3.2.5 Board dismissal
The governing board has a policy whereby members can be dismissed only for appropriate reasons and by a fair process.
Judgement of Compliance:
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) is a member of the University of Tennessee (UT) system, which is governed by the UT Board of Trustees (BOT). The UT Board of Trustees Charter defines conditions under which a trustee may be dismissed. The Charter makes clear that there are policies delineating the reasons for dismissal and the fair process for removal.
Reasons for Dismissal
Article VI, Section 4, Vacation of Office and Cause for Removal, states that a trustee shall vacate or be removed from the position if
- he or she moves from the county or district he or she represents, or
- the trustee fails to attend three regular meetings of the Board in succession
Additionally, Charter Article VI, Section 8, states that a trustee may be removed by the Governor or the Board if a conflict of interest exists.
Fair Process for Removal
The UT BOT Code of Ethics Policy, Article III, Compliance, outlines the process by which violations are reported, reviewed, and heard before removal from office is suggested. It further defines conflict of interest and the duties of the trustees as they relate to ethical conduct.
The UT BOT Charter, Article VI, Section 5, describes the process by which a trustee is replaced: “In case of a vacancy on the Board for any cause, the Governor shall appoint a successor to fill the unexpired term.”
- UT BOT Charter, Article VI, Section 4: Vacation of Office and Cause for Removal:
- UT BOT Charter, Article VI, Section 8: Conflict of Interest and Nepotism
- UT BOT Code of Ethics, Article 3, Compliance
- UT BOT Charter, Article VI, Section 5: Filling of Vacancies: