The goals of SUV, within the general objectives of ICA as set out in chapter III of the Constitution, are:
- to promote professional and scholarly co-operation and communication between archives and archivists of universities, colleges, academies of science and letters, learned societies and research institutions,
- to gather, disseminate and exchange information relating to the creation and administration of such archives,
- to assist the development and strengthening of such archives through symposia, publications and the exchange of information.
The SUV has a very active program and organises annual conferences which bring together archivists from throughout the world to examine current issues in academic archival theory, management and administration and to encourage international debate and discussion.
The SUV fosters and supports communication among archivists facing and responding to common issues and problems within universities, colleges, academies of science and letters, learned societies and research institutions.
The section's business is conducted by a Section Bureau committee consisting of twelve members including the Section's Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary, and up to nine regular members. All are elected from the members of the Section for four-year staggered terms, with elections being held every second year.