Kauno kolegija / University of Applied Sciences statute
(Approved by the Resolution of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania No.1316, November 9, 2011 (July 18, 2012 edition of the resolution No.953)
STATUTE OF KAUNO KOLEGIJA/ UNIVERSITY OF APPLIED SCIENCES
I. GENERAL PROVISIONS
1. The statute of Kauno Kolegija/University of Applied Sciences (hereinafter referred to as the “Statute“) determines the name of Kauno Kolegija/University of Applied Sciences, its office address, legal form, goals and objectives of its activities , the main provisions of organising the process of education and studies, the Kolegija bodies and their competences, the procedure of their election (appointment and convening) and recall, the rights, duties and responsibilities of the students and employees, the procedure of enrolment and elimination of students, setting-up commissions for consideration of disputes between students, the administration and other employees, for considering disputes and implementing decisions, sources of funding and the procedure for using assets and funds, the procedure for setting up branches and representative offices and terminating their activities as well as the procedure for amending the Statute and regulating other issues of Kolegija activities.
2. Kauno Kolegija/University of Applied Sciences (hereinafter referred to as the “Kolegija“) is the State higher education institution of the Republic of Lithuania which provides professional higher education studies and promotes applied scientific research and professional arts. The Kolegija address: Pramones str. 20, Kaunas. The name of the Kolegija is Kauno Kolegija/University of Applied Sciences.
3. The founder of the Kolegija is the Government of the Republic of Lithuania (hereinafter referred to as the “Government“).
4. The Kolegija is a public legal body. Its legal form is public institution. The Kolegija owns a seal with the blazon of the Republic of Lithuania and its name, and posesses its bank account.
5. The owner of the Kolegija is the Republic of Lithuania. The owner‘s tangible and intangible rights and liabilities shall be implemented by the Government or its authorized institution.
6. The Kolegija enjoys the autonomy harmonized with the accountability to the public which covers academic, administrative, economic and financial management activities based on the principle of self-government and academic freedom laid down by the Constitution of the Republic of Lithuania, the Law of the Republic of Lithuania on Science and Studies (Official Gazette Valstybės Žinios, 2009, N0. 54-2140) (hereinafter referred to as the “Law on Science and Studies”) and the Statute. Pursuant to the laws and other legal acts the autonomy of the Kolegija shall be harmonized with the accountability to the public, the Government and the Ministry of Education and Science (hereinafter referred to as the “Ministry”).
8. The Kolegija has got its flag, symbols and other attributes. The academic divisions of the Kolegija may also possess flags, symbols and other attributes. Attributes and their usage shall have to be approved by the Kolegija Academic Council (hereinafter referred to as the “Academic Council“).
9. The Kolegija is free to become a member of various associations and other organisations.
II. MISSION, ACTIVITY GOALS AND OBECTIVES, SPHERES AND TYPES OF ACTIVITIES
10. Having evaluated the proposals introduced by the Academic Council, the mission of the Kolegija shall be approved by the Kolegija Council (hereinafter referred to as the “Council“).
11. The Kolegija activity goals include:
11.1. carrying out studies which provide a person with the professional higher education and higher education qualifications that satisfy the needs of the State, society and economy of Lithuania and correspond to the level of science and latest technologies; creating conditions for persons to improve their acquired knowledge and skills;
11.2. developing the society receptive to education and culture and capable of working under the conditions of the rapid technological evolution;
11.3. developing applied scientific (artistic) activities and research necessary for the region, providing consultancy for local governmental institutions and economic entities;
12. The objectives of the Kolegija are:
12.1. to ensure high quality studies that guarantee its students professional career and personal development:
12.2. to create modern environment which enables application of advanced teaching (learning) methods and techniques;
12.3. to implement measures that provide the Kolegija lecturers and other staff with the opportunity to progress and assist both themselves and the Kolegija in order to achieve good performance results;
12.4. to carry out the programs relevant to satisfying the needs of the labor market;
12.5. develop international studies;
12.6. to develop contacts with Lithuanian and foreign institutions in the field of science and studies as well as business subjects;
12.7. to ensure rational use of financial resources;
12.8. to foster the society that is concerned with the environment and apply environmentally-friendly criteria;
12.9. to develop the society receptive to economical, legal, esthetic, technological as well as information culture and healthy lifestyle oriented education;
12.10. to develop favourable conditions for studies, work and leisure activities.
13. The main activity of the Kolegija is education. The main area of the Kolegija activities is carrying out professional higher education studies. The Kolegija may pursue economic commercial activities not prohibited by laws which are inseparably connected with the objectives of activities thereof;
14. Other kinds of the Kolegija activities (according to the Classifier of Economic Activities):
14.1. Technical and vocational secondary education, code – 85.32;
14.2. Other education n.e.c., code – 85.59;
14.3. Scientific research and development, code – 72;
14.4. Crop and animal production, hunting and related service activities, code – 01;
14.5. Support activities to agriculture and post-harvest crop activities; code – 01.6;
14.6. Manufacture of food products, code – 10;
14.7. Publishing activities, code – 58;
14.8. Printing and service activities related printing, code – 18.1;
14.9. Manufacture of medical and dental equipment, instruments and supplies, code – 32.50;
14.10. Manufacture of furniture, code – 31;
14.11. Electricity, gas and air conditioning supply, code – 35;
14.12. Water collection, treatment and supply, code – 36;
14.13. Other retail trade in specialised stores, code – 47.19;
14.14. Accommodation activity, code – 55;
14.15. Catering activity, code – 56;
14.16. Computer programming, consulting and related activity, code – 62;
14.17. Real estate operations, code – 68;
14.18. Travel agency, tour operator reservation service and related activities, code – 79;
14.19. Business and other management consultancy activities, code – 70.22;
14.20. Human health activities, code – 86;
14.21. Social work activities non-related to accommodation, code – 88;
14.22. Creative, arts and entertainment activities, code – 90;
14.23. Advertising and market research, code – 73;
14.24. Libraries, archives, museums and other cultural activities, code – 91;
14.25. Architectural and engineering activities technical testing and analysis, code – 71;
14.26. Rent of measuring and control equipment, code – 77.39.80;
14.27. Sports and recreation education, code – 85.51;
14.28. Sports activities, code – 93.1.
III. THE MAIN PROVISIONS FOR ORGANISATION OF SCIENCE AND STUDIES
15. The procedure of studies at the Kolegija shall be laid down in the description of the internal rules of the Kolegija approved by the Academic Council.
16. The Kolegija must ensure the unity of studies, applied research (arts) and practice. This unity shall be ensured by the participation of teaching staff and students in the study process, applied research and experimental (social cultural) development (artistic activities) activities commissioned by business, industry and other sectors as well as regional development projects and consulting activities. The results of applied research in science (arts) shall be used in the process of studies.
17. Studies at the Kolegija shall be carried out in accordance with the degree awarding and non-degree study programmes included in the Register of Study and Training Programmes.
18. Studies shall be of full-time and part-time modes.
19. Upon considering the new study programmes at the committee of the study programme and at the study area committees, these new programmes shall be approved by the Academic Council.
20. A study area committee is an advisory expert institution which specialises in a certain field of studies (humanitarian, social, technological, artistic, physical, biomedical) and is involved in forming the strategy for developing a specific study programme and submitting proposals concerning the objectives and content of the study programmes in progress and the ones under development as well as proposals for the Academic Council’s consideration regarding suspension (termination) of the existing study programmes. The composition of the committees shall be submitted by the Deans and approved for a 3 year tenure by the Kolegija Director.
21. A study programme committee shall consider and submit for approval all projects for renewing (amending) the content of an existing programme. A study programme committee may initiate preparation of new study programmes or suspension of the existing ones.
22. Newly enrolled students shall all sign study agreements.
23. Upon the evaluation of the students’ representation, admission to a study programme, a list of competitive subjects according to study fields, the principles of composition of a competitive grade, the lowest passing entrance grade and other criteria shall be set by the Academic Council and announced no later than 2 years prior to the beginning of an appropriate academic year.
24. A minimum number of student places in certain study programmes shall be fixed by the Kolegija Director taking into consideration proposals of the faculties and having received the approval of the Kolegija Council as well as the possibilities of quality assurance in studies.
25. Persons shall be provided with an opportunity to study according to an individual study plan, while unclassified students who enrol to study shall be entitled to informal education studies or individual subjects and their sets shall be admitted in accordance with the procedure laid down by the Kolegija.
26. The Kolegija shall have the right to provide qualification improvement, retraining or other non-degree awarding study programmes.
27. All Kolegija graduates shall be issued a Professional Bachelor’s Degree and diploma supplement (appendum).
IV. THE KOLEGIJA bodies and their competence, the procedure of their election (appointment, convening) and removal from office
28. The Kolegija bodies shall be composed and their competence established pursuant to the Civil Code of the Republic of Lithuania (Official Gazette, 200, No.74-2262) (hereinafter referred to as the “Civil Code”), Law on Public Organisations of the Republic of Lithuania (official Gazette, 1996, No.68-1633; 2004, No.25-752) and the Law on Science and Studies. The collegial management bodies of the Kolegija are the Council and the Academic Council, a sole management body is the Director of the Kolegija (hereinafter referred to as “Director”).
29. The Council shall perform the following functions:
29.1. Upon hearing the opinion of the Academic Council, approve the vision and mission of the Kolegija;
29.2. Upon hearing the opinion of the Academic Council, submit amendments of the Kolegija Statute to the Government for approval;
29.3. Having evaluated the proposals of the Academic Council, approve the Kolegija strategic activity plan presented by the Director;
29.4. Consider and approve plans for reorganisation of the Kolegija structure presented by the Director;
29.5. Having evaluated the opinion of the Academic Council, set the procedure for managing, using and disposing of the Kolegija funds (as well as the funds designated for remuneration of administration staff and other employees) and the assets by the right of ownership;
29.6. Upon hearing the opinion of the Academic Council, approve the procedure of organising election of the Director through open competition;
29.7. Elect, appoint to the office and dismiss the Director;
29.8. Set the principles for the selection and assessment of Kolegija administration and other employees;
29.9. Approve the internal rules of the Kolegija;
29.10. Based on the recommendation of the Director, set a tuition fee and the rates of fees which are not directly related to the implementation of a study programme;
29. 11. Having evaluated the proposals of the Academic Council, set a general number of student places taking into account the possibilities of quality assurance in studies, research and artistic activities;
29.12. Consider an annual statement of revenue and expenditure and approve a report on the execution of this statement presented by the Director;
29.13. Approve an annual report on the activities of the Kolegija presented by the Director;
29.14. Having considered the proposals of the Academic Council, approve the reorganization or liquidation of the Kolegija;
29.15. Prepare an annual report on its activities and announce it publicly on the Kolegija website by the 1st of April each year;
29.16. Perform other functions prescribed by the Statute and other legal acts.
30. The Council shall consist of 9 members according to the following procedure:
30.1. one member of the council shall be appointed by the representation of students, and in the absence of such – a general meeting (conference) of students;
30.2. other members of the academic community (excluding students) shall appoint to the Council 4 people in accordance with the procedure laid down by the Academic Council;
30.3. pursuant to the procedure laid down by the Academic Council, 4 members not belonging to the staff and students of the Kolegija shall be selected, appointed and recalled, one of them – according to the procedure set by the representation of students, and in case of its absence – by a general meeting (conference) of students; these 4 members shall be selected through open competition and appointed upon hearing the opinion and recommendation of the Council of Higher Education.
31. The composition of the Council shall be publicly announced by the chairman of the Academic Council.
32. The office term of a member of the Council shall be five years . No later than a month before the expiry of the office term of a council member the chairman of the Academic Council shall announce a composition of a newly formed Council.
33. A member of the Council shall be a person who meets the requirements prescribed by the Law on Science and Studies. When commencing the duties of his office, a member of the Council shall, at a meeting of the Council in the manner prescribed by the Kolegija Statute, sign a commitment to follow the interests of the Kolegija and the public and in good faith fulfil the functions set out by the Law on Science and Studies.
34. The Council shall elect the chairman of the Council from among its members and recall him by a majority of the votes cast by all members of the council. A person belonging to the staff of the Kolegijaor its student may not be the chairman of the Council.
35. The council shall approve its rules of the procedure. The Council shall make decisions by a majority of votes cast by the Council members attending the meeting. A meeting of the Council shall be valid if it is attended by at least two thirds of its members. The decisions of the Council shall be publicly announced on the Kolegija website.
36. The Director shall attend the meeting of the Council in an advisory capacity.
37. If a member of the Council fails to properly perform the duties set out by the Law on Science and Studies, the Statute, the rules of procedure of the Council or commitment referred to paragraph 7 Article 20 of the Law on Science and Studies or fails to sign the commitment referred to in paragraph 7 Article 20 of the Law on Science and Studies, the chairman of the Coucil shall have the right to address the person who appointed the said member with a request to recall the appointed member of the Council.
38. If the powers of the member of the council are terminated before the expiry of his term of office, a new member of the council shall be appointed in accordance with the procedure laid down in paragraph 3 Article 20 of the Law on Science and Studies and in the Statute by the person who appointed the member of the council whose powers are terminated. A new member of the council shall commence his duties after the chairman of the Council announces his appointment and the member of the council signs a commitment specified in paragraph 7 Article 20 of the Law on Science and Studies.
39. Members of the Council may be remunerated for the activities during the tenure from the Kolegija funds. The amount of payments shall be specified in the estimate of expenditure related to organisational activities of the Council. It depends on the Kolegija activity results and the intensity of each Council member activities.
40. The Director shall ensure the conditions necessary for organisational activities of the Council.
41. The Academic Council shall be the management body of academic affairs of the Kolegija.
42. The Academic Council shall perform the following functions:
42.1. Define a procedure of studies;
42.2. Approve study programmes and present proposals to the Director regarding the financing of these programmes and reorganisation of the Kolegija structure which is necessary for their implementation, evaluate the results of the conducted research as well as the quality and level of all applied research and artistic activities of the Kolegija;
42.3. Approve an internal system of quality assurance in studies and control its implementation;
42.4. Establish qualification requirements for positions of teaching and research staff members, lay down the procedure of performance evaluation of research and teaching staff members, and organization of a competition to fill a position;
42.5. Convene meetings (conferences) of the Kolegija academic community to discuss important issues concerning activities of the Kolegija; the academic community shall be informed about the decision to convene such a meeting (conference) no later than 7 calendar days past the event on the Kolegija website or other means set out in the Academic Council’s rules of procedure.
42.6. Upon proposals of Kolegija divisions or administration and taking into account the results of personal research, pedagogical and/or other society-oriented activities bestow honorary or other titles;
42.7. Consider and submit proposals to the Council concerning the vision and mission of the Kolegija, and the strategic activity plan;
42.8. Consider and submit proposals to the Council regarding amendments of the Statute;
42.9. Consider and submit proposals to the Council concerning suitability for the position of Director;
42.10. Consider and submit proposals to the Council concerning plans for Kolegija reorganisation or liquidation;
42.11. Consider and submit proposals to the Council concerning management, use and disposal of Kolegija funds (as well as funds designated for remuneration of administration staff and other employees) and the assets by the right of ownership;
42.12. Consider and submit proposals to the Council concerning a general number of student places taking into account to quality assurance in studies, research and artistic activities;
42.13. Approve candidacies of the Deans submitted by the Director;
42.14. Consider and approve applied research and (or) applied scientific (artistic) and (or) experimental development programmes, assess the results of conducted research as well as the quality and level of the applied science and art activities of the Kolegija;
42.15. Perform other functions set out by legal acts and the Statute.
43. The Academic Council shall be elected for a period of 5 years. The Academic Council shall consist of 33 members:
43.1. 23 members of the Council shall be appointed from among the teaching staff and research workers by the representatives of the teaching and research staff, elected by the academic community at meetings (conferences) by a majority of votes cast by the attendants of the meeting in proportion to the number of teaching and research staff positions; out of them 7 members shall be associate professors and senior research staff members;
43.2. 3 members shall pass into the Academic Council based on their position; the Director is the member of the Council based on his position, the other 2 members shall be appointed based on their position in accordance with the procedure set out by the Director;
43.3. 7 members shall be appointed by a student representation, and in case of its absence – by a general meeting (conference) of students.
44. Activities of the Academic Council shall be regulated by the rules of procedure of the Academic Council approved by the Academic Council. A meeting of a newly elected Academic Council shall be convened by the Director no later than within a month from the election of the Academic Council.
45. The Academic Council by a majority of votes shall elect a chairman and a vice chairman of the Academic Council. They may be recalled from office by no less than two thirds of votes cast by the members of the Academic Council. The Director may not be the chairman of the Academic Council.
46. The composition of the Academic Council and its amendments shall be announced by the order of the Director.
47. A member of the Academic Council shall be recalled from office in the following cases:
47.1. Termination of a contract on the basis of which a person was appointed or elected as a member of the Academic Council (students having terminated studies or graduated from the Kolegija);
47.2. Of one’s own volition.
48. The Academic Council shall announce its decisions publicly on the Kolegija website and once a year shall account for its activities to the Kolegija community.
49. The Director shall be a sole management body, act in the name of the Kolegija and represent it.
50. The Director shall execute the following functions:
50.1. Lead the Kolegija and organize its activities whilst ensuring the implementation of the strategic action plan;
50.2. Issue orders;
50.3. Make a decision concerning the announcement of a public competition to a position of a lecturer or a research worker;
50.4. recruit and dismiss the Kolegija employees;
50.5. admit and exclude students in accordance with the procedure laid down by the Statute.
50.6. submit to the Council for approval the tuition fee and the rates of fees which are not directly related to the implementation of a study programme;
50.7. be responsible for financial activities of the Kolegija, disposal of funds and proper management of assets, use and disposal of funds and assets;
50.8. submit to the Council for approval an annual report on the Kolegija activities;
50.9. publicly announce an annual report on the activities of the Kolegija approved by the Council;
50.10. submit to the Academic Council for hearing and to the Council for approval the strategic plans for Kolegija activities and for reorganization of the Kolegija structure;
50.11. consider and make decisions concerning the Kolegija funds (including the funds designated for remuneration of administration staff and other employees) as well as the management, use and disposal of assets;
50.12. define the activity principles of the structural divisions of the Kolegija;
50.13. for the duration of his term of office appoint and recall deputy Directors, Deans and Deputy Deans upon their presentation by Deans;
50.14. present to the Academic Council candidacies of the Deans for their approval; if a candidate is not approved, present another candidacy;
50.15. consider and approve annual reports of Deputy Directors and Deans of the Kolegija;
50.16. motivate employees and students or impose disciplinary sanctions on them;
50.17. set a minimum and maximum number of students to be admitted to different study programmes;
50.18. maintain the quality of studies and the level of education provided by the Kolegija;
50.19. upon hearing the opinion of the Academic Council, present proposals concerning suspension (closure) of a study programme;
50.20. ensure compatability of the Kolegija activities with legal acts of the Republic of Lithuania, the Statute and other legal acts;
50.21. perform other functions prescribed in legal acts and the Statute.
51. The Director shall be elected by the Council in accordance with the procedure laid down. The Council shall announce an open competition to fill a position of the Director. The Director shall be considered to be elected if at least three-fifths of all the Council members vote for him.
52. The Director may be a person who has the experience in pedagogy and management.
53. The chairman of the council or any other person authorised by the council shall sign in the name of the Kolegija an employment contract with the elected Director for the duration of his term of office.
54. The term of office of the Rector (Director) shall be five years. The same person may be elected Director for not more than two terms of office in succession and not earlier than after the lapse of five years since the end of the last term of office, if the last term of office was consecutively second.
55. If an annual report on activities of the Kolegija presented by the Director is not approved by the majority of the Council members at a meeting of the Council, the Director may be dismissed from office in accordance with the procedure laid down by legal acts by not less than a majority of 6 votes of the Council members.
56. Based on the order of the Kolegija Director, a part of his functions (except the functions prescribed by the laws and other legal acts that must be executed by the head of the institution) may be delegated to Deputy Directors or other authorized persons.
57. When executing the delegated function, Deputy Directors of the Kolegija help the Director of the Kolegija to implement the objectives and tasks of the Kolegija.
58. If the Kolegija Director does not approve an annual activity report of a Deputy Director or in the case the Dean outrages laws or the Statute, upon approval of the Council and in accordance with the legal acts, the Kolegija Director may dismiss Deputy Directors from their office.
59. The Kolegija Directorate is an advisory institution to the Kolegija Director.
60. The composition of the Kolegija Directorate and regulation of its procedures shall be approved by the Kolegija Director.
61. A students’ representative body, and in case of its absence – a general meeting (conference) of the students, shall through its delegated representatives represent the interests of Kolegija students at management bodies of the Kolegija, in advisory and dispute resolution structures. A students’ representative body shall be entitled to receive information and explanations from the Kolegijaand its units on all issues pertaining to studies. A students’ representative body shall have the right no later than within 7 calendar days to address the management body with a request to reconsider the decision adopted by the management bodies.
62. The Kolegija shall, in accordance with the procedure laid down by the Kolegija Council, support a students’ representative body and other organizations of students, provide premises and funds to finance their activities, as well as provide funds for cultural, sports and public activities of students.
V. RIGHTS, DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILY OF STUDENTS AND EMPLOYEES
63. The Kolegija personnel shall consist of the teaching staff, the research staff, other researchers, professors emeritus, administration employees and other employees needed for carrying out academic and economic activities of the Kolegija. Their labour relations, remuneration for work and social guarantees are defined in the Labour Code of the Republic of Lithuania (Official Gazette, 2002, N0. 64-2569), the Law on Science and Studies, other legal acts and the Statute.
64. The Kolegija teaching staff positions are as follows: professor, associated professor, lecturer and assistant.
65. More than a half of the teaching staff of the Kolegija must have at least three-year practical work experience in the sphere of a subject they teach which shall be evaluated through an open competition to fill a position.
66. Subjects which must be taught by the teaching staff members with a scientific degree shall be determined by the descriptions of a study field, a set of study fields or a study area.
67. Persons shall be accepted to the positions of teaching staff members and research staff members of higher education and research institutions, with the exception of postdoctoral grant holders and persons indicated in Article 68 of the Statute and paragraph 4 of Article 65 of the Law on Science and Studies, through an open competition for a five-year term of tenure. The procedure for organising a competition to fill the positions of teaching staff members and research staff members of the Kolegija shall be laid down by the Academic Council. An employment contract of unlimited duration for holding the position shall be concluded with a person who has the second time in succession won the competition to hold the same position of the teaching staff member or research staff member. Performance evaluation of this person shall be carried out every five years in accordance with the procedure laid down by the Academic Council. A person who fails the performance evaluation shall be dismissed from the position. Persons shall be accepted to a higher position of a teaching staff member or research staff member by way of an open competition.
68. The Kolegija may invite persons to the positions of teaching staff and research staff without competition on the basis of terminable employment contracts but for no longer than a 2 year period.
69. The Academic Council shall lay down the qualification requirements for positions of teaching staff and research staff, the procedures for organising competitions to fill the said positions as well as for evaluating the performance of teachers in accordance with the principles of Kolegija staff formation, selection and evaluation set out by the Kolegija Council.
70. Upon the decision of the Academic Council a status of the associate researcher may be conferred on a researcher who has worked in the Kolegija and maintained scientific relations with the Kolegija, but who temporarily works elsewhere (for no longer than until the expiry of the term of office).
71. The Kolegija staff shall have the right to:
71.1. choose the ways and forms of organising pedagogic activities;
71.2. use material and technical base of the Kolegija for carrying out the prescribed functions of a position;
71.3. work independently or join creative groups;
71.4. study and improve qualifications;
71.5. participate in competitions and be released for a temporary training course, carry out pedagogic activities or scientific research work in other science and study institutions of the Republic of Lithuania and abroad;
71.6. obtain from state institutions the information which is necessary for research work. If such information is a state or official secret, it shall be furnished and used in accordance with the procedure laid down by legal acts;
71.7. to participate in consideration of a statute and trends of activities;
71.8. present proposals related to the development of study programmes, organisation of studies and improvement of other activities;
71.9. independently publish their research works;
71.10. participate in the process of Kolegija management;
71.11. participate in various trade unions and associations, including those functioning abroad;
71.12. within the limits of the competence to participate in competitions for implementation of research programmes and receiving support from higher education and research funds, to utilize the appropriated resources;
72. The staff of the Kolegija involved in a higher education and research institution, related to research and study activities, must:
72.1. Observe the Code of Academic Ethics;
72.2. perform other duties set out in the Statute and their employment contracts.
73. In case of failure to comply with the rules set out in the Law on Science and Education or improper performance Kolegija employees shall be held accountable in accordance with the Statute and other legal acts.
74. Students are persons who study at the Kolegija according to study programmes. Relations between a student and the Kolegija shall be executed in the form of a study agreement. Relations between a student and a higher education institution shall be executed in the form of a study agreement. Model terms and conditions of a study agreement shall be set by the Ministry of Education and Science, upon having evaluated proposals of the union(s) of students’ representative bodies.
75. The term ‘unclassified student’ refers to a person who studies according to non-formal education programmes or separate study subjects (their sets). Relations between an unclassified student and the Kolegija shall be documented in accordance with the procedure laid down by the Kolegija.
76. A student shall be issued a study certificate.The form of a study certificate and the procedure of its issuance shall be laid down by the Ministry of Education and Science.
77. Students shall have the right to:
77.1. study pursuant to a chosen study programme;
77.2. study pursuant to an individual plan of studies in compliance with the procedure laid down by the Academic Council;
77.3. study according to more than one study programme or other study subjects in the same or another higher education institution;
77.4. assess the quality of lecturing and material support of studies;
77.5. choose a teaching staff member, if the same subject is taught by several teaching staff members;
77.6. propose a topic for their graduate paper or choose from among several proposed topics;
77.7. account for works by applying alternative ways, if they have a disability because of which they are unable to account for the works according to the set procedure and the alternative way of accounting ensures the achievement of the intended objectives of the study programme;
77.8. address the Kolegija administration so that the results of the studies in the same or any other Lithuanian or foreign higher education institution be recognized;
77.9. address the Kolegija administration, the Dispute Settlement Commission regarding the violation of interests;
77.10. In the process of studies to use auditoriums, libraries, laboratories and other study facilities and equipment in accordance with the procedures established by the Kolegija;
77.11. terminate and renew studies:
77.11.1. terminate studies upon a student’s request; in this case a student shall receive a study certificate of the exams and credits passed;
77.11.2. take an academic leave of absence without losing the status of a student and retaining the right to proceed studies after an academic leave without losing a state-funded student place if such was the student’s status before an academic leave:
22.214.171.124. due to worsened health, upon the recommendation of a medical commission, a student may terminate studies for a period recommended by a medical commission, but not longer than for one calendar year;
126.96.36.199. terminate studies in the case of child care leave until the child reaches 3 years of age according to the child’s birth certificate;
77.11.3. terminate studies due to serious domestic circumstances; one termination lasting for no longer than a year, and not more than two times during the entire period of studies, except for the case of a child care leave;
77.11.4. resume studies upon submitting an application to the Director indicating a study programme, academic division of the Kolegija, a semester of the start of studies, the form of studies, information related to termination of studies; possibility to satisfy the request shall be considered by the academic division executing the study programme under request and the decision announced to the applicant orally or in writing (if requested by the applicant) within 15 days; a study agreement shall be concluded with a person resuming his studies at the Kolegija and admittance shall be formalised by the Director’s order; a person shall not be able to resume studies by that study programme which is deregistered from the Register of Study Porgrammes and Qualifications;
77.12. express their thoughts and views freely;
77.13. participate in the activities of the management bodies of the Kolegija;
77.14. elect a students’ representative body and be elected to it, freely join other associations;
77.15. exercise other rights laid down by laws, the Statute and other legal acts.
78. Students must:
78.1. study diligently;
78.2. perform tasks laid down in the study programme, observe the laws, the Kolegija Statute, other legal acts and internal rules of procedure;
78.3. adhere to the Code of Academic Ethics adopted by the Kolegija;
78.4. observe legal decisions of the Kolegija management bodies, orders of the Director and the Dean.
79. The procedure for awarding incentives and imposing disciplinary measures on students shall be laid down by the Academic Council upon the evaluation of proposals issued by a students’ representative body.
80. A student may be dismissed from Kolegija in case of violation of the Statute, the internal rules of the Kolegija or the procedures laid down in other regulating documents or failure to conform to other requirements prescribed in the study programme.
81. Disputes between the Kolegija administration or the teaching staff and students shall be settled by the Dispute Settlement Commission set up in accordance with the Director’s order. The commission shall consist of 3 members authorized by the Director’s order and 3 members delegated by students’ representative body.
82. Students shall address the Dispute Settlement Commission in writing concerning violation of their rights or lawful interests or in the case of dissatisfaction with the response to their application or complaint received from the Kolegija administration or its authorized person or in the case of not receiving the response in 15 days. The Dispute Settlement Commision shall consider the complaint received within the period of time which is no longer than 30 days.
83. Meeting of the dispute settlement commission shall be considered lawful if attended by no less than two thirds of the commission members, and its decisions made by the majority of more than half of the votes of the attendees. A decision made by the Kolegija dispute settlement commission shall be final. Decisions of the Dispute Settlement Commision shall be presented to a student in writing within 3 days from the date of coming to the decision.
84. Labour disputes shall be settled in accordance with the procedure laid down in the Labour Code of the Republic of Lithuania and other legal acts.
VI. SOURCE OF FUNDING, DISPOSAL OF FUNDS AND ASSETS
85. The Kolegijashall manage, use and dispose of its assets following the principles of public benefit, effectiveness, rationality, accountability to the society and autonomy of economic activities as well as the laws regulating the activities of respective enterprises, institutions or organisations.
86. Funds of the Kolegija shall comprise the following:
86.1. resources of the basic funding of the Republic of Lithuania (hereinafter referred to as the “State budget”);
86.2. state budgetary funds appropriated for studies in accordance with the procedure laid down by the Law on Science and Studies;
86.3. funds of state investment programmes and state investment projects;
86.4. income received as payment for studies, as well as income received from economic, research activities and rendered services;
86.5. funds received as programme- and competition-based funding of research;
86.6. funds of state funds;
86.7. funds appropriated by international and foreign funds and organizations;
86.8. funds received as charity under the Law on Charity and Sponsorship of the Republic of Lithuania;
86.9. revenue received from managing, using and disposing of Kolegija assets;
86.10. other funds received in legal ways.
87. The funds of the basic funding of the state budget shall be allocated for:
87.1. applied research, experimental (social, cultural) development and the expansion of artistic activities;
87.2. administration and economy;
87.3. other needs.
88. State budget funds for studies shall be appropriated for:
88.1. covering a tuition fee in student places which are funded by the state.
89. The Kolegija makes use of :
89.1. fixed tangible assets belonging to the State by the right of ownership and transfered by the right of trust and under a property trust agreement to the Kolegija.
89.2. assets belonging to the Kolegija by the right of ownership;
89.3. other assets obtained in legal ways.
90. The following shall comprise the Kolegija assets managed, used and disposed of by the right of ownership:
90.1. assets invested by the State;
90.2. income received as payment for studies, as well as income received from economic, research activities and rendered services;
90.3. funds and other assets received as charity under the Law on Charity and Sponsorship of the Republic of Lithuania;
90.4. other monetary funds, with the exception of state budget funds;
90.5. assets purchased with the state budget funds and with the funds provided for in subparagraphs 90.2-90.4 of this paragraph, with the exception of the immovable property acquired with the European Union aid, funds of the state budget and state foundations;
90.6. gift property;
90.7. inherited property;
90.8. economic rights arising from the results of intellectual activities (scientific or artistic works and objects of industrial property rights – invention patents, design, trademarks and topographies of semiconductor products, other intellectual property objects);
90.9. income, assets or other benefits gained while managing, using and disposing of the funds or other assets indicated in subparagraphs 90.1-90.8 of this Statute.
91. Assets belonging to the Kolegija by the right of ownership shall be managed, used and disposed of in accordance with the procedure set by the Council.
92. Fixed tangible assets belonging to the State by the right of ownership and under the trust agreement transferred to the Kolegija shall be managed, used and disposed of in accordance with the laws and the trust agreement of the State assets. As prescribed in the trust agreement, the State asset shall be included into the estimates separately from other assets of the Kolegija.
93. The Kolegija shall make use of the right to the inviolability of their territories and buildings. Only the Government may, upon having evaluated the opinion of the Council, change the boundaries of the territory of the state higher education institution or the managers of the state buildings.
94. The Kolegija employees, students and unclassified students shall make use of the assets in accordance with the procedures laid down in the internal rules of the Kolegija.
95. Revenue and expenditure shall be handled by the Kolegija in accordance with the annual income and expenditure estimate approved by the Council.
96. The Kolegija shall exercise the right to borrow, sign loan and financial lease agreements and use other promissory debt instruments in accordance with legal acts.
VII. QUALITY ASSURANCE IN STUDIES AND RESEARCH
97. The Kolegija shall be responsible for the quality of research (artistic) activities, studies and other activities, and foster the culture of the quality with regard to studies and research activities.
98. The Kolegija shall continually announce publicly (on the Kolegija website or in other ways) the quality indices of its activities, information on the study programmes and awarded higher education qualifications, scientific activities, periodic results of self-assessment, opinions of students, graduates and other interested parties on the quality of studies, results of Kolegija assessment carried out by accredited institutions, career indices of graduates as well as other data concerning studies and research activities that are informative to the public.
99. The quality of research activities and studies must be ensured through the internal system of quality assurance of the Kolegija based on the provisions of quality assurance in studies of the European Higher Education Area and on the strategy of improvement of activity quality confirmed by Kolegija documentation; must provide for action methods and measures as well as self- assessment reports which help to ensure the quality of higher education provided by the Kolegija. The quality of research activities and studies must also be ensured by performing external assessment and accreditation of study programmes, external evaluation of research activities and external institutional assessment and/or accreditation of the Kolegija.
100. The quality of the research activities and studies at the Kolegija must be constantly improved, taking into consideration the findings of self-assessment and external evaluation.
VIII. ESTABLISHMENT OF BRANCHES AND REPRESENTATIVE OFFICES AND TERMINATION OF THEIR ACTIVITIES
101. In order to ensure its activities, the Kolegija may establish its branches and representative offices.
102. The Kolegija branch is a structural division owning its registered office and performing all or part of the Kolegija functions. The branch shall act in accordance with the approved provisions of the Kolegija. The branch shall not be a legal person. The Kolegija shall be responsible as to the extent of liabilities of the branch, while the branch shall be responsible in line with the Kolegija liabilities.
103. Provisions of the branch shall be approved by the Kolegija.
104. The Kolegija shall exercise the right to terminate the activities of a branch.
105. A represeantative office shall act as prescribed by the approved provisions of the Kolegija. A representative office is not a legal person. The Kolegija shall be responsible as to the extent of liabilities of the branch, while the branch shall be responsible in line with the Kolegija liabilities.
106. Upon the decision of the Council, the Kolegija branches and representative offices shall be established and their activities terminated in accordance with the procedures laid down in the Civil Code and other legal acts.
IX. THE PROCEDURE OF THE STATUTE AMENDMENT
107. Upon hearing the proposals of the Academic Council, amendments to the Statute shall be submitted to the Government by the Council.
X. FINAL PROVISIONS
108. None of the Statute provisions shall be interpreted in a way to constrict the autonomy of the Kolegija which is secured by the Constitution of the Republic of Lithuania.
109. Issues concerning the activities of the Kolegija which are not covered in this Statute shall be considered according to the procedure laid down in the laws of the Republic of Lithuania and other legal acts.