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Statute of the Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University in Prague


PREAMBLE



The new Law on Universities of the 22nd of April 1998 has enabled Charles University, as the oldest university in Central Europe, to issue new statutes embodying a fundamental change: the transformation of a previously state institution into a public corporation. The change was made immediately following the celebrations of the 650th anniversary of the university’s founding.


The university’s youngest component part, the Faculty of Social Sciences, has responded to the need to bring its internal norms and regulations into line with those at the higher university level. These newly adopted “Statutes of the Faculty of Social Sciences” are in compliance with the Law on Universities and the statutes of its one superior legal subject, which is Charles University, and elaborate and frame these higher norms for the specific conditions of the faculty. We take this step in the interests of the academic community and ideals of the university itself.  


Part I: Introductory Provisions

Article 1: Basic Provisions

  1. The Faculty of Social Sciences (hereinafter simply “the faculty”) is a part of Charles University in Prague (hereinafter simply “the university”).  

  2. The full name of the faculty is “Faculty of Social Sciences” or in Latin “Facultas rerum socialium”. The English name of the faculty is “Faculty of Social Sciences”.

  3. The seat of the faculty is Prague 1, Smetanovo nábř. 6/995.

  4. The organs of the faculty take decisions and act in the name of the university in the faculty matters set out in § 24 Para 1 of Law no. 111/1998 on Universities and in  Amendment and Supplementation of other laws (the Law on Universities) and in Article 3 Para 6 of the University Statutes.


Article 2: The Mission and Activity of the Faculty

  1. The faculty’s mission is the propagation of learning and the protection of knowledge, the cultivation of free thought, independent academic research and original artistic creation and the support, in every way, of the creative spirit of human society.

  2. The faculty provides all types of degree programmes, and likewise programmes of lifelong education.  

  3. The faculty engages in academic, research, developmental and other creative activities.

  4. The faculty provides library and other information services.

  5. The faculty engages in publishing activities relating primarily to the scholarly and teaching work of its academic community.  

  6. Supplementary activities must assist in the fulfilment of the faculty’s mission.  

  7. The faculty co-operates with universities both in the Czech Republic and abroad, scientific and research institutions and other legal entities, and creates the conditions for members of the academic community to participate in this co-operation. The forms and methods of co-operation between the faculty and legal entities are regulated by agreements.  


Part II: The Organisation and Organs of the Faculty, Academic Self-Government

Article 3: Subdivisions of the Faculty


  1. The faculty is divided into institutes and other component parts. Institutes are divided into departments.  




  2. Institutes are faculty workplaces that provide, co-ordinate and develop the teaching and research activities at the faculty, and do so in the academic fields and study programmes offered by the faculty.  




  3. Small study centres (cabinets) and information and special facilities are other component parts of the faculty.  




  4. Departments are the basic component parts of the institutes for teaching and research activity. Departments are responsible for implementing a degree programme or discipline or for cultivating a recognised academic field.  




  5. The workplaces of the faculty (§ 27 Para 1 Letter a) of the Law on Universities) are institutes, other component parts and departments.




  6. Each institute is headed by an institute director (hereinafter simply “director”), while the other component parts of the faculties have heads.  




  7. A list of the institutes and other parts is set out in the organisational regulations of the faculty contained in Appendix no.1 of these Statutes. A list of departments is set out in the organisational regulations of the institute concerned.  




  8. The Dean’s Office is the executive apparatus of the faculty.  



Article 4 : Faculty Self-Government

  1. The self-government of the faculty is conducted by the members of the faculty’s academic community directly or through the self-governing academic organs of the faculty.  

  2. The self-governing academic organs of the faculty consist of the Academic Senate of the Faculty, the Dean, the Research Board of the Faculty and the Disciplinary Committee of the Faculty.  

  3. The self-governing academic organs of the faculty act and take decisions in line with the Law on Universities, other legal regulations, and the internal regulations of the university and faculty.


Article 5: The Position of Members of the Academic Community

  1. The academic staff of the university working at the faculty and students enrolled at the faculty are members of the academic community of the faculty.

  2. Members of the academic community of the faculty have the right:  

    1. to elect and be elected to the Academic Senate of the Faculty and to the Academic Senate of the University, unless the internal regulations of the university stipulate otherwise.  



    2. to information on the activities of the Academic Senate of the Faculty, and they have the right to be acquainted with the Dean’s Annual Report on Activities, specifically at the assembly of the academic community of the faculty.  



  3. Members of the academic community of the faculty are bound to respect the internal regulations of the university and faculty.  



  4. Members of the academic community of the faculty are bound to act with care for the good name of the university.



  5. The faculty supports the activity of academic, specialist, professional, student, union and other interest associations that bring together members of the academic community of the faculty, and assist in the fulfilment of the mission of the university.



  6. A member of the academic community of the faculty can hold only one of the following offices at one time: Dean, Vice-Dean, Faculty Secretary, Director or Head of a component part of the faculty. The posts of director and head of department are mutually incompatible.



  7. Other rights and duties of members of the academic community of the faculty are governed by the Law on Universities and the internal regulations of the university.



  8. The Dean or the Academic Senate of the Faculty calls an assembly of the academic community of the faculty either at his/her/its own instigation or at the written request of at least hundred members of the academic community.  



Article 6 : The Academic Senate of the Faculty

  1. The Academic Senate of the Faculty (hereinafter simply the “Senate”) is the self-governing academic body of the faculty. It has twenty members, of which half are students.  Members of the Academic Senate are answerable for their activities to the academic community. In the discharge of their functions they are bound only by their conscience.  



  2. Membership of the Senate is not compatible with the function of Rector, Vice-Rectors, Dean, and Vice-Deans.



  3. The Senate


    1. takes decisions on motions proposed by the Dean for the establishment, merger, division or abolition of faculty workplaces,



    2. approves proposals for internal faculty regulations,




    3. approves motions for the allocation of faculty financial resources  proposed by the Dean and monitors the way they are used,  




    4. approves the annual report on activities and annual report on faculty financial management submitted by the Dean,  




    5. approves conditions submitted by the Dean for admission to studies in the degree programmes offered by the faculty,  




    6. approves proposals from the Dean for the appointment and dismissal of members of the Research Board of the Faculty and the Disciplinary Committee of the Faculty,  




    7. votes on proposals for the appointment of Dean, and may also propose his dismissal from his function,




    8. after negotiations in the Research Board of the Faculty, it approves the long-term strategy for the teaching and academic, research, developmental, artistic and creative activity of the faculty.




  4. The Dean or at least one-fifth of members of the Academic Senate after obtaining the standpoint from the Dean may submit to the Senate a proposal for the adoption, amendment or annulment of an internal regulation of the faculty. The Senate expresses its views specifically






    1. on proposals for degree programmes to be offered at the Faculty,




    2. on the Dean’s intention to appoint or dismiss Vice-Deans,




    3. on other questions if so stipulated by university internal regulations or if the senate reserves for itself the right to do so.  



    The Senate also monitors the overall personnel, teaching, research and economic development of the individual parts of the faculty. It also deals in an appropriate way with the proposals and suggestions of members of the academic community of the faculty, and in justified cases takes these up with the Dean.  




  5. In matters falling exclusively within the competence of the Dean, the opinions of the Senate have the status of recommendations.  




  6. If the Senate resolves that a decision of an organ of the faculty or university is in breach of § 27 Para 1 or 2 of the Law on Universities, it will then require the Dean or Rector to ensure the rectification of the matter without delay. If the Dean or Rector fails to respond to the request of the Senate, the Senate must confirm its original standpoint on the basis of a three-fifths majority of members of the Senate present, which must additionally represent more than a fifty-percent majority of all members of the Senate.  If thereafter the Dean or Rector still fails to secure a remedy, the Senate initiates a vote on a motion for the dismissal of the Dean or Rector.



Article 7 : Senate Proceedings and Elections to the Senate


  1. At its first meeting the senate elects a Presiding Board of the Senate (hereinafter simply the “Board”), which is an organ of the Senate.  




  2. The Board normally calls a Meeting of the Senate each month, and at the least twice a semester. The Board is obliged to call a Meeting of the Senate if at least a third of the members of the Senate, or the Dean, request that it do so.  




  3. The Senate takes decisions by passing resolutions.  




  4. The Senate is quorate to pass resolutions if more than half its members are present.  




  5. A Senate Resolution is passed if more than half the members of the Senate present vote for it. A proposal for the appointment of the Dean is passed if more than half of all members of the Senate vote for it, a proposal for his dismissal is passed if at least three-fifths of members of the Senate vote for it. A proposal for the adoption, amendment and annulment of the internal regulations of the faculty is passed if more than half of all members of the Senate vote for it.




  6. The voting of the Senate on proposals set out in Article 6 Para 3 Letters f) and g) as well as other issues, following the decision of the Senate, is secret.




  7. Senate meetings are open to the public.  




  8. Elections to the Senate are timed by the outgoing senate on a date that enables a valid election to be held before the end of the outgoing senate’s term. The elections are run and organised by an election committee set up by the Senate.  




  9. Members of the Senate are elected by the academic community of the faculty in direct, equal and secret elections.  




  10. A candidate for election to the Senate can be proposed by any member of the academic community of the faculty, with the written consent of the candidate.  




  11. Details of the Senate proceedings and elections to the Senate are governed in accordance with the Electoral and Procedural Regulations of the Senate, which are internal faculty regulations.



Article 8 : Co-operation between the Senate and Other Organs and Persons


  1. The Senate may require a standpoint from any organ of the Faculty or part of the Faculty.  




  2. The Senate has the right to be informed of the conclusions of the proceedings of the Dean’s Collegium and Research Board of the Faculty.  




  3. The Senate has the right, following agreement with the Dean, to send its representative, with an advisory voice, to meetings of the Faculty Research Board or the Dean’s Collegium.




  4. If the Senate is taking a decision on matters of the establishment, merger, division or abolition of a workplace of the Faculty, it requires the viewpoint of the workplace in question beforehand.  




  5. The Senate or Dean may set up committees, including joint committees of the self-governing academic organs of the Faculty. The chairmen of such committees are appointed by the Senate or Dean.



Article 9 : The Research Board


  1. The chairman of the Research Board of the Faculty (hereinafter simply “Research Board”) is the Dean.  




  2. The members of the Research Board are appointed and removed by the Dean. Proposals for the appointment or removal of members of the Research Board are approved by the Senate on the proposal of the Dean.  




  3. Normally within three months of his appointment, the Dean submits to the Senate a proposal for the removal and appointment of members of the Research Board.  




  4. The members of the Research Board are important representatives of the fields in which the Faculty conducts teaching and scientific, research, development or other activity.  At least one third of the members are not members of the academic community of the university.  




  5. In appointing members to the Research Board the Dean takes care to ensure that the academic subjects and degree programmes taught at the faculty are evenly represented. Directors are normally members of the Research Board.




  6. Membership of the Research Board terminates






    1. On the day of delivery to the Dean of a written declaration by which a member resigns membership of the Research Board,  




    2. On the day when a proposal of the Dean to dismiss a member of the Research Board is approved by the senate.  




  7. The Dean may appoint a distinguished academic who has benefited the university in some important way an Honorary Member of the Research Board without voting rights. Before appointing an honorary member to the Research Board the Dean requests the opinion of the Senate.




  8. The Dean calls meetings of the Research Board at least five times an academic year. The timetable for meetings of the Research Board, and brief minutes of the meetings, are publicized in the usual manner.  




  9. The Research Board






    1. Discusses long-term planning in the fields of scientific activity, research, investment policy, the economics and financing of the faculty, international co-operation, and co-operation at home with other universities and faculties, and individuals, and other questions of a planning nature,  




    2. Approves degree programmes to be introduced at the faculty,  




    3. Expresses a view on proposals from the Dean for the appointment of an individual organiser, board of organisers or subject board for a degree programme,  




    4. Expresses a view on proposed study plans,  




    5. Exercises its competence in proceedings for appointments to professorships and in “habilitation” (second doctoral) proceedings to the extent laid down by the Law on Universities,




    6. Expresses its view on proposals from the Dean for the appointment of emeritus professors and through the Dean makes proposals for the award of the title professor in memoriam to the Research Board of the University,




    7. Makes proposals for the grant of the working title "Visiting Professor of Charles University",




    8. Discusses fundamental and planning questions relating to the Faculty and its involvement in international structures, particularly the European Union,  




    9. Expresses its views on other questions submitted to it by the Dean or Vice-Dean or when this is stipulated by the Internal Regulations of the Faculty or University.  




  10. Other details of the proceedings of the Research Board are governed by the procedural regulations of the research board, which are internal regulations of the Faculty.  



Article 10: The Dean


  1. The Dean stands at the head of the Faculty, and acts and decides on faculty matters if the Law on Universities does not stipulate otherwise.  




  2. The Dean is answerable for his or her activity to the Rector; this provision does not affect the competence of the Dean in matters falling under § 24 of the Law on Universities.




  3. The Dean will attend a meeting of the Senate when called on to do so by the Senate. The Dean will answer questions concerning the performance of his or her function asked by the Senate or a member of the Senate at a Senate meeting.  




  4. The Dean’s term of office commences on the day on which he or she is appointed to the office.  




  5. Prior to the expiry of the term of office, the Dean ceases to hold office on the day of delivery of his or her written resignation to the Chairman of the Senate.




  6. Details on the election of a candidate to the position of Dean are stipulated by the electoral regulations for the election of deans, which are part of the electoral and procedural regulations of the senate.



Article 11: Vice-Deans


  1. The Faculty normally has five permanent Vice-Deans; the number and powers of Vice-Deans are determined by the Dean after the Senate has expressed its view.




  2. Vice-Deans are appointed and dismissed by the Dean after the Senate has expressed its view.  




  3. Vice-Deans deputise for the Dean, and do so in a scope defined by the dean. The Dean also determines which Vice-Dean will deputise for him.  




  4. A Vice-Dean will attend a Senate meeting when called to do so by the Senate. A Vice-Dean will answer questions relating to the performance of his or her function asked by the Senate or a member of the Senate at a Senate meeting.




  5. A Vice-Dean may call meetings of faculty staff entrusted with the area of activity for which he/she is responsible.



Article 12 : The Dean’s Permanent Advisory Organs


  1. The Dean’s permanent advisory organs are  






    1. The Dean’s Collegium,




    2. The Meeting of Vice-Deans.




  2. Members of the Dean’s Collegium are usually the Vice-Deans, Secretary of the Faculty (hereinafter simply “Secretary”), directors and heads of other component parts.  




  3. The members of the Meeting of Vice-Deans are as a rule the Vice-Deans and Secretary.




  4. The minutes of the meetings of the permanent advisory organs are publicized in the usual way.  



Article 13 : The Faculty Secretary


  1. The Faculty Secretary (hereinafter simply the “Secretary”) is appointed on the basis of competitive selection procedure.  




  2. The Senate expresses its view on the intention of the Dean to appoint or dismiss the Secretary.




  3. The Secretary is authorised to dispose of such property of the university as has been entrusted to organs of the faculty in accordance with Article 49 Letter c) of the Statutes of the University within limits set out in a Dean’s Measure.  




  4. Within the limits stipulated by the Dean’s measure the Secretary also:  






    1. Administers the Faculty Dean’s Office,




    2. Conducts the economic management and internal administration of the Faculty,




    3. Acts in the name of the university in employment-law matters concerning the staff of the Dean’s Office and as may be necessary other parts of the faculty if the staff concerned are not academic staff,  




    4. Acts in the name of the university in matters relating to the economic management of the Faculty and the administration of property entrusted to organs of the faculty.




  5. The Secretary attends meetings of the Senate on the summons of the Senate or its Chairman. The Secretary answers questions relating to the performance of his or her function asked by the Senate or a member of the Senate at a Senate meeting.  




  6. The Secretary co-operates with the Vice-Deans in fulfilling his or her tasks.  




  7. The Meeting of the Secretaries of the Institutes is the Advisory Organ of the Secretary for questions relating to the economic management and internal administration of the Faculty.  



Article 14 : The Dean’s Office


  1. The Dean’s Office is the executive centre of the economic and administrative management of the Faculty. It performs organisational, co-ordination, advisory, record-keeping and audit activity in study, research, economic, personnel and international relations fields and in internal administration.




  2. The Dean’s Office provides the material and administrative support services for the activity of the Dean, Vice-Deans, Senate, Secretary and Research Board.  




  3. The Dean’s Office provides the documentation for central record-keeping at the Rectorate falling under § 24 of the Law on Universities, and does so to the extent and in the manner stipulated by the Rector.




  4. Details of the organisation of the Dean’s Office are laid down in its organisational regulations, issued by a Dean’s Measure.




Article 15 : Management and Organisation of the Faculty


  1. The directors and heads of the other components are subordinate to the Dean. The heads of departments are subordinate to the relevant director, providing that a Dean’s Measure does not stipulate otherwise.  




  2. The directors are appointed on the basis of selective competition by the Dean, and are appointed for a period of a maximum of three years. In the eventuality of failure to fulfil obligations under Para 3, the Dean may remove a director.  




  3. A director






    1. Appoints the secretary of the institute and determines his or her powers in the framework of the institute,




    2. Submits to the Dean a proposal for the organisational regulations of the institute,




    3. Co-ordinates the research and teaching activity of the institute and its parts, and in so doing may impose tasks on the heads of the component parts of the institute and check on their fulfilment,




    4. Is responsible to the Dean for the management of funds entrusted to the institute and for their economic utilisation,




    5. At the instigation of the head of the relevant section of the institute, submits a proposal to the Dean to announce competitive selection procedures for a post at the department,  




    6. At least once every academic years calls a plenum of the institute consisting of academic staff and other employees in the components of the institute and  students of the Faculty,  




    7. Calls meetings of the leadership of the institute consisting of the director, secretary of the institute and heads of the components of the institute,  




    8. Submits to the Dean an annual report on the activity of the institute for the academic year,




    9. Fulfils other tasks stipulated by a Dean’s Measure or by the internal regulations of the Faculty.




  4. Heads of department are appointed on the basis of a competitive selection procedure, and are appointed for a period of a maximum of three years. In the eventuality of failure to fulfil obligations under Para 5 the Dean after discussion with the director may dismiss a head of department.




  5. A Head of Department






    1. Is responsible for the research and teaching activity of the department,




    2. Imposes tasks on employees at the department and checks that these tasks are fulfilled,




    3. Fulfils other tasks stipulated by a Dean’s Measure, director, or the internal regulations of the Faculty.  




  6. Paragraphs 2,3 and 5 apply to an appropriate extent to the heads of other components.  




  7. The director, head of another component, and head of department determine the employee of their workplace who shall deputise for them in periods when they are absent.  




  8. Other details of the organisation and running of the faculty may be regulated by a Dean’s Measure.  



Part III : Degree Programmes, Studies and Students

Article 16 : Degree Programme


  1. The faculty provides degree programmes in line with the Statutes of the University. Detailed provisions on the nature of a degree programme are laid down in the Study and Examination Regulations of the University and the Study and Examination Regulations of the Faculty.   




  2. Degree programmes may be sub-divided into study disciplines (fields).




  3. The degree programme is particularised in study plans.  




  4. Proposals for degree programmes to be introduced into the Faculty are drawn up by the academic organiser of the programme or board of organisers and are approved by the Research Board after the Senate has expressed an opinion.



Article 17 : Organisation and Monitoring of Degree Programmes


  1. The organiser or board of organisers is responsible for drawing up the content of and evaluating bachelor’s and master’s degree programmes. The chairman of a board of organisers is elected from its ranks by its members.  




  2. The function of organiser or member of a board of organisers may only be entrusted to a teacher with habilitation who has an employment contract with the university. If the study programme concerned is provided by the Faculty independently, only a member of the academic community of the Faculty may be appointed organiser. The organiser is usually a head of department or director.  




  3. Organisers or members of a board of organisers of a degree programme provided by the Faculty are appointed and dismissed by the Rector.  Proposals to appoint or remove them are submitted to the Rector by the Dean after the Research Board has expressed its opinion.  




  4. The organiser or board of organisers of degree programmes draw up proposals for the degree programmes; the degree programmes are published by the Dean after the opinion of the Research Board has been obtained. The organiser or board of organisers, specifically the individual delegated member of such a board, fulfil other tasks arising from the study and examination regulations of the Faculty during implementation of the degree programme.




  5. Co-ordination of the preparation of the contents of a degree programme and evaluation of a doctoral study plan is conducted by the Subject Board. The chairman of a subject board is elected by its members from its own ranks.  




  6. A subject board must have at least three members, and at least two thirds of the members of a subject board must be from the ranks of docents or professors, while at least one third of the members of a subject board cannot be members of the academic community of the Faculty or of other participating faculties (in the case of degree programmes implemented in accordance with Article 22 Para. 3 Letters b) and c) of the Statutes of the University, and at least one of them must be someone other than a member of the academic community of the University.




  7. The provisions of Paragraph 3 apply for the appointment and removal of a member of a subject board.  




  8. The organiser, board of organisers or subject board is obliged on request to submit a report on the implementation of the degree programme to the Dean, or as the case may be Deans, and the Rector. The running of degree programmes at the Faculty is systematically monitored by the Dean, who approves the necessary measures without delay. Where a board of organisers is involved, its members may also fulfil the stated obligations independently, usually for particular separate parts of a degree programme.


Article 18 : Admission to Studies

Admission to studies at the university including review procedures on admission decisions is subject to the university admissions procedures regulations, which form a supplement to Article 5 of the University Statutes. Further conditions for admission to study at the faculty are governed by the Faculty Admissions Procedure Regulations, which are part of the internal regulations of the Faculty. In each academic year the specific detailed form of these conditions for admission to study at the Faculty is approved by the Senate on the proposal of the Dean.


Article 19 : Studies

The rules of study at the university including the rights and duties of students and the rules of procedure in the first instance and review procedure in decision-making on the rights and duties of students are subject to the provisions of the University Study and Examination Regulations.  Other details concerning study in bachelor and master’s degree programmes are governed by the Faculty Study and Examination Regulations, which are internal faculty regulations. Details concerning doctoral studies programmes are governed by the Faculty Doctoral Studies Regulations, which are internal faculty regulations.


Article 20 : Conditions of Study for Foreign Nationals

Conditions of study for foreign nationals are regulated by Article 26 of the University Statutes and the rules for study by foreign nationals outside the degree programmes of the university.


Article 21 : State Doctoral Examination

The procedure for acceptance of applications to take the State Doctoral Examination, which is not a part of studies, details on the holding of these examinations, their course and marking, and likewise the rules for setting the level of defrayment of the costs connected with these examinations and preparation for them,  is laid down in the University Doctoral Regulations.  Detailed provisions pursuant to these regulations applicable at the Faculty are laid down in the Faculty Doctoral Examination Regulations, which are internal faculty regulations.


Article 22 : Student Exchange

  1. The principles and rules of student exchange are determined by co-operation agreements made by the university in accordance with § 6 Para 1 Letter. i) of the Law on Universities.  

  2. More detailed conditions for the selection of students of the faculty for participation in student exchange are determined by the Rector after agreement with the Dean or Deans of the faculties involved. These conditions are publicised on the official notice-board of the Faculty.  


Article 23 : Student Awards

  1. The Dean may award a student official praise, a prize or a material gift. The rules for the award of praise-acknowledgment of study results are laid down in the Faculty Study and Examination Regulations.   

  2. In collaboration with the Josef and Petra Vavroušek Foundation the Dean awards the  Josef Vavroušek Prize for student essays concerned with problems of the relationship between nature, society and culture. The competition is announced by the Research Board, and the articles are judged by the Committee for the Josef Vavroušek Prize in accordance with the statutes of this prize.


Article 24 : Charges connected with studies 

  1. Charges associated with studies, their level, form of payment and period in which payment must be made, as well as conditions for their reduction or waiver, are governed by Article 33 of the University Statutes and Appendix no. 6 to the University Statutes.

  2. The level of charges for students registered at the Faculty is determined by the Dean after the Senate has expressed its view.  

  3. The level of charges is publicised on the official faculty notice-board.  


Article 25 : Fees Payable by Students for Certain Procedures

  1. For procedures determined by a measure of the Rector, fees may be collected from students up to the level of the costs associated with these procedures.  The amount of the fees is stipulated by the Dean or Rector in line with that which is stated in this measure.



  2. The level of fees for individual procedures is publicized on the official faculty notice-board.  



  3. If fees are not paid a procedure set out in Paragraph 1 is not carried out.



Article 26 : Delivery of official documents to students to their own hands

  1. Official documents may be delivered to students to their own hands directly at the faculty. The student confirms receipt with his or her signature. Refusal to accept the official document has the effect of delivery; a record must be made of the refusal to accept.  

  2. If an official document (communication) cannot be delivered in the way set out in Paragraph 1 within eight days, it will be posted by ordinary mail to the address given.  The official communication is deemed to be delivered on the day that delivery is taken or refused, or else within three days of posting.  

  3. If a student is represented on the basis of a power of attorney, delivery is made only to the representative, and by post. The provisions of Paragraph 2, second sentence apply in the same way.  

  4. If for any reason an official communication cannot be delivered in accordance with Paragraph 2 or 3, or if the student has not fulfilled his or her duty of giving an address, the official notification is lodged in the study department of the faculty and at the same time a notification of the fact is placed on the faculty notice board (substitute delivery at the faculty). The day of delivery is deemed to be the eighth day after the lodging of the notification.  This procedure may not be used in the case of decisions on the termination of studies in the cases set out in § 68 Para 1 Letters f) to h) of the Law on Universities.  

Article 27 : Scholarships

The rules on the provision of scholarships, both on procedure in the first instance and review procedure in the matter, are governed by the scholarship regulations of the university.  Details on the provision of scholarships to students enrolled at the faculty are stipulated by the scholarship regulations of the faculty, which are internal faculty regulations.


Article 28 : Disciplinary Misdemeanours by Students

Details on disciplinary misdemeanours, the imposition of sanctions, and on disciplinary proceedings and associated review proceedings are governed by the Disciplinary Regulations for Students of the University. Other details, specifically on the composition and proceedings of the disciplinary committee of the faculty are governed by the Disciplinary Regulations for Students of the Faculty, which are internal faculty regulations.


Article 29 : Life-Long Education

  1. Relations in the case of provision of life-long education are based on contract.  



  2. Rules for the planning, approval and implementation of programmes of life-long education, for the selection of applicants and for the level of payment are stipulated by the University Regulations for Life-Long Education.  



  3. Other details relating to the provision of life-long education at the faculty are stipulated by measures of the dean.  



Part IV: Academic Staff and Other Employees

Article 30: Employment-Law Relations of Academic Staff

  1. Academic staff at the faculty are employees of the university working at the faculty in the meaning of § 70 Para 1 and 2 of the Law on Universities.  



  2. Vacancies for academic staff are filled on the basis of competitive selection procedure.  The rules of selection procedure are stipulated by the University Selection Procedure Regulations.  



  3. The work contract of professors and docents (readers) is usually made for an indefinite period, particularly in the case of the organisers and chairmen of the subject boards of the degree programmes. The work contracts of the other academic staff are usually made for a limited period, as a rule five years at most.



  4. The work contract of research and specialist staff is usually made for a limited period of five years at the most, and on the basis of competitive selection procedure.



  5. Before finalising a work contract, agreement on work activity or agreement on work to be undertaken, the Dean is obliged through the relevant workplace of the Dean’s Office to make sure in the central records that the intended work contract is not in breach of legal regulations.



Article 31: Guest Professors


  1. Teachers from universities abroad who have a position comparable to that of professors or docents (readers), may on the basis of the decision of the Rector issued in response to a proposal from the Research Board, for the period of their activity at the university use the working title “guest professor of Charles University”.  The Dean submits the proposal to the Research Board.  




  2. Guest professors have the rights and obligations of members of the academic community with the exception of the right to vote and to be voted onto academic senates.  



Part V : The Long-Term Plan, Annual Reports and Appraisal Activity

Article 32 : The Drawing up of the Long-Term Plan and its Use


  1. The Long-term plan for the teaching and academic, research, development, artistic or other creative activity of the faculty (hereinafter simply the “long-term plan of the faculty) is the basic programme document of the faculty.  




  2. The Long-Term Plan of the Faculty is based primarily on the Faculty Development Plan.




  3. The institutes and other components of the Faculty share in the drawing up of the Plan and may express their views on the draft long-term plan before it is officially debated in the Research Board.




  4. The Long-Term Plan of the Faculty is the point of reference specifically for planning changes in the internal organisation of the faculty, new degree programmes or modifications to existing ones, and the direction of scientific research.




  5. Further particularisation of the Long-Term plan of the Faculty is carried out according to need.  



Article 33 : The Drawing Up of Annual Reports and their Use  


  1. The Annual Report on Activity and the Annual Report on the Economic Management of the Faculty also contain assessment of the institutes and other components from the point of view of the faculty as a whole.  




  2. The Dean provides a commentary on the annual reports to the Senate, but may delegate commentary on the annual report on economic managements to the Secretary.  




  3. All component parts of the faculty take part in drawing up the annual reports. A Dean’s Measure stipulates details for the drawing up of annual reports.  




  4. Information on the way in which annual reports are published, or where they may be seen, is given on the faculty notice-board.  



Article 34 : Content and Mode of Appraisal of Activity


  1. An appraisal of the activity of the faculty is drawn up at least once every five years.




  2. Appraisal of activity consists in regular evaluation of the efficiency of the organisation, the standard of teaching, academic and research work and the use of resources.  




  3. Details on the content and mode of appraisal of activity are stipulated in a Dean’s Measure.  




  4. The results of appraisal of activities are used in drawing up the long-term plans of the faculty.



Part VI : The Economic Management of the Faculty

Article 35 : Economic Management and Administration of Property

  1. Faculty bodies decide and act in the name of the University in the disposal of allocated funds, funds obtained from supplementary activities and also the Faculty’s own incomes including grant funds and gifts provided that neither legal regulations nor university regulations stipulate otherwise. Faculty bodies likewise decide and act in the name of the university in the disposal of the property of the university to the extent laid out in Article 3, Para 6 of the University Statutes.  



  2. The Dean decides on the economic running of the Faculty, without prejudice to the provisions of Article 13 Para 3 and 4.  



  3. The rules of economic management at the Faculty are governed by the University Statutes, the regulations set out in Article 31 Appendix no. 8 of the University Statutes, and as the case may be a Dean’s Measure issued within the scope allowed by the regulations stated.  




  4. The rules for the administration of university property in the management of the Faculty are governed by the rules for the administration of university property and dean’s measures issued within the scope allowed by these rules.  




  5. A prior statement of the view of the Senate is required before the making of contracts on the lease of non-residential faculty premises or real property used by the Faculty, or for steps by which the University intends to transfer this property or its use to another component of the University.



Article 36 : The Budget and Provisional Budgetary Arrangements


  1. The budget of the Faculty is drawn up as a balanced budget.




  2. Before being approved by the senate the budget is discussed in the economic committee of the Senate and contains specifically:






    1. The distribution of non-investment funds to institutes and other components,




    2. The distribution of salary funds,




    3. The principles of investment policy,




    4. The general principles of the economic management of the Faculty in the given year.





  3. In the course of approval of the budget submitted by the Dean, the Senate may first approve:






    1. Priorities for the distribution of Faculty funds in accordance with a proposal from the dean,  




    2. Rules for the distribution of Faculty funds in accordance with a proposal from the dean,  




    3. Indices important from the point of view of the creation and use of selected items of the budget.




  4. The approved budget is published by the Dean by a Dean’s Measure.




  5. For provisional budget arrangements the provisions of Article 48 Para 5 of the University Statutes similarly apply.  



Article 37 : Audit of Economic Management


  1. At the Faculty audit of  economic management is carried out by:






    1. The Rector or persons entrusted with the task by the Rector on the basis of the decision of the Rector or a resolution of the Academic senate of the university,




    2. The Senate, with details stipulated by the Electoral and Procedural Regulations of the Senate,




    3. The Dean or persons entrusted with the task by the Dean on the basis of a directive of the Dean on the audit of economic management.  




  2. The relevant workplaces of the faculty must provide all documents necessary for audit at any time, and individual employees are obliged to provide true and full information and to submit a written comment on audit findings.  




Part VII : Academic Ceremonies and Honours

Article 38 : Matriculation, Degree Ceremonies and Promises


  1. The Matriculation Promise is worded as follows: "I promise that I shall properly exercise the rights and fulfil the obligations of a member of the academic community of Charles University.  I promise that I shall hold in honour the great humanist and democratic tradition of Charles University, take care to uphold its good name and shall so study that my activity will bring benefit of all kinds."




  2. The degree award ceremony (ceremonial promise and presentation of Bachelor’s, Master’s or Doctoral Diploma) take place in the presence of the Rector or a Vice-Rector and the Dean or a Vice-Dean. The formulae to be used by the degree sponsor and the wording of the Bachelor, Master’s and Doctoral promises are contained in Appendix no. 2 to these statutes.  




Part VIII : Common Provisions

Article 39 : Rubber Stamps of the Faculty


  1. The faculty uses an official round rubber stamp showing the state emblem of the Czech Republic and the text “Charles University in Prague Faculty of Social Sciences” in cases where this is stipulated by legal regulations.  




  2. The rules for the use of the other rubber stamps are governed by a Dean’s Measure issued in the framework of a rector’s measure in accordance with Article 64 Para 2 of the University Statutes.




Article 40 : Official Notice-Board


  1. The Official Faculty Notice-Board has two parts.




  2. Official Notice-Board I is located in the building on Smetanovo nábřeží 6, Prague 1, on the ground floor: it is used for displaying notifications relating to admissions, studies and students, specifically:






    1. Conditions of admission for studies, i.e. deadlines for submission of applications for studies and their appurtenances, the dates and form of admissions examinations, their content, criteria of evaluation, and where appropriate the maximum number of students admitted for studies in individual degree programmes (subjects) and conditions for the conduct of supplementary admissions procedures;




    2. Information on the schedule of the academic year, stipulating the length of the academic year, semesters and deadlines for enrolment in them, periods of teaching and examinations, and vacations;




    3. Information on the dates and place of state examinations or their parts;




    4. Information on the date and place of the next session of the Academic Senate of the Faculty;




    5. Information on the way annual reports are published, i.e. where they can be found, and information on where the long-term plan of the faculty can be found and viewed;




    6. Information on the level of charges associated with studies and fees payable by students for certain procedures;




    7. Information on conditions for the selection of students for exchanges on the basis of co-operative agreements;




    8. Notifications of the lodging of decisions for personal delivery to students by replacement procedure;




    9. Reminders to students who have not enrolled in the appropriate section of studies within the time stated, with a replacement deadline for enrolment.




  3. Official Notice-Board II is located in the building on Smetanovo nábřeží 6, Prague 1, on the 2nd Floor; it is used for notifications relating to academic staff and employees of the faculty, and namely:






    1. Information on the opening of habilitation proceedings and proceedings for the appointment of professors and dates of related public meetings of the research board and information on the completion of these proceedings;




    2. Information on vacant appointments, to be shown at least 30 days before the deadline for the submission of applications;




    3. Information on the way in which annual reports are published, and where they can be viewed, and information on whether the Long-Term Plan of the Faculty can be viewed.  




  4. Both parts of the official notice-board are used to display the minutes of meetings of the Senate and Research Board, and other information if so stipulated by the dean or the internal regulations of the University or Faculty.  




  5. The texts displayed on the faculty notice-board are available on the Internet and displayed on a suitable scale in faculty workplaces elsewhere. In cases of discrepancy the content of the Official Faculty Notice-Board is decisive.



Article 41: Interpretative Rule

The provisions of these statutes are to be interpreted in the spirit of the principles set out in the preamble. In cases of doubt these provisions are to be interpreted by the Senate.


Part IX : Common and Final Provisions

Article 42: Provisions of Dissolution

The Statutes of the Faculty of the 29th of March 1990 in the wording of changes and additions are dissolved.


Article 43: Approval and Validity


  1. These statutes were approved by the Academic Senate on the 24th of May 1999 and come into force on the date. of approval by the Academic Senate of Charles University in Prague.1




  2. These statutes come into force on the first day of the calendar month following the date they came into force.






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§ 9 Para 1 Letter b) of Law on Universities. The Academic Senate of Charles University approved these regulations on the……









Faculty Statute





Statute of the Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University in Prague


PREAMBLE



The new Law on Universities of the 22nd of April 1998 has enabled Charles University, as the oldest university in Central Europe, to issue new statutes embodying a fundamental change: the transformation of a previously state institution into a public corporation. The change was made immediately following the celebrations of the 650th anniversary of the university’s founding.


The university’s youngest component part, the Faculty of Social Sciences, has responded to the need to bring its internal norms and regulations into line with those at the higher university level. These newly adopted “Statutes of the Faculty of Social Sciences” are in compliance with the Law on Universities and the statutes of its one superior legal subject, which is Charles University, and elaborate and frame these higher norms for the specific conditions of the faculty. We take this step in the interests of the academic community and ideals of the university itself.  


Part I: Introductory Provisions

Article 1: Basic Provisions

  1. The Faculty of Social Sciences (hereinafter simply “the faculty”) is a part of Charles University in Prague (hereinafter simply “the university”).  

  2. The full name of the faculty is “Faculty of Social Sciences” or in Latin “Facultas rerum socialium”. The English name of the faculty is “Faculty of Social Sciences”.

  3. The seat of the faculty is Prague 1, Smetanovo nábř. 6/995.

  4. The organs of the faculty take decisions and act in the name of the university in the faculty matters set out in § 24 Para 1 of Law no. 111/1998 on Universities and in  Amendment and Supplementation of other laws (the Law on Universities) and in Article 3 Para 6 of the University Statutes.


Article 2: The Mission and Activity of the Faculty

  1. The faculty’s mission is the propagation of learning and the protection of knowledge, the cultivation of free thought, independent academic research and original artistic creation and the support, in every way, of the creative spirit of human society.

  2. The faculty provides all types of degree programmes, and likewise programmes of lifelong education.  

  3. The faculty engages in academic, research, developmental and other creative activities.

  4. The faculty provides library and other information services.

  5. The faculty engages in publishing activities relating primarily to the scholarly and teaching work of its academic community.  

  6. Supplementary activities must assist in the fulfilment of the faculty’s mission.  

  7. The faculty co-operates with universities both in the Czech Republic and abroad, scientific and research institutions and other legal entities, and creates the conditions for members of the academic community to participate in this co-operation. The forms and methods of co-operation between the faculty and legal entities are regulated by agreements.  


Part II: The Organisation and Organs of the Faculty, Academic Self-Government

Article 3: Subdivisions of the Faculty


  1. The faculty is divided into institutes and other component parts. Institutes are divided into departments.  




  2. Institutes are faculty workplaces that provide, co-ordinate and develop the teaching and research activities at the faculty, and do so in the academic fields and study programmes offered by the faculty.  




  3. Small study centres (cabinets) and information and special facilities are other component parts of the faculty.  




  4. Departments are the basic component parts of the institutes for teaching and research activity. Departments are responsible for implementing a degree programme or discipline or for cultivating a recognised academic field.  




  5. The workplaces of the faculty (§ 27 Para 1 Letter a) of the Law on Universities) are institutes, other component parts and departments.




  6. Each institute is headed by an institute director (hereinafter simply “director”), while the other component parts of the faculties have heads.  




  7. A list of the institutes and other parts is set out in the organisational regulations of the faculty contained in Appendix no.1 of these Statutes. A list of departments is set out in the organisational regulations of the institute concerned.  




  8. The Dean’s Office is the executive apparatus of the faculty.  



Article 4 : Faculty Self-Government

  1. The self-government of the faculty is conducted by the members of the faculty’s academic community directly or through the self-governing academic organs of the faculty.  

  2. The self-governing academic organs of the faculty consist of the Academic Senate of the Faculty, the Dean, the Research Board of the Faculty and the Disciplinary Committee of the Faculty.  

  3. The self-governing academic organs of the faculty act and take decisions in line with the Law on Universities, other legal regulations, and the internal regulations of the university and faculty.


Article 5: The Position of Members of the Academic Community

  1. The academic staff of the university working at the faculty and students enrolled at the faculty are members of the academic community of the faculty.

  2. Members of the academic community of the faculty have the right:  

    1. to elect and be elected to the Academic Senate of the Faculty and to the Academic Senate of the University, unless the internal regulations of the university stipulate otherwise.  



    2. to information on the activities of the Academic Senate of the Faculty, and they have the right to be acquainted with the Dean’s Annual Report on Activities, specifically at the assembly of the academic community of the faculty.  



  3. Members of the academic community of the faculty are bound to respect the internal regulations of the university and faculty.  



  4. Members of the academic community of the faculty are bound to act with care for the good name of the university.



  5. The faculty supports the activity of academic, specialist, professional, student, union and other interest associations that bring together members of the academic community of the faculty, and assist in the fulfilment of the mission of the university.



  6. A member of the academic community of the faculty can hold only one of the following offices at one time: Dean, Vice-Dean, Faculty Secretary, Director or Head of a component part of the faculty. The posts of director and head of department are mutually incompatible.



  7. Other rights and duties of members of the academic community of the faculty are governed by the Law on Universities and the internal regulations of the university.



  8. The Dean or the Academic Senate of the Faculty calls an assembly of the academic community of the faculty either at his/her/its own instigation or at the written request of at least hundred members of the academic community.  



Article 6 : The Academic Senate of the Faculty

  1. The Academic Senate of the Faculty (hereinafter simply the “Senate”) is the self-governing academic body of the faculty. It has twenty members, of which half are students.  Members of the Academic Senate are answerable for their activities to the academic community. In the discharge of their functions they are bound only by their conscience.  



  2. Membership of the Senate is not compatible with the function of Rector, Vice-Rectors, Dean, and Vice-Deans.



  3. The Senate


    1. takes decisions on motions proposed by the Dean for the establishment, merger, division or abolition of faculty workplaces,



    2. approves proposals for internal faculty regulations,




    3. approves motions for the allocation of faculty financial resources  proposed by the Dean and monitors the way they are used,  




    4. approves the annual report on activities and annual report on faculty financial management submitted by the Dean,  




    5. approves conditions submitted by the Dean for admission to studies in the degree programmes offered by the faculty,  




    6. approves proposals from the Dean for the appointment and dismissal of members of the Research Board of the Faculty and the Disciplinary Committee of the Faculty,  




    7. votes on proposals for the appointment of Dean, and may also propose his dismissal from his function,




    8. after negotiations in the Research Board of the Faculty, it approves the long-term strategy for the teaching and academic, research, developmental, artistic and creative activity of the faculty.




  4. The Dean or at least one-fifth of members of the Academic Senate after obtaining the standpoint from the Dean may submit to the Senate a proposal for the adoption, amendment or annulment of an internal regulation of the faculty. The Senate expresses its views specifically






    1. on proposals for degree programmes to be offered at the Faculty,




    2. on the Dean’s intention to appoint or dismiss Vice-Deans,




    3. on other questions if so stipulated by university internal regulations or if the senate reserves for itself the right to do so.  



    The Senate also monitors the overall personnel, teaching, research and economic development of the individual parts of the faculty. It also deals in an appropriate way with the proposals and suggestions of members of the academic community of the faculty, and in justified cases takes these up with the Dean.  




  5. In matters falling exclusively within the competence of the Dean, the opinions of the Senate have the status of recommendations.  




  6. If the Senate resolves that a decision of an organ of the faculty or university is in breach of § 27 Para 1 or 2 of the Law on Universities, it will then require the Dean or Rector to ensure the rectification of the matter without delay. If the Dean or Rector fails to respond to the request of the Senate, the Senate must confirm its original standpoint on the basis of a three-fifths majority of members of the Senate present, which must additionally represent more than a fifty-percent majority of all members of the Senate.  If thereafter the Dean or Rector still fails to secure a remedy, the Senate initiates a vote on a motion for the dismissal of the Dean or Rector.



Article 7 : Senate Proceedings and Elections to the Senate


  1. At its first meeting the senate elects a Presiding Board of the Senate (hereinafter simply the “Board”), which is an organ of the Senate.  




  2. The Board normally calls a Meeting of the Senate each month, and at the least twice a semester. The Board is obliged to call a Meeting of the Senate if at least a third of the members of the Senate, or the Dean, request that it do so.  




  3. The Senate takes decisions by passing resolutions.  




  4. The Senate is quorate to pass resolutions if more than half its members are present.  




  5. A Senate Resolution is passed if more than half the members of the Senate present vote for it. A proposal for the appointment of the Dean is passed if more than half of all members of the Senate vote for it, a proposal for his dismissal is passed if at least three-fifths of members of the Senate vote for it. A proposal for the adoption, amendment and annulment of the internal regulations of the faculty is passed if more than half of all members of the Senate vote for it.




  6. The voting of the Senate on proposals set out in Article 6 Para 3 Letters f) and g) as well as other issues, following the decision of the Senate, is secret.




  7. Senate meetings are open to the public.  




  8. Elections to the Senate are timed by the outgoing senate on a date that enables a valid election to be held before the end of the outgoing senate’s term. The elections are run and organised by an election committee set up by the Senate.  




  9. Members of the Senate are elected by the academic community of the faculty in direct, equal and secret elections.  




  10. A candidate for election to the Senate can be proposed by any member of the academic community of the faculty, with the written consent of the candidate.  




  11. Details of the Senate proceedings and elections to the Senate are governed in accordance with the Electoral and Procedural Regulations of the Senate, which are internal faculty regulations.



Article 8 : Co-operation between the Senate and Other Organs and Persons


  1. The Senate may require a standpoint from any organ of the Faculty or part of the Faculty.  




  2. The Senate has the right to be informed of the conclusions of the proceedings of the Dean’s Collegium and Research Board of the Faculty.  




  3. The Senate has the right, following agreement with the Dean, to send its representative, with an advisory voice, to meetings of the Faculty Research Board or the Dean’s Collegium.




  4. If the Senate is taking a decision on matters of the establishment, merger, division or abolition of a workplace of the Faculty, it requires the viewpoint of the workplace in question beforehand.  




  5. The Senate or Dean may set up committees, including joint committees of the self-governing academic organs of the Faculty. The chairmen of such committees are appointed by the Senate or Dean.



Article 9 : The Research Board


  1. The chairman of the Research Board of the Faculty (hereinafter simply “Research Board”) is the Dean.  




  2. The members of the Research Board are appointed and removed by the Dean. Proposals for the appointment or removal of members of the Research Board are approved by the Senate on the proposal of the Dean.  




  3. Normally within three months of his appointment, the Dean submits to the Senate a proposal for the removal and appointment of members of the Research Board.  




  4. The members of the Research Board are important representatives of the fields in which the Faculty conducts teaching and scientific, research, development or other activity.  At least one third of the members are not members of the academic community of the university.  




  5. In appointing members to the Research Board the Dean takes care to ensure that the academic subjects and degree programmes taught at the faculty are evenly represented. Directors are normally members of the Research Board.




  6. Membership of the Research Board terminates






    1. On the day of delivery to the Dean of a written declaration by which a member resigns membership of the Research Board,  




    2. On the day when a proposal of the Dean to dismiss a member of the Research Board is approved by the senate.  




  7. The Dean may appoint a distinguished academic who has benefited the university in some important way an Honorary Member of the Research Board without voting rights. Before appointing an honorary member to the Research Board the Dean requests the opinion of the Senate.




  8. The Dean calls meetings of the Research Board at least five times an academic year. The timetable for meetings of the Research Board, and brief minutes of the meetings, are publicized in the usual manner.  




  9. The Research Board






    1. Discusses long-term planning in the fields of scientific activity, research, investment policy, the economics and financing of the faculty, international co-operation, and co-operation at home with other universities and faculties, and individuals, and other questions of a planning nature,  




    2. Approves degree programmes to be introduced at the faculty,  




    3. Expresses a view on proposals from the Dean for the appointment of an individual organiser, board of organisers or subject board for a degree programme,  




    4. Expresses a view on proposed study plans,  




    5. Exercises its competence in proceedings for appointments to professorships and in “habilitation” (second doctoral) proceedings to the extent laid down by the Law on Universities,




    6. Expresses its view on proposals from the Dean for the appointment of emeritus professors and through the Dean makes proposals for the award of the title professor in memoriam to the Research Board of the University,




    7. Makes proposals for the grant of the working title "Visiting Professor of Charles University",




    8. Discusses fundamental and planning questions relating to the Faculty and its involvement in international structures, particularly the European Union,  




    9. Expresses its views on other questions submitted to it by the Dean or Vice-Dean or when this is stipulated by the Internal Regulations of the Faculty or University.  




  10. Other details of the proceedings of the Research Board are governed by the procedural regulations of the research board, which are internal regulations of the Faculty.  



Article 10: The Dean


  1. The Dean stands at the head of the Faculty, and acts and decides on faculty matters if the Law on Universities does not stipulate otherwise.  




  2. The Dean is answerable for his or her activity to the Rector; this provision does not affect the competence of the Dean in matters falling under § 24 of the Law on Universities.




  3. The Dean will attend a meeting of the Senate when called on to do so by the Senate. The Dean will answer questions concerning the performance of his or her function asked by the Senate or a member of the Senate at a Senate meeting.  




  4. The Dean’s term of office commences on the day on which he or she is appointed to the office.  




  5. Prior to the expiry of the term of office, the Dean ceases to hold office on the day of delivery of his or her written resignation to the Chairman of the Senate.




  6. Details on the election of a candidate to the position of Dean are stipulated by the electoral regulations for the election of deans, which are part of the electoral and procedural regulations of the senate.



Article 11: Vice-Deans


  1. The Faculty normally has five permanent Vice-Deans; the number and powers of Vice-Deans are determined by the Dean after the Senate has expressed its view.




  2. Vice-Deans are appointed and dismissed by the Dean after the Senate has expressed its view.  




  3. Vice-Deans deputise for the Dean, and do so in a scope defined by the dean. The Dean also determines which Vice-Dean will deputise for him.  




  4. A Vice-Dean will attend a Senate meeting when called to do so by the Senate. A Vice-Dean will answer questions relating to the performance of his or her function asked by the Senate or a member of the Senate at a Senate meeting.




  5. A Vice-Dean may call meetings of faculty staff entrusted with the area of activity for which he/she is responsible.



Article 12 : The Dean’s Permanent Advisory Organs


  1. The Dean’s permanent advisory organs are  






    1. The Dean’s Collegium,




    2. The Meeting of Vice-Deans.




  2. Members of the Dean’s Collegium are usually the Vice-Deans, Secretary of the Faculty (hereinafter simply “Secretary”), directors and heads of other component parts.  




  3. The members of the Meeting of Vice-Deans are as a rule the Vice-Deans and Secretary.




  4. The minutes of the meetings of the permanent advisory organs are publicized in the usual way.  



Article 13 : The Faculty Secretary


  1. The Faculty Secretary (hereinafter simply the “Secretary”) is appointed on the basis of competitive selection procedure.  




  2. The Senate expresses its view on the intention of the Dean to appoint or dismiss the Secretary.




  3. The Secretary is authorised to dispose of such property of the university as has been entrusted to organs of the faculty in accordance with Article 49 Letter c) of the Statutes of the University within limits set out in a Dean’s Measure.  




  4. Within the limits stipulated by the Dean’s measure the Secretary also:  






    1. Administers the Faculty Dean’s Office,




    2. Conducts the economic management and internal administration of the Faculty,




    3. Acts in the name of the university in employment-law matters concerning the staff of the Dean’s Office and as may be necessary other parts of the faculty if the staff concerned are not academic staff,  




    4. Acts in the name of the university in matters relating to the economic management of the Faculty and the administration of property entrusted to organs of the faculty.




  5. The Secretary attends meetings of the Senate on the summons of the Senate or its Chairman. The Secretary answers questions relating to the performance of his or her function asked by the Senate or a member of the Senate at a Senate meeting.  




  6. The Secretary co-operates with the Vice-Deans in fulfilling his or her tasks.  




  7. The Meeting of the Secretaries of the Institutes is the Advisory Organ of the Secretary for questions relating to the economic management and internal administration of the Faculty.  



Article 14 : The Dean’s Office


  1. The Dean’s Office is the executive centre of the economic and administrative management of the Faculty. It performs organisational, co-ordination, advisory, record-keeping and audit activity in study, research, economic, personnel and international relations fields and in internal administration.




  2. The Dean’s Office provides the material and administrative support services for the activity of the Dean, Vice-Deans, Senate, Secretary and Research Board.  




  3. The Dean’s Office provides the documentation for central record-keeping at the Rectorate falling under § 24 of the Law on Universities, and does so to the extent and in the manner stipulated by the Rector.




  4. Details of the organisation of the Dean’s Office are laid down in its organisational regulations, issued by a Dean’s Measure.




Article 15 : Management and Organisation of the Faculty


  1. The directors and heads of the other components are subordinate to the Dean. The heads of departments are subordinate to the relevant director, providing that a Dean’s Measure does not stipulate otherwise.  




  2. The directors are appointed on the basis of selective competition by the Dean, and are appointed for a period of a maximum of three years. In the eventuality of failure to fulfil obligations under Para 3, the Dean may remove a director.  




  3. A director






    1. Appoints the secretary of the institute and determines his or her powers in the framework of the institute,




    2. Submits to the Dean a proposal for the organisational regulations of the institute,




    3. Co-ordinates the research and teaching activity of the institute and its parts, and in so doing may impose tasks on the heads of the component parts of the institute and check on their fulfilment,




    4. Is responsible to the Dean for the management of funds entrusted to the institute and for their economic utilisation,




    5. At the instigation of the head of the relevant section of the institute, submits a proposal to the Dean to announce competitive selection procedures for a post at the department,  




    6. At least once every academic years calls a plenum of the institute consisting of academic staff and other employees in the components of the institute and  students of the Faculty,  




    7. Calls meetings of the leadership of the institute consisting of the director, secretary of the institute and heads of the components of the institute,  




    8. Submits to the Dean an annual report on the activity of the institute for the academic year,




    9. Fulfils other tasks stipulated by a Dean’s Measure or by the internal regulations of the Faculty.




  4. Heads of department are appointed on the basis of a competitive selection procedure, and are appointed for a period of a maximum of three years. In the eventuality of failure to fulfil obligations under Para 5 the Dean after discussion with the director may dismiss a head of department.




  5. A Head of Department






    1. Is responsible for the research and teaching activity of the department,




    2. Imposes tasks on employees at the department and checks that these tasks are fulfilled,




    3. Fulfils other tasks stipulated by a Dean’s Measure, director, or the internal regulations of the Faculty.  




  6. Paragraphs 2,3 and 5 apply to an appropriate extent to the heads of other components.  




  7. The director, head of another component, and head of department determine the employee of their workplace who shall deputise for them in periods when they are absent.  




  8. Other details of the organisation and running of the faculty may be regulated by a Dean’s Measure.  



Part III : Degree Programmes, Studies and Students

Article 16 : Degree Programme


  1. The faculty provides degree programmes in line with the Statutes of the University. Detailed provisions on the nature of a degree programme are laid down in the Study and Examination Regulations of the University and the Study and Examination Regulations of the Faculty.   




  2. Degree programmes may be sub-divided into study disciplines (fields).




  3. The degree programme is particularised in study plans.  




  4. Proposals for degree programmes to be introduced into the Faculty are drawn up by the academic organiser of the programme or board of organisers and are approved by the Research Board after the Senate has expressed an opinion.



Article 17 : Organisation and Monitoring of Degree Programmes


  1. The organiser or board of organisers is responsible for drawing up the content of and evaluating bachelor’s and master’s degree programmes. The chairman of a board of organisers is elected from its ranks by its members.  




  2. The function of organiser or member of a board of organisers may only be entrusted to a teacher with habilitation who has an employment contract with the university. If the study programme concerned is provided by the Faculty independently, only a member of the academic community of the Faculty may be appointed organiser. The organiser is usually a head of department or director.  




  3. Organisers or members of a board of organisers of a degree programme provided by the Faculty are appointed and dismissed by the Rector.  Proposals to appoint or remove them are submitted to the Rector by the Dean after the Research Board has expressed its opinion.  




  4. The organiser or board of organisers of degree programmes draw up proposals for the degree programmes; the degree programmes are published by the Dean after the opinion of the Research Board has been obtained. The organiser or board of organisers, specifically the individual delegated member of such a board, fulfil other tasks arising from the study and examination regulations of the Faculty during implementation of the degree programme.




  5. Co-ordination of the preparation of the contents of a degree programme and evaluation of a doctoral study plan is conducted by the Subject Board. The chairman of a subject board is elected by its members from its own ranks.  




  6. A subject board must have at least three members, and at least two thirds of the members of a subject board must be from the ranks of docents or professors, while at least one third of the members of a subject board cannot be members of the academic community of the Faculty or of other participating faculties (in the case of degree programmes implemented in accordance with Article 22 Para. 3 Letters b) and c) of the Statutes of the University, and at least one of them must be someone other than a member of the academic community of the University.




  7. The provisions of Paragraph 3 apply for the appointment and removal of a member of a subject board.  




  8. The organiser, board of organisers or subject board is obliged on request to submit a report on the implementation of the degree programme to the Dean, or as the case may be Deans, and the Rector. The running of degree programmes at the Faculty is systematically monitored by the Dean, who approves the necessary measures without delay. Where a board of organisers is involved, its members may also fulfil the stated obligations independently, usually for particular separate parts of a degree programme.


Article 18 : Admission to Studies

Admission to studies at the university including review procedures on admission decisions is subject to the university admissions procedures regulations, which form a supplement to Article 5 of the University Statutes. Further conditions for admission to study at the faculty are governed by the Faculty Admissions Procedure Regulations, which are part of the internal regulations of the Faculty. In each academic year the specific detailed form of these conditions for admission to study at the Faculty is approved by the Senate on the proposal of the Dean.


Article 19 : Studies

The rules of study at the university including the rights and duties of students and the rules of procedure in the first instance and review procedure in decision-making on the rights and duties of students are subject to the provisions of the University Study and Examination Regulations.  Other details concerning study in bachelor and master’s degree programmes are governed by the Faculty Study and Examination Regulations, which are internal faculty regulations. Details concerning doctoral studies programmes are governed by the Faculty Doctoral Studies Regulations, which are internal faculty regulations.


Article 20 : Conditions of Study for Foreign Nationals

Conditions of study for foreign nationals are regulated by Article 26 of the University Statutes and the rules for study by foreign nationals outside the degree programmes of the university.


Article 21 : State Doctoral Examination

The procedure for acceptance of applications to take the State Doctoral Examination, which is not a part of studies, details on the holding of these examinations, their course and marking, and likewise the rules for setting the level of defrayment of the costs connected with these examinations and preparation for them,  is laid down in the University Doctoral Regulations.  Detailed provisions pursuant to these regulations applicable at the Faculty are laid down in the Faculty Doctoral Examination Regulations, which are internal faculty regulations.


Article 22 : Student Exchange

  1. The principles and rules of student exchange are determined by co-operation agreements made by the university in accordance with § 6 Para 1 Letter. i) of the Law on Universities.  

  2. More detailed conditions for the selection of students of the faculty for participation in student exchange are determined by the Rector after agreement with the Dean or Deans of the faculties involved. These conditions are publicised on the official notice-board of the Faculty.  


Article 23 : Student Awards

  1. The Dean may award a student official praise, a prize or a material gift. The rules for the award of praise-acknowledgment of study results are laid down in the Faculty Study and Examination Regulations.   

  2. In collaboration with the Josef and Petra Vavroušek Foundation the Dean awards the  Josef Vavroušek Prize for student essays concerned with problems of the relationship between nature, society and culture. The competition is announced by the Research Board, and the articles are judged by the Committee for the Josef Vavroušek Prize in accordance with the statutes of this prize.


Article 24 : Charges connected with studies 

  1. Charges associated with studies, their level, form of payment and period in which payment must be made, as well as conditions for their reduction or waiver, are governed by Article 33 of the University Statutes and Appendix no. 6 to the University Statutes.

  2. The level of charges for students registered at the Faculty is determined by the Dean after the Senate has expressed its view.  

  3. The level of charges is publicised on the official faculty notice-board.  


Article 25 : Fees Payable by Students for Certain Procedures

  1. For procedures determined by a measure of the Rector, fees may be collected from students up to the level of the costs associated with these procedures.  The amount of the fees is stipulated by the Dean or Rector in line with that which is stated in this measure.



  2. The level of fees for individual procedures is publicized on the official faculty notice-board.  



  3. If fees are not paid a procedure set out in Paragraph 1 is not carried out.



Article 26 : Delivery of official documents to students to their own hands

  1. Official documents may be delivered to students to their own hands directly at the faculty. The student confirms receipt with his or her signature. Refusal to accept the official document has the effect of delivery; a record must be made of the refusal to accept.  

  2. If an official document (communication) cannot be delivered in the way set out in Paragraph 1 within eight days, it will be posted by ordinary mail to the address given.  The official communication is deemed to be delivered on the day that delivery is taken or refused, or else within three days of posting.  

  3. If a student is represented on the basis of a power of attorney, delivery is made only to the representative, and by post. The provisions of Paragraph 2, second sentence apply in the same way.  

  4. If for any reason an official communication cannot be delivered in accordance with Paragraph 2 or 3, or if the student has not fulfilled his or her duty of giving an address, the official notification is lodged in the study department of the faculty and at the same time a notification of the fact is placed on the faculty notice board (substitute delivery at the faculty). The day of delivery is deemed to be the eighth day after the lodging of the notification.  This procedure may not be used in the case of decisions on the termination of studies in the cases set out in § 68 Para 1 Letters f) to h) of the Law on Universities.  

Article 27 : Scholarships

The rules on the provision of scholarships, both on procedure in the first instance and review procedure in the matter, are governed by the scholarship regulations of the university.  Details on the provision of scholarships to students enrolled at the faculty are stipulated by the scholarship regulations of the faculty, which are internal faculty regulations.


Article 28 : Disciplinary Misdemeanours by Students

Details on disciplinary misdemeanours, the imposition of sanctions, and on disciplinary proceedings and associated review proceedings are governed by the Disciplinary Regulations for Students of the University. Other details, specifically on the composition and proceedings of the disciplinary committee of the faculty are governed by the Disciplinary Regulations for Students of the Faculty, which are internal faculty regulations.


Article 29 : Life-Long Education

  1. Relations in the case of provision of life-long education are based on contract.  



  2. Rules for the planning, approval and implementation of programmes of life-long education, for the selection of applicants and for the level of payment are stipulated by the University Regulations for Life-Long Education.  



  3. Other details relating to the provision of life-long education at the faculty are stipulated by measures of the dean.  



Part IV: Academic Staff and Other Employees

Article 30: Employment-Law Relations of Academic Staff

  1. Academic staff at the faculty are employees of the university working at the faculty in the meaning of § 70 Para 1 and 2 of the Law on Universities.  



  2. Vacancies for academic staff are filled on the basis of competitive selection procedure.  The rules of selection procedure are stipulated by the University Selection Procedure Regulations.  



  3. The work contract of professors and docents (readers) is usually made for an indefinite period, particularly in the case of the organisers and chairmen of the subject boards of the degree programmes. The work contracts of the other academic staff are usually made for a limited period, as a rule five years at most.



  4. The work contract of research and specialist staff is usually made for a limited period of five years at the most, and on the basis of competitive selection procedure.



  5. Before finalising a work contract, agreement on work activity or agreement on work to be undertaken, the Dean is obliged through the relevant workplace of the Dean’s Office to make sure in the central records that the intended work contract is not in breach of legal regulations.



Article 31: Guest Professors


  1. Teachers from universities abroad who have a position comparable to that of professors or docents (readers), may on the basis of the decision of the Rector issued in response to a proposal from the Research Board, for the period of their activity at the university use the working title “guest professor of Charles University”.  The Dean submits the proposal to the Research Board.  




  2. Guest professors have the rights and obligations of members of the academic community with the exception of the right to vote and to be voted onto academic senates.  



Part V : The Long-Term Plan, Annual Reports and Appraisal Activity

Article 32 : The Drawing up of the Long-Term Plan and its Use


  1. The Long-term plan for the teaching and academic, research, development, artistic or other creative activity of the faculty (hereinafter simply the “long-term plan of the faculty) is the basic programme document of the faculty.  




  2. The Long-Term Plan of the Faculty is based primarily on the Faculty Development Plan.




  3. The institutes and other components of the Faculty share in the drawing up of the Plan and may express their views on the draft long-term plan before it is officially debated in the Research Board.




  4. The Long-Term Plan of the Faculty is the point of reference specifically for planning changes in the internal organisation of the faculty, new degree programmes or modifications to existing ones, and the direction of scientific research.




  5. Further particularisation of the Long-Term plan of the Faculty is carried out according to need.  



Article 33 : The Drawing Up of Annual Reports and their Use  


  1. The Annual Report on Activity and the Annual Report on the Economic Management of the Faculty also contain assessment of the institutes and other components from the point of view of the faculty as a whole.  




  2. The Dean provides a commentary on the annual reports to the Senate, but may delegate commentary on the annual report on economic managements to the Secretary.  




  3. All component parts of the faculty take part in drawing up the annual reports. A Dean’s Measure stipulates details for the drawing up of annual reports.  




  4. Information on the way in which annual reports are published, or where they may be seen, is given on the faculty notice-board.  



Article 34 : Content and Mode of Appraisal of Activity


  1. An appraisal of the activity of the faculty is drawn up at least once every five years.




  2. Appraisal of activity consists in regular evaluation of the efficiency of the organisation, the standard of teaching, academic and research work and the use of resources.  




  3. Details on the content and mode of appraisal of activity are stipulated in a Dean’s Measure.  




  4. The results of appraisal of activities are used in drawing up the long-term plans of the faculty.



Part VI : The Economic Management of the Faculty

Article 35 : Economic Management and Administration of Property

  1. Faculty bodies decide and act in the name of the University in the disposal of allocated funds, funds obtained from supplementary activities and also the Faculty’s own incomes including grant funds and gifts provided that neither legal regulations nor university regulations stipulate otherwise. Faculty bodies likewise decide and act in the name of the university in the disposal of the property of the university to the extent laid out in Article 3, Para 6 of the University Statutes.  



  2. The Dean decides on the economic running of the Faculty, without prejudice to the provisions of Article 13 Para 3 and 4.  



  3. The rules of economic management at the Faculty are governed by the University Statutes, the regulations set out in Article 31 Appendix no. 8 of the University Statutes, and as the case may be a Dean’s Measure issued within the scope allowed by the regulations stated.  




  4. The rules for the administration of university property in the management of the Faculty are governed by the rules for the administration of university property and dean’s measures issued within the scope allowed by these rules.  




  5. A prior statement of the view of the Senate is required before the making of contracts on the lease of non-residential faculty premises or real property used by the Faculty, or for steps by which the University intends to transfer this property or its use to another component of the University.



Article 36 : The Budget and Provisional Budgetary Arrangements


  1. The budget of the Faculty is drawn up as a balanced budget.




  2. Before being approved by the senate the budget is discussed in the economic committee of the Senate and contains specifically:






    1. The distribution of non-investment funds to institutes and other components,




    2. The distribution of salary funds,




    3. The principles of investment policy,




    4. The general principles of the economic management of the Faculty in the given year.





  3. In the course of approval of the budget submitted by the Dean, the Senate may first approve:






    1. Priorities for the distribution of Faculty funds in accordance with a proposal from the dean,  




    2. Rules for the distribution of Faculty funds in accordance with a proposal from the dean,  




    3. Indices important from the point of view of the creation and use of selected items of the budget.




  4. The approved budget is published by the Dean by a Dean’s Measure.




  5. For provisional budget arrangements the provisions of Article 48 Para 5 of the University Statutes similarly apply.  



Article 37 : Audit of Economic Management


  1. At the Faculty audit of  economic management is carried out by:






    1. The Rector or persons entrusted with the task by the Rector on the basis of the decision of the Rector or a resolution of the Academic senate of the university,




    2. The Senate, with details stipulated by the Electoral and Procedural Regulations of the Senate,




    3. The Dean or persons entrusted with the task by the Dean on the basis of a directive of the Dean on the audit of economic management.  




  2. The relevant workplaces of the faculty must provide all documents necessary for audit at any time, and individual employees are obliged to provide true and full information and to submit a written comment on audit findings.  




Part VII : Academic Ceremonies and Honours

Article 38 : Matriculation, Degree Ceremonies and Promises


  1. The Matriculation Promise is worded as follows: "I promise that I shall properly exercise the rights and fulfil the obligations of a member of the academic community of Charles University.  I promise that I shall hold in honour the great humanist and democratic tradition of Charles University, take care to uphold its good name and shall so study that my activity will bring benefit of all kinds."




  2. The degree award ceremony (ceremonial promise and presentation of Bachelor’s, Master’s or Doctoral Diploma) take place in the presence of the Rector or a Vice-Rector and the Dean or a Vice-Dean. The formulae to be used by the degree sponsor and the wording of the Bachelor, Master’s and Doctoral promises are contained in Appendix no. 2 to these statutes.  




Part VIII : Common Provisions

Article 39 : Rubber Stamps of the Faculty


  1. The faculty uses an official round rubber stamp showing the state emblem of the Czech Republic and the text “Charles University in Prague Faculty of Social Sciences” in cases where this is stipulated by legal regulations.  




  2. The rules for the use of the other rubber stamps are governed by a Dean’s Measure issued in the framework of a rector’s measure in accordance with Article 64 Para 2 of the University Statutes.




Article 40 : Official Notice-Board


  1. The Official Faculty Notice-Board has two parts.




  2. Official Notice-Board I is located in the building on Smetanovo nábřeží 6, Prague 1, on the ground floor: it is used for displaying notifications relating to admissions, studies and students, specifically:






    1. Conditions of admission for studies, i.e. deadlines for submission of applications for studies and their appurtenances, the dates and form of admissions examinations, their content, criteria of evaluation, and where appropriate the maximum number of students admitted for studies in individual degree programmes (subjects) and conditions for the conduct of supplementary admissions procedures;




    2. Information on the schedule of the academic year, stipulating the length of the academic year, semesters and deadlines for enrolment in them, periods of teaching and examinations, and vacations;




    3. Information on the dates and place of state examinations or their parts;




    4. Information on the date and place of the next session of the Academic Senate of the Faculty;




    5. Information on the way annual reports are published, i.e. where they can be found, and information on where the long-term plan of the faculty can be found and viewed;




    6. Information on the level of charges associated with studies and fees payable by students for certain procedures;




    7. Information on conditions for the selection of students for exchanges on the basis of co-operative agreements;




    8. Notifications of the lodging of decisions for personal delivery to students by replacement procedure;




    9. Reminders to students who have not enrolled in the appropriate section of studies within the time stated, with a replacement deadline for enrolment.




  3. Official Notice-Board II is located in the building on Smetanovo nábřeží 6, Prague 1, on the 2nd Floor; it is used for notifications relating to academic staff and employees of the faculty, and namely:






    1. Information on the opening of habilitation proceedings and proceedings for the appointment of professors and dates of related public meetings of the research board and information on the completion of these proceedings;




    2. Information on vacant appointments, to be shown at least 30 days before the deadline for the submission of applications;




    3. Information on the way in which annual reports are published, and where they can be viewed, and information on whether the Long-Term Plan of the Faculty can be viewed.  




  4. Both parts of the official notice-board are used to display the minutes of meetings of the Senate and Research Board, and other information if so stipulated by the dean or the internal regulations of the University or Faculty.  




  5. The texts displayed on the faculty notice-board are available on the Internet and displayed on a suitable scale in faculty workplaces elsewhere. In cases of discrepancy the content of the Official Faculty Notice-Board is decisive.



Article 41: Interpretative Rule

The provisions of these statutes are to be interpreted in the spirit of the principles set out in the preamble. In cases of doubt these provisions are to be interpreted by the Senate.


Part IX : Common and Final Provisions

Article 42: Provisions of Dissolution

The Statutes of the Faculty of the 29th of March 1990 in the wording of changes and additions are dissolved.


Article 43: Approval and Validity


  1. These statutes were approved by the Academic Senate on the 24th of May 1999 and come into force on the date. of approval by the Academic Senate of Charles University in Prague.1




  2. These statutes come into force on the first day of the calendar month following the date they came into force.






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Dean



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§ 9 Para 1 Letter b) of Law on Universities. The Academic Senate of Charles University approved these regulations on the……