FOREWORD

The contents of these suggestions shall in no way be taken as the basis of, or as instituting, any contractual rights between the Board of Regents of the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma and any person or employee. It is intended as a summary of the present practices compiled for general convenience of employees of said Board. Of necessity, it cannot be complete in all detail and cannot through error or omission restrict the lawful powers of the Board of Regents of the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma.

ARTICLE I

Educational Philosophy

A. HighereducationisafunctionoftheStateofOklahomaandservingastheagentfor the State in governing the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma is the Board of Regents of the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma.

B. The powers and duties of the Board of Regents of the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma are limited by and subject to authority expressly delegated by law under the Oklahoma Higher Education Code.

C. The functions of the Board are executive, legislative, and judicial.

  1. TheexecutivefunctionsoftheBoardcanbedelegatedbyactionoftheBoardto the President of the University and through the President to the faculty and staff.

  2. ThelegislativefunctionsoftheBoardareretainedbytheBoardandserveto establish all general policies affecting the University and to establish such rules and regulations as are required to bring these policies into effect.

  3. ThejudicialfunctionsoftheBoardareretainedbytheBoardandservetoestablish all general policies affecting the University and to establish such rules and regulations as are required to bring these policies into effect.

ARTICLE II

Organization of the Board

A. The Board of Regents of the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma is composed of seven members, appointed by the Governor with the consent of the Senate, for seven- year staggered terms which expire on the 30th day of June.

B. The officers of the Board shall consist of a Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, and Secretary.

C. The Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, and Secretary shall be elected at the meeting in June each year and shall serve following their elections for the fiscal year and until their successors are elected and qualified.

D. All vacancies in the offices of the Board shall be filled by election at the next succeeding meetings of the Board and shall be for the unexpired term.

ARTICLE III

Duties of the Officers

  1. The Chairperson of the Board shall preside at all meetings, but shall have full right of discussion and voting. The Chairperson shall

    1. Appointallcommittees.

    2. Signallcontracts,bondsandlegalpapersapprovedbytheBoard.

  2. The Vice Chairperson shall perform the duties of the Chairperson in the latter's absence or temporary disability.

  3. The Secretary shall keep accurate records of the proceedings of the Board. The Secretary to the President of the University shall aid the Board Secretary by keeping minutes of the Board action and seeing that they are properly recorded for future reference.

ARTICLE IV

Meetings

A. The Board shall hold regular monthly meetings on the third Tuesday of each month. The meeting date may be changed by majority vote of the Board.

B. Special meetings may be called by the Chairperson when necessary, or by any four members of the Board by giving five days' notice.

C. An executive session of the Board shall be held at any time by majority vote of the Board.

D. Four members shall constitute a quorum to transact business.

ARTICLE V

Voting

A. All motions and amendments to motions shall require a second before being voted upon.

B. The vote of the Board shall be recorded on all motions.

ARTICLE VI

Amendments

Any provision of Articles I, II, III, IV, V, and IX, except paragraph A of Article II, may be amended or repealed at any regular meeting of the Board by a majority vote on record of all members of the Board. The proposed amendment(s) and/or the proposed item(s) to be repealed shall be submitted in writing and recorded in the official minutes of this Board at least one month before the final vote is taken.

ARTICLE VII

Powers and Duties of the Board

  1. The Board of Regents of the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma shall have supervision, management, and control of the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma.

  2. AdoptrulesandregulationsitconsidersnecessarytogoverntheUniversity.

  3. Employandfixthecompensationanddutiesofallpersonnelasitdeemsnecessary.

  4. May require employees to furnish corporate surety bonds in such amounts as may be deemed necessary by the Board, payable to the State of Oklahoma and conditioned upon a faithful accounting of all funds and property.

  5. Enterintocontracts,purchasesupplies,materialsandequipment,andincursuch other expenses as may be necessary to make any of its powers effective.

  6. Authorize University officials to act in its behalf in making of contracts, or in carrying out the powers conferred upon it.

  7. Receive and make disposition of money, grants, and property from Federal agencies.

  8. Accept gifts of real and personal property, money and other things, and use or dispose of the same in accordance with directions of donors or grantors thereof.

  9. Direct the disposition of all moneys appropriated by the Legislature or the Congress or derived from the sale of bonds or received from any other source by the University.

  10. Acquire and take title to real and personal property in its name on behalf of the University.

  11. Have supervision and charge of the construction of all buildings.

  12. Determine the need for and cause to be constructed dormitories and other buildings on a self-liquidating basis.

M. Maintain an inventory of all property belonging to the University.

  1. Audit all accounts against the funds allocated to the University.

  2. Establish and maintain plans for tenure and retirement of employees of the University, and for payment of deferred compensation of each employee; and provide hospital and medical benefits, accident, health and life insurance, and for all or a part of the cost thereof for employees, with funds available for the operation of the institution. Amounts payable for the employee for such insurance or annuity contracts may, with the consent of the employee, be deducted from the employee's salary.

  3. Do all things necessary or convenient to carry out the powers expressly granted by Article VI of the Oklahoma Higher Education Code.

    Q. Follow rules and regulations in the Governing Board Policy Manual until changed by Board action.

ARTICLE VIII

Actions of the Board

A. Actions of the Board will be taken at all regular meetings in one or more of the following ways:

  1. By resolution in all matters of long-range planning.

  2. By policy statement issued to guide the Board, the administration, the faculty, the staff, and the student body.

  3. By directive to the Administration which will confer specific powers of the Board upon the Administration but which will in no way absolve the Board of its responsibilities.

  4. By rules which will govern the conduct of the Board, the administration, the faculty, the staff, and the student body.

  5. By approval of suggestions, recommendations, or requests properly brought before the Board by the Administration, the faculty, the student body, by committees or other interested parties.

  6. By regulation which shall define the administrative procedures of the University.

  7. By authorization whereby certain persons shall be empowered to conduct the day-to-day business of the University in the name of the Board.

  8. By appointment whereby positions may be filled.

  9. By decision whereby the Board shall settle disputes.

  10. By negotiation terminating in contracts whereby the interests of the University can be served.

  11. By amendments whereby any and all actions taken by the Board may be reconsidered.

  12. By such other means as the Board shall from time to time devise. 

 

Committees   

A. Standing committees of the Board shall be

  1. Policies and Procedures

  2. Finance

  3. Academic and Administrative Affairs

  4. Housing and Physical Plant

  5. Public Relations

  6. Student Life

  1. ChairpersonofvariouscommitteesshallbemembersoftheBoardandshallbe appointed by the Chairperson of the Board at the regular meeting in July to serve for a period of one year.

  2. SpecialcommitteesshallbeappointedastheBoardmay,fromtimetotime,direct. Such committees shall cease to exist when discharged from further consideration of the subject assigned.