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Rule on Rules and Regulations
2. Rule and Regulation
Sec. 1 The Regents’ Rules and Regulations are the official repository of policies and procedures established for The University of Texas System by the Board of Regents. The Regents’ Rules and Regulations may be amended by a majority of all of the members of the Board at any regular meeting or at any special meeting called for that purpose.
Sec. 2 The Regents’ Rules and Regulations are intended to be written such that they do not add administrative burden to compliance and that they provide the proper degree of autonomy to institutions of the U. T. System.
Sec. 3 Each Rule will include the following paragraphs:
Number 1. Title
Number 2. Rule and Regulation
Number 3. Definitions
Number 4. Relevant Federal and State Statutes
Number 5. Relevant System Policies, Procedures, and Forms
Number 6. Who Should Know
Number 7. System Administration Office(s) Responsible for Rule
Number 8. Dates Approved or Amended
Number 9. Contact Information
Rules and regulations will be placed within one of the nine Series of the Regents’ Rules and Regulations:
Series 10000: Board Governance
Series 20000: Administration
Series 30000: Personnel
Series 40000: Academic Issues
Series 50000: Student Issues
Series 60000: Development
Series 70000: Investments
Series 80000: Facilities
Series 90000: Research and Intellectual Property
Sec. 4 To ensure that the Regents’ Rules and Regulations provide the proper degree of autonomy to the U. T. System or any of the institutions, the following guidelines should be considered when drafting or amending the rules:
4.1 The rule should help ensure compliance with applicable laws and regulations, promote operational efficiencies, enhance the mission, or reduce institutional risks of the U. T. System or any of the institutions.
4.2 The rule should establish a governing principle that has Systemwide application.
4.3 The rule should communicate an important governing principle rather than specifying operational detail.
4.4 The rule should avoid dictating policy or procedure that could be better determined by an institution.
4.5 The rule should avoid restating a law or regulation.
Sec. 5 Every employee has the right to propose changes in policies and procedures and to present arguments in support thereof.
5.1 Proposals should originate and follow routines as prescribed in the Regents’ Rules and Regulations or in an institutional Handbook of Operating Procedures.
5.2 When a proposal has been approved or amended by the appropriate institutional officials, faculties, and the institution’s president, it shall then go to the appropriate Executive Vice Chancellor and the Chancellor for recommendation to the Board if such action is required.
5.3 When a proposal has been approved, amended, or rejected by the appropriate institutional officials, faculties, or the institution’s president, any employee or group of employees may present an appeal in opposition to the action of the majority or in opposition to the recommendation of the institutional official or the institutional president, and this appeal, accompanied by reasons for and against the proposal, shall go through the prescribed administrative channels and shall be presented through the appropriate Executive Vice Chancellor to the Chancellor and thence to the Board for final action. The deans and other institutional officials, the institutional president, the appropriate Executive Vice Chancellor, the Chancellor, and the Board may invite both sides for personal conferences and discussions.
4. Relevant Federal and State Statutes
5. Relevant System Policies, Procedures, and Forms
6. Who Should Know
7. System Administration Office(s) Responsible for Rule
Office of the Board of Regents
8. Dates Approved or Amended
Editorial amendments to Sec. 5.2 and 5.3 made on September 25, 2018
Editorial amendments to Sec. 5.2 and 5.3 made on July 13, 2015
December 10, 2004
9. Contact Information
Questions or comments regarding this Rule should be directed to: