Regents Governance Committee hears update on Laws and Policies review

By Staff

With a long-running formal review of all Regent Laws and Policies nearing completion, university leadership is working with the Board of Regents to begin formally reviewing Regent Laws and Policies on an ongoing basis.

An update on the review was presented Aug. 24 to the Regents Governance Committee during its first meeting of the academic year at 1800 Grant St.

Dan Montez, director of the Office of Policy and Efficiency, said 91% of Regent Laws and Policies had been reviewed as of July 1; the process launched in 2016. Almost all of the 139 completed laws and policies underwent at least minor changes. Before the seven-year project, some laws and policies hadn’t been reviewed formally since the 1970s, Montez said.

Leonard Dinegar, senior vice president for internal operations and chief of staff, presented a draft vetting-and-approval process for consideration going forward. It includes a new Preliminary Notice of Review, intended as a “heads up” in order for regents to be aware and for key stakeholders to be engaged. Further steps include review by the Governance Committee, notification to the full Board of Regents and a second review by the Governance Committee. Proposed changes are subject to approval by the full board.

The committee forwarded recommended changes to Regent Policy 10.A, 10.E, 10.H and 10.P for consideration by the Board of Regents at its Sept. 7-8 meeting.

The committee also advanced proposed changes to Article 2.A, Policy 2.C.1, which would shift the board’s election of chair and vice chair from the June board meeting to the February board meeting.

Also at last week’s meeting, the Governance Committee approved its work plan for 2023-24.

The next Governance Committee meeting is scheduled for Oct. 26.