<a href='https://www.egerton.ac.ke/eprofile/20558'>Dr. Lydia Ayako Mareri</a>
Dr. Lydia Ayako MareriAssistant Dean of Students - NTCC

Office of the Assistant Dean of Students - NTCC

The Dean of Students coordinates all the activities of the department and represents the department in the University Management, Senate and all the other organs of the University.

Our objectives are:

  • To develop, nurture and promote an enabling environment that supports and enhances both the academic pursuits and other development processes of students
  • To offer services that caters for the general welfare of students.
  • To develop and implement programmes and activities that assist students to develop their physical, psychologigical, social, spiritual and leadership capabilities.
  • To liaise with other University departments and academic faculties to ensure that each and every student achieves his/her full potential and prepare them for the challenges of adulthood.
  • To serve as an advocate for students by assuring that interests of students are served in strategic aspects of University operations.
  • To develop community life by designing programmes and activities that nurture and encourage a strong sense of belonging among students, faculty and staff.
  • To promote and expand knowledge about the characteristics of students and the factors that affects their growth and success, and advise the rest of the University on the same. Others as seen necessary for the welfare of students.

Services offered at office of the dean of students

  • coordination of student activities (organizations,
  • Career placement,
  • clubs district associations,
  • student Union,
  • welfare societies),
  • sports and games,
  • international student services,
  • work study and vocational placement of needy students,
  • inter-University programmes,
  • orientation of freshmen and women,
  • gender issues among others.
  • Peer Counsellors are trained to counsel on a wide range of issues including:
  • relationship concerns,
  • sexual harassment,
  • rapes,
  • unplanned pregnancies,
  • stress,
  • financial and time management,
  • roommate problems,
  • academic problems,
  • religious issues,
  • and alcohol and drug abuse.

Responsibilities of each Student.

Being Mindful of Others.
Students are encouraged to be their brothers keeper by: Referring needy cases to the office of Dean of Students. In case the affected students are not ready to come forward students are encouraged to inform the Dean of Students in confidence.

Death and Bereavement
This is a situation where a student may die during the academic session. Death may occur on campus or outside. If a student dies on campus during the semester, the University provides transport for a limited number of student colleagues to his/her resting place.
Before any arrangement is made, documents from the hospital or Chief Medical Officer confirming the death must be provided to the Dean of Students, who will in turn officially inform the Vice-Chancellor/the Principal of College.
The Vice-Chancellor shall officially inform the University community about an occurrence of death. Students who want to attend a funeral must, through their patrons, apply to the Dean of Students, for transport five days before the date of travel.
Services for Students with Disabilities A disability is any impairment that substantially limits an individual in a major life activity. Staff and volunteers work with disabled students.
The student is fully able to interpret the material presented without compromise or modification. Students faced with unexpected illnesses and injuries are encouraged to immediately report to the office of the Dean of students.

Work-study programme
The work-study programme is designed to assist financially needy students to enable them meet their basic educational expenses.
Students who wish to apply write to the Dean of Students at the beginning of each semester. Currently, limited funds are obtained from the Vice-Chancellors office. Interviews are conducted for eligible students for job placement in various departments Only students in session are allowed to apply..
Students work during their free hours up to a maximum of 10 hours per week. They are supervised by the respective heads of departments and must follow the laid down rules and regulations.
The University reviews payment of students in the programme from time to time.

Payment is made at the Students Finance office after every two weeks. Work study programme job ends one week before the start of examinations to allow students to prepare for the exams.

All meetings or events that utilize University premises or facilities shall be scheduled in accordance with University timetable.

University premises or facilities have two sections:

  1. Lecture halls/rooms
  2. residential halls/hostels.

An organization intending to use either of the premises or facilities must apply in writing to the Dean of Students through Timetabling section.

Application letter to use the facilities must reach the Dean of Students at least three days before the material day. An individual or group of students applying for the use of a University facility or premise must take care of it and shall be held responsible for any damage.
Students are advised to desist from tampering with fire-fighting appliances whenever installed.
Such appliances shall be used for fire-fighting purposes only.
Students are advised against the misuse or willful damage to or destruction of University property, in default of which such student(s) bear full responsibility of their actions.
No student is supposed to keep a motor vehicle on the University premises without the written permission of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Administration and Finance).
Such permission shall be issued on proof of all relevant documents. Such permission may be refused or withdrawn without giving reasons.

Chaplaincy Services
The University provides environment for free interaction of religious groups including Protestant, Catholic, SDA, and Muslims.
Muslim students usually consult a senior Muslim staff member on campus for spiritual guidance. We have one venue for students of Protestant faith in the B halls, where they meet for their Sunday services.

No individual churches are allowed to operate on campus. Students of Catholic faith attend their services at the St. Augustine Chapel just outside the main gate. The SDA members meet in FASS theatre for their Sabbath and Muslim students go to Njoro Mosque for their Friday prayers.

The University Chaplaincy serves as a resource and referral centre for students, and staffs who wish to explore their own spiritual needs and counseling services in the University, and to serve and act as a link between the University administration, and the faith community.

Counselling Services This section is headed by a professional student counselor. The primary mission of counseling is to assist students in the development of skills for establishing and maintaining effective and satisfying personal and social relationship, in the formulation and implementation of their educational and career plans, facilitate student self-understanding and self acceptance.

The staff in Counseling Centre will assist students with concerns such as the following:

  • Become more proficient in life skills such as choosing between Alternative effective interpersonal communication and enhancing potentials.
  • Improve insights and self-understanding that will enable students to understand their feeling and tensions.
  • Cope with crisis and learn how to resolve problems Facilitate emotional, spiritual and psychological healing so that students can move towards wholeness, especially in the light of the brokenness brought about by crisis.
  • Reconciliation assist students to move towards restoring wholeness in broken or strained relationships with those who constitute our social environment.
  • Sustaining supporting students by standing by them and sharing burdens with them while responding to a crisis.
  • Guiding assisting students to make decisions by drawing from within them what was potentially available in their own.
  • Informing clarifying alternatives for students providing specific new information and data for their decision-making.
  • Growth nurturing - assisting students as they negotiate the sharp curves of their psychological, physical, emotional, social and intellectual development.

Peer Counselling
Peer Counsellors are a group of students recruited and trained by Egerton University staff to counsel their peers. They are trained in and are knowledgeable about, life skills , Counselling Skills and HIV/Aids and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI).

As a result of their training and experience, peer counselors are often more highly sensitized to the needs of those around them and can respond more appropriately to those needs.

Peer Counsellors can also help student-s acclimatize and adjust to the new University environment.
Peer counselors are always in the residential halls, lecture and dining halls and around campus.

Alcohol, Drug and Substance Abuse Research has shown that alcohol and marijuana (sativa cannabis) are the prevalent drugs mostly abused by University students in many countries.

Certain factors such as peer pressure, easy availability of the substances, parental and societal influences, emptiness in life, and advertising media pressure, among many, play a leading role in the use of abuse of alcohol and drugs. These substances have far reaching adverse physical, social, economic and psychological effects.
Using these substances as a way of escape or dealing with everyday problems and pressure of growing up. When students are under some stress and feel tempted to turn to drinking or taking drugs, they go to the Counselling Services Centre or talk to a peer counselor. These are also caring staff who will provide students with the necessary help and treat them with utmost confidentiality.

As an educational institution, Egerton University is committed to providing an environment that enhances and supports the intellectual growth of all its students.

The University community has the collective responsibility to ensure that this environment is conducive to healthy intellectual growth. Possession, sale and consumption of controlled substances is prohibited both on campus and off campus.

Students if caught in possession of illegal drugs by the State security agents, are prosecuted in a court of law just like any Kenyan caught breaking the law and the University does not intervene in any way. Disciplinary action is taken against any student who may disturb other under the influence of alcohol or other substances.

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