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The Institutional Forum (IF)

The Institutional Forum (IF) is one of the University's 3 main statutary bodies - the other two being the Council and the Senate. The IF of the US was initiated in August 1999 in accordance with the requirements of the Higher Education Act (Act 101 of 1997).

Meetings of the IF are open to any interested party. See Working Procedures, Code of Conduct and Meeting Schedule.

 

 


Chairperson: Mnr L Burrows
Tel:  +27 21 808-2243
E-mail: lrb@sun.ac.za
Assistant secretary: Ms CG Truter
Tel: +27 21 808-3998
Fax: 0865948930
E-mail: tru@sun.ac.za

The functions and powers of the IF
The composition of the IF
The Executive Committee of the IF
Term of office of members of the IF
Election of the chairperson, deputy chairperson and secretary
Task Groups

The functions and powers of the IF are laid down in section 31 of the abovementioned Act:

(a) the IF must advise the Council on issues affecting the University, including–
(i) the implementation of the Act and the national policy on higher education;
(ii) race and gender equity policies;
(iii)the selection of candidates for senior management positions;
(iv)codes of conduct, mediation and dispute resolution procedures; and
(v)the fostering of an institutional culture which promotes tolerance and respect for fundamental human rights and creates an appropriate environment for teaching, research and learning; and

(b)the IF must perform such other functions as determined by the Council.

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The composition of the IF is detailed in the Statute of the University of Stellenbosch as follows:

44 . (1) The IF consists of 32 members, eight members from each of the following sectors: governance and management, staff, students and the community.

(2) The sectors of the IF are composed as follows:

(i) Governance and management sector:

•  Two members of Council elected by Council

•  Three members of Senate elected by Senate

•  The registrar or a person designated by him or her

•  The Senior Director: Community Interaction or a person designated by him or her

•  The Director: Employment Equity or a person designated by him or her

(ii) Staff sector:

(a) Three members elected from the ranks of the permanent non-professorial academic staff

(b) Two members elected from the ranks of the administrative and academic support staff

(c) One member elected from the ranks of employees that qualify for membership of the employees' association

(d) Two members elected from the ranks of the technical support staff

(iii) Student sector:

(a) Two members of the SRC elected by the SRC

(b) Two members of the Prim Committee elected by the Prim Committee; one from the residence sector and one from the PSO sector

(c) One member appointed by the Societies' Council

(d) Two members of the AAC elected by the AAC

(e) One member from the Student Union appointed by the SRC, preferably from representatives of the SRC on the IF during the previous term.

(iv) Community sector:

•  Two members of the Convocation appointed by the president of the Convocation

•  Six persons respectively appointed by bodies representative of civic society, without the exclusion of any sector thereof, as identified from time to time by the IF in co-operation with the Senior Director: Community Interaction

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The Executive Committee of the IF is elected annually by the IF and comprises:

45. The Executive Committee is constituted annually of the following members:

•  The chairperson, deputy chairperson and secretary

•  One member from each sector referred to in paragraph 44.

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Term of office of members, according to the Statute:

46 . (1) The term of office of members, excluding those elected by student bodies, is three years, and members may be re-elected. With a view to continuity, not all members will be elected or nominated in the same year.

(2) The term of office of members elected by student bodies is one year.

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Election of chairperson, deputy chairperson and secretary, according to the Statute:

47. The chairperson, deputy chairperson and secretary are elected annually by the IF from their ranks.

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Task Groups

When necessary, special (ad hoc) Task Groups may be composed for specific purposes.

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