Chapter I - Bodies and Structures
Article 8 - University Bodies
- The University operates as a complex and integrated system in all its members, and reflects the distinction between coordination, control and management activities.
- Coordination activities are assigned to the following governing Bodies:
- the Academic Senate;
- the Board of Governors;
- the Rector.
- The University Governing Bodies are assisted by assessment bodies, which are:
- the Evaluation Board for scientific, educational and administrative activities;
- the Audit Committee for financial, accounting and asset management.
- Consultative and supervisory bodies are the Student Assembly, the Doctoral Board, Student Advocate and the Equal Opportunities, Employee Well-being and Inclusion Committee.
- The General Director is entrusted with management, assisted by managers, who answer for their results, as well as by other heads of University structures.
Article 9– University Structures
- The following are University structures:
- Interdepartmental Schools;
- Interdepartmental Research Centre;
- Central Services;
- University Schools;
- Specialisation Schools;
- Ca' Foscari International College;
- Inter-university research centres;
- The University uses the Ca’ Foscari’s Foundation accomplish an instrumental activity supporting its research and educational activities, with a particular focus on initiatives with an interdisciplinary and/or international scope.
- The University collaborates with other universities, promoting shared initiatives in the fields of research and education aimed at attaining excellent results in individual areas of activity through the establishment of Course Programmes, Professional Master’s or Inter-university Doctorates and through the promotion of, or membership in, Inter-university centres or other federating structures.
- The University’s administrative structures are organised in such a way as to ensure economy, expediency and compliance with the public interest of administrative actions, as well as the identification of skills and related responsibilities.
Chapter II - Governing Bodies
Section I – Rector
Article 10 - Rector’s Duties
- The Rector represents the University and is responsible for the achievement of its purposes according to criteria of quality and in compliance with the principles of effectiveness, efficiency, transparency and merit-based promotion. The Rector is a governing body of the University, ensuring the unity of the guidelines expressed by the Academic Senate and the Board of Governors, and promoting and coordinating their implementation.
- In particular, the Rector:
- is the University’s legal representative;
- convenes and chairs the Academic Senate and the Board of Governors, and ensures the execution of their deliberations;
- appoints the members of the Board of Governors in accordance with the procedure established in Article 16, paragraph 2;
- appoints the members of the Audit Committee in accordance with the procedure established in Article 18, paragraph 2;
- proposes to the Board of Governors the person to be assigned the post of General Director, having heard the opinion of the Academic Senate
- makes appointments to institutional offices;
- proposes the University’s three-year strategic programming document to the Board of Governors, considering the proposals and the opinion of the Academic Senate and the Evaluation Board;
- submits the budget and the final accounts to the Board of Governors for approval;
- guarantees the right of students to an appropriate education and transparency of administrative acts;
- signs conventions and agreements in educational, scientific and cultural matters
- issues the Charter and Regulations, as well as their modifications;
- concludes contracts for teaching activities;
- supervises the proper performance of research and teaching, providing guidance, initiative and coordination, and oversees the efficiency and correctness of administrative action, guaranteeing transparency and merit-based promotion;
- initiates disciplinary proceedings against teachers, transmitting documents to the Disciplinary Board and making a motivated proposal. Initiates measures in the event of a violation of the Ethical Code and proposes the penalty to the Academic Senate where the matter does not fall within the competence of the Disciplinary Board. Imposes disciplinary measures for any act that might give rise to a penalty not exceeding censure;
- uses the findings of the Evaluation Board in his/her guidance and control action;
- performs any other duty entrusted to him/her by the University General Regulations, the Charter and the University Regulations, or not expressly attributed to other bodies by the Charter;
- convenes a University meeting at least once each year to which the University development plan is submitted.
- In the event of necessity and urgency, the Rector may adopt measures assigned to the Academic Senate and the Board of Governors submitting them for ratification at the next meeting.
- At the beginning of the academic year, the Rector may reduce or exempt educational commitments, notifying the Academic Senate.
Article 11 - Election of the Rector
- The Rector is elected from among full professors in service at Italian universities having opted or who opt for full time. The Rector serves for a term of six years and may not be re-elected.
- The following have voting rights:
- all non-tenured, full and associate professors, and researchers, even with a fixed-term contract;
- at the members of the Student Assembly;
- technical administrative staff, contract staff and linguistic experts, with weighted vote equal to 25% of that of the voters referred to in letter a).
- In the first round of voting, the Rector is elected by an absolute majority of eligible voters. In the second and third rounds, by an absolute majority of voters. In the event the Rector is not elected, a run-off is held between the two candidates having the highest number of votes in the third round of voting. In the event of a tie, successive rounds of voting are held.
- The Rector is proclaimed elected by the Dean of the University and is appointed by the Minister of Education, University and Research. The Rector is remunerated for the performance of his/her duties as determined by the Board of Governors.
- In the event of absence or impediment of the Dean, the election is called by the next professor in order of seniority, who also declares the Rector elected.
- The Rector enters office on 1 October of the year in which he/she is elected. In the event of early termination of the previous Rector’s duties, the elected Rector takes office at the time of the proclamation and remains in office for the next six years.
Article 12 - Vice-Provost and Rector’s Delegates
- The Rector appoints a Vice-Rector from among full-time tenured professors of the University. In the event of absence or impediment of the Rector, these professors adopt measures of ordinary administration.
- The Vice-Rector also exercises the functions delegated by the Rector and participates, without a voting right, in the meetings of the Board of Governors and of the Academic Senate.
- The duties of Vice-Rector are incompatible with any other institutional duties of the University and of its operating entities.
- In the exercise of his/her duties, the Rector may rely on the Vice-Provosts and Rector’s Delegates chosen by him/her from among the University’s professors and appointed by his/her own decree defining their tasks and areas of jurisdiction. Vice-Provosts and Rector’s Delegates report directly to the Rector. At the proposal of the Rector, the Vice-Provosts and Rector’s Delegates may belong to investigating committees of the University bodies on topics related to their areas of competence and may be invited to Academic Senate and Board of Governors meetings. The Vice-Provosts may have signing authority for legal instruments relating to their respective areas of competence.
- The Vice-Provosts, including the Vice-Rector, may request the Rector for a reduction in their teaching commitment, informing their Department Director.
Section II - Academic Senate
Article 13 - Duties of the Academic Senate
- The Academic Senate is a governing body of the University. It helps to develop the University’s strategies; after consulting the Board of Governors, it approves the Charter and the University General Regulations; it approves the regulations within its competence under Article 47; and it performs programming, coordination and control duties for the University activities in the area of research and teaching.
- In particular, the Academic Senate:
- makes proposals and expresses a compulsory opinion on University multi-year development plans, including the three-year strategic programming document that the Rector submits to the Board of Governors, indicating priorities in the allocation of resources and the criteria for their allocation, in relation to the research and teaching objectives;
- expresses a compulsory opinion on the University’s budget and final accounts;
- makes proposals and issues compulsory opinions on teaching, research and student services;
- approves the Code of Ethics after consulting the Board of Governors;
- expresses a compulsory opinion on the regulations within the competence of the Board of Governors in the cases foreseen by Article 47;
- expresses a compulsory opinion on the general criteria for the determination of student tuition and fees and on any other measures intended to guarantee the right to an education;
- expresses a compulsory opinion on the establishment, activation, modification and deactivation of Programmes, Seats, Departments, Schools and other educational and research structures, including inter-university structures, approved by the Board of Governors;
- expresses an opinion to the Board of Governors on requests for teaching posts approved by the Department Boards, as well as the allocation of resources for the training of University technical administrative staff;
- coordinates and serves as a link between the Departments, Schools and other University structures, and settles any disputes;
- appoints the Chairman of the Audit Committee and the members of the Disciplinary Committee, based on a proposal of the Rector;
- determines the Bodies and structures whose members may be remunerated for the performance of their duties, and emoluments of the members of the Board of Governors;
- expresses opinions on the University’s building programs, in view of Board of Governors deliberations;
- applies penalties in the event of a violation of the Code of Ethics, based on a proposal by the Rector and whenever the matter does not fall within the competence of the Disciplinary Board;
- expresses opinions on all other subjects submitted to it by the Rector.
- With a majority of at least two-thirds of its members, the Academic Senate may propose a censure motion to the electoral body against the Rector, not before two years have passed since the beginning of his/her term of office. Voters are determined in accordance with Article 11, paragraph 2, of the Charter. The censure motion against the Rector is approved by the electoral body with the favourable vote of the absolute majority of eligible voters.
Article 14 - Composition of the Academic Senate
- The following persons belong to the Academic Senate:
- the Rector;
- twelve full professors, elected by the professors of the University in a manner respecting the various scientific-disciplinary sectors present in the University, of which at least four are Department Directors. If the term of office of one of the Department Directors ends before the expiry of the Senate, he/she is replaced by the first of the Department Directors who was not elected;
- three representatives of technical administrative staff, contract staff and linguistic experts who are elected by all technical administrative staff, contract staff and linguistic experts;
- three student representatives elected by the students enrolled in a Bachelor's Degree, Master's Degree and PhD programme at the University.
- Electoral rules governing the election of the Academic Senate are established in the University General Regulations.
- The Vice-Rector, General Director and the Evaluation Board Coordinator attend Academic Senate meetings without the right to vote.
- The Academic Senate is chaired by the Rector. The duties of the secretary are performed by the General Director or by the person appointed by him/her.
- The Academic Senate is called by the Rector whenever he/she deems it appropriate or following a duly motivated request from at least one-third of members. The Academic Senate is convened at least once every three months.
- The Academic Senate sits for three academic years, with the exception of the student representatives whose term of office is two academic years. All members may be immediately re-elected only once.
Section III - Board of Governors
Article 15 - Duties of the Board of Governors
- The Board of Governors is a governing body of the University. It performs the duties of strategic policy and oversight of the University’s administrative, financial and asset activities.
- The Board of Governors expresses its compulsory opinion on the University Charter and on the University General Regulations, on the Ethical Code and any amendments thereto, and expresses its opinion on the Regulations referred to in Article 47 in the terms provided therein.
- The Board of Governors approves:
- the annual and three-year budgets and the final accounts, on a proposal by the Rector and after consulting the Academic Senate for the parts within its competence, and changes to the budget. The budget and the final accounts are submitted to the Ministry of Education, University and Research and to the Ministry of Economy and Finance;
- the Regulations within its competence within the meaning of Article 47 and the related changes;
- the University’s building programs after consulting the Academic Senate;
- measures relating to student tuition and fees after consulting the Academic Senate and the Student Assembly;
- annual and three-year financial planning;
- annual and three-year staff planning after consulting the Academic Senate;
- proposed calls of teachers;
- University conventions after consulting the Academic Senate for subjects of interest to it;
- financial coverage of initiatives and activities approved by the Academic Senate. If not approved, the topic is submitted for review to the Academic Senate;
- activation, modification and deactivation of Programmes, Seats, Departments, Schools and other educational structures, research, including inter-university research, after having obtained the compulsory opinion of the Academic Senate;
- activation, modification and deactivation of structures and service centres, including inter-university;
- projects and means of activating partnerships and mergers provided for by Article 3 of Law 240/2010, after consulting the Academic Senate;
- all acts falling within the powers conferred upon it by the law, this Charter and the University regulations.
- The Board of Governors discusses matters of disciplinary penalties on teachers in the absence of student representatives, as provided for by Article 19.
- The Board of Governors approves multi-year University development plans, including the three-year strategic programming document, after hearing the proposals and the compulsory opinion of the Academic Senate in the order of priority for the destination and allocation of resources in relation to research and teaching objectives.
- The Board of Governors also:
- appoints the General Director and decides on his/her removal and termination;
- appoints the members of the Evaluation Board;
- approves all agreements and contracts involving expenses or revenue for the University exceeding a threshold determined by the Board of Governors;
- determines the amount of remuneration for the Rector and for the subjects referred to in paragraph 2 m) of Article 13.
- The Board of Governors is chaired by the Rector. The duties of the secretary are performed by the General Director or by the person appointed by him/her.
Article 16 - Composition of the Board of Governors
- The Board of Governors is composed of:
- the Rector;
- four external members;
- a representative of teachers, including from outside the University;
- a representative of the technical administrative staff, contract staff and linguistic experts, including from outside the University;
- two representatives elected by the students enrolled in a Bachelor's Degree, Master's Degree and PhD programme at the University.
The Vice-Rector and the General Director participate in meetings without the right to vote.
- The members of the Board of Governors are appointed by a decree of the Rector. Applications for the members referred to in paragraph 1 b), c) and d) are collected by public tender procedures. They are screened for compliance with the requirements established in paragraph 4 below by a selection committee composed of a Chair, three internal experts and three experts from outside the university representing the economic, social and cultural worlds. The Selection Committee is appointed by the Rector after consulting the Academic Senate on the internal and external experts. The members referred to in the previous paragraph 1 b) are appointed by the Selection Committee. The members referred to in the previous paragraph 1 c) and d) are selected by the Academic Senate from among candidates considered suitable by the Selection Committee.
- The external members of the Board of Governors may not have held a position with the University for at least three years prior to their appointment and may not hold a University position for the duration of their assignment. They may also not be students of Ca’ Foscari University of Venice.
- All members, with the exception of the student representatives must be chosen from:
- persons having acquired their experience through the exercise of administrative, direction or supervision tasks at public or private companies or institutions, or having held executive positions in public or private administrations, and who are also representative of local economic, institutional, cultural and production organisations;
- persons of high international scientific renown.
Members of the Board of Governors are selected in respect of the constitutional principle of equal opportunities between men and women in access to public offices.
- The term of office of the Board of Governors is three academic years, with the exception of the student representatives whose term of office lasts two years. Its members may be immediately re-elected only once.
- An ordinary meeting of the Board of Governors must be called by the Rector at least once every three months. It may be convened at any time by the Rector, or when requested by at least one-third of members.
Chapter III - Supervisory, advisory and guarantee bodies
Section I - Supervisory bodies
Article 17 - Evaluation Board
- The Evaluation Board is responsible for verifying the quality and effectiveness of the educational offering, including on the basis of indicators identified by the Joint Teaching Affairs Committees. It also verifies the research activities performed by the departments and the appropriateness of the scientific or professional curriculum of the those granted the teaching contracts referred to in Article 23 paragraph 1 of Law 240 of 30 December 2010. The Unit is also assigned the duties related to the activity of the ANVUR provided by Article 14 of Legislative Decree 150 of 27 October 2009, on procedures for the evaluation of staff and structures in order to promote merit and improve organisational and individual performance in universities, in full autonomy and with their own organisational arrangements.
- The Evaluation Board performs all duties assigned to it by law, by this Charter and by University Regulations, operating in accordance with the provisions contained therein.
- The University Evaluation Board is appointed by the Board of Governors and by a decree of the Rector. It is composed of five members, including a student representative. Its members, with the exception of the student representative, must have high professional qualifications and include at least two experts in the area of evaluation. The members must be primarily from outside the University and be selected considering the different scientific and disciplinary areas present in the University. Their curriculum vitae is published on the University website. The Evaluation Board’s term is three years, except as provided for in Article 43, and its members may be immediately renewed only once. The Evaluation Board Coordinator appointed by the Rector with a unit appointment decree.
- The University guarantees operative autonomy to the Evaluation Board, the right of access to necessary data and information as well as the publication and diffusion of the documents, in the respect of the confidentiality protection law.
Article 18 - Audit Committee
- Oversight of administrative-accounting, financial and asset management is entrusted to an Audit Committee. The Audit Committee examines the University’s accounts and records, reporting to the Board of Governors. It also verifies the proper keeping of the books and accounting records.
- The Committee is composed of:
- one statutory member who serves as President, appointed by the Academic Senate on a proposal of the Rector, from among the administrative and accounting magistrates and lawyers of the State;
- one statutory member and one alternate member appointed by the Ministry of Economy and Finance;
- one statutory member and one alternate chosen by the Ministry of Education, University and Research;
At least two members of the Committee must be Statutory Auditors.
- The members of the Audit Committee are appointed with a Rector's decree, hold office for three years and may be renewed only once. Committee members may not be employees of the University.
Article 19 - The Disciplinary Board
- Disciplinary power over teachers is entrusted to a Disciplinary Board composed of a full professor, a permanent associate professor and a permanent researcher, all full time, as well as two alternate full professors, appointed by the Academic Senate for three academic years, immediately renewable only once.
- The Disciplinary Board operates according to the principle of peer review, in observance of the adversarial principle. The permanent associate professor and researcher are replaced by the alternates whenever the person subject to disciplinary proceedings is a full professor. If the disciplinary proceedings involve an associate professor, the researcher is replaced by one of the alternates.
- If the disciplinary procedure may result in a penalty greater than censure or at the Rector’s request, the Disciplinary Board conducts an investigation phase launched by the Rector according to Article 10, paragraph 2 p), having heard the Rector or his/her delegate and the teacher subject to disciplinary action, who may be assisted by counsel. The Disciplinary Board issues a final opinion within 30 days from the start of the process, submitting it to the Board of Governors.
- The Board of Governors imposes the penalty in the absence of student representatives, or archives the proceedings within 30 days of receipt of the Disciplinary Board’s opinion, in accordance with the binding opinion.
- The process expires if the decision referred to in the preceding paragraph is not made within 180 days from the date of the transmission of documents to the Board of Governors.
Section II - Advisory and guarantee bodies
Article 20 - Student Assembly
- The Student Assembly is a collegiate body representing the students enrolled in Bachelor's and Master's Degree programmes. It has an advisory role and is a consultative body of the Academic Senate and the Board of Governors.
- The Student Assembly is composed of the student representatives in the Academic Senate, the Board of Governors, Department Boards and the Interdepartmental School Board Committees.
- The Student Assembly:
- appoints the Student Advocate;
- appoints the student representative of the Evaluation Board;
- appoints the student representatives in the University Sport Committee;
- adopts its own rules of procedure in accordance with the University regulations
- expresses an opinion on:
- the University General Regulation, the Ethical Code and the Sustainability Commitments Charter, for the parts falling under its competence;
- the Regulations of educational activities managed by students and the University Educational Regulations;
- establishment of tuition and fees paid by students;
- interventions implementing the right to an education;
- the means of collaboration of students for service activities.
- The Student Assembly drafts proposals on all matters of interest to students. In particular, it makes proposals on the matters referred to in paragraph 3 e) of this article. It performs any other duties assigned to it by the University regulations, this Charter and the Regulations.
- The Student Assembly elects the Assembly President from among its representatives in the Academic Senate and the Board of Governors, for a term of two academic years.
- The Assembly’s operations and procedures to be used for the election of its members are established by the University General Regulations.
- Assembly members are guaranteed access to the data necessary for the performance of their institutional tasks in compliance with the legislation in force.
Article 21 - The Doctoral Board
- The Doctoral Board is a collegiate body representing doctoral students. It has an advisory role and is a consultative body of the Academic Senate and the Board of Governors.
- The Doctoral Board is composed of elected doctoral student representatives in the Academic Senate, Board of Governors, Departmental Board, Doctoral School Boards and Doctoral Teachings’ Committee.
- The Doctoral Board:
- adopts its own rules of procedure in accordance with the University regulations;
- expresses an opinion on:
- the University General Regulation, the Ethical Code and the Sustainability Commitments Charter, for the parts falling under its competence;
- proposals modifying the organisational structure of the Doctoral Schools and PhDs.
- The Doctoral Board drafts proposals on all matters of interest to doctoral students. In particular, it makes proposals on the matters referred to in paragraph 3 b) of this article. It performs any other duties assigned to it by the university regulations, by this Charter and by the Regulations.
- The Doctoral Board elects a President from among its members, with a term of two academic years.
- The Board’s operations and procedures to be used for the election of its members are established by the University General Regulations.
- Board members are guaranteed access to the data necessary for the performance of their institutional tasks in compliance with the legislation in force.
Article 22 - Student Advocate
- An Advocate is established for the students of the University.
- The Advocate is appointed by the Rector based on a proposal by the Student Assembly after consulting the Academic Senate, from among persons of proven professional competence, for a period of two academic years, renewable immediately only once. The Board of Governors establishes the Student Advocate’s emoluments.
- The Student Advocate is available to assist students in exercising their rights and to receive any complaints. The Student Advocate is entitled to conduct investigations and reports to the Rector, who acts within his/her jurisdiction in relation to the specific case. Students may contact the Advocate anonymously, and elements that might identify them must remain anonymous. Students are not entitled to access to administrative documents.
Article 23 - Equal Opportunities, Employee Well-being and Inclusion Committee
- The Equal Opportunities, Employee Well-being and Inclusion Committee promotes initiatives implementing equal opportunities and recognition of the differences between man and woman within the meaning of applicable Italian and Community legislation. It ensures respect of the principle of non-discrimination based on gender and sexual orientation and offers support to victims of violations and oppression. The Committee also ensures that no workplace harassment occurs within the University.
- Respecting equal representation of both genders, the Committee is composed of three members appointed by the representative unions for the purposes of Articles 40 and 43 of Legislative Decree 165/2001, two students elected in accordance with procedures established by the University General Regulations and five representatives of the University, of whom three are appointed by the Rector, including the President, and two by the General Director. The Committee governs its operation by means of regulations approved by decree of the Rector after consulting the Board of Governors.
- The Committee’s duties are defined in paragraph 1, and include those provided for by applicable legislation in force, also adapting the name of the body where required by law.
Chapter IV - Management bodies and administrative structures
Article 24 - Nature of Administration
- The University shapes its organisation and activities to the general requirements of efficiency, effectiveness, transparency and simplification.
- The University autonomously adopts an organisation plan for the services necessary to reach its institutional goals by resolution of the Board of Governors.
Article 25 - General Director
- In accordance with the directions provided by the Board of Governors, the General Director is responsible for the overall management and organisation of University services, material resources and technical administrative staff, and for the tasks provided for by the legislation in force concerning management in public administration. The General Director also:
- oversees the implementation of programs and objectives, entrusting their Administrative Managers;
- participates in the governing bodies of the University in accordance with this Charter;
- verifies and oversees the activities of the Administrative Managers and exercises reserve power in case of inaction;
- in the context of directives expressed by the Board of Governors, signs University agreements that are not reserved to the Rector and endorses the contracts necessary for management;
- adopts acts engaging spending, within the framework of directives expressed by the Board of Governors.
- The General Director submits an activity report annually to the Board of Governors, the Academic Senate and the Evaluation Board, attaching the reports of the individuals responsible for the services and structures, including decentralised ones.
- Based on a proposal of the Rector after consulting the Academic Senate, the office of General Director assigned by the Board of Governors to a person with high professional qualifications and multi-year proven experience with managerial functions identified through a public selection. The term is for a fixed period of no more than four years and is renewable.
- The General Director designates someone from among University Administrative Managers to replace him/her in case of absence or impediment.
Article 26 - Management duties
- As provided for by the legislation on state management, Administrative Managers and holders of executive appointments implement the programs approved by the academic bodies for the part under their respective responsibility and in accordance with the General Director’s directives. For this purpose, resources and staff are allocated to them and they exercise independent spending powers for their activities according to the limits assigned to them by the General Director. They evaluate the personnel assigned to them in accordance with the principle of merit and are responsible for the results achieved in terms of efficient use of resources and effective management, with respect to the objectives set and organisational conduct. They report to the General Director on a regular basis, including with proposals and opinions.
- If lacking staff and for proven and objective service requirements, the General Director may assign executive tasks for a limited time to persons not having management qualifications, having specific and proven professional qualifications and in compliance with the rules in force, pursuant to paragraphs 6 and 6-bis of Article 19 of Legislative Decree 165 of 30 March 2001 as subsequently amended.
- The duties assigned to Administrative Managers may be revoked by the General Director for reasons of necessity and urgency, specifically indicated in the revocation provision.
Article 27- Central Services
- Central Services provide essential services or those supplementing educational and research activities such as books, IT, internet, language, technical, statistical, printing and publishing.
- Central Services may be granted decision-making autonomy with regard to the resources allocated by the Administration or acquired from third parties, in respect of the accounting principles relating to the university single budget under Law 240/2010.
- The establishment, organisation and operation of Central Services are governed by the University General Regulations.