2007 ORS 351.070¹
Board general powers as to higher education and institutions
  • personnel system
  • public improvement contracts
  • rules
  • fees
  • student records

(1) The Oregon University System, in accordance with rules adopted by the State Board of Higher Education, shall implement a personnel system and may engage in collective bargaining with its employees. All collective bargaining with any certified or recognized exclusive employee representative shall be under the direction and supervision of the Chancellor of the Oregon University System. The Oregon University System shall have payroll authority pursuant to ORS 292.043 (Deduction for payment to foundations) to 292.180 (Invoice reflecting certain savings).

(2)(a) The board shall establish competitive procedures for the purchasing, procurement and contracting of goods, services and information technology, for the benefit of the Oregon University System and all the institutions, departments and activities therein. The board may also establish exemptions from the competitive procedures when appropriate.

(b) The board shall ensure that the hourly rate of wage paid by any contractor upon all public improvements contracts undertaken for the board shall not be less than the same rate of wage as determined by the Bureau of Labor and Industries for an hour’s work in the same trade or occupation in the locality where such labor is performed. Claims or disputes arising under this subsection shall be decided by the Commissioner of the Bureau of Labor and Industries.

(c) The board shall adopt policies and procedures that achieve results equal to or better than the standards existing on July 17, 1995, regarding affirmative action, pay equity for comparable work, recycling, the provision of workers’ compensation insurance to workers on contract and the participation of emerging small businesses and businesses owned by minorities and women.

(3) The board may, for each institution under its control:

(a) Appoint and employ a president and the requisite number of professors, teachers and employees, and prescribe their compensation and tenure of office or employment.

(b) Demand and receive the interest mentioned in ORS 352.510 (University Fund from sale of university lands) and all sums due and accruing to the institutions of higher education for admission and tuition therein, and apply the same, or so much thereof as is necessary, to the payment of the compensation referred to in paragraph (a) of this subsection and the other current expenses of the institutions.

(c) Prescribe fees for enrollment into the institutions. Such enrollment fees shall include tuition for education and general services and such other charges found by the board to be necessary to carry out its educational programs. The board may award student aid from any fund other than the General Fund.

(d) Prescribe incidental fees for programs under the supervision or control of the board found by the board, upon its own motion or upon recommendation of the recognized student government of the institution concerned, to be advantageous to the cultural or physical development of students. Fees realized in excess of amounts allocated and exceeding required reserves shall be considered surplus incidental fees and shall be allocated for programs under the control of the board and found to be advantageous to the cultural or physical development of students by the institution president upon the recommendation of the recognized student government at the institution concerned.

(e) Upon recommendation of the recognized student government, collect optional fees authorized by the institution executive, for student activities not included in paragraph (c) or (d) of this subsection. The payment of such optional fees shall be at the option and selection of the student and shall not be a prerequisite of enrollment.

(f) Confer, on the recommendation of the faculty of any such institution, such degrees as usually are conferred by such institutions, or as they deem appropriate.

(g) Prescribe the qualifications for admission into such institutions.

(4) Subject to such delegation as the board may decide to make to the institutions, divisions and departments under its control, the board, for each institution, division and department under its control:

(a) Shall supervise the general course of instruction therein, and the research, extension, educational and other activities thereof.

(b) Shall adopt rules and bylaws for the government thereof, including the faculty, teachers, students and employees therein.

(c) Shall maintain cultural and physical development services and facilities therefor and, in connection therewith, may cooperate and enter into agreements with any person or governmental agency.

(d) May contract to provide health services at student health centers.

(e) Shall provide health services at student health centers to students.

(f) May provide health services at student health centers to any of the following:

(A) Dependents of students.

(B) Staff.

(C) Faculty.

(g) Shall prescribe and collect charges.

(h) Shall adopt rules relating to the creation, use, custody and disclosure, including access, of student education records of the institutions that are consistent with the requirements of applicable state and federal law. Whenever a student has attained 18 years of age or is attending an institution of post-secondary education, the permission or consent required of and the rights accorded to a parent of the student regarding education records shall thereafter be required of and accorded to only the student.

(5) For each institution under its jurisdiction, the board shall provide opportunities for part-time students to obtain complete undergraduate degrees at unconventional times, which include but are not limited to early morning and noon hours, evenings and weekends. In administering these degree programs, the institution may use any educational facility available for the use of the institution. [Amended by 1953 c.545 §2; 1971 c.375 §1; 1971 c.708 §9; 1973 c.331 §1; 1979 c.159 §2; 1989 c.308 §1; 1989 c.311 §1; 1989 c.492 §1; 1993 c.806 §7; 1995 c.612 §8; 1997 c.231 §1; 1999 c.59 §98; 2003 c.14 §156; 2003 c.674 §7; 2003 c.817 §1]

Notes of Decisions

Peti­tioner, who held one-year teaching contract with state college, was employee of board and therefore was not entitled to judicial review under ORS 183.484 (Jurisdiction for review of orders other than contested cases). Gruszczynski v. Board of Higher Educa­tion, 106 Or App 260, 806 P2d 1168 (1991)

Completed Cita­tions

Beistel v. Pub. Employee Rela­tions Bd., 6 Or App 115, 486 P2d 1305 (1971)

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Legal rela­tion between board and Oregon Student Public Interest Research Group, (1975) Vol 37, p 621; authority to contract for selling computer services to Willamette University, (1976) Vol 38, p 82; student govern­ment committees recommending fee assess­ments and alloca­tions as subject to Public Meetings Law, (1984) Vol 44, p 69; committee containing voting non-student members as part of "recognized student govern­ment", (1984) Vol 44, p 69; higher educa­tion student govern­ments as state entities for purposes of receiving legal advice only from Depart­ment of Justice, (1996) Vol 48, p 40

Law Review Cita­tions

51 OLR 7-69 (1971)

Chapter 351

Atty. Gen. Opinions

State institu­tions of higher educa­tion paying carpooling employees' parking fees, (1974) Vol 36, p 1015


1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 351—Higher Education Generally, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­351.­html (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
 
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2007, Chapter 351, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­351ano.­htm (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
 
3 OregonLaws.org assembles these lists by analyzing references between Sections. Each listed item refers back to the current Section in its own text. The result reveals relationships in the code that may not have otherwise been apparent.