To outline the membership, authority, functions, and responsibilities of the University's
Board of Trustees.
Membership and Authority
As stated in Utah Code Ann 53B-2-104(1), the voting membership of the University of Utah Board of Trustees consists of ten
persons. Eight voting members are appointed by the governor with the approval of the
Utah State Senate. There are two ex-officio voting members who are elected by and
representing the University's alumni and current students: the President of the University
Alumni Association Board of Directors; and the President of the Associated Students
of the University of Utah.
In accord with Board of Regents Policy R223, the President of the University's Academic
Senate and the President of the University's Staff Council shall have the opportunity,
at their discretion, to participate in trustee meetings, and to provide point of policy
input and make reports to the Board.
Other functions and responsibilities are listed below.
To consult with the State Board of Regents on the appointment of the President of
To oversee the President of the University's exercise of enumerated and delegated
powers as defined in Utah Code 53B-2-106.
To perform such duties, responsibilities and functions as may be specifically delegated
and authorized by the State Board of Regents, or provided by duly approved rules and
regulations of the University.
To act on behalf of the University in facilitating communication between the University
and the community, in assisting in planning, implementing and executing fund raising
and development projects aimed at supplementing the university appropriations, in
perpetuating and strengthening alumni and community identification with the University's
traditions and goals, and in selecting those persons to be the recipients of honorary
degrees to be granted by the University.
To approve all candidates for earned degrees and diplomas authorized by law and the
board, conferred by the University.
To assist the President in the safeguarding of all University property and in providing
for the education, safety and welfare of all persons at the University.
To approve any debt policy to meet the needs and objective of the University in regards
to debt management. Regents' Policy R588-4, Institutional Debt
To exercise such powers and authorities, not specifically denied by the State Board
of Regents' policy and State law, as may be necessary and proper to assure the effective,
efficient administration and operation of the University. (See also University Policy 3-005 Board of Trustees' Review of Significant Transactions.)
Meetings of the Board of Trustees shall be held regularly, in most cases monthly.
Special meetings may be called by the chair, or vice-chair in the absence of the chair,
the President of the University, or a majority of the members.
A quorum for conducting the business of the Board of Trustees shall consist of six
voting members, provided however, that all matters requiring board determination shall
be presented to and considered by the entire board. Utah Code 53B-2-104(7).
The Executive Committee, also known as the Leadership Committee, shall have full authority
of the Board of Trustees to act upon routine matters during the interim between Board
of Trustees meetings. The Committee may act on non-routine matters only under extraordinary
and emergency circumstances and shall report its activities to the Board of Trustees
at its next regular meeting following the action. Utah Code 53B-2-104(6)
Audit Committee. The Board of Trustees will establish an Audit Committee to assist
the full board in fulfilling its oversight responsibilities for financial matters
as set forth in Regents Policy R565-3.2 and R565-4.1.2. The Committee is charged with the review of internal audits as designated in R220-C.11. The Committee shall determine which audit standards to apply R220-G.10 and shall abide by other responsibilities/charges as set forth in R565-4.2.2, R565-188.8.131.52, R565-184.108.40.206 and R565-4.6.2. The membership of the Committee shall be as prescribed in the Board of Trustee Bylaws 4.2, R565-4.3.2.
The Board of Trustees shall have the authority to establish other such committees
as it deems necessary to properly fulfill its responsibilities; provided, that such
committees shall be advisory only. Utah Code 53B-2-104(8).
[Note: Parts IV-VII of this Regulation (and all other University Regulations) are
Regulations Resource Information – the contents of which are not approved by the Academic
Senate or Board of Trustees, and are to be updated from time to time as determined
appropriate by the cognizant Policy Officer and the Institutional Policy Committee,
as per Policy 1-001 and Rule 1-001.]
Rules, Procedures, Guidelines, Forms and other related resources.
The designated contact officials for this Policy are:
Policy Owner (primary contact person for questions and advice): Liaison to the Board
Policy Officer: Secretary to the University
These officials are designated by the University President or delegee, with assistance
of the Institutional Policy Committee, to have the following roles and authority,
as provided in University Rule 1-001:
"A 'Policy Officer' will be assigned by the President for each University Policy,
and will typically be someone at the executive level of the University (i.e., the
President and his/her Cabinet Officers). The assigned Policy Officer is authorized
to allow exceptions to the Policy in appropriate cases..."
"The Policy Officer will identify an 'Owner' for each Policy. The Policy Owner is
an expert on the Policy topic who may respond to questions about, and provide interpretation
of the Policy; and will typically be someone reporting to an executive level position
(as defined above), but may be any other person to whom the President or a Vice President
has delegated such authority for a specified area of University operations. The Owner
has primary responsibility for maintaining the relevant portions of the Regulations
Library...[and] bears the responsibility for determining requirements of particular
Policies... "University Rule 1-001-III-B&E
Renumbering: Renumbered as Policy 2-002 effective 9/15/2008, formerly known as PPM
Current version: University Policy 2--002, Revision 3
Approved by the Academic Senate: February 2, 2016
Approved by the Board of Trustees: February 9, 2016
Revision 2: Effective dates: August 24, 1982 to February 8, 2016