The Board of Regents for the Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical Colleges (hereinafter “the Board”) was created on July 11, 1944, by Section 31a, Article 6, of the Oklahoma Constitution.

The Board has the supervision, management and control of five institutions, including Connors State College, Langston University, Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College, Oklahoma Panhandle State University, and Oklahoma State University and its constituent agencies which include the Agricultural Experiment Station, the Agricultural Extension Division, OSU Institute of Technology-Okmulgee, the OSU Center for Veterinary Health Sciences, OSU-Oklahoma City, the OSU Center for Health Sciences, and OSU-Tulsa.

The Board, also referred to as the OSU/A&M Board of Regents, consists of nine members, one of whom is the President of the State Board of Agriculture.  The remaining eight members are appointed by the Governor, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate.  Except for the President of the State Board of Agriculture, Board members are appointed for eight-year terms to numbered positions on the Board representing Congressional Districts One through Five and three at-large appointments.

The Board’s powers to govern are constitutional and include, but are not limited to, those enumerated in Title 70, Oklahoma Statutes, Section 3412, and other laws and judicial decisions of the State of Oklahoma.  In the exercise of these powers the Board has declared as its mission to strive for Service to people which is characterized by the highest degree of cooperation and communication among system institutions; Quality of programs which meet or exceed the expectations of people seeking service of any kind at any tier of the system; Efficiency of operations in order to focus resources in a manner that will best support the educational needs of the people served; and Accountability to the people of Oklahoma in providing an appropriate array of high quality educational opportunities in accordance with the Constitution and laws of the State of Oklahoma.

Its functions are legislative in the establishing of all general policies affecting the institutions it governs, their relation one to another, and the prescribing of such rules and regulations as may bring these policies into effect.  Its judicial functions are limited to acting as a court of final settlement for matters that cannot be satisfactorily adjusted by the presidents of the colleges.  Its executive power is delegated in most instances to the presidents of the institutions and their authorized administrators.

The purpose of this publication is to present the policies established by the Board and is prepared as a service to the Board and the institutions under its control.  This manual is to be used in conjunction with the Oklahoma Higher Education Code and other relevant statutes and the Rules of the Board as duly adopted pursuant to the Oklahoma Administrative Procedures Act.  Separate individual institutional policies also exist pertaining to other matters not covered herein.

The contents of the manual shall in no way be taken as the basis of, or as instituting, any contractual rights between the Board and any person or employee.  It is intended as a summary of the present practices compiled for the general convenience of employees of the Board.  Of necessity, it cannot be complete in all detail and cannot, through error or omission, restrict the lawful powers of the Board.

June 20, 1997
Revised December 4, 1998
Revised 2002