Preamble

The purpose of the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, as described in Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Resolution Number 384, is to "provide an outstanding liberal arts program with strong undergraduate offerings in the traditional arts and
sciences . . . particularly suited to the needs of the academically and artistically able Oklahoma high school graduate." In order to accomplish this general purpose, the university shall . . . "experiment with new instructional approaches such as accelerated programs, advanced placement, independent study, and other practices which enable students to progress in their college program at the rate and depth of which they are capable."

The goals of the university, as expressed in "A New Dimension in Higher Education," are to provide a broad general education that will give students an awareness and understanding of the factors and traditions that have molded their society so that their participation may be relevant; to give them in-depth training in a special field in order that they may perform productively in a vocation; to liberate them from prejudice, fear, ignorance, and self so that they may achieve a free life; to instill in them the desire and ability for independent inquiry and thought so that they can examine evidence and make decisions; to give them the opportunity to accept the important responsibility of self government and to train them in the ways of citizens in a free society. These goals the university accepts in order to provide our students with the education necessary to prepare them to participate in society as productive, thinking, responsible human beings.

Although the responsibility to govern the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma rests, by law, with the Board of Regents, we adhere to the principle that participation of the constituent elements of the University is vital to the achievement of the goals and objectives of an innovative institution. We conceive those constituent elements of the university are vital to the achievement of the goals and objectives of an innovative institution. We conceive those constituent elements to be the Board of Regents, Administration, the Faculty Association, and the Student Government.

To create a viable system of participation in university governance, the Board of Regents establishes the following Articles of Government:

ARTICLE I

Board of Regents

Section 1: All responsibility to govern the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma shall reside with the Board of Regents as provided in Article VI, Oklahoma Higher Education Code, as revised.

Section 2: The Board of Regents may delegate authority as specified in its bylaws, subsequent Articles of this Constitution, and actions taken at Board meetings which are recorded in the official minutes. Delegation of authority shall in no way absolve the Board of its responsibility. 

 

ARTICLE II

Administration

Section 1: Executive authority delegated by the Board of Regents shall reside with the

President at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma.

Section 2: The President shall be delegated sufficient authority for orderly and efficient operation of the total institution. Responsibilities of the President include, but are not necessarily limited to, academic matters, fiscal policy, physical plant, student life, systems operation and auxiliary enterprises and personnel.

Section 3: Duties of the President shall be:

  1. TorecommendandtocarryoutpolicydecisionsapprovedbytheBoardofRegents.

  2. ToprepareandpresenttotheBoardofRegentsrecommendationsforbudget, employment of personnel, promotions, rank, tenure and salary schedule on the dates set forth in the Policies and Procedures of the Board of Regents.

  3. To sign all contracts which have been approved by the Board of Regents of the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma.

  4. ToreceivepolicyrecommendationsfromtheFacultyAssociationandtheStudent Government, and to advise the Board of Regents on the feasibility of the recommendations.

  5. Define,superviseandcoordinatedutiesoftheadministrative,instructional,clerical, and custodial employees of the University.

  6. Through consultation with the Vice President for Fiscal Affairs and other administrative officers, direct the development of the annual budgetary requirements for University operations and maintain general supervision of all budgetary expenditures.

  7. Administertheuseofbuildingsandgrounds.

  8. Exercisegeneralsupervisionofthepreparationandpublicationofallmediaintended to interpret, define, and publicize the University.

  9. Recommend to the USAO Board of Regents policies concerning the probation and dismissal of students.

  10. Exercise general direction of relations between the University and the various high schools from which the University draws its students.

  11. Participate in regional, state, and national activities for the development of higher education.

  12. Upon recommendation of the faculty, confer all degrees and issue diplomas in evidence thereof.

  13. Maintain general oversight and control necessary for the efficient operation of all facets of the University community. 
     

ARTICLE III

Faculty Association    

Section 1: The Faculty Association shall have the right to make recommendations on all academic matters, faculty welfare policies, promotions in rank and selection of faculty, as provided in the Faculty Association Constitution and Handbook approved by the Board of Regents. All recommendations approved by the Faculty Association shall be submitted to the Administration at least two weeks prior to presentation to the Board of Regents.

Section 2: Original jurisdiction shall reside with the Faculty Association through the procedures established by the Faculty Handbook. Final appellate jurisdiction for the faculty shall reside with the Board of Regents. 

ARTICLE IV

Student Association

Section 1: The Student Association shall have the right to make recommendations on all matters concerning student life and the welfare of students as provided in the Student Association Constitution and Handbook approved by the Board of Regents. All recommendations approved by the Student Senate shall be submitted to the Administration at least two weeks prior to presentation to the Board of Regents. Presentation may be made by the President or the Student Representative to the Board of Regents.

Section 2: Original jurisdiction shall reside with the Student Court through the procedures established by the Student Handbook. Final appellate jurisdiction for the students shall reside with the Administration and the Board of Regents.

ARTICLE V

Section 1: Amendments to this Constitution may be recommended by the Board of Regents, the Administration, the Faculty Association or the Student Association, and must be approved by the Board of Regents.

ARTICLE VI

Section 1: Upon approval of this Constitution by the Board of Regents, it, along with the bylaws of the Regents, the Constitutions of the Faculty Association and Student Association, and the Staff Handbook will constitute the Governing Code of the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma.