The Institutional Forum (IF) is one of the University's three main statutary bodies - the other two being the Council and the Senate. The IF of the US was initiated in August 1999 in accordance with the requirements of the Higher Education Act (Act 101 of 1997).
The functions and powers of the IF are laid down in section 31 of the Higher Education Act (Act 101 of 1997) as follows:
"(a) the IF must advise the Council on issues affecting the University, including–
(i) the implementation of the Act and the national policy on higher education;
(ii) race and gender equity policies;
(iii)the selection of candidates for senior management positions;
(iv)codes of conduct, mediation and dispute resolution procedures; and
(v)the fostering of an institutional culture which promotes tolerance and respect for fundamental human rights and creates an appropriate environment for teaching, research and learning; and
(b)the IF must perform such other functions as determined by the Council."