2018 Oklahoma Statutes
Title 70. Schools
§70-4001. Acquisition, construction and equipment of buildings, additions, public utilities, etc. - Fees and charges - Sale of surplus commodities and services - Cooperative agreements.
A. Subject to and in accordance with the terms hereof, the boards of regents for all state educational institutions for and in behalf of any university, college, school or institution under the jurisdiction of each of the said boards are hereby authorized from time to time to set aside such portion of their respective campuses or of the campuses under the jurisdiction of said boards, or any other land owned or leased by said boards, as may be necessary and suitable for the construction thereon of dormitories, student housing, cooperative group housing, parking facilities, adult education facilities, kitchens, dining halls, auditoriums, student union buildings, field houses, stadiums, public utility plants and systems for the supplying of water, gas, heat or power and other self-liquidating projects and other revenue-producing buildings for the university, college or institution or related institution, which may include public, nonprofit or private entities, deemed necessary by said boards for the comfort, convenience and welfare of their students, and suitable for the purposes for which said institutions were established, including additions to existing buildings used for such purposes; to acquire through construction, purchase, condemnation or any combination thereof such dormitories, student housing, cooperative group housing, parking facilities, adult education facilities, kitchens, dining halls, auditoriums, student union buildings, field houses, stadiums, public utility plants and systems and other revenue-producing buildings and acquire or construct additions, improvements and extensions to existing buildings and structures used for such purposes and to equip, furnish, maintain and operate all such buildings and structures; and to acquire through purchase, condemnation or otherwise any land, rights-of-way, easements, licenses and permits needed for the present or future use of such buildings, structures, plants and systems; provided, that such boards of regents shall not construct or acquire, for their respective institutions, such utility plants or systems whose capacity is in excess of the present or reasonably contemplated future needs of such institutions or related institutions, except as provided in subsection C hereof.
B. When in the opinion of the board of regents of any such institution any of the buildings, structures, plants and systems constructed, acquired, improved, extended, added to, furnished or equipped as above authorized are deemed necessary by the said board for the comfort, convenience and welfare of the student body as a whole, or for any specified class or part thereof, the board of regents shall have authority to charge and collect from all students in attendance at the university, college, school or institution, or related institutions, or from any specified class or part thereof for which such facilities are so deemed necessary, fees and charges for the use or availability of such buildings and structures and for the services or commodities to be made available by such plants, systems or facilities. The proceeds of all such fees and charges shall be considered as revenues within the meaning of Section 4004 of this title and the provisions of said section shall be applicable thereto. Where the commodities and services supplied by any such plant and system temporarily shall be found to be in excess of the requirements of the university, college, school or institution, or related institutions, the board of regents may sell the surplus to other public or nonprofit consumers, including incorporated municipalities, and in that connection may enter into such agreements as it may consider advisable. All revenues received from the sale of such surplus shall likewise be considered and treated as other revenues under Section 4004 of this title. Such board of regents may also enter into agreements for the purchase of water, electricity, gas, heat, or power to be distributed through the medium of any such plant or systems, provided only that no agreement entered into under the provisions of this paragraph shall pledge the credit of the State of Oklahoma.
C. Other state agencies or subdivisions of the state may enter into cooperative agreements with the regents of the universities or colleges on projects for the primary benefit of such university or college, and make use of facilities and services financed by bonds issued by the university or college, as authorized herein and under the terms and conditions of this section.
D. It is the intent of the Legislature that no additional public trusts having the state as beneficiary be created to finance the purchase of land or facilities or the construction of facilities at institutions of The Oklahoma State System of Higher Education or their agencies and that no beneficial interest in a public trust be accepted on behalf of the State of Oklahoma or any agency thereof involving an institution of higher learning; and that no additional projects be authorized for existing public trusts having the state as beneficiary now operating for the direct or indirect benefit of any institution of The Oklahoma State System of Higher Education or its agencies, except that the heating-cooling plant at the Oklahoma Health Sciences Center may be repaired or expanded, if approved by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education and except as provided in Section 4017 of this title.
Amended by Laws 1986, c. 245, § 4, emerg. eff. June 12, 1986; Laws 1988, c. 272, § 12, operative July 1, 1988.