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SENATE 

Duties and Responsibilities of Senate


Duties of the Senate and accountability

Duties are defined as the fundamental roles of the Senate which are not discretionary, which cannot be delegated and for which the Senate (and Senators) is/are accountable. Specifically, the Senate has the following duties:

1.

 Appoint the Vice Chancellor, including determine the term of the appointment and whether to reappoint or extend the term.

2. 

Elect the Chancellor and Pro-Chancellor, and co-opt up to three members of Senate.

3.

 Make, alter and repeal By-laws, Statutes and Regulations.

4.

Recommend to the Government amendments to the Murdoch University Act.

5. 

Approve the University’s strategic plan, and monitor the University’s performance against it.

6.

 Set policies on borrowing and investing funds; create investment vehicles and policy; establish Trusts and Foundations, and appoint trustees; redeem debentures and negotiate loans; approve the operating budget; approve all write offs of University debts; determine what fees and charges may be imposed.

7. 

Ensure the effectiveness of the management of the University, including its accounting and financial management systems. 1

8.

 Authorise certification of the University’s annual financial statements.

9.

Report annually to Parliament on the affairs of the University generally, and in particular on management of the University’s resources.

10.

Develop the current campuses and acquire new campuses.

11.

 Determine the academic awards (degrees, diplomas and certificates) to be offered by the University.

12.

 Approve the subscription level of the Guild of Students.

13.

 Approve use of the official Seal.

14.

 Ensure that the University is acting in conformity with all its legal obligations. 1


Responsibilities of the Senate

Responsibilities are defined as the discretionary roles taken on by Senate which it can delegate if it so chooses. Current responsibilities which Senate has resolved to retain are:

1.

Approve selection committees for Chairs and for Executive Deans. Appoint Executive Deans, if the Vice Chancellor does not accept the recommendation of the selection committee.

2.

Approve naming rights for academic posts.

3.

Approve appointment of Trustees of Murdoch University Trust and Murdoch University Veterinary Trust.

4. 

Determine the University structure, including establishing and naming academic Divisions.

5.

Determining affiliations with/of other institutions.

6.

Approve incorporation of a University body.

7. 

Appoint the Director of Internal Audit.

8. 

Determine whether or not the University shall accept any external funding which would be contrary to University policy, mission or values.

9. 

Approve the master plan for use of University land.

10.

Approve and name new buildings and capital works.

11.

Determine whether academic Regulations be varied in individual student cases.

12.

Set public comment policy.

13.

Resolve sensitive University matters, especially legal/industrial ones.

A full list of decisions reserved for Senate was noted by Senate on 9 August 1999. It is available at the following URL:

http://senate.murdoch.edu.au/1999/aug/attch/Senautori.html

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