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Core Requirement 2.2 

The institution has a governing board of at least five members that is the legal body with specific authority over the institution.  The board is an active policy-making body for the institution and is ultimately responsible for ensuring that the financial resources of the institution are adequate to provide a sound educational program.  The board is not controlled by a minority of board members or by organizations or interests separate from it.  Both the presiding officer of the board and a majority of other voting members of the board are free of any contractual, employment, or personal or familial financial interest in the institution.  

A military institution authorized and operated by the federal government to award degrees has a public board on which both the presiding officer and a majority of the other members are neither civilian employees of the military nor active/retired military.  The board has broad and significant influence upon the institution’s programs and operations, plays an active role in policy-making, and ensures that the financial resources of the institution are used to provide a sound educational program.  The board is not controlled by a minority of board members or by organizations or interests separate from the board except as specified by the authorizing legislation.  Both the presiding officer of the board and a majority of other voting board members are free of any contractual, employment, or personal or familial financial interest in the institution. (Governing Board)    

Judgement: Compliant

Narrative:

Since its inception in February 1967, the University of South Carolina Upstate (USC Upstate), then the Spartanburg Regional Campus of the University of South Carolina, has been governed by the University of South Carolina Board Of Trustees.  The University of South Carolina Board of Trustees (the Board) was created on December 19, 1801 and was confirmed by law in the South Carolina (SC) Code of Laws, Chapter 117, Title 59, Sections 59-117-10 through 59-117-110.  According to the Bylaws of the University of South Carolina Board of Trustees, Article III, Section 1 “Duties of the Board”, their overarching purpose is to “define the mission, role and scope of the University System and each of its major component institutions..., establish the general policies of the University System..., lay out the University System’s broad program of educational activity..., approve the budget for the next fiscal year, and...provide ultimate accountability to the public and the General Assembly”. 

The composition of the Board is defined in the Bylaws of the University of South Carolina Board of Trustees, Article II, Section 1 “Composition”. These bylaws define how Board members are selected to ensure that all regions in South Carolina are equally represented on the Board and guards against the possibility of a minority of Board members or outside organizations gaining control of the Board.  In addition, all meetings are conducted in compliance with the South Carolina Freedom of Information Act.  The Board Meeting Schedule and Board Minutes (available online only) are publicly available via the Board website.  This transparency assures that the Board is focused on the responsibilities bestowed upon it by the South Carolina Legislature to control the University and that the Board is operating within its designated powers. 

Finally, neither the Chair of the Board nor a majority of other voting members of the Board have contractual, employment, or personal or familial financial interest in the institution.  The current members of the Board may be found on the Biographical Summaries section of the Board of Trustees website as well as the Governing Board (Information on Board Members).

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