Law:Title 3. Higher Education. Subtitle F. Other Colleges And Universities from Chapter 103. Midwestern State University (Texas)

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Subtitle F. Other Colleges And Universities

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Chapter 103. Midwestern State University

Section  103.01.  Midwestern State University.

Midwestern State University is a coeducational institution of higher learning located in the city of Wichita Falls.

Acts 1971, 62nd Leg., p. 3233, ch. 1024, art. 1, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1971. Amended by Acts 1975, 64th Leg., p. 1841, ch. 571, Sec. 3, eff. Sept. 1, 1975.



Section  103.02.  Board Of Regents.

The organization, control, and management of the university is vested in a board of nine regents.

Acts 1971, 62nd Leg., p. 3233, ch. 1024, art. 1, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1971.



Section  103.03.  Board Members: Appointment, Terms, Oath.

Members of the board shall be appointed by the governor and confirmed by the senate. Members hold office for staggered terms of six years. Any vacancy that occurs on the board shall be filled for the unexpired term by appointment of the governor. Each member of the board shall take the constitutional oath of office.

Acts 1971, 62nd Leg., p. 3233, ch. 1024, art. 1, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1971.



Section  103.031.  Grounds For Removal Of Board Member.

(a) It is a ground for removal from the board that a member:

(1)  commits malfeasance of office;

(2)  cannot, because of illness or disability, discharge the member's duties for a substantial part of the member's term; or

(3)  is absent from more than half of the regularly scheduled board meetings that the member is eligible to attend during a calendar year, unless the absence is excused by majority vote of the board.

(b)  The validity of an action of the board is not affected by the fact that it was taken when a ground for removal of a board member existed.

Added by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 223, Sec. 1, eff. May 22, 2001.



Section  103.04.  Compensation And Reimbursement Of Board Members.

A member of the board serves without compensation. A member of the board is entitled to receive reimbursement, subject to any applicable limitation on reimbursement provided by the General Appropriations Act, for actual expenses incurred in attending the meetings of the board or in performing other board business authorized by the board.

Acts 1971, 62nd Leg., p. 3233, ch. 1024, art. 1, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1971. Amended by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 222, Sec. 1, eff. May 22, 2001.



Section  103.05.  Board Officers; Meetings.

(a) The board shall organize by electing a chairperson and other officers the board considers appropriate.

(b)  The chairperson may convene a meeting of the board when the chairperson considers it appropriate to consider any business related to the university.

Acts 1971, 62nd Leg., p. 3233, ch. 1024, art. 1, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1971. Amended by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 159, Sec. 1, eff. May 18, 2001.



Section  103.06.  President Of University: Selection; Duties.

The board shall select a president for the university and shall fix his term of office, name his salary, and define his duties. The president shall be the executive officer for the board and shall work under its directions. He shall recommend a plan of organization and the appointment of employees of the university. He shall have the cooperation of the board and shall be responsible to the board for the general management and success of the university.

Acts 1971, 62nd Leg., p. 3233, ch. 1024, art. 1, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1971.



Section 103.07.  General Responsibilities.

The board shall build and operate a public liberal arts university of the first rank to offer the university's students, consistent with the university's mission, preparation for excellence in a variety of careers and exploration of a variety of interests.  The university shall be equipped as necessary to do its work as well as comparable public institutions of higher education in this state.

Acts 1971, 62nd Leg., p. 3233, ch. 1024, art. 1, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1971.

Amended by:

Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 11, Sec. 1, eff. May 12, 2009.



Section  103.08.  Donations, Gifts, And Endowments.

The board may accept donations, gifts, and endowments for the university to be held in trust and administered by the board for the purposes and under the directions, limitations, and provisions declared in writing in the donation, gift, or endowment, not inconsistent with the objects and proper management of the university.

Acts 1971, 62nd Leg., p. 3234, ch. 1024, art. 1, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1971.



Section  103.09.  Control And Management Of Real Property.

(a) The board has the sole and exclusive control and management of university lands and other real property.

(b)  The board may acquire by purchase, donation, exchange, condemnation, or otherwise real property that is necessary or convenient to carry out the purposes of the university. The board's purchase of property under this section is subject to action of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board under Section 61.0572(b)(5).

(c)  Except as provided by Subsection (d), the board may sell, exchange, lease, or otherwise dispose of any interest in real property owned by the university. Money received in consideration for the sale or lease of an interest in real property constitutes institutional funds of the university. Property received in an exchange of real property of the university may be used for any purpose of the university the board considers appropriate.

(d)  The board may not lease the surface rights of land under its control and management for a term of more than 99 years.

Acts 1971, 62nd Leg., p. 3234, ch. 1024, art. 1, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1971. Amended by Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 22, Sec. 1, eff. May 1, 1997.



Section  103.10.  Joint Programs.

(a) Both civilian and military student personnel shall be eligible to enroll in joint programs. All joint program students shall register at the university and shall receive appropriate credit from the university.

(b)  Students enrolled at the university in joint programs shall pay the regular tuition fees as provided by law. The university shall collect an initial administrative fee in the amount of $25 from military student personnel who receive all their instruction at the air force base solely by air force personnel in lieu of such regular tuition fees. No state appropriations shall be made for instructional costs for semester credit hours taught at the air force base by air force personnel. Civilian students shall be subject to the general tuition provisions set forth in this code for all credit hours taught.

(c)(1)  No training may be given to students in any of the following areas:

(A)  the prescribing of ophthalmic lenses for the human eye or the prescribing of contact lenses for the human eye, or the fitting or adaptation of contact lenses to the human eye;

(B)  the prescribing, whether written or oral, of the use of any optical device in connection with ocular exercises, visual training, vision training, or orthoptics; or

(C)  optometric technology or ophthalmological technology other than those courses of training being offered to military trainees at Sheppard Air Force Base on May 17, 1973; provided, however, training in the use of screening devices or orthoptic training devices may be given to the students.

(2)  It is the intent of the above restrictions that training may not be given to students on subjects of visual care involving the exercise of professional judgment required of licensed physicians or optometrists.

(d)  Military students who receive all of their instruction on the military base shall be exempt from all student service fees and building use fees.

Added by Acts 1973, 63rd Leg., p. 522, ch. 225, Sec. 1, eff. Aug. 27, 1973.



Section  103.11.  Acquisition Of Museum.

(a) The board may acquire by gift or donation a museum and any related property.

(b)  The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board shall include in the funding formula applicable to the university funding for the operation and maintenance of a museum acquired under Subsection (a).

Added by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 118, Sec. 6.02, eff. Sept. 1, 2001.


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