall be construed as preventing the University from giving preference to citizens or residents of Zimbabwe when making appointments or promotions or when admitting students.
(1)The President of the Republic of Zimbabwe or his or her nominee shall be Chancellor of the University.
(2)The Chancellor shall be the head of the University.
(3)The Chancellor shall have the right—
to preside over any assembly or meeting held by or under the authority of the University; and
upon the recommendation of the Council and the Senate, to confer degrees, diplomas, certificates and
other awards and distinctions of the University and to withdraw or restore such awards.
(1)The Vice-Chancellor shall be appointed by the Chancellor after consultation with the Minister and the Council, and shall hold office for such period as is provided in his or her contract of employment.
(2)Subject to the general control of the Council, the Vice-Chancellor shall be the chief academic, administrative and disciplinary officer of the University, with general responsibility for maintaining and promoting the efficiency, effectiveness and good order of the University.
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