The University of Johannesburg takes very seriously its obligation, as a publicly-funded institution, to exercise good corporate governance in respect of all of its activities. It is also preparing for the 2009 HEQC Institutional Audit. This Audit will seek evidence of the institution-wide application of corporate governance principles.
In order to provide an appropriate framework for and evidence of the application of good corporate governance, the Management Executive Committee places an obligation on the Registrar to ensure that each decision-making structure in the institution functions in accordance with a Charter that defines its composition, its functions, its accountability, its reporting lines, its operations and its operational governance principles. Such Charters are approved by Senate and by Council and, in appropriate cases, by the Management Executive Committee.
Each chartered decision-making body also operates within a policy framework that has been approved by Senate and/or Council and/or the Management Executive Committee. Such policies typically describe the strategic objectives that the institution seeks to accomplish within a particular domain, the underlying principles that govern the pursuit of such objectives and the criteria by means of which the achievement of such objectives can be measured. There are many Policies in the institution covering a range of institutional activities. Examples of important Policies recently approved by the Senate and/or Council of the University include the Language Policy, the Research Policy, the Recruitment and Retention Strategy, the Intellectual Property Policy, the Admissions Policy, and the Whistleblowing Policy.