Policy: Emergency Delegation of Authority
Date of Approval:
October 16, 2009
In the event of an emergency which poses an imminent threat of harm to the University, including loss or damage to persons or property such a as might be posed by a pandemic or act of terrorism, the President of the University shall notify the Board of Trustees and request that the Board declare a state of emergency and authorize the President to exercise emergency powers, including but not limited to the authority to suspend classes and other University operations. The Board shall have the discretion to delegate some or all of its powers to the President in an emergency depending upon the facts and circumstances of each case. The President shall have the authority to declare a state of emergency and to make such steps, without delay, as may be reasonable under the circumstances to avoid or mitigate loss or damage to persons or property until such time as a quorum of the Board may be convened. In the event the President is unable to act in an emergency, the President’s official delegate shall have the authority to act in any manner ascribed to the President by this policy. Any action taken by the Board or the President pursuant to this policy shall be temporary in nature and shall be effective only for the duration of the state of emergency, unless otherwise ratified by action of the Board. Once declared, a state of emergency shall exist until such time as rescinded by the Board, upon recommendation of the President.