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Student Welfare

OFFICE OF THE DEAN OF STUDENTS

While the University is basically about academic excellence, there are other dimensions of University life that are aimed at the integral growth of our students. This is where the Office of the Dean of Students fits in within the larger dynamics of University life. The office of the Dean of students provides the necessary support systems for the general students’ welfare. We thank the University administration and all those whose support enables us to serve our students.

VISION

To be a dynamic and inclusive University Division for learning, creativity, performing arts, recreation and related support services for students.

MISSION

To produce wholesome individuals for the society through provision of a conducive environment that nurtures learning, positive attitude, creativity and personal growth; and development of the non- academic pursuits.

CORE VALUES

Integrity

Discipline

Creativity

Efficiency

Teamwork

Peaceful co-existence

OBJECTIVES

The objectives of the office of the Dean of Students are:

  • Ensure and work for students’ rights to representation at organs of the University as determined by the University statutes.
  • Contribute towards a healthy Academic and Social life among students.
  • Provide forums where students can show case their talents.
  • Promote creativity and performing arts among the student community.
  • Foster the spirit of unity and understanding among students; between students and the University administration, members of the University staff and the general public.
  • Promote recreation and sporting activities.
  • Work with other national and/or international organizations with similar interests.

SUPPORT SYSTEMS

The University has the following student welfare structures in existence to support its academic objectives:

Security

There is a chief security officer who coordinates the security team and collaborates with the relevant local authorities. Security has greatly improved with the nabbing of a number of culprits. The security officer also helps to handle police cases involving students who are in session.

Chaplaincy

Spiritual guidance is provided by three chaplains. Our chaplaincy is staffed by religious leaders (one protestant, one catholic and one Muslim) and offers general support and guidance while also drawing attention to the spiritual value within the various faiths. The services of the chaplaincy are open to the entire university community. Some of these services and activities include: guidance, conducting religious ceremonies, hosting seminars and work shops and coordinating religious activities at the university. The chaplains also teach, conduct and coordinate religious activities for students through the Young Catholics Association (YCS), Christian Union (CU), the Muslim Students Association of Mt. Kenya University and the Seventh Day Adventists (SDA).

Health care services

There is a dispensary that operates on a 24 hour basis, to manage the health needs of the students. A clinical officer has been engaged to supplement the services offered by the 2 full time nurses. Cases that need further medical attention are catered for by the Thika District Hospital, which serves as the referral hospital for Mt. Kenya University. student bereavement guideline In pursuance of the strategic objective on student welfare, there is a guideline that provides a framework for decision making in incidences of student bereavement. This is in addition to the existing similar guidelines on staff bereavement.

Entertainment

Appropriate entertainment is organized for the students from time to time through the Student’s Governing Council.

Student Academic Advisory Services

The MKU career book supplements the advice provided through Departmental Academic Advisors.

Student Guidance and Counseling

To enable students to make daily life adjustments and/or cope with major emotional difficulties, the office of the Dean of Students maintains a counselling service.
There is a designated counseling room with a full time counselor for day-to- day student counseling matters. All counselling is confidential and may be done on an individual or group basis. Students who want to build their strengths or are experiencing difficulties or worries about inter-school transfers, career issues, financial needs, academic issues, physical health concerns (including HIV/AIDS), spiritual matters, family and relationship matters, stress, violence, disability, addictions ( drugs/alcohol), sexual concerns, depression, trauma, personality issues etc are encouraged to seek the necessary assistance through this office.

Out sourced Accommodation Services

The university has limited on-campus accommodation facilities. Therefore admission into the on-campus facilities is not guaranteed. However, in pursuance of the provision of support services to students, the university coordinates the external student accommodation services. They are coordinated through the office of the Dean of Students. Students are advised to use university recommended off-campus hostel facilities.

Student Governance

Various student bodies represent student interests:

Mt Kenya University Students’ Association (MKUSA) council

School Representatives

Departmental Representatives

Class Representatives

Representatives of Clubs and Associations

NB. MKUSA council members are elected democratically and taken for a

leadership induction seminar.

Student mail services

The students receive their mail freely through the university postal address. Structures are in place to notify the recipients of the presence of their mail.

Students’ character molding and Responsibility building

This is done through the set University rules and Regulations which govern the students’ conduct and breeds responsibility. This is supplemented by an elaborate orientation program.

For more information, contact: 
DEAN OF STUDENTS