DIRECTORATE OF STUDENTS' AFFAIRS
The Directorate of Students’ Affairs is made up of the following Units:
- Students’ Services
- Students’ Matters
- Industrial Liaison
- Guidance and Counselling
Students’ Services Unit
The Students’ Services Unit is responsible for allocating hostels to students, hostel upkeep and maintenance, and compilation of students data for the National Youth Service Corps. Bed-spaces are allocated to students upon the payment of an approved hostel accommodation fee. Beds are available in the hostels but students are to provide their own mattresses. Selling of allocated bed space will lead to one semester rustication of both buyer and seller.
a) Use of Electrical Appliances
Electrical Appliances like radio, television, pressing iron can be used; students are, however, not permitted to make any unauthorised electrical connection in the Halls of Residence. The need for any electrical connection should be brought to the attention of the Directorate of Students’ Affairs which shall make prompt arrangement with the Maintenance Services Unit. The use of electrical cooking appliances is banned in the hostels.
b) Visiting Hours to the Halls of Residence
Students are usually allowed to be visited between the hours of 4.00p.m, and 7.00p.m Mondays to Fridays and between 10.00am. and 7.00pm. on weekends and/or during public holidays. Visitors are not allowed into the female hostel after 7.00pm. Female visitors may be allowed in the Male student’s rooms between 4.00pm and 7.00pm, Mondays to Fridays and between 10.00am and 7.00pm on weekends and/or public holidays. Any male student caught sleeping in the female hostel and vice versa shall have all his/her hostel privileges withdrawn and rusticated from the Polytechnic for one Semester. Students found aiding and abetting those who break any of these regulations may have all his/her hostel privileges withdrawn, and rusticated from the Polytechnic for one Semester as well.
c) Secret Cults
The Federal Government of Nigeria has banned cult activities in all higher institutions. The Management usually deals severely with any student found to be involved in any cult activities. Students are advised to resolutely resist any form of pressure to join secret cults. Any student found to be a member of a secret cult shall be severely dealt with.
d) Holiday Accommodation for Students and other Guests
Students wishing to remain in hostels after the close of session/semester are allowed to do so but will be required to pay necessary holiday accommodation fees. Other guests wishing to reside in students’ hostels will be required to pay necessary charges per night and will be provided with necessary accommodation facilities.
Students’ Matters Unit
The Students’ Matters Unit is one of the four (4) Units in the Directorate of Students’ Affairs. The Unit was established as a result of the decision of the Academic Board that every case that involves a break of the Polytechnic rules and regulations by students be handled by the Students Disciplinary Committee (SOC). This development has increased the workload of the Directorate. Therefore, in order to enhance effective operation and performance of the Committee, the Unit was created to serve as secretariat to the Committee.
Other functions of the Unit includes the following:
a) Catering for students registration of social and religious associations,
b) Processing and documentation of bursary/scholarship awards, keeping and updating of students records,
c) It is also responsible for the registration of commercial vehicles on campus etc.
In addition to the basic functions of the Committee, the Unit communicates the Rector’s approval of the report of the Committee to appropriate person(s).
Industrial Liaison/SIWES Unit
This Unit is responsible for Students Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES). The scheme is a skill-training programme designed to expose and prepare students for industrial work – a situation they are likely to meet after graduating from the institutions of higher learning. The Scheme is to familiarise students with work methods and expose them to the needed experience in handling modern and sophisticated equipment and machinery that may not usually be available in the educational institutions. The Scheme, which involves all students in the Schools of Engineering, Environmental Studies, Science and Computer Studies and the Department of Secretarial Studies in the School of Business, is in two phases. The first which comes up at the end of the first year of the National Diploma programme is for a duration of four months while the second which is for a whole year comes up at the end of the National Diploma programme and it is one of the requirements for admission into the Higher National Diploma programme. The Scheme is financed by the Federal Government and managed by the Industrial Training Fund (ITF) which has now introduced e-payment system to the mode of payment of SIWES allowance of participants in all Institutions.
Guidance and Counselling Unit
Guidance and Counselling Unit is under the Directorate of Students’ Affairs in the Registry Department of the Polytechnic. It was established to assist the students in actualizing themselves and maximizing their potentials. The Unit provides services in the area of educational, vocational, social and personal counselling. These are geared towards producing self-reliant citizens who will be able to contribute positively to the development of the country.
It promotes healthy mental well-being of staff and students by sensitization through conferences, workshops, lectures, seminars, fliers, posters, and retreats on social vices like cultism, sexual harassment, examination misconduct, indecent dressing, violence, rape, smoking, AIDS, pre-marital sexual relationship, alcoholism, etc. Individual counselling session encourages students to have access to assistance whenever they are confronted with any social problems. The Unit has highly qualified professional guidance counselors at the Main Campus and Continuing Education Centre (CEC). The Unit is well equipped with up-to-date facilities to render relevant services. Therefore, why can’t you visit the Unit today? You will be glad you did; your problems will be solved by God’s grace.