Indiana State Code

Who governs the board?

The board is governed by the Indiana Code, which determines how trustees are elected or appointed, how they are reimbursed for expenses, and whether they can participate in meetings electronically. The code also establishes quorums, provides for bylaws, and sets residency requirements. The range of responsibilities assigned to trustees by state law includes:

  • The power to set tuition and fees and requirements to hold public hearings on same
  • The power to prescribe curricula
  • The power to enter into agreements with governmental units and other educational units
  • The power to determine admission standards for all students
  • The power to buy, sell, lease and determine the use of property
  • The power to invest funds
  • The power to award financial aid
  • The power to appoint a president and other executives
  • The power to hire faculty and to approve its promotion and tenure
  • The power to determine codes of conduct for students, faculty and staff, and to prescribe disciplinary measures when codes of conduct are violated

Sections of the code that apply to the board

While it has been amended, changed, and recodified over time, most sections of the code that apply to Indiana University are in Title 21, Higher Education. The trustees are also governed by state law on public meetings, public records, and conflicts of interest.

Code sectionItems within the code section
IC 5-14-1.5Public meetings (Open Door Law)
Open meetings
Serial meetings
Agendas and public notice
Electronic participation
Executive sessions
IC 5-14-3Access to public records
IC 21-14-2Setting tuition, fees, and charges
IC 21-15-2Power to award financial aid
IC 21-18-1Commission for Higher Education
IC 21-20-2Creation of Indiana University
IC 21-20-3Indiana University Board of Trustees
Name of board, membership and residency requirements
Trustee election
Student trustee
Terms, vacancies, emergency appointments
IC 21-20-4Officers of the board
Treasurer of the board
Secretary of the board
IC 21-20-5Quorum and meeting dates
IC 21-27-1State educational institutions: general powers (definition of terms)
IC 21-27-2Board powers
IC 21-27-4Power to write bylaws
Creation of diversity committees
IC 21-28-2Cooperative agreements with other educational institutions
IC 21-29-2Investment of funds
IC 21-31-2Acquisition of property
IC 21-31-4Authority to enter into leases
IC 21-31-9Other uses of property
IC 21-33-3Approval of projects
IC 21-34Acquisition and improvement of building facilities and equipment; bonds
IC 21-35Revenue bonds and other financing arrangements
IC 21-36Disposition of property
IC 21-38-2Compensation of trustees
IC 21-38-3Power to appoint president and other officers
Power to delegate authority
Power to elect faculty
Power to provide benefits
IC 21-38-4Litigation expenses
IC 21-39-2Codes of conduct and disciplinary measures
IC 21-40-3Power to set conditions and standards of admissions
IC 21-41-2Power to prescribe curricula
IC 35-44.1-1Bribery, conflict of interest, and official misconduct