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Full Text of SB0598  100th General Assembly




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1    AN ACT concerning education.
2    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4    Section 5. The University of Illinois Trustees Act is
5amended by changing Section 1 as follows:
6    (110 ILCS 310/1)  (from Ch. 144, par. 41)
7    Sec. 1. The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois
8shall consist of the Governor and at least 12 trustees. Nine
9trustees shall be appointed by the Governor, by and with the
10advice and consent of the Senate. The other trustees shall be
11students, of whom one student shall be selected from each
12University campus.
13    Each student trustee shall serve a term of one year,
14beginning on July 1 or on the date of his or her selection,
15whichever is later, and expiring on the next succeeding June
17    Each trustee shall have all of the privileges of
18membership, except that only one student trustee shall have the
19right to cast a legally binding vote. The Governor shall
20designate which one of the student trustees shall possess, for
21his or her entire term, the right to cast a legally binding
22vote. Each student trustee who does not possess the right to
23cast a legally binding vote shall have the right to cast an



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1advisory vote and the right to make and second motions and to
2attend executive sessions.
3    Each trustee shall be governed by the same conflict of
4interest standards. Pursuant to those standards, it shall not
5be a conflict of interest for a student trustee to vote on
6matters pertaining to students generally, such as tuition and
7fees. However, it shall be a conflict of interest for a student
8trustee to vote on faculty member tenure or promotion. For the
9purposes of this Section, a student member shall not be deemed
10to have a direct conflict of interest in and may vote on any
11item involving the employment or compensation of the Chancellor
12at any campus or the President of the University or the
13election of officers. Student trustees shall be chosen by
14campus-wide student election, and the student trustee
15designated by the Governor to possess a legally binding vote
16shall be one of the students selected by this method. A student
17trustee who does not possess a legally binding vote on a
18measure at a meeting of the Board or any of its committees
19shall not be considered a trustee for the purpose of
20determining whether a quorum is present at the time that
21measure is voted upon. To be eligible for selection as a
22student trustee and to be eligible to remain as a voting or
23nonvoting student trustee, a student trustee must be a resident
24of this State, must have and maintain a grade point average
25that is equivalent to at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale, and must be a
26full time student enrolled at all times during his or her term



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1of office except for that part of the term which follows the
2completion of the last full regular semester of an academic
3year and precedes the first full regular semester of the
4succeeding academic year at the University (sometimes commonly
5referred to as the summer session or summer school). If a
6voting or nonvoting student trustee fails to continue to meet
7or maintain the residency, minimum grade point average, or
8enrollment requirement established by this Section, his or her
9membership on the Board shall be deemed to have terminated by
10operation of law. The University may not use residency for
11tuition purposes as a factor in making the determination that a
12student is or is not a resident of this State. In order to
13determine residency for a student trustee, the student must
14provide evidence of the student's Illinois domicile for at
15least the previous 6 months and at least one of the following:
16The following factors shall positively demonstrate residency
17in this State for the purposes of the residency requirement for
18student trustees and candidates for student trustee:
19        (1) evidence of the student's Illinois domicile for at
20    least the previous 6 months;
21        (1) (2) evidence of the student's current, valid
22    Illinois driver's license or Illinois Identification Card;
23    or and
24        (2) (3) evidence of the student's valid Illinois voter
25    registration.
26Evidence A positive demonstration of residency in this State



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1for student trustees and candidates for student trustees under
2this Section does not apply to residency requirements for
3tuition purposes.
4    If a voting student trustee resigns or otherwise ceases to
5serve on the Board, the Governor shall, within 30 days,
6designate one of the remaining student trustees to possess the
7right to cast a legally binding vote for the remainder of his
8or her term. If a nonvoting student trustee resigns or
9otherwise ceases to serve on the Board, the chief executive of
10the student government from that campus shall, within 30 days,
11select a new nonvoting student trustee to serve for the
12remainder of the term.
13    No more than 5 of the 9 appointed trustees shall be
14affiliated with the same political party. Each trustee
15appointed by the Governor must be a resident of this State. A
16failure to meet or maintain this residency requirement
17constitutes a resignation from and creates a vacancy in the
18Board. The term of office of each appointed trustee shall be 6
19years from the third Monday in January of each odd numbered
20year. The regular terms of office of the appointed trustees
21shall be staggered so that 3 terms expire in each odd-numbered
23    Vacancies for appointed trustees shall be filled for the
24unexpired term in the same manner as original appointments. If
25a vacancy in membership occurs at a time when the Senate is not
26in session, the Governor shall make temporary appointments



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1until the next meeting of the Senate, when he shall appoint
2persons to fill such memberships for the remainder of their
3respective terms. If the Senate is not in session when
4appointments for a full term are made, appointments shall be
5made as in the case of vacancies.
6    No action of the board shall be invalidated by reason of
7any vacancies on the board, or by reason of any failure to
8select student trustees.
9(Source: P.A. 98-778, eff. 7-21-14; 99-734, eff. 8-5-16.)
10    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect January
111, 2018.