Each university should have a student body to govern and assist in the affairs of its students. As much as these university student bodies are headed by students in most parts of the world, the university administration has no power to interfere with its affairs, leaving it with only advisory and liaison powers. Many universities allow these student bodies to have democratically elected officials but the whole process is only monitored and facilitated where possible according to the party’s respective constitutions. Student bodies also demonstrate a willingness to fight for justice when they feel a student is treated unjustly by the university administration, outsiders and even within themselves. In so doing, university administrations usually have the role of cooperating and aren’t allowed to overrule in such situations.
All universities have faculties to assist in the administration of various disciplines presently taught in them. However powerful the university administration is, it is always limited to an administrative and monitoring role when dealing with faculties. Faculties are directly or indirectly answerable to the senate but the senate always maintains its distance when faculties execute internal operations, such as faculty meetings, where most senates only have silent representation. In addressing its needs, faculties are supposed to liaise with the university administration, where the prepared requirements, such as annual budget, are presented. It should also be noted that in preparing sensitive plans, such as strategic budget, the university is usually limited to a role of auditing and authorizing. Most universities faculties again are sub-divided into departments, which are directly answerable to them. This shows another level at which university administrations are limited in that they have to go through the respective faculties before directly addressing departments.
Student being the main beneficiaries of the university systems of operation and teaching, also have limitations to their activities while under the auspices of the institution. Many students think their joining university constitutes the right to engage in any kind of behavior deemed necessary but this isn’t the case. These students have a duty and responsibility of upholding the institutions’ rules and regulations. In addition, they are expected to adhere to their respective students’ union/body/organ’s rules and regulations as well as uphold a general sense of responsibility. They are required to attend class and other mediums of instructions and respect all staff. In case of disputes, their attempts to get justice are limited to what method don’t destroy property, disrupt learning as well as other functions and cause mayhem, unless while they use strikes and demonstrations, which too must be peaceful.
Universities and colleges are tasked with providing their students with a conducive environment to enable them learn. In doing this, they should provide appropriately trained and experienced teaching staff as well as all necessary equipment, such as labs, classes, libraries and materials. Alongside this, colleges and universities are also expected to provide enough security for their students while on campus. This means security guards and a perimeter fence or wall with a secure manned gate. Also, supportive services are required by students, including counseling, healthcare and transport where possible. In conclusion, universities are also tasked with assisting with the placement and assimilation of students in their respective industries, along with offering assistance whenever and wherever research is needed. This alongside the provision of spiritual guidance goes a long way in assisting students while on campus.