General regulation of the University

Title I GENERAL PART

Art. 1 General regulation: content and distribution

  1. The University’s general regulation, in accordance with the provisions of articles 16, 18 and 20 of the Statute, contains all rules relating to the organisation of e-Campus Online University, in particular with regard to the operation of the institutional bodies, the Faculty Committee, the Programme Board and their activation, modification and deactivation

It also sets forth the functions of the bodies, defining their areas of competence and referring to specific regulations with regard to their methods of operation

  1. The General Regulation of the University is adopted by the Board of Directors

  2. It contains, other than this Title I - General Part, Title II - University Bodies, Title III - Scientific, teaching and service structures, and Title IV - Common and final rules.


Art. 2 Bodies

  1. The bodies of e-Campus Online University are as follows:
  • the Dean of e-Campus University;
  • the Board of Directors;
  • the Rector;
  • the University Senate.

 

Art. 3 Structures of the University

  1. The University comprises primary and secondary organisational structures.

  2. The primary organisational structures are the Faculties, the Departments and the Institutes; the secondary organisational structures are the Research Centres and the Service Centres.

  3. Administrative structures also form part of the University’s structures.

  4. Each professor and researcher may belong to only one University Department or Institute.

 

Title II UNIVERSITY BODIES


Art. 4 Dean

  1. The Dean is the legal representative of e-Campus University; he/she is appointed and assumes the role specified in article 8 of the Statute.

  2. Specifically:

  1. He/she ensures the fulfilment of the objectives indicated in the statute

  2. He/she chairs the Board of Directors

  3. He/she promotes all actions that favour the development of the University

 

Art. 5 Board of Directors

  1. The Board of Directors of e-Campus University is composed, operates and has the powers laid down by the provisions of articles 9, 10 and 11 of the Statute.

 

Art. 6 Rector

  1. The Rector is the academic authority that represents the University. He/she is appointed by the Board of Directors and has the duties of article 12 of the Statute.


Art. 7 University Senate

  1. As foreseen by article 13 of the Statute, the University Senate is composed of the following members:

  1. the Rector, who chairs it;

  2. the Faculty Chairs.

  1. The Managing Director, if appointed, and the Dean of the University also participate, in an advisory capacity.

  2. In case the Rector is absent or otherwise impeded, the University Senate is chaired by the Chair with most seniority.

  3. The University Senate carries out all activities foreseen by article 13, paragraph 2 of the Statute:

  1. proposes to the Board of Directors amendments to the Statute of e-Campus University on teaching and scientific matters;

  2. decides on proposals on the teaching regulation of the University and on the specific teaching regulations of the curricula and other courses taught by e-Campus University, on the suggestion of the Academic Committees in the areas of their competence, to be submitted to the Board of Directors for approval;

  3. proposes to the Board of Directors the establishment, modification and deactivation of the teaching and research structures of e-Campus University;

  4. formulates proposals and provides opinions to the Board of Directors on programmes for the development of e-Campus University;

  5. determines the direction of research activities;

  6. proposes to the Board of Directors the recruitment of tenured professors;

  7. expresses its opinion on the criteria for the distribution of financial resources to the teaching staff and to research funding;

  8. adopts its own internal operational regulation.

 

Title III SCIENTIFIC, TEACHING AND SERVICE STRUCTURES


 Art. 8 The structures

  1. The University structures are as follows:

  1. The Faculty

  2. The Programme Board

  3. The Department

  4. The Permanent Teaching Committee

  5. The Research Centre

  6. The service structures

Art. 9 The Faculties

  1. With regard to teaching, the Faculty is the main structure to which teaching staff belongs, and constitutes the University’s primary teaching structure. The curricula offered by e-Campus University belong to the following Faculties:

  1. Faculty of ECONOMICS

  2. Faculty of LAW

  3. Faculty of ENGINEERING

  4. Faculty of ARTS

  5. Faculty of PSYCHOLOGY

  1. Aside from the main teaching structures represented by the Faculties, e-Campus University may create the following teaching structures:

  • curricula, organised in degree courses, Master’s programmes and specialisation courses;

  • research doctorates;

  • level I and II Master’s programmes

  1. Each teaching structure is governed by a Council, the powers and operation of which are regulated by a specific internal regulation.


Art. 10 Faculty bodies

  1. The Faculty bodies are as follows:

  • the Faculty Committee;

  • the Faculty Chair;

  • the Course Committees;

  • the Course Directors.

 

Art. 11 Faculty Committee

 

  1. The Faculty is governed by the Faculty Committee, which comprises tenured and non-tenured professors of the Faculty.

  2. The Faculty Committee ensures the coordination and harmony of the learning outcomes of all teaching activities, mentoring activities and guidance activities carried out by the Faculty and by all the teaching structures activated therein.

  3. The Faculty Committee, pursuant to article 16 of the Statute, consists of the Chair that governs it and of the Faculty’s tenured professors. The Faculty Committee has the duties of article 16, paragraph 4 of the Statute; it is specifically called upon to decide:

  1. on the academic calendar and the internal teaching organisation;

  2. on the academic tasks of the teaching staff, with regard to the curricula in which they are involved and the academic tasks that they have assumed in such context;

  3. on the proposals to establish, activate and deactivate curricula;

  4. on the approval of experimental or teaching innovation projects, proposed by the Programme Boards, following the opinion of the Permanent Teaching Committee.

Art. 12 Chair

  1. The Chair, in accordance with article 17 of the Statute, is appointed by the Board of Directors with an annual mandate and may be re-elected.

  2. The Chair, pursuant to the provisions of article 17, paragraph 2 of the Statute, in ensuring the correct operation of the Faculty’s teaching activities, must control the work of the teaching staff, and monitor that teaching and exams are done properly. Specifically, depending on the methods that will be set forth in the specific regulation issued by the University Senate, each year the Chair will hold a meeting on teaching, with data and remarks on the number of students, percentage of success in the exams with regard to registered students and candidates, withdrawals and their reasons, etc.

  3. The Chair coordinates the activities of the Presidents of the curricula and collects any requests that need to be discussed by the Faculty.

 

Art. 13 Programme Boards

  1. e-Campus Online University awards qualifications related to the curricula taught and activated pursuant to academic regulations that are issued annually based on the provisions of the applicable legislation. e-Campus University also offers post-graduate education through the organisation of Master’s and specialisation programmes; for each one of them, reference is made to the specific regulations.

  2. The curricula are governed by the Programme Board which is composed of the teaching staff responsible for mandatory subjects.

  3. Each Programme Board:

  1. prepares and submits to the Course Council the proposal for the teaching regulation of the course, as well as the amendments to the course’s programme;

  2. ensures that the teaching activities and tutorials required by the course’s programme take place;

  3. coordinates any teaching activities that involve more than one member of the teaching staff;

  4. defines the rules of approval:

  5. of the students’ study plans;

  6. of the transfer practices from e-Campus University and from other Italian and foreign universities;

  7. of the recognition of credits;

  8. recognises studies completed abroad by students of the course;

  9. prepares the annual mentoring plan;

  10. expresses its opinion on the recognition of credits related to post-secondary level educational activities;

  11. uses the results of the teaching surveys and other forms of assessment, as well as objective data on teaching productivity, in order to improve teaching efficiency and plan interventions of recovery and assistance to students;

  12. holds at least one meeting every year for the planning of teaching and at least one meeting every year for the assessment of the results of exams and other tests.

  1. The Programme Board proposes to the competent Faculty Committee the teaching requirements for which it is necessary to activate lessons.

  2. Pursuant to article 3, paragraph 10 of Ministerial Decree 270/2004, e-Campus University may award qualifications jointly with other Italian or foreign universities based on relevant agreements.

  3. Each Faculty adopts the academic regulations of the curricula following the definition of the common rules for the curricula of the Faculty itself; such common rules also regulate the subjects attributed to the Faculty by the law and the University’s Statute. The academic regulations of the curricula are adopted, in compliance with applicable legislation, including EU directives, by each faculty for all curricula of its competence and are approved with the procedures foreseen by the University’s Statute. Such regulations will be drafted in conformity with the course’s programme and with respect for the rights and obligations of teaching staff and students, with the aim of specifying the organisational aspects of the curriculum.

  4. The Curricula Teaching Regulations are enacted by decree of the Rector.

  5. The Curricula Teaching Regulations must specify:

  1. the specific educational objectives of the course and the professional profile for which the study plan will be organised, the curriculums offered to students and, where required, the rules of presentation of the individual curricula;

  2. the knowledge requirements for entry in the learning path and any methods for checking such requirements;

  3. the list of lessons, with a mention of the scientific/disciplinary sectors of reference and any organisation in modules, as well of the other training activities; the objective educational objectives of each lesson and of all other training activities; the language in which the course will be taught (if other than Italian);

  4. the assignment of ECTS credits, also with regard to the possibility of their transfer within the European Union, for each lesson or module of at least 2 ECTS credits and for all other training activities;

  5. any prerequisites for each lesson and all other training activities;

  6. the organisation of teaching, exams and other student progress assessment tests;

  7. the minimum amount of credits to be obtained for registration in the years after the first.

  1. The Permanent Teaching Committee must express its non-binding opinion on the teaching regulations, especially on matters of its competence.

  2. The provisions of the Teaching Regulations of courses pertaining to discrepancies between credits assigned to educational activities and the specific planned training goals will be decided by the Faculty Committees.

 

Art. 14 Course Director

  1. The Programme Board is chaired by the Course Director who is appointed, every three years, by the Faculty Committee, on proposal of the members of the teaching staff who sit on the Programme Board, from the full and associated professors who make it up.

  2. The Course Director is responsible for the operation of the course and presents once a year a report on the course’s progress to the Faculty Committee.

 

Art. 15 Departments

  1. The Department is an autonomous organisational structure, for the development of research and for the organisation of teaching activities in one or more scientific/disciplinary sectors who have a shared goal or shared methods.

  2. The proposal for the establishment of a Department, to be presented to the University Senate, must contain:

  1. the name

  2. the mention of the scientific/disciplinary sectors and their shared goals or methods;

  3. the professional profiles of the technical and administrative personnel, the most important resources required to start up the department, with mention of the possible transfer from other structures of the University.

  1. The University Senate, taking into account the opinion of the Board of Directors, approves the establishment of the Department by a majority vote of its members.

  2. Once established, Departments may use the services of tenured and non-tenured professors, researchers and assistants in temporary and non renewable posts of the scientific/disciplinary sectors of the departments themselves. In case of request of transfer from another University department, the requests are presented to the Department Council to which the member of staff wishes to transfer and are communicated to the structures of origin. The Department Council decides on approval within sixty days from the request. In case the request is rejected, the interested party may have recourse to the University Senate, which will take the final decision.

  3. Any changes in the department, including the possible change of the scientific/disciplinary sectors following the approval of requests for transfer or resignations, are adopted by the University Senate by a majority vote, taking into account the opinion of the structures involved.

  4. The University Senate decides on the deactivation of the departments, if the number of tenured professors therein falls to under seven, or if the requirements for the continued operation of the department are not met, or on proposal of the department council adopted by a majority of votes.

The University Senate, taking into account the opinion of the Board of Directors, assigns the resources of the deactivated Department to the other structures of the University.

  1. The Department may be organised in sections. Each Department, in order to reach its institutional goals and for its operation, adopts an internal regulation that must also contain the modalities for the establishment and operation of any sections. Said regulation must define the modalities for the election of the representatives of the technical and administrative personnel to the Department Council.

 

Art. 16 Permanent Teaching Committee

  1. Pursuant to article 4 of the Statute, a Permanent Teaching Committee is responsible for monitoring, controlling and updating the educational system, in order to maintain high standards of quality in teaching and guarantee the efficiency of the services offered.

  2. Normally, it will be composed of five members, of whom at least two will be e-Campus University professors and at least two will be experts in e-learning.

  3. Each year, the Committee will report on the educational system, with mention of the necessary measures to be adopted or the changes that have been requested.

 

Art. 17 Research centres

  1. As foreseen by article 21 of the Statute, research structures are organised within centres that bear the title “Research Centres”; each group may independently conduct research towards its specific goals.

  2. Said Research Centres will be approved by the Board of Directors taking into account the specific goals arising from specific requests made by the Faculty Committees or directly by the University Senate. The Research Centres will be established only if their activity does not clash with the research activities of the Departments in terms of specific subject matter; the two structures are expected to be complementary and cooperate fully.

  3. The approval of the establishment of Research Centres will happen concurrently with the approval of a relevant regulation which the promoters of the Research Centres will draft regarding the organisation of the centre that includes the following elements:

     

    1. Objectives of the centre in terms of research area and specific goals of the activities foreseen;

    2. Composition of the management structure of the Centre in the form of a Technical-Supervisory Committee; it may comprise persons who are not employed by e-Campus University, but the majority must be made up of internal professors;

    3. Definition of the research activities foreseen and organisation thereof in terms of:

      1. Human resources and tools necessary

      2. Logistical definition of the activities

      3. The centre’s economic/financial plan

      4. Assumptions for the cover of expenses (research funds, conferences, etc.)

      5. Timetable of activities and financial operations.

     

    1. The management structure of the Research Centres will appoint a Director who will be responsible for the Centre’s operation. In principle, the members of the Management structure and its Director are not remunerated. Management expenses (missions, general expenses, etc.) will be borne entirely by the Research Centre.

    2. Research Centres may ask the Board of Directors to finance their establishment in terms of an advance payment on the self-financing programme foreseen.

     

    Art. 18 Service structures

    1. All structures foreseen by article 22 of the Statute are considered Service Structures:

     

       

      1. The Library

      2. The e-Learning Services Centre

      3. The other structures identified and regulated by the Board of Directors to offer support and supplement teaching, training and research activities are as follows:

       

      1. Centre for the management of student activities, i.e. the Student Administration Office

      2. Centre for the management of teaching staff activities, i.e. the Teaching Secretariat

      3. Centre for administrative and account management, i.e. the Administrative Secretariat

       

      1. All Service structures will adopt relevant regulations for their activities and management, as well as responsible structures appointed directly by the Board of Directors.


      Art. 19 Academic duties of teaching staff

      1. Each member of the teaching staff has a duty to:

       

      1. provide the teaching materials within the deadlines foreseen, so that they can be made available online;

      2. be available to establish online office hours for students and inform the Chair thereof before the start of each course year (usually 1st August);

      3. observe the dates and times of the exam schedule issued by the teaching secretariat;

      4. promptly inform the Chair and the administration office of any absences due to force majeure, both with regard to meeting students and with exams or any other teaching obligation.

       

      1. With regard to dissertation requests by students, each member of the teaching staff must assign and follow said dissertations.

      2. The Chair must report any shortcomings of the teaching staff to the Faculty Committee and the University Senate. The Chair, in collaboration with the Chairmen of the Programme Boards or the Educational Committees, ensures that the processes for the monitoring of course quality are carried out correctly, supervises the compliance with the rules on teaching activity and is responsible therefor.

      3. This supervision will be carried out through the annual report of article 11, which will be supported by an IT monitoring system which all Chairs may access regarding the courses offered by their Faculty.

      4. Should shortcomings be discovered in relation to the teaching staff, the Chair will report such shortcomings to the Rector who will apply the disciplinary measures of article 27 of the Statute.


      Art. 20 University regulations

      1. The regulations of the University, including those of individual structures, are approved by the Board of Directors, taking into account the opinion of the University Senate, and are adopted by virtue of a decree of the Rector.


      Art. 21 Entry into force of the University’s general regulation

      1. This general regulation of the University will enter into force fifteen days after it is issued.

      2. Once issued, the University’s general regulation must be published in the Official Bulletin of the Ministry of Education, Universities and Research.

      3. The University’s general regulation may be amended by decree of the Rector, following a decision taken with the majority of votes by the members of the University Senate, taking into account the opinion of the Board of Directors.