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The University of Arusha is an institution of higher learning operated under the Seventh-day Adventist philosophy and policy to meet its mission locally and internationally. This statement determines the University curriculum, activities, measurement criteria, and vision in this global village of dynamic societies, cultures, beliefs, economy, and technology.

Equal Opportunity Commitment

The University of Arusha maintains a policy of equal opportunity for all applicants regardless of sex, race, color, nationality, ethnic origin, age, and physical challenge in the administration of its education, admission polices, student life and services. The University expects students to maintain proper atmosphere for moral growth toward maturity as stated in the student handbook and to act as honest and responsible citizens. The University reserves the right to deny or terminate admission to any student who may not benefit from the total program of the University, or whose presence or conduct may be detrimental to the philosophy and programs of the University.

Student Responsibility

The responsibility for meeting graduation requirements before being conferred a degree, diploma or certificate rests upon the student. Every student is expected to be aware of the various graduation requirements as published in the Bulletin. The Bulletin covers information relating to academic policies that are to be observed by students. The bulletin is available at the Directorate of Undergraduate Programs and Academic Records. Unique problems are referred to appropriate department heads, who are also academic advisors, to guide students in meeting graduation requirements.

Students graduate under the bulletin in which they are enrolled and should maintain continuous enrollment in a program of study. If a student discontinues enrolment for one academic year, residency is broken and graduation requirements listed in the academic bulletin of the year of re-entrance must be met.

Terms and Conditions

The University rules and regulations are incorporated into any contract made with a student. All students are required, as a condition of registration, to abide by the University statutes, ordinances, regulations and rules that are published by the Directorate of Undergraduate Programs and Academic Records.

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information in this publication and the University will use all reasonable endeavors to deliver courses in accordance with the descriptions set out in this Bulletin. The University is largely dependent on charitable, public and church funds, which it has to manage in an efficient and cost-effective way. In consideration of the availability of funding and the diverse range of courses offered to a large number of students, the University reserves the right to make variations to the contents or methods of delivery of courses, discontinue courses, and merge courses, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary in the context of the University's wider purpose. If the university discontinues any course, it will use its reasonable endeavors to provide a suitable alternative.
In 1998, the affiliation shifted from Griggs University to the University of Eastern Africa, Baraton (UEAB) in Kenya. Under this affiliation, TAC offered BA in theology and reli- gion, BBA in accounting and management and diploma courses in education and business. Apart from the affiliation with UEAB, TAC was also a teachers' college under the then Ministry of Education and Culture (MEC). Under the MEC Registration Number S. 401, it offered diploma in education, diploma in secretarial science, and certificate in secretarial science.

Drug-Free Worksite Policy

The issue of non-prescription drug use and abuse continues to be a challenge in villages, towns, cities and even in universities. Therefore, the University of Arusha is committed to providing a learning environment conducive towards wholistic human development. To achieve this goal, the University holds that a non-prescription drugs, alcohol and tobacco free lifestyle is essential and maintains a policy that the campus environment should be free from these substances.

The unlawful use, abuse, possession, distribution, dispensing or manufacturing of controlled substances by the government is prohibited to students. The University also expects that any person employed by it, not to engage in the unlawful use or manufacture of controlled substances while associated with the University. The University presents a preventive educational program during chapel periods to develop an awareness of risks involved in the use or abuse of substances such as alcohol, tobacco and non-prescription drugs and promote the benefits of a lifestyle free from these substances. The complete University Drug-Free Worksite Policy is available at the Office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor—Academic.

Gender Harrassment Policy

It is the aim of the University to provide a safe and secure environment for all its members. Therefore, any form of harassment is not tolerated especially within the campus premises. If any kind of harassment or abuse is experienced, you are duty-bound to contact and report the person engaging in harassment to the relevant authorities. You may contact the dean of students, respective department heads or faculty deans, and the chaplain in case you experience or know of anyone who is a victim of harassment. The University of Arusha practices equal opportunities policy which should be used to put a stop to all forms of harassment or abuse. See the admission policy for more information. The University also provides a preventive educational program during assembly periods for students to develop awareness of what constitutes gender harassment. The complete University's Gender Harassment Policy is available at the Office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor—Academic.


The HIV-AIDS epidemic and pandemic is a global challenge and constitutes one of the most formidable challenges in the areas of gender, age, region and race. HIV-AIDS is more than an individual morality or lack of it. It is more than knowing facts about HIV-AIDS and it is more than a health issue. The University of Arusha knows that it has a key role in both preventing and mitigating the effects of HIV-AIDS on the individual, the family and the society as a whole. Thus, the University implements a policy that broadly aims at providing guidance in managing the spread of this pandemic among faculty, staff and students. The University also does not discriminate against students, faculty, and staff who have contacted HIV-AIDS but provides guidance, under- standing, and confidentiality. The complete University HIV-Aids Policy is available at the Office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor—Academic.