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Council also asked the university management to carry out due diligence on a case by case basis to ensure that students or potential students have no fraudulent intentions when they present themselves to the university officials with different sets of names especially in cases of change of names.

Makerere University council has reviewed a policy allowing students admitted on various university programs to change their names. It came after the senate asked the university council to approve the new policy, citing contradictions in the earlier policy.


Section VI (i) of the university policy on change of names provided that; "the name with which, a candidate enters the University shall be the name with which they graduate".

 
While reviewing the policy, senate members noted that some students could drag the university court if they are expelled because of changing their names. For a candidate to qualify to be a full student of the University, he/she must go through a mandatory registration exercise usually done within the first three (3) weeks from the beginning of the semester by every student.

 
The previous policy required students to use the names which appear on their Admission Letters and that the same names must appear on their O' and A 'Level Results Slips/Certificates and on Diploma/Degree/Transcripts/ Certificates and or Mature Age Certificates. 



However, some of the students requested to change their names from those used at A 'Level and O' level. "Such students give many reasons for wishing to change their names," reads a statement of the university website.
 
 

The university has been denying students permission to change names from those that appear on their O' and A'Level certificates. However, the new policy will allow students to acquire/ register with other names into the university system.


Section 12 of the Birth and Deaths Registration Act allows for change of name. Senate also agreed that; "Makerere University doesn't object to change of names, but cannot change names retrospectively."



At admission, students would be admitted according to the names given on their certificates. Council also asked the university management to carry out due diligence on a case by case basis to ensure that students or potential students have no fraudulent intentions  when they present themselves to the university officials with different sets of names especially in cases of change of names.


For continuing students, council agreed that change of names would be effected in accordance with the laws of Uganda and section 12 of the Births and Deaths Registration Act.  However, the policy will not benefit students who completed their student.

 

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