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Board of Regents Policy Manual

The Board of Regents is unalterably opposed to political interference or domination of any kind or character in the affairs of any USG institution (BoR Minutes, 1941-42, p. 88).

Any student, faculty member, administrator, or employee, acting individually or in concert with others, who clearly obstructs or disrupts, or attempts to obstruct or disrupt any teaching, research, administrative, disciplinary, or public service activity, or any other activity authorized to be discharged or held at any USG institution is considered by the Board to have committed an act of gross irresponsibility and shall be subject to disciplinary procedures, possibly resulting in dismissal or termination of employment (BoR Minutes, 1968-69, pp. 166-168; 1970-71, p. 98).

All changes in the seals of the USG institutions shall be submitted to the Board for approval (BoR Minutes, 1957-58, p. 263).

Because of the shortage of land areas available for campus growth, the land included in the campus of any institution shall not be designated for use for the interment of officials or employees of an institution or any other person (BoR Minutes, 1964-65, p. 46).

Refer to Section 15.0, Affiliated Organizations, of the Business Procedures Manual for more information on cooperative organizations.

12.5.1 Definition

An organization is a cooperative organization if it:

  1. Is organized or operated primarily

    • for the purpose of soliciting gifts or assisting a USG institution in soliciting gifts from third persons in the name of the USG institution or any of the institution’s programs; or,
    • for soliciting grants and contracts or accepting grants or entering into contracts for research or services to be performed by or in conjunction with a USG institution or using the institution’s facilities; or,
  2. Bills or collects professional fees in the name of or in behalf of faculty members of a USG institution who provide professional services within the scope of their employment by the institution; or,

  3. Includes officials, faculty, staff, or employees of a USG institution as ex officio members of the organization’s board of directors or other governing structure; or,

  4. Is formally designated as a cooperative organization by the Board of Regents or by the president of the relevant USG institution, and of those formally designated, certain cooperative organizations will be required to follow the Regents’ Guiding Principles for Cooperative Organizations. The Board of Regents and the president will determine the cooperative organizations that must follow the Guiding Principles.

(BoR Minutes, June 2004)

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12.5.2 Relationship Between Cooperative Organizations and USG Institutions

A relationship, whether formal or informal, between a USG institution and a cooperative organization may be maintained only if:

  1. The relationship between the cooperative organization and the USG institution is in the best interest of the USG institution as determined by the Board of Regents and the president of the institution in consultation with the Chancellor (BoR Minutes, June 2004); and,
  2. The financial records of the cooperative organization, including any audits, are available for inspection by the president of the USG institution or the president’s designee; and,
  3. Any use by the cooperative organization of the name of the USG institution, or of a symbol or trademark of the USG institution, is approved in advance by the president of the USG institution or the president’s designee; and,
  4. The cooperative organization annually presents evidence satisfactory to the president of the USG institution or the president’s designee that the cooperative organization is adequately capitalized for any activities undertaken in the name of, for the benefit of, or in conjunction with the USG institution; and,
  5. The cooperative organization annually presents evidence satisfactory to the president of the USG institution or the president’s designee of insurance or self-insurance adequate in form and amounts to cover foreseeable liability arising from activities undertaken in the name of, for the benefit of, or in conjunction with the USG institution; and,
  6. There is a written general agreement or memorandum of understanding between the USG institution and the cooperative organization describing each party’s responsibilities so that it is clear to third parties dealing with the cooperative organization that the organization is acting as a legal entity separate from the USG institution; and,
  7. Actions of the USG institution’s officials, faculty, staff, or employees pursuant to the relationship are consistent with policies established by the Board of Regents and the USG institution regarding conflicts of interest, outside activities, and other matters (BoR Minutes 1988-89, pp. 150-151).

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The Secretary and Assistant Secretaries to the Board shall be the agents for service of process for the Board of Regents and its members (BoR Minutes, June 2008).

Proposals requiring approval by the Board of Regents or an officer thereof pertaining to an academic program; intercollegiate athletics as noted in Board Policy 4.5; capital projects; and real property shall first be submitted for integrated review using a process determined by the Chancellor. Institutions should ensure that proposals submitted for integrated review are consistent with the University System of Georgia and institutional strategic plans, objectives, and mission while reflecting the prudent use of resources. Institutions should avoid public discussion, significant resource commitment, or long-term obligations involving projects submitted for integrated review until such time as the project has received initial approval.