Board of Trustees
Approved: November 16, 2001
Section I: Board Procedures
Subsection: A. Board of Trustees: Authority
A. The Board of Trustees: Authority
Powers and Duties
The Board of Trustees of Western Illinois University is a body corporate
and politic of the State of Illinois created to operate, manage, control,
and maintain Western Illinois University. It shall have all the powers
and duties specified in 110 Illinois Compiled Statutes 690/35
et seq., as may be amended from time to time. The Board of Trustees
shall be referred to in these regulations as the "Board of Trustees"
or the "Board," and Western Illinois University shall be referred to
as "Western Illinois University" or the "University."
Although the Board is responsible for assuring that its policies and
regulations are followed, it shall not participate in the details of
institutional management delegated to the University administration.
Members of the Board, as representatives of the State and its citizens,
may exercise official Board authority only when the Board is in session
or when trustees are acting on behalf of the Board pursuant of its direction.
Committees of the Board may be created from time to time to function
only as fact-finding, deliberating, and advisory bodies that may present
proposals to the Board for approval.
The Board of Trustees is charged by law with full responsibility for
governing the University. Although the Board properly and necessarily
delegates authority to designated officers, it cannot divest itself
of its ultimate legal responsibility.
Adoption, Amendment, and Repeal of Board Regulations
Board Regulations are general statements of policy or procedure adopted
by the Board concerning the conduct and operation of the Board or the
- Board Regulations may be adopted, amended, or
repealed at any regular meeting of the Board by a majority vote
of the voting membership of the Board. Requests for the adoption,
amendment, or repeal of Board Regulations shall be submitted to
the President, who shall notify the Board's Chairperson of such
requests. The President shall report such requests with recommendations
for action to the Board. Except as specified in paragraphs c. and
d. below, the adoption, amendment, or repeal of Board Regulations
shall occur only after a proposal for adoption, amendment, or repeal
has been presented to the Board for first reading by the President.
Board Regulations should be automatically revised to place them
in compliance with State of Illinois Statutes. Such revisions will
be brought to the Board for information, but will not require Board
- Board action on the proposal shall not be taken
earlier than the next regular meeting following first reading. During
the interim between first reading and Board action, the President
shall publicly post to the University community for comment the
proposed revisions. Up to ten days prior to the Board meeting at
which action is to be taken, members of the faculty, staff, and
student body may submit their views and comments in writing to the
President for distribution to the Board together with the President's
recommendation for action on the proposal.
- The President is authorized to make nonsubstantive
amendments to the Board Regulations as may be necessary for such
purposes as name or title changes, correcting typographical errors
and cross-references, and updating citations.
- When justified by timing considerations or the
nature of the subject matter, proposals for adoption, amendment,
or repeal of Board Regulations may be acted upon by the Board at
the time of first reading.
- Interpretations of Board Regulations shall be
issued in writing by the President upon request of Board members
or upon the President's own initiative.