Today, student self-government is an important factor in the development of any quality education. It enables young people to participate in the management of an educational institution, regulate public life, fully address the issues of education and everyday life.
Student self-government at V. N. Karazin Kharkiv National University is an integral part of public self-government, which ensures the protection of students’ interests and rights to participate in the management of the institution. It has a well-defined and transparent structure, regulations, etc.
The representative and executive bodies of student self-government are the University Student Council and the Campus Student Council, and the highest body is the Conference of Karazin University Students. Self-government is implemented at the level of the University, School, student group, as well as the campus, dormitory, block (floor) of the dormitory. The Student Councils ensure the implementation of the decisions of the Conference of University Students. The Conference delegates are elected from among students of the Schools according to the number of persons studying there, but not less than 2% of the total number of students.
The Student Council is an executive body of student public activity, which represents the University in local, regional, national and international organizations. The activity of the University Student Councils is regulated by the legislation of Ukraine, decrees and orders of the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine, the Statute of V. N. Karazin Kharkiv National University, the Regulations on Student Self-Government.
According to the Regulations on Student Self-Government, every student of the institution has the following rights:
- to participate in the management of the University;
- to discuss and resolve issues related to the improvement of the academic process, research and educational work, awarding of scholarships;
- to participate in the academic process quality control, make suggestions on the content of education, curricula and programs;
- to help meet the needs of students in education, everyday life, health, recreation, etc.;
- to delegate their representatives to working, advisory bodies;
- to make suggestions on the development of the University material base;
- to cooperate with trade unions and public organizations of the University, the Research Society of Undergraduate, Postgraduate Students and Young Scientists;
- to promote student participation in international, national, interregional, regional, and other youth projects, competitions, conferences;
- to take part in organizing student leisure and rest (hold evenings of rest, contests, roundtables, seminars, holidays, conferences, sports events, days of Institutes, Schools, etc.);
- to create conditions for free development of students by involving them in various types of creative activities: cultural, technical, social, athletic, etc.; organize interest groups and clubs in accordance with the current legislation, etc.;
- to find and support enterprising students, provide them with comprehensive assistance;
- to promote a healthy lifestyle, take measures to prevent crime, drug and tobacco use and alcohol abuse;
- to encourage students to observe discipline and the University Internal Regulations;
- to develop students' love for Alma Mater;
- to promote the development of students' spiritual values, patriotism, civic consciousness and morals;
- to engage students in the protection of public order in the University and on campus (with their consent);
- to facilitate cooperation of the University student organizations with student self-government bodies of other institutions of higher education, youth and public organizations;
- to represent the University in local, regional, national and international student and youth organizations;
- to assist in student employment, etc.
Only students studying at the University, regardless of nationality, political, religious and other beliefs, gender, ethnic and social origin, citizenship, property status, place of residence, language or other characteristics, can participate in student self-government. Student self-government is free from the interference of any political parties and movements, public and religious organizations.