Chapter 1

1.1-1.14 | 1.15-1.18 | 1.19-1.23

Name of Institution

Effective Date: 05/01/2015

The name of this institution is Michigan Technological University.

Any policy, ordinance, procedure or document which refers to Michigan School of Mines, Michigan College of Mining and Technology, Michigan College of Science and Technology, derivatives or departments thereof, are determined to refer to Michigan Technological University.

The general supervision of the University, conduct of the University’s affairs, control of its property and direction of all expenditures from the University’s funds has been entrusted by the People of the State of Michigan to a Board of Control (herein and hereafter referred to as the “Board of Control”, “Board of Trustees”, or “Board”) a body corporate appointed by the Governor by and with the advise and consent of the Senate. 


  • 02/14/1964
  • 01/28/1982
  • 07/15/2010: Was previously Policy 1.4
  • 05/01/2015: Revised to also be known as Trustees


Effective Date: 09/01/2010

Bylaws of the Board of Trustees

1.1 Regular Meetings

Regular meetings of the Board of Trustees shall be held five times a year as fixed by the Board.

1.2 Special Meetings

Special meeting may be called by the President or the Chairperson of the Board when necessary, and they shall be called at the request of any three members of the Board.

1.3 Emergency Meetings

Emergency meetings may be called in the event of a severe and imminent threat to the health, safety, or welfare of the public when six members of the Board decide that a delay would be detrimental to efforts to lessen or respond to the threat.

1.4 Place of Meeting

The meetings of the Board shall be held on the Michigan Technological University campus in Houghton, unless otherwise agreed to by a majority of the Board.

1.5 Quorum

A quorum for business shall be five voting members of the Board.

1.6 Rules of Procedure

General parliamentary rules, as modified by the rules and regulations of the Board, shall be observed by the Board in the conduct of its business.

1.7 Formal Sessions

Formal sessions of the Board shall be open to the public. Final decisions of the Board that are binding on the University shall be made at formal sessions. The Board may designate any regular, special or emergency meeting as a "formal" session, in whole or in part. Nothing in this section is intended to prevent the Board from meeting informally at any time, including during recesses in otherwise formal sessions.

1.8 Notice of Regular Meetings of the Board

The Secretary of the Board shall mail, and e-mail if requested, to each member of the Board at either the member's business or residence address, not less than fourteen days before any regular meeting, a notice of the time and place of the meeting. The postings of the schedule of regular meetings will appear on the door of the Board of Trustees office and in the lobby of the Administration/Student Services Building upon the Board's adoption of its meeting schedule and remain posted until each meeting. The notice will state whether the meeting will be, at least in part, a formal session.

1.9 Notice of Special Meetings of the Board

Notice of special meetings to include the time and place of the meeting shall be posted as above at least 18 hours before the meeting. Notice shall be given to each Board member not later than 72 hours before the meeting by phone, e-mail and next day mail, U.P.S. Fed Ex or similar delivery if practical. The notice shall state the purpose(s) of the meeting. No matter not included in the notice may be acted upon at the meeting. The notice will state whether the meeting will be, at least in part, a formal session.

1.10 Notice of Emergency Meetings of the Board

The manner of notice to members and of posting notice of emergency meetings will be as determined by the six (6) members calling the meeting.

1.11 Order of Business

The agenda or program for business shall be determined by the President with the assistance of the Secretary. It shall be sent by mail or e-mail, as requested to each member of the Board fourteen days before each regular meeting of the Board.

Belated communications shall be considered only at the discretion of the Board.

1.12 Resolutions in Writing

All resolutions, if so requested by the Secretary or by any member of the Board, shall be submitted in writing before action is taken thereon.

1.13 Attending by Phone

A member of the Board may participate in a meeting by means of conference telephone or similar communications equipment only if the members attending by phone or electronic means can both hear and communicate with all other members participating and all other members can hear and communicate with the member(s) attending by phone or electronic means. Participation in a meeting pursuant to this provision shall constitute attendance at the meeting. No formal session may be held unless at least three of the Board members participating are physically present at the session.

1.14 Addressing the Board of Trustees

Any individual who wishes to address the Board of Trustees on Board-related business will file such intent with the Secretary of the Board five (5) business days prior to the posted meeting date, unless special or unusual circumstances prevent such filing. The essence of the statement will be in writing and properly signed by the individual wishing to address the Board. Oral presentations will be limited to five (5) minutes unless previous arrangements have been made. No more than thirty (30) minutes shall be allocated on the agenda of each regular meeting of the Board of Trustees for such presentations. At each regular Board of Trustees meeting a maximum of fifteen (15) minutes shall be reserved for comments from the public. Each individual will be restricted to a maximum of three (3) minutes for his/her presentation.


  • 03/25/1977
  • 01/28/1982
  • 09/21/1989: Changed filing date from 14 to 16 days
  • 09/18/1992: Changed filing date from 16 to 10 days, and reserved time for public comments
  • 09/15/2010: Was previously first paragraph of Policy 1.2; Modified form of Notice to Board, Calling of meetings and added 1.13.

    02/28/2020  Changed filing date from 10 to 5 days