The University of Waikato Delegation of Powers Statute

1.   Title
    This is the University of Waikato Delegation of Powers Statute 2014.
2.   Date of effect
  (1)   This Statute is effective from 1 January 2014.
  (2)   This Statute supersedes the University of Waikato Delegation of Powers Statute 2012.
3.   Definitions
    In this statute:
    Academic Board means the University of Waikato Academic Board established by the Council under section 182 of the Education Act 1989
    Council means the Council of the University of Waikato established under section 165 of the Education Act 1989
    staff means staff employed by the University of Waikato.
4.   Purpose
  (1)   The purpose of this Statute is to set out the powers of delegation that exist in the University of Waikato under the Education Act 1989, as set out in various policies, codes, regulations, committee constitutions and terms of reference, employment agreements and separate agreements made between the relevant parties.
  (2)   The powers of the Council and the Vice-Chancellor to delegate under this Statute are subject to the provisions of the Education Act 1989
5.   Delegations by the Council
  (1)   The Council may from time to time delegate any of its functions or powers to the Vice-Chancellor or to a committee.
  (2)   The Academic Board is established by the Council under section 182 of the Education Act 1989 to exercise powers delegated to it by the Council.
  (3)   A delegation by the Council does not affect or prevent the performance of any function or the exercise of any power by the Council or affect the responsibility of the Council for the actions of the Vice-Chancellor or any committee under the delegation.
6.   Delegations by the Vice-Chancellor
  (1)   The Vice-Chancellor may from time to time delegate any of his or her functions or powers to the Academic Board.
  (2)   The Vice-Chancellor may also from time to time delegate any of his or her functions or powers to staff, either
  (a)   as set out in the relevant employment agreements
  (b)   in separate agreements made with staff from time to time
  (c)   through the establishment of advisory committees to the Vice-Chancellor
  (d)   through the determination of codes, policies and regulations.
  (3)   Where the function or power was originally delegated to the Vice-Chancellor by the Council, a delegation by the Vice-Chancellor under section 6(1) or (2) above is subject to the prior approval of the Council.
  (4)   A delegation by the Vice-Chancellor does not affect or prevent the performance of any function or exercise of any power by the Vice-Chancellor, or affect the responsibility of the Vice-Chancellor for the actions of any staff member or committee under the delegation.
7. Delegations by the Academic Board and other committees
    Where the Council or the Vice-Chancellor has delegated any functions or powers to the Academic Board or another committee, the Academic Board or other committee may, subject to the prior approval of the Council or the Vice-Chancellor, as the case may be, delegate those functions or powers to
  (a)   a sub-committee, or
  (b)   a staff member.
8.   Details of Delegations
  (1)   Delegations by the Council to the Vice-Chancellor are as set out in the Council's Governance and Management Guidelines.
  (2)   Delegations of functions and powers by the Council and the Vice-Chancellor to committees of the University, and by those committees to staff, are as set out in the constitutions and terms of reference of those committees and published in the University of Waikato Committee Directory.
  (3)   Delegations by the Council, the Academic Board and other committees and by the Vice-Chancellor through the determination of codes and policies are as set out in the provisions of those codes and policies and published in the University of Waikato Policy Framework.
  (4)   Delegations by the Vice-Chancellor to staff through the determination of regulations are as set out in the provisions of those regulations and published in the University of Waikato Calendar.
9. Power to alter or revoke
    The particular delegations made under this Statute may be altered or revoked at any time by the party that made that delegation at its sole discretion.
10. Reporting Requirements
  (1)   The reporting requirements relating to the relevant delegated functions and powers are as set out in the particular policies, codes, regulations, committee terms of reference and staff agreements, and must be followed.
  (2)   If no such reporting requirements exist, the staff member or committee to whom a function or power has been delegated must report as instructed by the party that delegated it.
11.   Monitoring
  (1)   Responsibility for monitoring the performance of functions and exercise of powers by the Vice-Chancellor under delegation by the Council rests with the Council.
  (2)   Responsibility for monitoring the performance of functions and exercise of powers by staff under delegation by the Vice-Chancellor rests with the Vice-Chancellor.
  (3)   The Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Executive) is responsible for ensuring that
  (a)   the University's committee framework provides for systematic reporting by committees against their delegated functions and powers as required in their terms of reference, and by staff to whom delegations have been made by those committees
  (b)   a programme of systematic monitoring of policy and regulatory compliance is in place in accordance with delegations of powers set down in the University's policy and regulatory frameworks.

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