Proposed Revision to 201.7 - By-laws
OF THE MONTANA BOARD OF REGENTS
OF HIGHER EDUCATION
ARTICLE I. Name
The legal name of the board is The Board of Regents of Higher Education.
ARTICLE II. Objectives
The objectives of the board are to supervise, coordinate, manage and control the Montana University System and to supervise and coordinate other public educational institutions assigned by law.
ARTICLE III. Membership
The board consists of seven members appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Senate.
Not more than four may
be from one congressional district and not more than four may be affiliated with the same
political party. One of the members of the
board shall be a student appointed by the governor who is registered full-time at a unit of
higher education under jurisdiction of the board. The
length of the term of the student member shall be not less than one year and not more than
four years. The student membership shall not
be subject to the congressional district nor the political party constraint mentioned
above. Appointed members' terms are seven
years. Vacancies shall be filled for the
remainder of the unfilled term.
ARTICLE IV. Officers
The officers of the board consist of a chair
vice-chair man and secretary. The chair man and vice-chairman shall be elected from
the appointed membership of the board for a period of two years or to the expiration of
his or her term on the board, whichever comes first. In the absence of the chair man, the vice-chair man will preside. If
the office of chair man or vice-chair man is vacated prior to the expiration of the term, the board will hold an election to fill
the vacated office. The newly elected officer
will serve for the remainder of the term. The
commissioner of higher education will serve as secretary to the board.
ARTICLE V. Meetings
The board shall meet not less than quarterly.
Other meetings may be called by the governor, the chair
man of the board, the secretary or on the request of four appointed members.
The secretary shall notify each member by mail of scheduled meetings at least seven days in advance.
ARTICLE VI. Quorum
A majority of the appointed members of the board shall constitute a quorum.
ARTICLE VII. Committees
All committees shall be appointed by the chair
committees shall be as follows:
Special committees may be appointed from time to time by order of the board.
The commissioner of higher education is an ex-officio, non-voting member of all committees.
ARTICLE VIII. Executive Sessions
by vote, and consistent with the appropriate
constitutional and statutory provisions, may go into executive session at any time. No public record shall be kept of executive
ARTICLE IX. Order of Business
The following shall be the regular order of business:
1. Roll call
2. Minutes of preceding minutes
3. Report of committees
4. Report of special committees
5. Unfinished business
6. New business
ARTICLE X. Communications
All official communications, reports and recommendations from representatives of the legislative and executive branches of state government, institutions, faculty members, employees and students, shall come to the attention of the board through the commissioner of higher education.
ARTICLE XI. Parliamentary Law
On questions of parliamentary law, Robert's Rules of Order shall prevail, except with respect to (1) introduction of motions, wherein Mason's rules will be applied, and (2) reconsideration of questions, wherein these by-laws shall be applied.
ARTICLE XII. Reconsideration of Questions
No question decided by a vote of the Board may be raised again, either in identical form or in a manner that raises substantially the same issue as previously decided, except under the following circumstances:
1. More than six months have passed since the last vote on the question; or
2. The question is raised by a Board member who was recorded as voting on the prevailing side on the last vote on the question.
ARTICLE XIII. Amendments
These by-laws may be added to or amended by a majority vote at any meeting of the board provided a quorum is present.
Any by-law may be suspended for one particular meeting by the unanimous consent of all appointed members present.
By-laws; Item 35-007-R0682, June 28, 1982 as revised September 14, 1984 and June 14, 1990.