(110 ILCS 310/1)
(from Ch. 144, par. 41)
The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois shall consist
of the Governor and at least 12 trustees. Nine trustees shall be
appointed by the Governor, by and with the advice and consent of
the Senate. The other trustees shall be students, of whom one student shall
be selected from each University campus.
Each student trustee shall serve a term of one year, beginning on July 1 or
on the date of his or her selection, whichever is later, and expiring on the
next succeeding June 30.
Each trustee shall have all of the privileges of membership, except that only
one student trustee shall have the right to cast a legally binding vote. The
Governor shall designate which one of the student trustees shall possess, for
his or her entire term, the right to cast a legally binding vote. Each student
trustee who does not possess the right to cast a legally binding vote shall
have the right to cast an advisory vote and the right to make and second
motions and to attend executive sessions.
Each trustee shall be governed by the same conflict of interest standards.
Pursuant to those standards, it shall not be a conflict of interest for a
student trustee to vote on matters pertaining to students generally, such as
tuition and fees. However, it shall be a conflict of interest for a student
trustee to vote on
tenure or promotion.
Student trustees shall be chosen by campus-wide
student election, and the
student trustee designated by the Governor to
possess a legally binding vote shall be
one of the students selected by this method. A student trustee who does not
possess a legally binding vote on a
measure at a meeting of the
Board or any of its committees shall not be considered a trustee
for the purpose
of determining whether a quorum is present at the time that measure is voted
upon. To be eligible for selection as a
to be eligible to remain as a voting or nonvoting student trustee,
a student trustee must be a resident of this State,
must have and maintain a
grade point average that is equivalent to at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale, and must
be a full time student enrolled at all times during his or her term of office
for that part of the term which follows
the completion of the last full regular semester of an academic year and
precedes the first full regular semester of the succeeding academic year at the
University (sometimes commonly referred to as the summer
session or summer
school). If a voting or nonvoting student trustee
continue to meet or maintain the residency, minimum grade point average, or
enrollment requirement established by this Section, his
or her membership on the Board shall be deemed to have terminated by operation
If a voting student trustee resigns or otherwise ceases to serve on the
Board, the Governor shall, within 30 days, designate one of the remaining
student trustees to possess the right to cast a legally binding vote
for the remainder of his or her term. If a nonvoting student trustee resigns
otherwise ceases to serve on the Board, the chief executive of the
student government from that campus shall, within 30 days, select
a new nonvoting student trustee to serve for the remainder of the term.
No more than 5 of the 9 appointed trustees
shall be affiliated
with the same political party.
Each trustee appointed by the Governor must be a resident of this State. A
failure to meet
or maintain this residency requirement constitutes a resignation from and
vacancy in the Board.
The term of office of each appointed trustee
shall be 6 years from the third Monday in January of each odd numbered year.
The regular terms of office of the
appointed trustees shall be staggered so that 3 terms expire in each
Vacancies for appointed trustees shall be filled for the unexpired term
in the same manner as
original appointments. If a vacancy in membership occurs at a time when the
Senate is not in session, the Governor shall make temporary appointments until
the next meeting of the Senate, when he shall appoint persons to fill such
memberships for the remainder of their respective terms. If the Senate is not
in session when appointments for a full term are made, appointments shall be
made as in the case of vacancies.
No action of the board shall be invalidated by reason of any vacancies on
the board, or by reason of any failure to select student trustees.
(Source: P.A. 91-778, eff. 1-1-01; 91-798, eff. 7-9-00;
92-16, eff. 6-28-01.)