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BYLAWS OF THE
UNIVERSITY OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS

(Amended By The Board Of Trustees On October 25, 1997,
August 5, 1999, March 4, 2000, February 12, 2004,
June 19, 2004, March,12, 2005 and June 24, 2006)


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BYLAWS OF THE
THE UNIVERSITY OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS

(Amended By The Board Of Trustees On October 25, 1997, August 5, 1999, March 4,
2000, February 12, 2004, June 19, 2004, March, 12, 2005 and June 24, 2006)


ARTICLE I SCOPE OF BYLAWS


These Bylaws govern the internal affairs of the Board of

Trustees ("Board") of the University of the Virgin Islands

("University") and the University of the Virgin Islands Fund

("Fund") and are authorized by Acts Nos. 851 and 852, approved

on March 16, 1962. (The provisions of Act Nos. 851 and 852 are

set forth in the Virgin Islands Code as Chapters 33 and 35,

respectively, of Title 17).'

Under the provisions of Title 17, Chapters 33 and 35, the

Board serves in a dual capacity:

(a) As a body politic and corporate for the purpose

of exercising general management and control of

the affairs of the University (17 V.IC. Section

453); and

(b) As a body politic and corporate for the purpose

of managing and exercising the powers conferred

upon the Fund (17 V.I.C. Section 492).



SAll references to Title 17 are to Title 17 of the Virgin
Islands Code.










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Pursuant to Title 17, Section 493, the Fund is specifically

authorized "to act for or represent the University in any

proceeding, action or other cause with respect to the

collection, acceptance or disbursement of funds, or the handling

or dealing with property, and the University and Fund for all

legal purposes and effects under the foregoing specification of

authority shall be deemed the same." In view of this identity

of the University and the Fund, and the same trustees on the

boards of each directing the affairs of both, unless

specifically required otherwise by the context, the term "Board"

or "Trustees" in these Bylaws refers to the governing authority

of either the University or the Fund.



ARTICLE II TRUSTEES



SECTION 1 Membership: In accordance with Title 17,

Section 455, the Board shall consist of seventeen voting

trustees, as follows:

(a) Ex-officio: The Chairman of the Board of

Education of the Virgin Islands, the Commissioner

of Education of the Virgin Islands and the










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President of the University ("President") by

statute are trustees ex-officio with full rights

to speak and to vote at Board meetings, except as

otherwise limited by Article III, Section 8 of

these Bylaws.

(b) Public Members: Nine public members shall serve

on the Board, who have been appointed by the

Governor with the advice and consent of the

Legislature. (Amended by BOT on June 19, 2004).

(i) Residency: At least five of the public

members shall be residents of the U.S.

Virgin Islands. (Amended by BOT on June 19,

2004).

(ii) Terms: The term of each public member shall

be five years.

(iii)Vacancy: Any person appointed to fill a

vacancy occurring prior to the expiration of

the term for which his or her predecessor

was appointed shall be appointed only for

the remainder of such term.

(iv) Appointment and Qualification of Successor:










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Each public member shall serve until the

appointment and qualification of his or her

successor unless he or she sooner resigns or

is removed for cause.

(c) Trustees Elected by the Board: Two members of

the Board shall be elected by the Board.

(i) Residents of the V.I.: At least one of the

two members shall be a resident of the U.S.

Virgin Islands.

(ii) Terms: The term of these elected trustees

shall be five years.

(iii)Appointment of Successor: An elected Board

member shall serve until the appointment by

the Board of his or her successor unless he

or she sooner resigns or is removed for

cause by the Board.

(d) Trustees Elected by the Student Body and Teaching

Faculty: One member of the Board shall be

elected by the student body, and one shall be

elected by the teaching faculty of the

University.










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(i) Student Trustee: The student trustee shall

be a voting member of the Board, a resident

of the U.S. Virgin Islands, enrolled full-

time, in good standing with the University

and elected by the student body of the

University.

(ii) Faculty Trustee: The faculty trustee shall

be a voting member of the Board and shall be

a full-time teaching faculty member elected

by the teaching faculty of the University.

(Amended by BOT on June 19, 2004).

(iii)Tenure: The tenure of the student trustee

and the faculty trustee on the Board shall

be one year, commencing on September 1 of

each year. The student trustee shall be

either a junior or senior at the time of his

or her election to the Board. The student

trustee's successors and the faculty

trustee's successors on the Board shall be

elected alternately from each campus of the

University.










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(iv) Appointment of Successor: An elected faculty

trustee or student trustee shall serve until

the appointment by his or her respective

constituency of his or her successor, unless

he or she sooner resigns, is no longer a

full-time teaching faculty member, is

removed for cause by the Board.

(e) Trustee Elected by the Alumni Association: One

member of the Board shall be elected by the UVI

Alumni Association.

(i) Alumni Trustee: The alumni trustee shall

be a voting member of the Board and shall be

elected from among the members of existing

alumni association chapters. No chapter

shall have two consecutive members on the

Board.

(ii) Tenure: The tenure of the alumni trustee

shall be three years.

(iii) Appointment of Successor: An elected

faculty trustee or student trustee shall

serve until the appointment by his or her










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respective constituency of his or her

successor, unless he or she sooner resigns,

is no longer a member of the alumni

association or is removed for cause by the

Board.

(New Subsection (e) added by BOT on June 19,

2004).


Section 2 Resignation:

(a) Resignation of Ex-officio or Public Member: An

ex-officio or public member of the Board may

resign from the Board at any time provided that

notice of such resignation is given to the

Governor and to the Board in writing. Such

resignation shall take effect from the time of

its receipt by the Governor or the Board.

(Amended by the BOT on March 12, 2005)..

(b) Resignation of Student, Faculty or Alumni

Association Trustee Or Trustee Elected By the

Board: A trustee elected by the Board, a student

trustee, a faculty trustee, or an alumni










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association trustee may resign from the Board at

any time provided that notice of such resignation

is given to the Board in writing. Such

resignation shall take effect upon its receipt by

the Board. (Amended by BOT on June 19, 2004 and

March 12, 2005).



Section 3 Removal of Public Member: The Board may, by a

vote of a majority of its members, request the Governor to

terminate the appointment of one or more of its public members

because of lack of interest or for other cause, and to nominate

a successor.



Section 4 Powers: The Board shall have all powers

customarily exercised by the governing board of trustees of a

college or university including, by way of illustration but not

in limitation of such powers, the following:

(a) General Management: For the purpose of

exercising general management and

control of the affairs of the

University, all of the powers set forth










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in Title 17, Section 454.

(b) Enact Bylaws, Rules and Regulations:

To enact these Bylaws and enact rules

and regulations for the conduct of its

business and the government of the

University, and to amend the same when

necessary.

(c) Adopt A Seal: To adopt a seal and,

when necessary, alter the same.

(d) Designate Sureties And Bonds: To

designate the sureties and bonds

required of its officers, employees and

agents.

(e) Borrow Money: To authorize the

borrowing of money for capital projects

and improvements under terms agreeable

to the Board.

(f) Fix Tuition: To fix tuition and other

fees.

(g) To Receive Reports on Appointments Or

Removal: In accordance with Title 17,










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Section 457, to receive reports from

the President of the University

regarding the appointment or removal of

executive University personnel by the

President. Executive University

personnel is defined as the President

or an individual responsible for the

management and supervision of a large

component of the institution; and who

primarily supervises administrative,

managerial, and professional personnel.

(Amended by BOT on June 19, 2004).

(h) Authorize the Execution of Contracts:

To authorize the execution of contracts

that are more significant in purpose or

cost than the contracts ordinarily

entered into by the University in the

ordinary course of business.

(i) Establish Academic Requirements: To establish and

approve the requirements for academic degrees,

including honorary degrees, as are common to










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universities.

(j)


(Amended by the BOT on March 12, 2005).

Lease or Dispose of Real Property: To

authorize the lease, sale, mortgage or

disposition of any real property which

comes into possession of the

University.


Section 5 Limitations: The Board shall not adopt nor

permit standards of admission to the University that do not

apply equally and upon the same basis to all qualified

applicants for admission to the University.






ARTICLE III MEETINGS


Section 1 Board Meetings: In accordance with Title 17,

Section 456, the Board shall meet at least twice annually. The

Board shall hold the following meetings:

(a) Annual Meetings: The Annual Meeting shall be

held on or about the 1st day of June of each

year, or on such other date as the Board may










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designate, for the purpose of electing officers

of the Board and the transaction of such business

as may come before the meeting.

(b) Regular Meetings: Regular meetings shall be

held on such dates as the Board may designate,

for the transaction of such business as may come

before the meeting.

(c) Special Meetings: A special meeting may be

called by the Chairman or by any three trustees

for such purposes as are specified in the call of

the meeting.

(d) Teleconferencing: Annual meetings, regular

meetings and special meetings may be held via

telephone conference call, video teleconferencing

or other means of communication that, in the

judgment of the Chair, allows all trustees to

participate, speak and be heard by each other

without being physically present in one location;

the official place and time of the meeting,

nevertheless, shall be the place and time

designated in the notice of the meeting. Proxy










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voting by any member of the Board of Trustees is

not authorized. (Amended by BOT on March 12,

2005)..


Section

held at such


2 Place of Meetings: Board meetings may be

place or places as may be determined by the Board.


Section 3 Rules: General parliamentary rules such as

Roberts Rules of Order, as modified by rules and regulations of

the Board, shall be observed in conducting meetings of the

Board.



Section 4 Quorum: A quorum shall consist of any nine

trustees.

(a) Actions Taken by Quorum: All actions taken by vote of

a majority of those trustees present when a quorum has

been established shall constitute action by the Board

except with regard to matters expressly requiring an

affirmative vote of the majority of the membership.

(b) Unanimous Written Consent: Unanimous written consent

of the membership of the Board to any action shall










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have the same effect as a vote of the membership at a

meeting duly called and held. Proxy voting by any

member of the Board of Trustees is not authorized.

(Amended by BOT on March 12, 2005)..




Section 5 Notice of Meetings:

(a) Advance written notice of all annual, regular and

special meetings of the Board shall be sent out by the

Secretary or on the secretary's behalf to each member

of the Board by delivering written notice personally,

by mail, facsimile, email or by telegram so as to

reach

each trustee at his or her last known address at least

ten days prior to the date of the meeting. Notice

shall

also be given to the public of all meetings of the

Board by the posting of notice on the University's

website, and in the library on each campus at least

ten

calendar days prior to the date of each Board

meeting.










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(Amended by BOT June 24, 2006).



(b) An agenda may but need not be included with the

written

notice to each Board member or with the notice posted

on the University's website, and in the library on

each

campus. If mailed, such notice shall be deemed to be

delivered when deposited in the U.S. Mail in a sealed

envelope so addressed, with postage thereon prepaid.

If notice is given by telegram, facsimile or email,

such notice shall be deemed to be delivered when the

telegram is delivered to the telegraph company or the

notice is transmitted by facsimile or email. Every

notice of a meeting of the Board shall state the time

and place of such meeting, and whether all or any

portion of the meeting is planned to be open or closed

to the public. In the event a portion of the meeting

is to be closed, then the notice must specify the

reasons for the closure, but neither the business to

be transacted at, nor the purpose of, such meeting









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need be specified in the notice of such meeting,

unless specifically required by law, the Board, or

these Bylaws. (Amended by BOT on June 19, 2004, and

June 24,2006).





















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Section 6 Waiver of Notice: Anything in these Bylaws or

in any resolution adopted by the Board to the contrary

notwithstanding, whenever any notice is required to be given to

any trustee of any meeting of the Board for any purpose by these

Bylaws, or by law, a written waiver of notice, signed before or

after the meeting by the trustee or trustees entitled to such










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notice, shall be equivalent to the giving of such notice. The

attendance of any trustee at any meeting shall constitute a

waiver of notice of such meeting, except where a trustee attends

a meeting for the express purpose of objecting to the

transaction of any business because the meeting is not lawfully

called or convened. Neither the business to be transacted at,

nor the purpose of, any meeting need be specified in the waiver

of notice of any meeting, unless specifically required by law.



Section 7 Minutes: Minutes shall be kept of the

proceedings at each Board meeting. Prior to the final approval,

publication and filing of these minutes, draft copies shall be

sent to each trustee, and each trustee shall be given an

opportunity to record his or her agreement or disagreement with

the draft at the next meeting of the Board.



Section 8 Conflict of Interest: In accordance with Title

17, Section 469 of the Virgin Islands Code, and the Conflict of

Interest and Disclosure Policy of the Board of Trustees of the

University of the Virgin Islands, as may be amended from time to

time, a Trustee has a conflict of interest if he or she acquires










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a personal interest, direct or indirect, in any project or in

any property included or planned to be included in any project,

or in any contract or proposed contract relating to any project

or receives a substantial benefit from or has a substantial

business interest in any organization that does business with

the University. Pursuant to the Conflict of Interest and

Disclosure Policy of the Board of Trustees of the University of

the Virgin Islands, disclosure, abstention and annual reporting

rules are established to govern a Trustee's conflict with the

proper discharge of his or her duties in the public interest,

and his or her responsibilities as prescribed in the laws of the

Virgin Islands. (Amended by BOT on March 12, 2005).










ARTICLE IV OFFICERS OF THE BOARD



Section 1 Officers: The officers of the Board shall

consist of a Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary to the Board, and such

other officers as the Board may wish to elect, at the annual










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meeting of the Board. The President shall serve ex-officio as

the Secretary to the Board. In case of a vacancy in the

officers of the Board, an election will be held to fill such

vacancy at the next meeting of the Board provided that notice of

such election has been given in the call of the meeting.



Section 2 Chair: The duties of the Chair of the Board

shall be as follows:

(a) Preside at Meetings: To preside at all meetings of

the Board;

(b) Sign Diplomas and Certificates: Together with the

President, to sign all diplomas;

(c) Ex-officio Member: To be an ex-officio member of all

Board committees;

(d) Prepare Agenda: To prepare the agenda for each Board

meeting with the assistance of the President;

(e) Execute Contract: To execute all contracts authorized

by the Board that require his or her signature;

(f) Appoint Committee Chairs: To appoint the members of

the standing committees of the Board and designate the

chairs thereof;










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(g) General Charge of Business: To have general charge

of the business of the Board between meetings.



Section 3 Vice Chair: The Vice-Chair shall perform the

duties and exercise the powers of the Chair during the latter's

absence from Board meetings or as a result of disability.



Section 4 Secretary to the Board: The duties of the

Secretary to the Board shall be as follows:

(a) Attend Meetings: To attend all meetings of the Board

and to attest to resolutions adopted by the Board at

such meetings;

(b) Ex-Officio Service on Standing Committees: To serve

as an ex-officio member of all standing committees of

the Board, as referenced in Article VI, Section 1

hereof. (Added by the BOT on March 12, 2005)..

(c) Preserve Books: To preserve in the books and records

of the University minutes of the proceedings of each

meeting;

(d) Custodian of Minutes: To be custodian of the minutes

of all Board and committee meetings;










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(e) Send out Notices: To send out notices of Board

meetings and minutes thereof;

(f) Notify Persons: To notify all persons concerned of

the actions of the Board which require such notice;

(g) File And Protect Bonds And Sureties: To see that all

bonds and sureties required by the Board are filed and

protected;

(h) Temporary Secretary: In the absence or disability of

the Secretary to the Board, the Board shall elect a

temporary secretary.



Section 5 Resignations: Any Board officer may resign

from office at any time by giving written notice to the Board,

the Chair, or the Secretary to the Board. Any such resignation

shall take effect on the date of receipt of such notice by the

Board or at any later time therein specified; and, unless

otherwise specified, need not be accepted by the Board to be

effective.



Section 6 Removal: Any Board officer may be removed

from office by the Board by resolution adopted at any meeting of










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the Board.



ARTICLE V CORPORATE OFFICERS OF THE UNIVERSITY



Section 1 Officers: In addition to the Chair, Vice

Chair and Secretary to the Board, the officers of the University

shall be the President, the Provost, the Vice Presidents, and

the Chancellors. The Vice President for Administration and

Finance shall be the corporate Secretary/Treasurer of the

University. (Amended by BOT on June 19, 2004).



Section 2 President: The Board shall elect by majority

vote of its membership the President of the University who shall

be its chief executive officer. He or she shall continue in

office in accordance with the terms of his or her appointment as

determined by the Board.

(a) Vacancy: In the event the position of President

becomes vacant, the Provost shall serve as Acting

President unless or until the Board shall elect

at the Annual Meeting of the Board, or at a

regular or special meeting, an Acting President










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to serve until such time as a permanent

replacement may be appointed. (Amended by BOT on

June 19, 2004).

(b) Responsibilities of the President: The

responsibilities of the President shall be as

follows:

(i) Execute Policies and Directives: To execute

the policies and directives of the Board;

(ii) Appointment and Removal of Personnel: To

appoint and remove all University officers,

excluding officers of the Board but

including Vice Presidents and other

University personnel, in accordance with

policies, rules and regulations promulgated

by the Board;

(iii)Assign Duties and Responsibilities: To

assign duties and responsibilities to

University personnel;

(iv) Official Medium: To be the official

spokesperson for the University among the

Board, the faculty, the student body, the










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executive and legislative branches of the

Government of the Virgin Islands, and the

general public;

(v) Annual Report: To make an annual report to

the Board on the work and condition of the

University and to present such special

reports, surveys and proposals to the Board

as the President may be directed to prepare

or as he or she may deem appropriate;

(vi) Confer Diplomas: Upon certification by the

faculty and the Provost of satisfaction of

the requirements for academic degrees, to

sign diplomas and confer degrees; (Amended

by BOT on June 19, 2004).

(vii) Execute Deeds, Etc.: To execute such

deeds, releases, notes, obligations and

contracts as the Board may authorize or

direct;

(viii) Recommend Rules and Regulations: To

recommend for adoption by the Board such

rules and regulations for the University as










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he or she deems appropriate;

(ix) Prepare Annual Budget: To prepare for

approval by the Board and submission to the

Legislature annual budgets of both capital

funds and current expenses together with

such explanatory materials as will justify

these budgets;

(x) Bring Suit and Defend: To retain legal

counsel to bring suit on behalf of and to

defend suits brought against the University,

and to compromise or settle the same.



Section 3 Secretary/Treasurer:

(a) Duties of the Secretary/Treasurer: The duties of

the Secretary/Treasurer shall be as follows:

(i) File Bond or Obligation: To file a bond or

obligation in an amount to be determined by

the Board for the faithful performance of

the duties of his or her office;

(ii) To Handle Receipts, Deposits, Etc.: To have

general charge, subject to the policies of










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the Board, of the receipts, deposits,

investments, disbursements and accounting of

the University and the Fund.

(iii) Compliance with Title 17, Section 494: To

comply with Title 17, Section 494 and

deposit funds appropriated by the

Legislature in an account maintained by the

University and administered in accordance

with procedures established by the

Commissioner of Finance.

(iv) Render Quarterly Financial Reports:

To render timely financial reports through

the President to the Board as well as such

other reports as the Board, the President or

the Legislature may require.

(v) Prepare Annual Budget: To assist the

President in the preparation of the annual

budget and to take the necessary steps to

insure that actual expenditures do not

exceed budgeted amounts without Board

approval.










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(vi) Preserve Records of Financial Transactions:

To preserve a complete record of all

financial transactions.

(vii) Corporate Seal: To have custody of the

Seal of the University;

(viii) Comprehensive Audit: To ensure, with

the Board of Trustees, that an annual

independent, comprehensive financial audit

is conducted. (Added by BOT on March 12,

2005)



Section 4 Removal: Without limiting the power of the

President to appoint and remove the Vice Presidents, the

Provost, and the Chancellors, all of whom the President has the

power to appoint and remove pursuant to Title 17, Section 457,

in accordance with rules and regulations promulgated by the

Board of Trustees, any University officer may be removed for

cause from the office that he or she occupies, by resolution

adopted at any meeting of the Board by vote of a majority of the

membership of the Board, but such removal shall be without










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prejudice to the contract or employment rights, if any, of the

person so removed from office. (Amended by BOT on June 19,

2004).






Section 5 Resignations: Any corporate officer of the

University may resign at any time by giving written notice to

the Board, the Chair or the Secretary to the Board. Any such

resignation shall take effect on the date of receipt of such

notice or at any later time therein specified; and, unless

otherwise specified, need not be accepted by the Board to be

effective.



ARTICLE VI COMMITTEES



Section 1 Standing Committees: The standing committees

of the Board shall be the Executive Committee, the Academic,

Research and Student Affairs Committee the Planning Committee,

the Buildings and Grounds Committee, the Development Committee,

the Finance and Budget Committee and the Committee on Trustees..

As set forth in Article IV, Section 4 hereof, the Secretary of










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the Board shall serve as an ex-officio member of all standing

committees of the Board. (Amended by BOT on February 21, 2004),

Further amended by BOT on March 12, 2005).


(a) Executive Committee: Presided over by the Board

Chair and the Vice Chair in the event that the

Chair is unavailable, the Executive Committee

shall consist of the Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary

of the Board and the chairs of all standing

Committees. It shall (i) ensure that the Board

fulfills its responsibilities; (ii) oversee the

University's planning process and progress; (iii)

monitor the President's performance and (iv) act

on behalf of the full Board in emergencies. The

Executive Committee may act for the Board between

Board meetings, in the event of emergencies

requiring Board action. The Executive Committee

shall report to the Board at its next meeting on

all actions taken by it, and the Board shall

ratify or revoke such actions.

(b) Academic, Research and Student Affairs Committee:










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The Academic, Research and Student Affairs

Committee shall review and recommend programs and

personnel policies integral to fulfilling the

academic, research and outreach missions of the

University and ensuring high quality student

life. (Amended by BOT on February 21, 2004).

(c) Buildings and Grounds Committee: The Buildings

and Grounds Committee shall provide broad

oversight responsibility for the University's

capital development program, land, buildings, and

equipment.

(d) Development Committee: The Development Committee

shall provide guidance and have oversight of

policies for long-term fund raising, annual gift

giving, alumni affairs and public relations.

(e) Finance and Budget Committee: The Finance and

Budget Committee shall be responsible for: (i)

overseeing current financial operations and

results; and (ii) ensuring that a viable long-

range financial plan for the University is in

place and periodically updated.










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(f) Planning Committee: The Planning Committee shall

ensure that the University engages in continuous

long range and strategic planning in fulfilling

its mission.

(g) Committee on Trustees: The Committee on Trustees

shall ensure that the Board's membership and

leadership consists of highly qualified and

committed individuals; ensure that the regular

programs of new trustees and in-service education

are maintained; periodically recommend

initiatives by which the board shall assess its

performance; establish and ensure appropriate

standards for the review and assessment of the

President's performance; and review and propose

amendments to the Bylaws for the University. In

addition, the Committee on Trustees shall serve

as the Board's agent in reviewing the performance

of incumbent trustees and board officers who are

eligible for re-election. As often as may be

required, the Committee shall assemble a list of

qualified candidates for possible nomination to










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the Board and propose and review the adequacy of

the statement of trustee responsibilities as

adopted by the Board. (Added by BOT on March 12,

2005).



Section 2 Special Committees: From time to time the

Board, by resolution, may create special committees to discharge

such functions that may not be within the purview of a standing

committee of the Board.


Section 3 Committee Reports and Membership:

(a) Report to Board: All committees shall report to

the Board at its regular and special meetings.

(b) Committee Members: In addition to one or more

trustees, each committee may include one or more

members who are not trustees, provided, however,

that a majority of the committee shall be members

of the Board.


Section 4

(a)


- Committee Meetings:

Committee Meetings: Meetings shall be held on










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such dates as the committee chair may designate,

for the transaction of such business as may come

before the committee.

(b) Teleconferencing: Meetings may be held via

telephone conference call, video teleconferencing

or other means of communication that, in the

judgment of the committee chair, allows all

members to participate, speak and be heard by

each other without being physically present in

one location; the official place and time of the

meeting, nevertheless, shall be the place and

time designated in the notice of the meeting.



Section 5 Place of Meetings: Committee meetings may

be held at such place or places as may be determined by the

committee chair.



Section 6 Rules: General parliamentary rules such as

Roberts Rules of Order, as may be modified by rules and

regulations of the Board, shall be observed in conducting

meetings of committees of the Board.










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Section 7 Quorum: A quorum shall consist of a majority of

the membership of the committee.

(a) Actions Taken By Quorum: All actions taken by vote of

a majority of those members present when a quorum has

been established shall constitute action by the

committee.

(b) Unanimous Written Consent: Written consent of the

majority of the membership of a committee to any

action shall have the same effect as a vote of the

committee at a meeting duly called and held.



Section 8 Notice of Meetings:

(a) Advance notice of all committee meetings shall be sent

out by the committee chair or on the chairs behalf, to

each member of the committee by delivering written

notice personally, by mail, facsimile, email or by

telegram so as to reach each member at his or her last

known address at least five calendar days prior to the

date of the meeting. Notice shall also be given to the

public of all committee meetings by the posting of










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notice on the University's website, and in the library

on each campus at least five calendar days prior to

the date of each committee meeting. (Amended by BOT

June 24, 2006).

(b) An agenda may but need not be included with the

written notice to each Board member. If mailed, such

notice shall be deemed to be delivered when deposited

in the U.S. Mail in a sealed envelope so addressed,

with postage thereon prepaid If notice is given by

facsimile, email or telegram, such notice shall be

deemed to be delivered when the telegram is delivered

to the telegraph company or the notice is transmitted

by facsimile or email. Every notice of a meeting

shall state the time and place of such meeting, and

whether all or any portion of the meeting is planned

to be open or closed to the public. In the event a

portion of the meeting is to be closed, then the

notice must specify the reasons for the closure, but

neither the business to be transacted at, nor the

purpose of, such meeting need be specified in the

notice of such meeting, unless specifically required










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by law, the Board, or these bylaws. (Amended by BOT on

June 19, 2004, and on June 24, 2006).



Section 9 Waiver of Notice: Anything in these Bylaws or

in any resolution adopted by the Board to the contrary

notwithstanding, whenever any notice is required to be given to

any committee member of any meeting for any purpose by these

Bylaws, or by law, a written waiver of notice, signed before or

after the meeting by a committee member or members entitled to

such notice, shall be equivalent to the giving of such notice.

The attendance of any member at any committee meeting shall

constitute a waiver of notice of such meeting, except where a

member attends a meeting for the express purpose of objecting to

the transaction of any business because the meeting is not

lawfully called or convened. Neither the business to be

transacted at, nor the purpose of, any meeting need be specified

in the waiver of notice of any meeting.



ARTICLE VII FACULTY AND STAFF OF THE UNIVERSITY


Section 1 Faculty:










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(a) Composition: The faculty of the University shall

consist of persons in full-time positions with

50% or more teaching and/or research assignment

and designated as professors, research

professors, associate professors, research

associate professors, assistant professors,

research assistant professors and professional

librarians. Faculty with 50% or more of their

assignments in teaching are classified as

teaching faculty. The faculty may also include

other professional staff members determined by

the President to hold equivalent rank.

(b) Meetings: The teaching faculty and professional

librarians shall meet as often as necessary, but

at least once each academic semester. Governance

policies and procedures for the teaching faculty

and professional librarians are specified in the

Faculty Bylaws as included in the Appendix of the

Faculty Policy Manual. Policies and procedures

for the research faculty are specified in the UVI

Human Resources Management Policy Manual.










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(c) Duties: The teaching faculty and professional

librarians in accordance with the Faculty Bylaws

as included in the Appendix of the Faculty Policy

Manual, shall have the following powers and

duties:

(i) Prescribe Requirements for Admission: To

prescribe, subject to approval by the President

and the Board, requirements for admission,

courses of study and the nature of degrees to

be conferred.

(ii) Participate in the Establishment of Rules

and Regulations: To participate in the

establishment of academic and administrative

rules and regulations and to enforce such rules

and regulations with the assistance of the

President and the Provost.

(iii) Recommend Candidates for Degrees: To

recommend to the Board, through the President,

candidates for degrees.


(d) Ranks: Teaching faculty members are classified in










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the following order: Professor, Associate

Professor, Assistant Professor and Instructor.

Research faculty are classified in the following

order: Research Professor, Research associate

professor and research assistant professor.

Provisions concerning the length of initial and

continuing employment of teaching and research

faculty members in the above ranks are contained

in the Faculty Bylaws as included in the Appendix

of the Faculty Policy Manual and the UVI Human

Resources Management Policy Manual respectively.

The Board may from time to time modify these

provisions as the Board deems necessary.

(e) Termination of Tenure and Non-Tenure Faculty:

Provisions for the termination or suspension for

cause of teaching faculty members holding tenure

or non-tenure positions are contained in the

Faculty Bylaws as included in the Appendix of the

Faculty Policy Manual and for research faculty in

the UVI Human Resources Management Policy Manual.

The Board may from time to time modify these










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provisions as the Board deems necessary.


Section 2 Staff:

(a) Classifications: University staff classifications

are as specified in the UVI Human Resources

Management Policy Manual.

(b) Governing Document: Staff governance policies

and procedures are specified in the UVI Human

Resources Management Policy Manual. (Art. VII,

Sec. 2 added by the BOT on June 19, 2004).


Section 3 Salary Schedule for Faculty and Staff: The

salary schedule for the remuneration of University personnel,

after receipt of the recommendation of the President, shall be

reviewed, modified or adopted by the Board as often as may be

necessary.



Section 4 Fringe Benefits for Faculty and Staff: The

Board shall establish policies governing such employee benefits

as a retirement plan, sabbatical policy and health insurance for

University personnel and they shall be reviewed and modified as










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often as may be necessary. (Article VII amended by BOT on June

19, 2004).



ARTICLE VIII INDEMNIFICATION

The University shall indemnify its trustees and officers

for judgments, fines (whether civil, criminal, administrative,

or investigative), amounts paid in settlements, costs, and

reasonable expenses, including attorney's fees, actually and

necessarily incurred as a result of any action or proceeding or

any appeal or collateral proceeding in connection therewith,

arising out of the discharge of their duties as trustees or

officers. A trustee or officer may receive the indemnification

provided under this section for any actual or alleged error or

misstatement or misleading statement or act or omission in the

discharge of his or her duties, or any matter claimed against

him or her solely by reason of his or her being an officer or

trustee, except for his or her own willful acts of misconduct

(such as fraud or dishonesty) or gross negligence. The

termination of any action, suit, or proceeding by judgment,

order, settlement, or upon a plea of nolo contender or its

equivalent, shall not, of itself, create a presumption that the










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officer or trustee engaged in a willful act of misconduct or

gross negligence.

ARTICLE IX AMENDMENTS

These Bylaws may be altered, amended, repealed or new

bylaws adopted at any meeting of the Board by a two-thirds vote

of the members of the Board provided that the proposed

amendments to be acted upon at any meeting shall have been

submitted to the trustees in writing as a part of the call of

the meeting. (Amended by the BOT on March 12, 2005)..




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