The University of Illinois Board of Trustees welcomes you! The Board of Trustees is honored to be able to serve the State of Illinois, and specifically the University of Illinois. Our diverse backgrounds, knowledge, and experiences enable us to better serve this great institution.
As the governing body of the University, the Board of Trustees exercises jurisdiction in all matters except those for which it has delegated authority to the President of the University, other officers, or agencies of the University.
The agendas and supporting materials, published before and updated after meetings, may include (and are not limited to): the meeting notice, the meeting agenda, minutes from the previous meeting, the materials for the agenda items, materials regarding presentations, and materials for reports if appropriate.
The public may request the opportunity to appear at a meeting before the Board of Trustees. Requests to appear before the Board must adhere to the policy and practice set forth by the Board of Trustees office.
The Budget Request for Operating and Capital Funds contains requests for incremental operating funds and for new capital appropriations for the University of Illinois for the requested fiscal year. These operating and capital requests reflect the University's highest priority budget needs, focusing on the University's mission of instruction, research, public service and economic development.
All purchases at the University of Illinois are made according to the provisions of the Illinois Procurement Code, the Procurement Rules of the Chief Procurement Officer for Public Institutions of Higher Education, and other applicable state and federal regulations.
Within the limits fixed by the constitution of the State of Illinois, the University of Illinois Board of Trustees exercises final authority over the University. The University of Illinois Statutes, General Rules and Bylaws help guide the University's policies and practice.
The Board approves modifications to the University of Illinois Statutes, which cover such areas as University administration, university governance, organizational structure, academic freedom and tenure, research and publications, libraries, administrative staffing and student affairs and discipline.
The Board of Trustees approves the General Rules related to the organization of the University. Among the topics covered in the General Rules are the institution’s business organization, intellectual property, and terms of employment.
The University of Illinois Board of Trustees Bylaws have been written to provide guidance to the members of the Board about the conduct of all meetings. Attention has been given to flexibility in procedures and effort has been taken to avoid prescriptive direction.
Procedures Governing Appearances Before the Board of Trustees
Requests to address the Board: Requests to appear before the Board to make comments to or ask questions of the Board must be received by the Secretary in writing no later than three business days before the Board meeting at which the individual wishes to speak. The Secretary will review this request and notify the person making the request whether he/she may give public comment at the next meeting. The request should set out clearly the nature of the subject matter to be presented and must relate to matters within the jurisdiction of the Board of Trustees. In making a request to appear before the Board, individuals must give their names and any relevant title or affiliation. Substitute speakers will not be permitted.
Time allocation: The Board will allow up to thirty minutes in total for public comment/questions per meeting. An individual speaker will be permitted five minutes for a presentation. This will be strictly adhered to with assistance of a timekeeper. Thus, a maximum of six speakers will be recognized for each Board meeting. Copies of speakers’ comments, questions, and/or other written materials for distribution to the Board of Trustees will be accepted. Where appropriate, responses to questions germane to the University will be provided within a reasonable amount of time.
Scheduling of speakers: When the number of requests to address the Board at a given session exceeds the time available, requests will be approved based on the date the written request was received by the Secretary of the Board. In addition, preference will be given to subject matters that relate to the agenda for the relevant Board meeting and to avoid repetitiveness. Finally, the Board will not hear presentations or entertain questions on the following topics: issues under negotiation as part of the University’s collective bargaining process; statements concerning the private activities, lifestyles or beliefs of individuals employed by or associated with the University; grievances of individual students or employees; proposals or bids for contracts; or, litigation involving the University.
Scheduling of sessions: The Chair will preside during Board of Trustees’ sessions to receive public comment/questions. The Secretary is responsible for scheduling such sessions, which normally will occur after presentations to the Board and before voting on agenda items.