Policy Number: 161
University governance structure
Employees and students
- Date Reviewed:
- April 2009
- Responsible Office:
- Office of the President
- Responsible Executive:
I. POLICY AND GENERAL STATEMENT
This policy describes the governance structure of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston ("university").
The university is a part of The University of Texas System. As such, the university, its employees and students must comply with the Rules and Regulations of the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System and with the policies of The University of Texas System.
Additionally, the university is an educational institution of the State of Texas. As such, the university, its employees and students must comply with applicable state law and regulations.
The university, its employees and students must comply with applicable federal law and regulation.
The official policies of the university are contained in the Handbook of Operating Procedures (“HOOP”). Employees and students are required to be familiar with and to comply with university policy. For more information see HOOP Policy 128 Policy and Procedure Development and Maintenance.
The President is the university's chief administrative officer. The duties and responsibilities of the President are set forth in Regents’ Rule 20201, Presidents. The President reports to and is responsible to the Executive Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs.
2. Executive Leadership and Deans
The executive leaders of the university and their positions are listed on the university's web site. Members of executive leadership and the deans serve at the pleasure of the President without fixed terms and perform such duties as are assigned by the President. The Board of Regents of The University of Texas System has delegated to the President the responsibility for appointment and dismissal of all executive leadership of the university, subject to approval by the Executive Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs, in accordance with Regents’ Rule 20102, Appointment of Institutional Administrative Officers. The President, as he or she deems appropriate, may consult in the selection process of executive leaders with representatives of the faculty, staff, and student body. However, the President is not bound by nominations of university selection committees.
C. Advisory Councils
Executive Council: The council advises the President on policy development, management and administration of the university and is composed of the university's executive leadership and the deans.
Interfaculty Council: The Interfaculty Council acts as an advisory body to the President. The primary purposes of the Interfaculty Council are to increase communication among and between the faculty and the administration, and to promote matters of importance to the faculties of the university. The Bylaws of the Interfaculty Council provide more information on this council.
Student InterCouncil: The Student InterCouncil is the university's student governance organization and is the recognized forum of student opinion and the primary vehicle for student participation in university governance. The organization is comprised of representatives from each of the six schools and from the minority student and international student constituencies. The Bylaws of the Student InterCouncil provide more information on this council.
University Classified Staff Council: The council advises the President and the Executive Council on matters of importance to classified employees. The Bylaws of the University Classified Staff Council provide more information regarding this council.
D. Administrative Committees
Audit Committee: The committee is a component of the university's risk management and internal control infrastructure. Its primary responsibilities are to assist the President in the oversight of the university's internal auditing function and the reporting of risk management and audit activities to The University of Texas System. Membership is determined by the President with input from the chief audit executive and includes external members and members of executive leadership.
Executive Compliance Committee: The committee provides advice and guidance to the President and the Chief Compliance Officer on the design and operation of the Institutional Compliance Program (“Program”). The Executive Compliance Committee functions as the principal policy-making and disciplinary action body for the Program. Membership is determined by the President with input from the Chief Compliance Officer and includes key members of executive leadership.
E. Standing Committees
Standing committees of the university are those committees whose membership is confirmed by the university's Nominating Committee. The Nominating Committee is appointed by the President to aid in the maintenance of the university's standing committees. The university's standing committees are listed on the standing committee homepage.
F. Role of Employees
Employee involvement in university governance may include membership - voting and nonvoting - on university and unit committees and councils. When they do not hold membership on these bodies, employees may place matters for action on their agendas and shall receive a prompt report on the disposition of these matters.
At the university level, the Interfaculty Council serves as the agency for faculty participation in governance and the University Classified Staff Council serves as the agency for classified staff participation in governance.
Subject to the authority of The University of Texas System Board of Regents and to the authority vested in the offices and subdivisions of The University of Texas System and the executive leadership of the university, the faculties of the university regularly offering instruction shall have a major role in the governance of the university in the following areas:
- general academic policies and welfare;
- student life and activities;
- requirements of admission and graduation;
- honors and scholastic performance generally;
- approval of candidates for degrees; and,
- faculty rules of procedure.
1. Changes to University Policy
Employees who wish to propose changes to university policies and procedures should submit their recommendation to the HOOP Review Committee in accordance with HOOP Policy 128 Policy and Procedure Development and Maintenance.
2. Changes to Regents’ Rules and Regulations
Faculty members who wish to propose changes to the Regents’ Rules and Regulations, should submit written proposals to Interfaculty Council who will coordinate review and approval by the various faculties at each school. Classified staff should submit written proposals to the University Classified Staff Council. Administrative and professional employees should submit written proposals to the Senior Executive Vice President, Chief Operating and Financial Officer. If approved, the proposal will be submitted to the President for consideration. The President may forward the proposal to the Executive Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs and the Chancellor for consideration if in agreement with the proposal. The Chancellor may forward the proposal to the Board of Regents for consideration if in agreement with the proposal.
3. Role of Students
Student involvement in university governance may include membership - voting and nonvoting - on institutional and unit committees and councils. When they do not hold membership on these bodies, students may place matters for action on their agendas and shall receive a prompt report on the disposition of these matters.
At the institutional level, the Student InterCouncil is the recognized forum of student opinion and serves as the primary vehicle for student participation in the governance of the university.