Article I: Powers and Responsibilities of the Board
Section 1.1 General Statement of Powers and Responsibilities.
As the governing body of The University of Tennessee, the Board of Trustees has full authority and control over the University’s organization and administration, constituent parts, and funds. The Board has all express powers granted by acts of the General Assembly of the State of Tennessee, including but not limited to those codified in Tennessee Code Annotated § 49-9-209, and all implied powers necessary, proper, or convenient for the accomplishment of the mission of the University and the responsibilities of the Board.
Section 1.2 Specific Powers and Responsibilities.
In addition to specific powers and responsibilities stated elsewhere in these Bylaws, a non-exclusive list of powers and responsibilities of the Board of Trustees is provided in Appendix A, which is incorporated and made a part of these Bylaws by reference.
Section 1.3 Delegation of Executive Management and Administrative Authority.
The Board delegates to the President the executive management and administrative authority necessary and appropriate for the efficient administration of The University of Tennessee system or necessary to carry out the mission of the system. The Board delegates to each Chancellor the executive management and administrative authority necessary and appropriate for the efficient administration of each institution and its programs, subject to the general supervision of the President. The Board shall not undertake to direct matters of administration or of executive action except through the President.
Section 1.4 Specific Delegation of Direct Responsibility for Intercollegiate Athletics Programs.
The Board delegates direct responsibility for administration and control of the intercollegiate athletics programs to the Chancellor of each campus with an intercollegiate athletics program. The Board shall exercise oversight and monitoring of the intercollegiate athletics programs, including proposed actions reasonably anticipated to have a long-term impact on the operations, reputation, and standing of the intercollegiate athletics programs or the University. Through the President, the Board shall hold the Chancellors accountable for the appropriate execution of their responsibility for administration and control of those programs. The Chancellors shall keep the President informed of all matters necessary for the exercise of this oversight responsibility. From time to time, the Board may adopt a policy detailing its oversight and monitoring role and specific responsibilities of the Chancellors and the athletics departments.
Section 1.4(a) Athletics Advisory Boards.
Each Chancellor for a campus with an intercollegiate athletics program may appoint an Athletics Advisory Board to advise the Chancellor on administration of the program. The composition of an Athletics Advisory Board may include students, faculty, administrators, alumni, and donors but shall comply in all respects with the requirements of applicable rules of the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA), the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), or other similar associations, as may be applicable.
Section 1.5 Specific Delegation of Responsibility for Ordinary Repairs and Improvements to Buildings, Grounds, and Equipment.
The Board delegates to the Chancellors and their designees all matters involving ordinary repairs, changes, adjustments and improvements for the purpose of putting and keeping in good condition the buildings, grounds, and equipment of the University for their efficient use, subject to compliance with all applicable laws and University policies.
Section 1.6 Specific Delegation of Responsibility for Revocation of a Degree.
The Board delegates to the Chancellors authority to revoke a degree if the degree was awarded in error or if degree revocation is imposed pursuant to University policies and procedures as a disciplinary penalty for academic or research misconduct.