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The Florida Statutes

The 2003 Florida Statutes

Title XLVIII
K-20 EDUCATION CODE
Chapter 1001
K-20 GOVERNANCE
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Section 1001.74, Florida Statutes 2003

1001.74  Powers and duties of university boards of trustees.--

(1)  The boards of trustees shall be responsible for cost-effective policy decisions appropriate to the university's mission, the implementation and maintenance of high quality education programs within law and rules of the State Board of Education, the measurement of performance, the reporting of information, and the provision of input regarding state policy, budgeting, and education standards.

(2)  Each board of trustees is vested with the authority to govern its university, as necessary to provide proper governance and improvement of the university in accordance with law and with rules of the State Board of Education. Each board of trustees shall perform all duties assigned by law or by rule of the State Board of Education or the Commissioner of Education.

(3)  A board of trustees shall have the power to take action without a recommendation from the president and shall have the power to require the president to deliver to the board of trustees all data and information required by the board of trustees in the performance of its duties.

(4)  Each board of trustees may adopt rules pursuant to ss. 120.536(1) and 120.54 to implement the provisions of law conferring duties upon it. Such rules must be consistent with rules of the State Board of Education.

(5)  Each board of trustees shall have the authority to acquire real and personal property and contract for the sale and disposal of same and approve and execute contracts for the purchase, sale, lease, license, or acquisition of commodities, goods, equipment, contractual services, leases of real and personal property, and construction. The acquisition may include purchase by installment or lease-purchase. Such contracts may provide for payment of interest on the unpaid portion of the purchase price. Title to all real property acquired prior to January 7, 2003, and to all real property acquired with funds appropriated by the Legislature shall be vested in the Board of Trustees of the Internal Improvement Trust Fund and shall be transferred and conveyed by it. Notwithstanding any other provisions of this subsection, each board of trustees shall comply with the provisions of s. 287.055 for the procurement of professional services as defined therein.

(6)  Each board of trustees shall have responsibility for the use, maintenance, protection, and control of 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, commercial solicitation, animals, and sound. The authority vested in the board of trustees in this subsection includes the prioritization of the use of space, property, equipment, and resources and the imposition of charges for those items.

(7)  Each board of trustees has responsibility for the establishment and discontinuance of degree programs up to and including the master's degree level; the establishment and discontinuance of course offerings; provision of credit and noncredit educational offerings; location of classes; services provided; and dissemination of information concerning such programs and services. Approval of new programs must be pursuant to criteria established by the State Board of Education.

(8)  Each board of trustees is authorized to create divisions of sponsored research pursuant to the provisions of s. 1011.411 to serve the function of administration and promotion of the programs of research.

(9)  Each board of trustees has responsibility for: ensuring that students have access to general education courses as identified in rule and requiring no more than 120 semester hours of coursework for baccalaureate degree programs unless approved by the State Board of Education. At least half of the required coursework for any baccalaureate degree must be offered at the lower-division level, except in program areas approved by the State Board of Education.

(10)  Each board of trustees has responsibility for policies related to students, enrollment of students, student activities and organizations, financial assistance, and other student services.

(a)  Each board of trustees shall govern admission of students pursuant to s. 1007.261 and rules of the State Board of Education. Each board of trustees may consider the past actions of any person applying for admission or enrollment and may deny admission or enrollment to an applicant because of misconduct if determined to be in the best interest of the university.

(b)  Each board of trustees shall establish student performance standards for the award of degrees and certificates.

(c)  Each board of trustees must identify its core curricula and work with school districts to ensure that its curricula coordinate with the core curricula and prepare students for college-level work.

(d)  Each board of trustees must adopt a written antihazing policy, appropriate penalties for violations of such policy, and a program for enforcing such policy.

(e)  Each board of trustees may establish a uniform code of conduct and appropriate penalties for violations of its rules by students and student organizations, including rules governing student academic honesty. Such penalties, unless otherwise provided by law, may include fines, the withholding of diplomas or transcripts pending compliance with rules or payment of fines, and the imposition of probation, suspension, or dismissal.

(f)  Each board of trustees shall establish 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.

(g)  Each board of trustees must adopt a policy pursuant to s. 1006.53 that reasonably accommodates the religious observance, practice, and belief of individual students in regard to admissions, class attendance, and the scheduling of examinations and work assignments.

(h)  A board of trustees may establish intrainstitutional and interinstitutional programs to maximize articulation pursuant to s. 1007.22.

(i)  Each board of trustees shall approve the internal procedures of student government organizations.

(11)  Each board of trustees shall establish fees pursuant to ss. 1009.24 and 1009.26.

(12)  Each board of trustees shall submit an institutional budget request, including a request for fixed capital outlay, and an operating budget to the State Board of Education for approval in accordance with guidelines established by the State Board of Education.

(13)  Each board of trustees shall account for expenditures of all state, local, federal, and other funds in the manner described by the Department of Education.

(14)  Each board of trustees shall develop a strategic plan specifying institutional goals and objectives for the university for recommendation to the State Board of Education.

(15)  Each board of trustees shall develop an accountability plan pursuant to guidelines established by the State Board of Education.

(16)  Each board of trustees shall maintain an effective information system to provide accurate, timely, and cost-effective information about the university.

(17)  Each board of trustees is authorized to secure comprehensive general liability insurance pursuant to s. 1004.24.

(18)  Each board of trustees may provide for payment of the costs of civil actions against officers, employees, or agents of the board pursuant to s. 1012.965.

(19)  Each board of trustees shall establish the personnel program for all employees of the university, including the president, pursuant to the provisions of chapter 1012 and, in accordance with rules and guidelines of the State 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, leave policies, recognition and awards, inventions and works, travel, learning opportunities, exchange programs, 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. The Department of Management Services shall retain authority over state university employees for programs established in ss. 110.123, 110.161, 110.1232, 110.1234, and 110.1238 and in chapters 121, 122, and 238.

(20)  Each board of trustees may consider the past actions of any person applying for employment and may deny employment to a person because of misconduct if determined to be in the best interest of the university.

(21)  Each board of trustees shall appoint a presidential search committee to make recommendations to the full board of trustees, from which the board of trustees may select a candidate for ratification by the State Board of Education.

(22)  Each board of trustees shall conduct an annual evaluation of the president in accordance with rules of the State Board of Education and submit such evaluations to the State Board of Education for review. The evaluation must address the achievement of the performance goals established by the accountability process implemented pursuant to s. 1008.46 and the performance of the president in achieving the annual and long-term goals and objectives established in the institution's employment equity accountability program implemented pursuant to s. 1012.95.

(23)  Each board of trustees constitutes the contracting agent of the university.

(24)  Each board of trustees may enter into agreements for, and accept, credit card payments as compensation for goods, services, tuition, and fees.

(25)  Each board of trustees may establish educational research centers for child development pursuant to s. 1011.48.

(26)  Each board of trustees may develop and produce work products relating to educational endeavors that are subject to trademark, copyright, or patent statutes pursuant to s. 1004.23.

(27)  Each board of trustees shall submit to the State Board of Education, for approval, all new campuses and instructional centers.

(28)  Each board of trustees shall administer a program for the maintenance and construction of facilities pursuant to chapter 1013.

(29)  Each board of trustees shall ensure compliance with the provisions of s. 287.09451 for all procurement and ss. 255.101 and 255.102 for construction contracts, and rules adopted pursuant thereto, relating to the utilization of minority business enterprises, except that procurements costing less than the amount provided for in CATEGORY FIVE as provided in s. 287.017 shall not be subject to s. 287.09451.

(30)  Each board of trustees may exercise the right of eminent domain pursuant to the provisions of chapter 1013. Any suits or actions brought by the board of trustees shall be brought in the name of the board of trustees, and the Department of Legal Affairs shall conduct the proceedings for, and act as the counsel of, the board of trustees.

(31)  Notwithstanding the provisions of s. 253.025, each board of trustees may, with the consent of the Board of Trustees of the Internal Improvement Trust Fund, sell, convey, transfer, exchange, trade, or purchase real property and related improvements necessary and desirable to serve the needs and purposes of the university.

(a)  The board of trustees may secure appraisals and surveys. The board of trustees shall comply with the rules of the Board of Trustees of the Internal Improvement Trust Fund in securing appraisals. Whenever the board of trustees finds it necessary for timely property acquisition, it may contract, without the need for competitive selection, with one or more appraisers whose names are contained on the list of approved appraisers maintained by the Division of State Lands in the Department of Environmental Protection.

(b)  The board of trustees may negotiate and enter into an option contract before an appraisal is obtained. The option contract must state that the final purchase price may not exceed the maximum value allowed by law. The consideration for such an option contract may not exceed 10 percent of the estimate obtained by the board of trustees or 10 percent of the value of the parcel, whichever is greater, unless otherwise authorized by the board of trustees.

(c)  This subsection is not intended to abrogate in any manner the authority delegated to the Board of Trustees of the Internal Improvement Trust Fund or the Division of State Lands to approve a contract for purchase of state lands or to require policies and procedures to obtain clear legal title to parcels purchased for state purposes. Title to property acquired by a university board of trustees prior to January 7, 2003, and to property acquired with funds appropriated by the Legislature shall vest in the Board of Trustees of the Internal Improvement Trust Fund.

(32)  Each board of trustees shall prepare and adopt a campus master plan pursuant to s. 1013.30.

(33)  Each board of trustees shall prepare, adopt, and execute a campus development agreement pursuant to s. 1013.30.

(34)  Each board of trustees has responsibility for compliance with state and federal laws, rules, regulations, and requirements.

(35)  Each board of trustees may govern traffic on the grounds of that campus pursuant to s. 1006.66.

(36)  A board of trustees has responsibility for supervising faculty practice plans for the academic health science centers.

(37)  Each board of trustees shall prescribe conditions for direct-support organizations and university health services support organizations to be certified and to use university property and services. Conditions relating to certification must provide for audit review and oversight by the board of trustees.

(38)  Each board of trustees shall actively implement a plan, in accordance with guidelines of the State 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.

(39)  Notwithstanding the provisions of s. 216.351, a 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.

(40)  Each board of trustees may adopt rules and procedures related to data and technology, including information systems, communications systems, computer hardware and software, and networks.

(41)  A board of trustees shall perform such other duties as are provided by law or rule of the State Board of Education.

History.--s. 86, ch. 2002-387; s. 3, ch. 2003-91.

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