Code of the District of Columbia

§ 38–1202.06. Duties of Trustees.

It shall be the duty of the Trustees to:

(1) Review the existing public institutions of postsecondary education with respect to:

(A) Accreditation;

(B) Present programs and functions;

(C) Actual and potential capabilities; and

(D) Educational policies and procedures;

(2)(A) Establish the University of the District of Columbia consisting of, but not limited to, 2 major components, liberal and fine arts and vocational and technical education;

(B) Prepare and, from time to time, revise a long-range plan for the development of the University which shall include the type and scope of programs offered and envisioned. Such plan shall also include the development, expansion, integration, coordination and efficient use of the facilities, physical plant, curricula, and standards of public postsecondary education. Such initial plan and any revisions thereof shall be made available to the public, the Council of the District of Columbia and the Mayor for a period of not less than 60 days prior to its implementation and the Trustees shall hold such hearings and public forums as may be necessary to receive public response and comment on such plans;

(C) Operate a public law school component, established under subchapter VI of this unit, in a manner that shall:

(i) Maintain any accreditation necessary to qualify the graduates of the School of Law to take the bar examinations of the District of Columbia and of the several states;

(ii) Represent, to the maximum extent feasible, the legal needs of low-income persons, particularly those who reside in the District of Columbia, through the training of law students; and

(iii) Recruit and enroll, to the maximum extent feasible, students from racial, ethnic, and other population groups that in the past have been underrepresented among persons admitted to the bar of the District of Columbia and the several states;

(3) Establish or approve policies and procedures governing admissions, curricula, programs, graduation, the awarding of degrees, and general policy making for the components of the University;

(4) Prepare and submit to the Mayor, on a date fixed by the Mayor, an annual budget for each fiscal year. Such budget shall include a proposed financial operating plan for such fiscal year, and a capital and educational improvements plan for such fiscal year and the succeeding 4 fiscal years for the University. The Mayor and the Council shall, after review and consideration of the budget submitted by the Trustees, establish the maximum amount of funds for each of the major components of the University and the total University budget which will be allocated to the Trustees;

(5) Transfer during the fiscal year any appropriation balance available for one item of appropriation to another item of appropriation or to a new program designated by action of the Trustees; provided, that any such action under this paragraph shall be taken in accordance with the provisions of the reprogramming policy and laws of the District of Columbia;

(6) Repealed;

(7) Enter into negotiations and binding contracts in accordance with District contracting and procurement rules and regulations to perform organized research, training and demonstrations on a reimbursable basis for the United States and the government of the District of Columbia and other public and private agencies;

(8) Fix tuition, and fees in addition to tuition, to be paid by resident and nonresident students attending the University; provided, that such tuition and fees are adopted by the Trustees in accordance with the provisions of § 2-505(a);

(8A) Allow any individual, regardless of federal immigration status, to pay tuition at the rate adopted for residents pursuant to paragraph (8) of this section and to receive local financial aid for attendance at any school, college, or branch campus of the University of the District of Columbia; provided, that the individual:

(A) Within the previous 10 years, attended high school in the District of Columbia for 3 years, graduated from a high school in the District, or received the equivalent of a high school diploma in the District; and

(B) Submits one of the following:

(i) An official transcript from a District of Columbia public, public charter, or private school as evidence of attendance;

(ii) A diploma from a District of Columbia public, public charter, or private school as evidence of graduation;

(iii) A state diploma from the Office of the State Superintendent of Education; or

(iv) An official certificate of completion of the equivalent of a high school diploma;

(9) Deposit all revenues and receipts of any nature whatsoever derived from tuition and fees received from students with the District of Columbia Treasurer under regulations established by the Mayor, which revenues shall be accounted for in the Municipal University Fund as a separate revenue source allocated to provide authority for such University purposes as the Board of Trustees may approve;

(10) Select, appoint, and fix the compensation for a Chief Executive Officer of the University and of such staff for the Board of Trustees as it deems necessary and approve the appointment and compensation of the academic and administrative heads of each of the components of the University and of such other officers as it deems necessary, including legal counsel, subject to the provisions of Chapter 6 of Title 1. The Chief Executive Officer shall serve at the pleasure of the Trustees;

(11) Submit recommendations to the Mayor and the Council of the District of Columbia from time to time relating to legislation affecting the administration and programs of the University;

(12) Develop and define, in conjunction with the faculty, a policy governing academic freedom for the University and establish mechanisms to ensure its protection and enforcement;

(13) Perform such duties and make such rules and regulations as may be necessary to carry out the purposes of this unit;

(14) Seek to establish with the Board a Coordination Committee to determine areas of cooperation, coordination and assistance;

(15) Utilize the services and seek the counsel and advice of the District of Columbia Commission on Postsecondary Education in planning the development of a program for public postsecondary education in the District of Columbia;

(16) Generally determine, control, supervise, manage, and govern all affairs of the University;

(17) Repealed;

(18) Establish health policies and procedures for adult students as provided in Chapter 6 of this title;

(19)(A) Coordinate the state system, in accordance with federal requirements, for pre-k teacher preparation, professional development, and training;

(B) Establish a collaborative of District of Columbia colleges and universities to craft a higher education incentive grant program and a scholarship program and develop a pre-k workforce development plan, as required by § 38-274.01; and

(C) Establish the higher education incentive grant program and the scholarship program for the purpose of increasing the number of highly qualified pre-k teachers and assistant teachers who are eligible to teach in a high-quality pre-k classroom as of September 1, 2014, as set forth in § 38-274.01; and

(20)(A) Procure all goods and services necessary to operate the University independent of the Office of Contracting and Procurement and the requirements of Chapter 3A of Title 2, except as specified in § 2-351.05; provided, that the Council has approved proposed rules governing the procurement of goods and services.

(B) Submit any proposed rules governing the procurement of goods and services promulgated subsequent to October 9, 2010, to the Council for its review and approval.