Oxford University Gazette, 14 October 2004: University Agenda

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CONGREGATION 2 November 2 p.m.

Members of Congregation are reminded that written notice of any intention to vote against, or any proposed amendment to, the proposed changes in Congregation regulations at item 1 below, or the resolution at item 2 below, signed in either case by at least two members of Congregation, must be given to the Registrar by noon on Monday, 25 October (see the note on the conduct of business in Congregation at the end of `University Agenda').

1 Voting on Changes in Congregation Regulations: Conduct of Ceremonies in Congregation, and certain other Ceremonies

Explanatory note

These changes to the regulations concerning degree ceremonies aim to maximise the use of available graduation places and amend the wording of the `short charge'.

Text of Regulations

1 In Part 3 of Congregation Regulations 3 of 2002 (Supplement (1) to Gazette No. 4612, 13 February 2002, p. 771), as amended on 6 February 2003 (Gazette Vol. 133, p. 725), delete existing regulation 3.3 and insert new regulation as follows:

`3.3 The names of candidates for degrees shall be entered at the University Offices, not later than noon of the fifteenth day before the degree day, by some person deputed by the college, society, hall, or other designated institution to which they belong; and entry shall be subject to the following conditions:

(1) the Vice-Chancellor shall have power for some reasonable cause to dispense from the provision of these regulations;

(2) once a candidate's name has been entered, if he or she is eligible to be admitted to the degree(s) concerned he or she may not withdraw from the ceremony and shall be so admitted to the degree(s) concerned whether in person or in absence;

(3) candidates who being qualified at the time have nevertheless failed to have their names so entered on the fifteenth day before the degree day shall be at liberty to have them entered in the prescribed manner not later than 5 p.m. on the day preceding the degree day on payment of a fee of £17 in addition to the degree fee;

(4) candidates who have become qualified for their degree by passing an examination on any of the fifteen days preceding the degree day may have their names entered in the prescribed manner not later than 5 p.m. on the day preceding the degree day, but such candidates shall not pay any additional fee;

(5) a candidate shall be admitted in person to not more than one degree at each ceremony (normally the superior of the degrees for which he or she has been given leave to supplicate) but may be admitted in absence at the same ceremony to any other degree(s) for which he or she has been given leave to supplicate.'

2 Ibid., delete existing regulation 3.13 and insert new regulation as follows: `3.13 To those supplicating for any other degree, one of the Proctors shall say:

"Vos dabatis fidem ad observandum omnia statuta, privilegia, consuetudines, et libertates istius Universitatis, quatenus ad vos spectent"

and the candidates shall reply: "Do fidem." '

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2 Voting on Resolution approving the Conferment of an Honorary Degree

That the conferment of the Degree of Doctor of Civil Law, honoris causa, upon THE MOST REVD AND RIGHT HON. ROWAN DOUGLAS WILLIAMS, DD (MA Cambridge), FBA, Honorary Student of Christ Church, Honorary Fellow of Wadham College, Lord Archbishop of Canterbury, be approved.

If the resolution is approved, the honorary degree will be conferred on 29 September 2005.

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