When the University was created through a bill passed into law by the State House of Assembly and then signed into law on 29th March, 1982 as Obafemi Awolowo University Law No. 3 of 1982 by Governor M.A. Ajasin, it was published as the Schedules 3 Section 9 (3) and 6 in the Ondo State Official Gazette Extraordinary No. 14 Vol. 7.

The University Law among others provides for the establishment, incorporation, constitutions and functions of the University with campuses that consist of colleges, schools and departments whose development were to be phased as a 10 year development plan as itemized below:

ADO-EKITI CAMPUS (MAIN CAMPUS):
School of Basic Studies, College of Arts, College of Sciences, College of Social Sciences, College of Performing Arts and Cultural Studies, College of Pharmacy, School of Post Graduate Studies

ONDO CAMPUS:
Department of Civil Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Department of Metallurgy

IKOLE CAMPUS:
College of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine

OKITIPUPA CAMPUS:
Department of Marine Engineering, Department of Mining and Petroleum Engineering, Department of Chemical Engineering, Department of Wood Technology, Department of Food Science and Technology

IKERE CAMPUS:
College of Education

AKURE CAMPUS:
College of Medicine

OWO CAMPUS:
College of Law, College of Public Administration

IKARE CAMPUS:
College of Business Studies, College of Mass Communication

IJERO CAMPUS:
Department of Architecture, Department of Quantity Surveying, Department of Town Planning, Department of Estate Management, Department of Surveying

In the years that followed, the University Law has been amended on several occasions as a result of the following amendments:

1.    Powers of the Visitor, the Council, the Senate and other authorities of the University
2.    Re-designation of some offices of the University and membership of Council
3.    Re-constitution and appointment of Council members
4.    Appointment and tenure of Vice Chancellor, Principal officers and other Officers of the University
5.    Cancellation of Multi-Campus system
6.    Re-naming of the University as ONDO STATE UNIVERSITY, Ado-Ekiti in 1985
7.    Re-naming of the University as UNIVERSITY OF ADO-EKITI in 1999
8.    Change of the retirement age of Staff
9.    Creation of new positions, departments and offices in the University

Major highlights of the Constitution of the University governance and administration today consist of defining the role and powers of:

a.    The Visitor
b.    The Chancellor
c.    The Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council
d.    The Governing Body known as Council
e.    The Vice-Chancellor
f.    Other Principal Officers including: 2 Deputy Vice Chancellor, Registrar and Secretary to Council, Bursar, University Librarian
g.    The Senate of the University
h.    The Congregation
i.    The Convocation including its Alumni
j.    Colleges, Faculties, School, Institutes and other Units;
k.    All graduates and undergraduates; and
l.    All other persons who are members of the University in accordance with provisions made by Statute in that behalf.

In view of the above, the highlights of the powers and functions of the University to make Statutes include:

The Visitor

i.    The Governor of Ekiti State is the Visitor of the University in respect of   the whole affair of the University or part therefore;
ii.    The Visitor shall as often as the circumstances may require, not being less than once in every five years, undertake a visitation of the University for the purpose of:
a.    conduct a programme evaluation to the philosophy and targets of the University;   
b.    ensure that the academic currency originally envisaged is not devalued; and
c.    set up commissions of enquiry for the purposes of settling disputes determining and resolving issues in respect of all or any part of the affairs of the University.

The Chancellor:

i.     The Chancellor shall hold office for a period of five years and may be removed from office by the Governor on the recommendations of Council
ii.    The Chancellor of the University shall be the Head of the University, and takes precedence above other members of the University at all meetings of Convocation of the University       

The Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council:

i.     Holds office for a period of four years and may be removed from office by the Visitor
ii.    Presides at the Council meetings of the University, and takes precedence above other members of the University at all University    functions where the Chancellor is not in attendance

The Vice Chancellor:

i.     Holds office for a period of five years and may be removed from office by the Visitor on the recommendations of Council
ii.    Is the Chief Executive and Academic Officer of the University
iii.    Is the Ex-Officio Chairman of the Senate of the University
iv.    Takes precedence above other members of the University at all meetings and functions of the University, with exception of the Chancellor and Pro-Chancellor of the University

The Registrar:

i.     Holds office for a period of five years and may be removed from office on the recommendations of Council
ii.    Is the Chief Administrative Officer of the University and reports to the Vice Chancellor, except on financial administration of the University, which is the responsibility of the Bursar of the University
iii.    Is the Secretary of Senate, Congregation and Convocation