Welfare

Welfare

 

WELFARE

Accommodation – Accommodation will only be given to staff on approval by application by interested member of staff. The general policy is that all academic and senior non-teaching staff of the University that apply shall be provided with residential accommodation in accordance with the provisions of this article, provided always that where there are not sufficient housing units, the affected staff shall be paid the normal housing allowance as contained in the University Salary Package.

Rent - All staff accommodated in Staff Quarters shall pay rents on the quarters at the ratable value of the house occupied as may be determined, from time to time.

Vacation/Annual Leave
The University recognizes the following categories of leaves for all of its staff:
i. Members of the academic staff are free to take their leave during the long vacation or at any other time during the year, as may be convenient for their HOD.

ii. The duration of the Annual Leave of staff of the University is as follows:
• Officers on CUSS 14 40 Calendar days
• Officers on CUSS 13 30 “ “
• Officers on CUSS 6-12 30 “ “
• Officers on CUSS 1-5 21 “ “

iii. Deans of Colleges and Heads of Departments/Units may, where necessary be allowed, for the duration of their term, to take their annual leave at the convenience of their faculties or departments during the year;

iv. Short term postponements of not more than four years of leave for good reasons may be approved for staff on the recommendation of the Head of Department/Dean of the College to the Vice-Chancellor.

Deferment of Leave
Leave or any part thereof shall not be carried forward from one calendar year to the next, otherwise, it shall be forfeited. In exceptional circumstances and when exigencies of service demand that a staff cannot proceed on annual leave during the leave year, an application for short-term postponement of the leave may be considered by the Registrar.

Temporary Staff
Leave for temporary staff shall be defined in their agreements and shall not normally exceed fifteen days in any calendar year.

Other Leave
All Principal Officers, Deans of Colleges and Directors of Institutes shall the Vice-Chancellor’s approval through the office of the Registrar, in writing, whenever they have good reasons to be absent from the University for periods not exceeding there days. Separate approval will be similarly obtained by a Principal Officer when he may have to be absent for more than three days for purposes of fulfilling an academic engagement like Seminar, Conference etc.

However, upon the authority of the Vice-Chancellor through the office of the Dean, an Academic staff may be granted permission to be away from the University on good grounds for a period not exceeding one week.

Maternity Leave
All female officers who are pregnant are entitled to 12 weeks maternity leave with half of her gross pay when the officer has served for at least three years and has not benefited from the maternity leave in the past three years. Otherwise she goes on 50% gross pay. The annual leave for that year will, however be regarded as part of the maternity leave. Where this annual leave has already been enjoyed before the grant of maternity leave, that part of the maternity leave equivalent to the annual leave will be without pay.

Sick Leave
1. A member of staff not being on leave of absence who is absent from duty on the ground of ill-health will, provided such absence is covered by proper authority be regarded as absent on sick leave.

2. A member of staff on vacation leave, who is prevented from resuming duty at the expiration of his authorized leave by reason of ill-health duly certified by the University’s Director of Medical Services, may be granted an extension of leave.

3. The maximum aggregate sick leave which can be allowed a member of staff, who is not hospitalized during any period of twelve months shall be two weeks. Where such a member of staff has been absent from duty on the ground of ill-health for an aggregate period in excess of two weeks within 12 calendar months, he should be made to appear before a Medical Board set up by the University with a view to ascertaining whether he should be invalided from the University services. Any period of absence on the ground of ill-health in excess ofr the prescribed aggregate period will be without pay and will not be reckoned for purpose of increment or pension.

4. A member of staff who is incapacitated as a result of injury sustained in the course of his official duties shall be entitled to draw full salary until he is declared fit to return to duty or permanently invalided.

5. A member of staff who is recommended buy a Medical Board to be permanently invalided will forthwith commence vacation leave if any, prior to retirement or determination of appointment.

6. Paid sick leave for a period up to three months in the first instance may be allowed on the certificate of the Director of the University Health Services or a Government Medical Officer to a member of staff who is hospitalized. If at the end of that period he is still hospitalized, the Registrar shall request the Director of the University Health Services to make an arrangement for him to be examined by a Medical Board with a view to its being ascertained whether he should be invalided from the University service or allowed further paid sick leave. Any such action shall be reported to the Council.

7. As a safeguard, the Director of the University Health Services or his Representative is empowered to endorse a sick certificate issued by a Medical Officer in respect of a member of staff.

Leave of Absence – Academic Staff
An application for leave of absence shall not normally be granted in order to enable the applicant take up an academic appointment elsewhere. Leave of absence may, however, be granted for one year in the first instance to members of academic staff invited to develop new programmes in Nigerian Universities and other Universities around the globe.

However, a member of staff may be granted leave of absence up to one academic year only. Such a member of staff taking a full year’s leave of absence shall not be entitled to increment in respect of the year concerned.

Note:
i. All Principal staff shall not normally be granted leave of absence
ii. A member of staff who takes advantage of these rules shall be deemed to have surrendered his contractual right to annual or overseas leave and shall consequently have no contractual right to the benefits conferred by these regulations, for instance, study leave, superannuation/pension etc.

Study Leave/Sabbatical Leave
1. Members of staff whose appointment had been confirmed and who are engaged in teaching or research may, apply for study leave, leave of absence after six semesters of service. Applications for sabbatical leaves are normally considered after twelve completed semesters of service.

2. Application for study leave or sabbatical leave shall be sent through the HOD and the Dean of the College to the Senate. The application must be accompanied by a statement outlining the academic and research programme and specifying the place of study.

3. Study leave or sabbatical leave will not necessarily be granted to every applicant who has completed six or twelve semesters of service, as the case may be. Before any application can be considered, evidence shall be afforded the University Management Council that the applicant can be spared from his duties and that no additional expense will be incurred by the University if leave is granted.

4. For the purpose of these regulations, study leave with salary is defined as a period of not more than one semester, while sabbatical leave with salary is defined as a period of not more than two semesters. These leaves shall always be for research, training and other recognized academic purposes.

5. For the purpose of these regulations, “a term of service” means any of the period into which the academic year is divided and in which an applicant for study leave has fulfilled the duties of his office, including residence required, provided that if an applicant has been on leave on account of illness or other sufficient cause for part of the period, the University Management Council shall, in its discretion, decide whether or not that period shall be reckoned as a term of service.

6. Not more than one period of study leave may be granted in respect of previous service, notwithstanding that the service may exceed six semesters after the first appointment or after a period of study leave has been taken. Service for the purpose of study leave shall be reckoned wither from the date of appointment in the case of a first application for study leave or from the date of resumption of duty after the last study leave or in-service training of at least one semester, in the case of any subsequent application.

7. Notwithstanding regulation (6), study leave for, at most, one year may be granted to a member of staff in respect of continuous service of at least twelve semesters during which no study leave has been taken or study leave of at most two semesters for twelve semesters of a condition service, provided that in either case the Dean concerns so recommends.

8. In exceptional cases, when study leave for more than one semester is required or is required after less tan six semesters of service or involves the University in additional expenditure, either directly or indirectly, it may be considered by the University Management Council, and each such case shall be decided on its merits, but where financial aid from the University is necessary the decision to grant leave shall require the further approval of the Regent.

9. Accumulation of study leave will not be allowed. Nevertheless, postponement of study leave or sabbatical leave may be allowed if the University Management Council is satisfied that, for good reason the member of staff has not been able to take leave.

10. A Head of Department wishing to take study leave should apply to the Vice-Chancellor and copy his application to the Dean of his College outlining clearly any arrangements he intends to make for the proper running of the department while he is away. The Vice-Chancellor would then forward such an application to the Council for consideration after satisfying himself of these arrangements.

11. A member of staff shall forfeit his leave allowance at the end of the academic year, during which he has taken the leave.