The University of Illinois Statutes provide for a University Senates Conference, a body that in addition to its other duties may act as an advisory group to the Board of Trustees, the President of the University, other administrative officials, and the campus senates on matters of University-wide concern.

Acting on the recommendation of the campus senates, as transmitted to it by the President of the University, the Board of Trustees has established a set of formal Statutes which provide a detailed framework for the following aspects of governance of the University: (a) administrative organization and responsibilities; (b) legislative organization and functions; (c) conditions of appointment and tenure for faculty members and administrative officers; (d) conditions relating to sponsored research, gifts, grants, patents, and copyrights. Amendments to the Statutes may be proposed by the senates of the University or by the Board of Trustees, but in no case will an amendment be adopted without consultation with the senates.

In addition to the Statutes, the Board of Trustees has adopted a body of regulations published under the title The General Rules Concerning University Organization and Procedure. Those regulations describe the organization and responsibilities of administrative offices that provide supporting services, outline in greater detail various business procedures mentioned in the Statutes, specify the conditions governing the use of University property, and describe in some detail employment policies and employee benefits.

Changes in the General Rules may be made by the Board of Trustees upon recommendation of the President of the University after consultation with the University Senates Conference. The Board of Trustees delegates to the President of the University the authority to promulgate regulations and rules implementing the General Rules.