Bylaws
ARTICLE I MEETINGS OF THE BOARD
SECTION 1.1. REGULAR MEETINGS.
a. Regular meetings of the board of trustees shall be held in accordance with a schedule disseminated no later than August 1 of each year. Regular meetings shall be open to the general public.
b. Notice of the hour, place, and agenda for each regular meeting shall be mailed to the usual address of every trustee of the board by the secretary at least seven days before the meeting. All regular meetings shall be held at such place and time as shall be determined by the chairperson or by the board.
c. Public notice of the hour, place, and agenda of each regular meeting of the board shall be given at least seven days before the meeting to the respective colleges, to the news media, and to such educational and civic organizations as may request the same, as well as to any duly authorized collective negotiation representative. The agendas for such meetings shall be available electronically on the city university of New York website three days prior to the meeting.
d. A summary of resolutions and board actions for each regular meeting shall be electronically available on the city university of New York website no later than seven days after the meeting. The approved minutes, attendance, voting record, and video record for each regular meeting shall be posted on the website no later than seven days following their approval by the board. Information posted on the city university of New York website regarding board of trustees' meetings shall remain on the site as archived data for a minimum of ten years.
SECTION 1.2. SPECIAL MEETINGS.
a. The chairperson, the vice chairperson, or any five trustees acting by petition, may at any time call a special meeting of the board and fix the date, time, and place therefor. Special meetings shall be open to the general public.
b. Notice of the date, hour, and place of every special meeting shall be by written or telephonic notice to each trustee from the secretary or the designee of the secretary at least twenty-four hours before the meeting.
c. Public notice of the date, hour, and place of a special meeting scheduled at least one week prior thereto shall be given to the respective colleges, to the news media, and to such educational and civic organizations as may request the same, as well as to any duly authorized collective negotiation representative, at least seventy-two hours before such meeting. Such notice of a special meeting scheduled less than one week prior thereto shall be given, to the extent practicable, at a reasonable time prior thereto. The agenda for such special meetings shall be available electronically on the city university of New York website twenty-four hours prior to the special meeting.
d. A summary of the resolutions and board actions for any special meeting shall be electronically available on the city university of New York website no later than seven days after the meeting. The approved minutes, attendance, voting record, and video record for each special meeting shall be posted on the website no later than seven days following their approval by the board.
SECTION 1.3. EXECUTIVE SESSIONS.
The board may conduct executive sessions, with attendance limited to members and invitees, as follows: Upon a vote taken at a regular or special meeting pursuant to a motion identifying the general area or areas of the subject or subjects to be considered, the board may conduct an executive session for the below enumerated purposes either forthwith or at a date, time, and place to be determined by the chairperson of which the board members shall be notified in advance unless such notice be waived in writing:
1. Matters which will imperil the public safety if disclosed;
2. Any matter which may disclose the identity of a law enforcement agent or informer;
3. Information relating to current or future investigation or prosecution of a criminal offense which would imperil effective law enforcement if disclosed;
4. Discussions regarding proposed, pending, or current litigation;
5. Collective negotiations pursuant to article fourteen of the civil service law;
6. The medical, financial, credit, or employment history of any person or corporation, or matters leading to the appointment, employment, promotion, demotion, discipline suspension, dismissal, or removal of any person;
7. The preparation, grading, or administration of examinations;
8. The proposed acquisition, sale, or lease of real property, but only when publicity would substantially affect the value of the property.
SECTION 1.4. MINUTES.
a. Minutes shall be taken at all regular and special meetings of the board, which shall consist of a record or summary of all motions, proposals, resolutions, and any other matters formally voted upon, and the vote thereon.
b. Minutes shall be taken at executive sessions of any action that is taken by formal vote which shall consist of a record or summary of the final determination of such action, and the date and vote thereon; provided, however, that such summary shall not include any matter which is not required to be made public by the freedom of information law of the State of New York.
c. Minutes of executive sessions shall be made available for inspection and copying within one week from the date of the executive session.
SECTION 1.5. QUORUM OF THE BOARD.
Nine trustees of the board shall constitute a quorum.
SECTION 1.6. PRESIDING OFFICER.
If the chairperson does not attend a meeting at which a quorum is present, the vice chairperson may call the meeting to order and preside. In the event that neither the chairperson nor the vice chairperson will be present, the chairperson shall designate another trustee to call the meeting to order and preside.
SECTION 1.7. ORDER OF BUSINESS.
The calendar of the board shall be prepared in such form as the board may determine from time to time. The order of business may be determined by resolution of the board.
SECTION 1.8. PARLIAMENTARY PROCEDURE.
Except as herein otherwise specifically provided, the board shall be governed in its procedure by parliamentary rules and usage as set forth in the most recent edition of Robert's Rules of Order.
SECTION 1.9. PUBLIC HEARINGS.
a. The board shall schedule public hearings on the adoption of its expense budget, capital budget, and master plan. The board in the exercise of its judgment may schedule such other hearings as it may determine.
b. The board shall hold a public hearing on the agenda of a regular meeting no less than three days before the meeting. Upon notification received by the secretary one day in advance of the hearing, persons will be permitted to speak to items on the agenda and to submit written statements relating thereto. The chairperson, or the vice chairperson in the chairperson's absence, shall assign one or more board trustees to conduct such hearing. A substantive summary of written statements received at such hearings shall be distributed to the trustees of the board prior to the regular meeting.
SECTION 1.10. BOROUGH PUBLIC HEARINGS.
a. The board shall hold at least one public hearing each year in each of the five boroughs of the city of New York to receive testimony and statements from concerned individuals about City University issues.
b. The time, place, duration, and format of each hearing shall be determined by the board.
c. Notice of the hearing shall be given by the chairperson of the board, not less than thirty days before each hearing, to all the trustees, to all presidents of educational units, to the chairpersons of faculty senate bodies of educational units, to all student government presidents of educational units, to the borough presidents, to the members of the city council, to the local community boards of the borough where the hearing is to be held, and to the news media. The notice shall contain the time, place, and date of the public hearing.
d. At least three trustees shall attend each hearing.