Servicios

Governing Bodies

The governing bodies of Universidad Central are collective agencies of discussion, advice, decision-making, and control, responsible for setting the policies and guidelines of the institution in organizational, academic, and administrative matters.

The Superior Council is the highest governing authority of the university.

Responsibilities

  • Establish their own regulations.
  • Issue and modify the General Statute of the university and monitor its full compliance.
  • Issue and amend the regulations of the university.
  • Establish the academic, administrative, and financial organization for Universidad Central.
  • Define staff and assign their corresponding salaries.
  • Ensure that university policies are followed, and evaluate their results.
  • Approve the creation, modification, suspension, or abolition of academic programs in accordance with the legal provisions and the General Statute.
  • Study, admit, and declare the loss of members’ investiture.
  • Select and remove the chancellor, the general secretary, the vice-rectors, the deans, and the fiscal auditor of the university, in accordance with the rules established in the General Statute.
  • Select the official who must replace the chancellor during temporary absences.
  • Adopt and evaluate the development plan of the University.
  • As a last resort, resolve institutional conflicts that may arise in the university and interpret the General Statute.
  • Approve the annual budget of the university and authorize additions and transfers.
  • Accept donations or legacies.
  • Approve the annual budget of the university and authorize additions and transfers.
  • Approve the creation of institutes and research centers for the university.
  • Award honorary degrees and academic distinctions.
  • Be aware of corresponding instances of the issues that are under its purview.
  • Establish the election date of the teachers’ and students’ representatives.
  • Approve training programs for the teaching, administrative, and directive personnel of the university, based on proposals by the Academic Council.
  • Authorize the commissions for the directive, teaching, and administrative staff of the university.
  • Make all disciplinary decisions in accordance with the relevant regulations.
  • Declare the dissolution and liquidation of Universidad Central in accordance with the provisions of the law and the General Statute.
  • Other responsibilities indicated in the General Statute.

This Council will have regular meetings every two weeks, and special meetings whenever agreed to by its president or the rector, or when five of its members request to do so by letter to the secretary of the Superior Council.

Members

This council is composed of the following members:

  • Five permanent counselors.
  • A teachers’ representative, elected in a democratic and direct way
  • A students’ representative, elected in a democratic and direct way
  • The chancellor, who will have a voice, but will not vote

Permanent directors may hold executive, administrative, or academic positions within the university without losing their status as directors. Likewise, they will be subject to the rules of inabilities and incompatibilities provided for in the law and in this statute.

The representatives of teachers and students will be elected by secret and direct vote of the members of these respective areas. Both will have a term of two years and may be re-elected.

The Academic Council is the highest academic authority of the university.

Responsibilities

The  Academic Council performs the following duties:

  • Present the initiatives and reports for the academic and scientific development of the university to the Superior Council.
  • Propose the creation, modification, suspension, or abolition of academic programs and units to the Superior Council.
  • Propose regulations for a given academic area as well as their possible modifications to the Superior Council.
  • Study the curricula of the undergraduate, graduate, and research programs presented by deans and department directors, as well as institutes and centers, and submit them, via the rector, for the approval of the Superior Council.
  • Make recommendations to the Superior Council regarding the awarding of honorary degrees and academic distinctions.
  • Study and approve the academic calendar, systems for evaluating the academic performance of teachers and students, the admissions process for students, and professional guidance and counseling; propose the date of the election of teachers’ and students’ representatives.
  • Apply the disciplinary sanctions that are under its purview and, as a second resort, learn about and decide the appeals of sanctions kept to the department councils.
  • Propose programs for the training of teaching staff to the Superior Council.
  • Monitor compliance of different orders.

    Members

    This council is composed of the following members:

    • The Chancellor, who presides
    • The Academic Vice-Chancellor
    • The Administrative and Financial Vice-Chancellor
    • The deans
    • The directors of the university’s different institutes
    • A teachers’ representative, elected in a democratic and direct way
    • A students’ representative, elected in a democratic and direct way
    • A representative of the department directors
    • The Secretary General
    • The Director of Planning and Development

    Its members have both a voice and a vote, except for the general secretary, who only has a voice. In the rector’s absence, the academic vice-chancellor presides over the Academic Council, and the secretary of the Academic Council is in charge of the general secretary of the university. For all the Academic Council’s deliberations and decisions, a protocol is drawn up, which is signed by the president and the secretary. Some of these decisions are formalized through resolutions.

    The representatives of department directors, teachers, and students are elected in accordance with the respective regulations. The elected members have a term of two years and may be re-elected. The dates of the elections are proposed by the Academic Council and established by the Superior Council.

    They are the highest governing body of each college.

    Responsibilities

    The college councils perform the following duties:

    • Design the academic project of the college in accordance with the Institutional Educational Project of the university (PEI) and submit it for approval to the Academic Council.
    • Ensure the harmonious and integrated development of research, continuing education, and teaching in the different departments of each college.
    • Encourage self-evaluation processes in the academic programs and activities of the departments.
    • Study and consider the management reports presented by the directors of the different departments.
    • Study and recommend academic program proposals and projects under the purview of higher agencies.
    • Study and approve study leave requests that must be presented to the Superior Council through the rector, as well as all other matters related to the corresponding college.
    • Adopt the annual project of college publications, which will be presented to the university’s Publishing Committee by the dean.
    • Resolve disciplinary matters under their purview.

    The College Council meets regularly once a month, as called by the dean, and in special sessions when necessary. Quorum is represented by half plus one of its members. Decisions will be taken with the vote of two thirds of the attendees.

    Members

    These councils are composed of the following members:

    • The Dean, who presides
    • Department directors
    • The directors of the department’s institute or research center, if any
    • The Graduate Program General Director
    • A representative of teachers, elected in a democratic and direct way
    • A representative of students, elected in a democratic and direct way
    • A representative of graduates, who is not a teacher or professor of the university
    • The Academic Secretary

    All members of the College Council have both a voice and a vote, except for the academic secretary, who only has a voice and is in charge of the secretariat of this association body.

    The teacher and student representatives are elected in accordance with the provisions of the respective regulations. In turn, the representative of the graduates is elected within their respective association. All these representatives will have a term of two (2) years and may be re-elected. The elections will be carried out in accordance with the regulations proposed by the Academic Council and established by the Superior Council.