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THE BUSINESS OF CONVOCATION.
OF THE CHANCELLOR, VICE-CHANCELLOR, AND PRO-VICE-CHANCELLOR.
§ 1. It is the office of the Chancellor (or, in his absence, of the President, as Vice-Chancellor, or of the Vice-President, as Pro-Vice-Chancellor), to summon, adjourn, prorogue and dissolve meetings of Convocation,* to preside over them, to authorize the bringing forward of business therein,t to direct the taking of votes,to confer degrees, to incorporate members of other Universities, $ to admit those entitled to seats in convocation, and to carry into execution penalties inflicted upon members of the House.
§ 2. The Chancellor, before assuming his place in Convocation, shall take the following engagements before the Vice-Chancellor, Pro-ViceChancellor, or Senior Proctor, and shall receive from him the insignia of office:
(1.) “I do sincerely promise that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to her Majesty Queen Victoria, as lawful Sovereign of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, and of this Province dependent on and belonging to the said Kingdom; and that I will defend her to the utmost of my power against all traitorous conspiracies or attempts whatsoever, which shall be made against her person, crown and dignity; and that I will do my utmost endeavour to disclose and make known to her Majesty, her heirs and successors, all treasons and traitorous conspiracies, and attempts, which I shall know to be against her or any of them; and all this I do promise without any equivocation, mental evasion or secret reservation, and renouncing all pardons and dispensations from any person or power whatsoever to the contrary."
(2.) “Tu dabis fidem, quod ea omnia fideliter exequeris, quæ ad officium Cancellarii spectent.” Answer, “Do.”
(3.) “ Tu dabis fidem ad observandum omnia statuta, privilegia, consuetudines ac libertates istius Universitatis.” Answer, “Do.”
(4.) “Tu dabis fidem quod non revelabis secreta domus Convocationis." Answer, “Do.”
$ 3. The Vice-Chancellor, before taking his seat in Convocation, shall take the same engagements (mutatis mutandis) before the Chancellor, Pro-Vice-Chancellor or Senior Proctor.
§ 4. The same engagements shall likewise be taken by the VicePresident (mutatis mutandis), before the Chancellor, Vice-Chancellor or Senior Proctor.
OF THE PROCTORS.
The Proctors shall take the first and second of the engagements contained in Title I. § 2. (mutatis mutandis) before the Chancellor or his representative, on the next meeting of Convocation after their election, and receive from him the insignia of their office.
* Statutes, Ch. XII. No. 4. | Statutes, Ch. XII, No. 4.
† Statutes, Ch. III. & IV. § Statutes, Ch. XII. No. 8.
OF THE SCRUTATORS.
§ 1. The Scrutators shall be chosen from the Professors, or from those Tutors who shall be Masters of Arts of at least three years' standing.
§ 2. It shall be their business to assist the Proctors in the discharge of their duties, particularly by taking the votes in Convocation,* and by acting for them in their absence.
§ 3. Each Proctor shall nominate the Scrutator who shall act for him.
§ 4. The Scrutators shall take the same engagements as the Proctors, (mutatis mutandis), before the Chancellor or his representative.
OF THE SECRETARY OF CONVOCATION.
$ 1. The Secretary of Convocation shall, previously to entering on the duties of his office, take the second engagement of Title I. § 2. (mutatis mutandis) before the Senior Proctor.
§ 2. His deputy may be any member of Convocation, if approved by the Chancellor or his representative and the Proctors.
OF THE MEETINGS OF CONVOCATION.
§ 1. Convocation assembles on the first day of each Term.
§ 2. Other meetings take place during Term, by adjournment or prorogation, or in consequence of a special summons by the Chancellor.
§ 3. All such meetings take place in the morning, immediately after divine service, excepting those which are specially convoked by the Chancellor.
§ 4. A public notice, specifying the Graces to be brought forward, must be affixed in the council-chamber, and a copy sent to each member of Convocation, at least two days before the time of meeting.
§ 5. The presence of seven members is necessary for the transaction of business.
$ 6. All questions in Convocation are finally decided by the majority of votes of the members present; the Presiding Officer having a casting vote, in case of an equality of votes.
§ 7. The votes are taken by the Scrutators, either openly or secretly, at the discretion of the Presiding Officer.*
$ 8. The full academical habit shall be worn at meetings on the first and last days of term, and the half habit at meetings on other days.
The members of Convocation take rank and precedence in the following order :
1. Chancellor; 2. President; 3. Vice-President; 4. Proctors; 5. Professors, according to the dates of their appointments; 6. D.D.; 7. D.C.L.; 8. M.D.; 9. B.D.; 10. M.A.; 11. B.C.L.; 12. M.B.; 13. C.M.*
* Statutes, Ch. XII, No. 4.
$ 1. The terms in which any question is to be brought forward for discussion in Convocation shall be previously settled by the Chancellor or his representative, and the Proctors; and having been read in that form by the Senior Proctor, shall be capable of alteration by the majority of Convocation, with the consent of the Presiding Officer and Proctors.
§ 2. When the terms shall have been settled, the question shall be decided in the affirmative or negative according to the directions of the Statute, contained in Title V., $ 6.
OF ADMISSION TO A SEAT IN CONVOCATION.
§ 1. The members of Convocation shall wait upon the Senior Proctor previously to taking their places in the House for the first time.
§ 2. The members shall be presented to the Presiding Officer by the Professor who shall at the time have precedence in their respective Faculties; and previously to admission to their seat, shall take the first engagement contained in Title I. before the Junior Proctor, and the third and fourth before the Senior Proctor.
§ 3. When these engagements shall have been taken, the Officer Presiding shall admit the person in these words :
“ Domine (or Domine Magister or Doctor) ego admitto te in hanc domum Convocationis.”
OF GRACES FOR DEGREES.
§ 1. Application for any Grace must be made either to the Senior Proctor, if the degree be that of M.A. or any higher degree, or to the Junior Proctor, if the degree be lower than that of M.A., and by him communicated to the Officer Presiding and the other Proctor, previously to the Convocation in which it is to be brought forward.
§ 2. All candidates for degrees are required by statute to produce the certificate of the Vice-President that they are of the requisite standing, and have kept the requisite number of terms,—of the Senior Professor of the Faculty, that they have performed the requisite exercises,—of the Examiners, that they have passed the required examinations,—and of the Bursar, that they are not indebted to the University, and have paid the appointed Fees.*
§ 3. The member of Convocation who brings forward the Grace shall do it in the following terms :
Supplicat Venerabili Domui Convocationis A. B. Scholaris Facultatis Artium (or as the case may be) quatenus omnia compleverit ac præstiterit quæ per statuta requiruntur, ut admittatur ad gradum Baccalaurei in Artibus” (or as the case may be).
§ 4. When this Petition shall have been read, together with the Certificates required by the Statute, the Proctors or Scrutators (by direction of the Officer Presiding) shall take the votes; and, if there be a dissentient vote, the scrutiny shall be repeated, if necessary, until the third
* Statutes, Ch. XII, No. 5.
time, either on that or some subsequent meeting of Convocation, at the discretion of the Officer Presiding and Proctors, when the question shall be decided by the majority of those present.
§ 5. If the Grace be rejected, the person supplicating shall be disqualified from again coming forward during an entire year.
§ 6. All Graces shall be granted or rejected unconditionally, and without reference to any other proceeding of Convocation.
§ 7. If the Grace be granted, the Proctor shall make the following declaration :
“ Hæc gratia concessa est, et sic pronunciamus concessam.”
OF HONORARY DEGREES.
§ 1. The Convocation has power, with the consent of the Council, to confer honorary degrees on distinguished individuals, whether British subjects or foreigners; either on their visiting the University personally, or by diploma.
§ 2. Such degrees do not entitle the persons who receive them, to exercise the powers and authorities, or enjoy the privileges belonging to the respective degrees, when conferred in the regular manner; unless by special dispensation, approved by the Council and Visitors.*
OF CONFERRING DEGREES.
§ 1. Every person desirous of being presented for his degree must wait upon either the Senior or Junior Proctor, according to the rank of the degree (as stated under Title IX.), on a day previous to that on which the degree is to be conferred.
$ 2. The precedency of presentation shall be regulated as follows:
The candidate shall be presented by the senior member of the Faculty in which the degree is to be conferred, or in case of his being the Presiding Officer, by the next in order in that faculty.
§ 3. If there be several candidates for degrees of the same rank, but of different faculties, the candidates shall take precedence according to the rank of their respective faculties.
$ 4. If the degrees be different, the candidates shall be presented according to the rank of their degrees.
§ 5. If both the degree and the faculty be the same, the seniority of the persons presented shall be the criterion.
§ 6. Each candidate shall be presented separately in the following form of words:
Insignissime Cancellarie ( Vice-Cancellarie or Pro-Vice-Cancellarie), vosque egregii Procuratores, præsento vobis A. B. Scholarem, (or as the case may be) in Facultate Artium, (or as the case may be ) ut admittatur ad gradum Baccalaurei, (or as the case may be) testorque eum, quod ad omnia quæ statuta requirunt, aptum et idoneum esse.”+
§ 7. He shall then take the engagement of allegiance before the Junior Proctor, and afterwards proceed to the Senior Proctor, before whom he shall take the third engagement contained in Title I.
* Statutes, Ch. XII. No. 7.
† Statutes, Ch. XII. No. 8.
$ 8. He shall then kneel before the Officer Presiding, and be admitted by him to his degree in the appointed form of words:
“Ad [when the degree is in Divinity the following words are to be here introduced—“honorem Domini nostri Jesu Christi et ad"] profectum Britannici imperii provinciæque, ego, auctoritate mea et totius Universitatis, admitto te in gradum Baccalaurei in Artibus (or as the case may be); licentiamque tibi do omnia ea faciendi, quæ ad gradum istum pertinent.” (When the degree is in Divinity, the following words are to be added “in nomine Dei Patris, Filii et Spiritus Sancti."]t
$ 9. Each graduate, after adniission, shall sign his name in the register of Convocation: he shall then retire to the Vestibule, and, having arrayed himself in the full habit of his degree, shall re-enter the Hall of Convocation, make his obeisance to the Officer Presiding, and repair to the place assigned to him.
OF ADMISSION AD EUNDEM AND INCORPORATION.
§ 1. Students or graduates of any University in her Majesty's dominions may be admitted respectively to the same or a similar standing, or to the same or a similar degree, on producing satisfactory testimonials.
§ 2. The admission and incorporation of graduates of foreign universities, is at the discretion of Convocation.
§ 3. Every graduate admitted by incorporation ranks after all the members of the University, who shall have taken the same degree previously to his incorporation.
§ 4. No graduate can be incorporated, unless he shall have taken his degree in the manner prescribed by his own university.*
§ 5. Every candidate for incorporation must wait upon the Vice-President with the documents which establish his standing or rank in his own university ; which documents shall be examined by him and the senior Professor of the faculty to which the candidate belongs; and if they find them satisfactory, they shall grant a certificate thereof, in the following form :
“ We hereby certify that we have examined the documents submitted by N., whose petition for incorporation is before the House of Convocation, and that we regard them as satisfactory evidence that he is (mentioning the standing or degree) in the University of N., [that he has taken the degree in the manner prescribed by the statutes of his University,] and that he is qualified for incorporation in the University of King's College." Signed,
Sen. Prof. of Faculty. Junior Registrar. N.B. The words included between brackets, shall be omitted when the candidate is not a graduate.
§ 6. It is competent to the officers signing this certificate to ascertain the fact of qualification, should it appear necessary, by examination of the candidate.
§ 7. Every candidate for incorporation shall, before the meeting of Convocation, present, either to the Senior or to the Junior Proctor,
* Statutes, Ch. XII. No. 6.
† Statutes, Ch. XII. No. 8.