The Senate is the highest academic decision-making body of the University. It is responsible for the excellence, development and compliance with internationally recognised quality standards of the University's education, research and creative activities. The Senate regulates the academic, creative and scientific activities of the University. The Senate protects and ensures the academic freedom of academic staff and students within the framework of the autonomy of the University.
The new RSU Senate was elected at the Constituent Assembly on 23 September 2021. Its first working session took place on 12 October 2021.
Members of the Senate
RSU Convent of Councillors is an advisory institution whose principal task is to advise the RSU Senate and the rector on matters pertaining to the university’s development strategy. The members of the Convent of Councillors are elected for the term of three years in an open vote by the RSU Senate. Considering the traditions of the university, the status of a councillor is regarded an expression of honour towards the elected members. The meetings of the Convent are chaired by the Convent’s chairperson appointed by the Senate.
Tasks of the Convent of Councillors
- To advise the Senate and the rector on matters pertaining to the university’s affairs which fall within the area of authority of the members of the Convent;
- To provide an opinion on the university’s strategy, internal draft regulations and other draft documents;
- At the initiative of the Convent or according to the recommendations of the Senate or the rector, to develop the university’s strategy, internal regulations or other draft documents.
The Convent of Councillors may initiate the discussion on some specific matter at the Senate or the Constitutional Assembly, likewise to request and receive from the university’s officials and structural units any documents or information required for the work of the Convent.
The Convent of Councilllors meets on proposal by the Chairman or by no less than one third of Council members. Minutes are kept of all Convent meetings and decisions are made via open ballot.
Convent of Councillors members
The Rīga Stradiņš University (RSU) Academic Arbitration Court is a collegial institution that reviews petitions by university personnel contesting administrative acts or actual actions issued by the university. The court considers issues specified in the Law on Higher Education Institutions and the University Constitution, as well as performs other functions in accordance with applicable laws and regulations.
The Academic Arbitration Court examines the applications collectively in a group made up of three arbitrators. The submitter of the petition must indicate the parties involved in the dispute, the decision that is being contested or the factual statements of the case, the claim and the facts (documents, digital records, etc.) that substantiate the claim.
The Academic Arbitration Court’s decisions are binding for Rīga Stradiņš University, its staff and institutions.
Decisions can be subject to appeal in accordance with the procedures established by the Administrative Procedure Law.