Section 229.0081, Florida Statutes 2001
229.0081 Powers and duties of university boards of trustees.--
(1) Notwithstanding the provisions of chapter 240, each university board of trustees is vested with the authority to govern and set policy for its university, as necessary to provide proper governance and improvement of the university in accordance with law and with rules of the Florida Board of Education. Each board of trustees shall perform all duties assigned by law or by rule of the Florida Board of Education or the Commissioner of Education.
(2) Notwithstanding the provisions of chapter 240, each university board of trustees may adopt rules and policies consistent with the university mission, with law, and with rule of the Florida Board of Education, including rules and policies for the following:
(a) Selecting the president to serve at the pleasure of the board and perform such duties as are assigned by the board or otherwise provided by law or by rule.
(b) Fixing the compensation and other conditions of employment of the president.
(c) Conducting periodic evaluations of the president, submitting such evaluations to the Chancellor for review, and suspending or removing the president in accordance with guidelines established by the Chancellor.
(d) Appointing a presidential search committee to make recommendations to the full board of trustees, from which the board shall select a candidate for reference to the Chancellor and ratification by the Florida Board of Education.
(e) In consultation with the university president, defining and developing a strategic plan for the university for recommendation to the Chancellor, the Commissioner of Education, and the Florida Board of Education, as provided by law, specifying institutional goals and objectives.
(f) In consultation with the university president, providing for academic freedom and academic responsibility at the university.
(g) In consultation with the university president, submitting an institutional budget request, including a request for fixed capital outlay, to the Chancellor in accordance with guidelines established by the Florida Board of Education.
(h) Approving new, and terminating existing, undergraduate and graduate degree programs up to and including the master's degree level, based on criteria established by the Florida Board of Education.
(i) Purchasing, acquiring, receiving, holding, owning, managing, leasing, selling, disposing of, and conveying title to real property, in accordance with rules and guidelines of the Florida Board of Education.
(j) Entering into agreements for and accepting credit card, charge card, and debit card payments as compensation for goods, services, tuition, and fees.
(k) Establishing codes of conduct and appropriate penalties for violations of university rules by students and student organizations, including rules governing student academic honesty.
(l) Establishing a committee, at least one-half of the members of which shall be students appointed by the student body president, to periodically review and evaluate the student judicial system.
(m) Administering the personnel program for all employees of the university in accordance with law and with rules and guidelines of the Florida Board of Education, including: compensation and other conditions of employment, recruitment and selection, nonreappointment, standards for performance and conduct, evaluation, benefits and hours of work, recognition, inventions and works, travel, learning opportunities, academic freedom and responsibility, promotion, assignment, demotion, transfer, tenure and permanent status, ethical obligations and conflicts of interest, restrictive covenants, disciplinary actions, complaints, appeals and grievance procedures, and separation and termination from employment.
(n) Establishing and maintaining a personnel exchange program.
(o) Governing admission of students subject to the rules of the Florida Board of Education.
(p) Considering the past actions of any person applying for admission, enrollment, or employment, and establishing policies to deny admission, enrollment, or employment to an applicant because of misconduct if determined to be in the best interest of the university.
(q) Ensuring compliance with federal laws, regulations, and requirements.
(r) Using, maintaining, protecting, and controlling university-owned or university-controlled buildings and grounds, property and equipment, name, trademarks and other proprietary marks, and the financial and other resources of the university. Such authority may include placing restrictions on activities and on access to facilities, firearms, food, tobacco, alcoholic beverages, distribution of printed materials, human subjects, animals, and sound.
(s) Providing and coordinating policies relating to credit and noncredit educational offerings by the university.
(t) Administering a procurement program for the purchase, lease, or acquisition in any manner (including purchase by installment or lease-purchase contract which may provide for the payment of interest on the unpaid portion of the purchase price and for the granting of a security interest in the items purchased) of goods, materials, equipment, and services required by the university.
(u) Supervising faculty practice plans for the academic health science centers.
(v) Prescribing conditions for university health services support organizations to be certified and to use university property and services.
(w) Prescribing conditions, which include audit review and oversight by the board of trustees, for university direct-support organizations to use university property and services.
(3) Each board of trustees shall actively implement a plan, in accordance with guidelines of the Florida Board of Education, for working on a regular basis with the other university boards of trustees, representatives of the community college boards of trustees, and representatives of the district school boards, to achieve the goals of the seamless education system.
(4) Notwithstanding the provisions of s. 216.351, a state university board of trustees may authorize the rent or lease of parking facilities, provided that such facilities are funded through parking fees or parking fines imposed by a university. A board of trustees may authorize a university to charge fees for parking at such rented or leased parking facilities.
(5) Effective July 1, 2002, within proviso in the General Appropriations Act and law, each board of trustees shall set university tuition and fees. The sum of the activity and service, health, and athletic fees a student is required to pay to register for a course shall not exceed 40 percent of the matriculation fee established in law or in the General Appropriations Act. No university shall be required to lower any fee in effect on the effective date of this act in order to comply with this subsection. Within the 40 percent cap, universities may not increase the aggregate sum of activity and service, health, and athletic fees more than 5 percent per year unless specifically authorized in law or in the General Appropriations Act. This subsection does not prohibit a university from increasing or assessing optional fees related to specific activities that are not required as a part of registration for courses.
(6) Effective July 1, 2002, each board of trustees shall implement the university facilities plan in accordance with law and guidelines of the Commissioner of Education's Office of Educational Facilities and SMART Schools Clearinghouse.
(7) A board of trustees shall perform such other duties as are provided by law or rule of the Florida Board of Education.
History.--s. 14, ch. 2001-170.