2013 New Jersey Revised Statutes
Title 18A - EDUCATION
Section 18A:64E-18 - Authority, responsibilities of board trustees
18A:64E-18.Authority, responsibilities of board trustees
7. The board of trustees of the university shall have general supervision over and be vested with the conduct, control, management and administration of the university. It shall have the authority and responsibility to:
a. Adopt, use, and modify, as it deems appropriate, its corporate seal;
b. Determine the policies for the organization, administration and development of the university;
c. Approve the establishment of new educational programs and the discontinuance of existing educational programs at the university consistent with the university's programmatic mission as authorized by the State Board of Higher Education prior to July 1, 1994, or authorized thereafter in accordance with the provisions of the "Higher Education Restructuring Act of 1994," P.L.1994, c.48 (C.18A:3B-1 et seq.);
d. Study the educational and financial needs of the university, annually acquaint the Governor and Legislature with the condition of the university, and prepare and submit an annual request for appropriation to the Division of Budget and Accounting in the Department of the Treasury in accordance with law;
e. Disburse all moneys appropriated to the university by the Legislature and thereafter provided the university and disburse all moneys received from tuition, fees, auxiliary services and other sources;
f. Direct and control expenditures and transfers of funds appropriated and provided by the State through its legislative and executive branches and as to funds received from other sources, direct and control expenditures and transfers in accordance with the terms of any applicable trusts, gifts, bequests, or other special provisions. The university shall annually report changes and additions thereto and transfers thereof to the Director of the Division of Budget and Accounting in the Department of the Treasury. All accounts of the university shall be subject to audit by the State at any time;
g. Appoint and fix the compensation and term of office of a president of the university, who, as the executive officer of the university, shall be assigned that authority and delegated those duties that the board, consistent with law and duly adopted bylaws of the board, determines are in keeping with the purposes of this act and in the best interests of the university;
h. Consistent with the provisions of its budget, this act and any and all controlling collective bargaining agreements, have the power, upon nomination or recommendation of the president, to appoint, remove, promote and transfer all other officers, agents, or employees which may be required to carry out the provisions of this act and prescribe qualifications for those positions, and assign requisite duties and determine and fix respective compensation for those positions in accordance with duly adopted salary program parameters;
i. Subject to provision for impartial binding dispute resolution through collective bargaining or as provided by university policy and further subject to and limited by any law to the contrary, have final authority to determine controversies and disputes concerning tenure, personnel matters and other issues involving the university arising under Title 18A of the New Jersey Statutes. Any hearings conducted by the board pursuant to this section shall conform to the requirements of the "Administrative Procedure Act," P.L.1968, c.410 (C.52:14B-1 et seq.). The final administrative decision of the board, in any action enabled hereunder, is appealable to the Superior Court, Appellate Division;
j. Borrow money for the needs of the university, as deemed requisite by the board, in such amounts, for such time and upon such terms as may be determined by the board; provided that no such borrowing shall be deemed or construed to create or constitute a debt, liability, or a loan or pledge of the credit, or be payable out of property or funds, other than moneys appropriated for that purpose, of the State;
k. Purchase, lease, acquire by gifts, condemnation or otherwise, manage, use, control, encumber and dispose of property, or any interest therein, whether real, personal or mixed, including, but not limited to, all buildings and grounds, as necessary or deemed desirable for university purposes.
(1)Employ architects and engineers to plan buildings and other campus facilities; secure bids for the construction of buildings and for the equipment thereof; make contracts for the construction of buildings and for the equipment thereof; and supervise that construction;
(2)Accept from any government or governmental department, agency or other public or private body or from any other source grants or contributions of money or property which the board may use for or in aid of any of its purposes;
(3)Adopt standing operating rules and procedures for the purchase of all properties, whether real, personal or mixed and including all equipment, materials and supplies and for the purchase of all services. These rules and procedures shall include public competitive bidding ,where the sum to be expended exceeds $17,700 or the amount determined by the Governor as provided herein and the awarding of contracts to that responsible bidder whose bid, conforming to the invitation for bids, will be most advantageous to the university, price and other factors considered . This public bidding process shall not be required in those exceptions created by the board of trustees of the university, which shall be in substance those exceptions contained in sections 4 and 5 of P.L.1954, c.48 (C.52:34-9 and 10). Neither shall public bidding be required for the supplying of any product or the rendering of any service by a public utility, subject to the jurisdiction of the Board of Public Utilities of the State and tariffs and schedules of the charges, made, charged, or exacted by the public utility for any products to be supplied or services to be rendered as are filed with that board. Commencing January 1, 1997 and every two years thereafter, the Governor, in consultation with the Department of the Treasury, shall adjust the threshold amount set forth in this paragraph in direct proportion to the rise or fall of the consumer price index for all urban consumers in the New York City and the Philadelphia areas as reported by the United States Department of Labor. The Governor shall notify the university of the adjustment. The adjustment shall become effective on July 1 of the year in which it is reported.
This subsection shall not prevent the university from having any work done by its own employees, nor shall it apply to repairs, or to the furnishing of materials, supplies or labor or the hiring of equipment or vehicles, when the safety or protection of its or other public property or the public convenience requires or the exigency of the university's service will not admit of such advertisement. In such case, the university shall ,by resolution passed by an affirmative vote of its board of trustees, declare the exigency or emergency to exist, remediate as practicable and maintain appropriate records as to the reason for such awards, reporting as soon as practicable thereafter to its board of trustees on all such purchases, the amounts and the reasons therefor;
(4)Manage and maintain, and provide for the payment of all charges on and expenses in respect of, all properties utilized by the university;
(5)Invest certain moneys in such obligations, securities and other investments as the board shall deem prudent consistent with the purpose and provisions of this act and in accordance with State and federal law, as follows:
Investment in not for profit corporations or for profit corporations organized and operated pursuant to the provisions of subsection s. of this section may utilize income realized from the sale or licensing of intellectual property as well as the reinvestment of earnings on intellectual property. Investment in not for profit corporations may also utilize income from overhead grant fund recovery as permitted by federal law as well as other university funds except those specified in paragraph 4 of subsection s. of this section;
(6)Exercise the right of eminent domain, pursuant to the provisions of the "Eminent Domain Act of 1971," P.L.1971, c.361 (C.20:3-1 et seq.), to acquire any property or interest therein;
l. Fix and determine tuition rates, and other fees to be paid by students, after reasonable notice and public hearing pursuant to the provisions of the "Higher Education Restructuring Act of 1994," P.L.1994, c.48 (C.18A:3B-1 et seq.);
m. Grant diplomas, certificates or degrees;
n. Enter into contracts and agreements with the State or any of its political subdivisions or with the United States, or with any public body, department or other agency of the State or the United States or with any individual, firm or corporation which are deemed necessary or advisable by the board for carrying out the provisions of this act. A contract or agreement pursuant to this subsection may require a municipality to undertake obligations and duties to be performed subsequent to the expiration of the term of office of the elected governing body of the municipality which initially entered into or approved the contract or agreement, and the obligations and duties so incurred by the municipality shall be binding and of full force and effect, notwithstanding that the term of office of the elected members of the governing body of the municipality which initially entered into or approved that contract or agreement, shall have expired.
Pursuant to this subsection, the board of trustees may procure and enter into contracts for any type of insurance and indemnify against loss or damage to property from any cause, including loss of use and occupancy, against death or injury of any person, against employees' liability, against any act of any member, officer, employee or servant of the university, whether part-time, full-time, compensated or non-compensated in the performance of the duties of his office or employment or any other insurable risk. In addition, the university shall carry its own liability insurance or maintain an actuarially sound program of self-insurance. Any joint venture, subsidiary corporation, or partnership or other jural entity entered into or owned wholly or in part by the university shall maintain insurance or reserves in such amounts as are determined by an actuary to be sufficient to meet its actual or accrued claims;
o. Adopt bylaws and amend the same as deemed necessary from time to time and make, promulgate and modify at its pleasure such rules, regulations and orders, not inconsistent with the provisions of this act, as are deemed necessary and proper for the administration and operation of the university and to implement the provisions of this act;
p. Develop an institutional plan and determine the schools, departments, programs and degree levels to be offered by the university consistent with that plan and the university's programmatic mission as authorized by the State Board of Higher Education prior to July 1, 1994, or authorized thereafter in accordance with the provisions of the "Higher Education Restructuring Act of 1994," P.L.1994, c.48 (C.18A: 3B-1 et seq.);
q. Function as a public employer under the "New Jersey Employer-Employee Relations Act," P.L.1941, c.100 (C.34:13A-1 et seq.), appointing its chief spokesperson and continuing to conduct all labor negotiations with the participation of the Governor's Office of Employee Relations;
r. Continue to retain independent counsel;
s. Participate as the general partner or as a limited partner, either directly or through a subsidiary corporation created by the university, in limited partnerships, general partnerships, or joint ventures engaged in the development, manufacture, or marketing of products, technology, scientific information or services and create or form for profit or not for profit corporations to engage in such activities; provided that any such participation shall be consistent with the mission of the university and the board shall have determined that such participation is prudent.
(1)The decision to participate in any of the activities described in this subsection, including the creation or formation of for profit or not for profit corporations, shall be articulated in the minutes of the board of trustees meeting in which action was approved. A true copy of the minutes of that meeting shall be delivered to the Governor. No such action shall take effect until 30 days, Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays excepted, after the copy of the minutes shall have been delivered to the Governor. If, within the 30-day period, the Governor returns the minutes of the meeting with a veto of the action taken by the board, the action taken by the board shall be null and void and of no effect.
(2)Any actions taken by the university pursuant to this subsection shall be in conformity with the university's policy on conflicts of interest and the provisions of P.L.1971, c.182 (C.52:13D-12 et seq.), which shall apply to the university, its employees and officers.
(3)Nothing herein shall be deemed or construed to create or constitute a debt, liability, or a loan or pledge of the credit or be payable out of property or funds of the State.
(4)Funds directly appropriated to the university from the State or derived from the university's academic programs shall not be utilized by the for profit or not for profit corporations organized and operated pursuant to this subsection in the development, manufacture or marketing of products, technology or scientific information.
(5)Employees of any joint venture, subsidiary corporation, partnership or other jural entity entered into or owned wholly or in part by the university shall not be deemed public employees.
(6)A joint venture, subsidiary corporation, partnership or other jural entity entered into or owned wholly or in part by the university shall not be deemed an instrumentality of the State of New Jersey.
(7)Income realized by the university as a result of participation in the development, manufacture or marketing of products, technology, or scientific information may be invested, reinvested or retained by the board in accordance with the provisions of this act and any other State or federal law for use in furtherance of any of the purposes of this act or of other applicable statutes.
(8)The board shall include in its annual report to the State Treasurer, the operation of all joint ventures, subsidiary corporations, partnerships or other jural entities entered into or owned wholly or in part by the university;
t. Create, operate, or participate in the operation of such auxiliary organizations as permitted by law which the board deems prudent and which are in keeping with the educational and public service mission of the university; and
u. Sue and be sued in its own name.
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