The Student Affairs Department under the office of the Vice-Chancellor has the mandate of overseeing the general welfare and well-being of the students of Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike. In carrying out this responsibility, the Department provides a wide spectrum of services to the students.
- Liaison with other Departments of the University in matters relating to students welfare.
- General welfare of students including accommodation, health and recreational facilities.
- Organization of orientation programmes for fresh students.
- Supervision of Students Union and elections.
- Secretary ship of committee of Students Discipline, students’ electoral committee and students’ welfare.
- Allocation of hostel accommodation to students.
- Arrangement for the production and issuing of Students Identity Cards.
- Arrangement for the supply and distribution of working materials for the maintenance of the hostels.
- Collection of application and screening of students’ organizations/clubs for registration.
- Responsibility for NYSC Matters as it concerns students.
- Counselling students on non-academic matters and advising on how to obtain counselling on academic matters.
- Students’ Work-aid.
Discipline among students has recorded a measure of improvement within the period under review. Students have maintained a high level of discipline and obeyed the rules and regulations governing student life on campus. Incidents of violence, intimidation of students, bullying and other vices have been on steady decline in their occurrence. This is largely due to some new strategies in intelligence gathering adopted by the Department and
the fact that reported disciplinary cases were handled judiciously and expeditiously.
The Student Union under the guidance and direction of the Student Affairs Department has continued to improve on the general governance of the students. In the period under review, the Department has successfully conducted elections for succession of leadership of the Union in accordance with SUG Constitution and University regulations. A transparent system by Students’ Union election process has been entrenched over the years which should
continue to be a land mark in the University if sustained by successive administrations.
Similarly, the Students have been encouraged to sustain a system where the Union can be run without external influence. The quality of leadership and accountability exhibited by the Union officials has improved tremendously. Presently, the University has a student unionism that has become more responsible and committed to the culture of justice and fair play. Worthy of mention is that recently, the Abia State Government gave an award of best behaved male student to the immediate past S.U.G President of the University.