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Chapter 18B  |  Article 18B - 12  |  Section 6

1 - GOVERNANCE

1A - COMPACT WITH HIGHER EDUCATION

1B - HIGHER EDUCATION POLICY COMMIS

1C - TRANSITION IMPLEMENTATION

1D - HIGHER EDUCATION ACCOUNTABILIT

1E - WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY INSTI

1F - MANAGEMENT AGREEMENTS FOR THE

2 - UNIVERSITY OF WEST VIRGINIA BOA

2A - INSTITUTIONAL BOARDS OF GOVERN

2B - WEST VIRGINIA COUNCIL FOR COMM

2C - WEST VIRGINIA COMMUNITY AND TE

3 - BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE STATE

3A - WEST VIRGINIA JOINT COMMISSION

3B - COLLABORATIVE DEGREE COMPLETIO

3C - COMMUNITY AND TECHNICAL COLLEG

3D - WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT INITIATI

3E - EASTERN WEST VIRGINIA COMMUNIT

3F - REORGANIZATION OF COMMUNITY A

4 - GENERAL ADMINISTRATION

5 - HIGHER EDUCATION BUDGETS AND EX

6 - ADVISORY COUNCILS

7 - PERSONNEL GENERALLY

8 - HIGHER EDUCATION FULL-TIME FACU

9 - CLASSIFIED EMPLOYEE SALARY SCHE

9A - CLASSIFICATION AND COMPENSATIO

10 - FEES AND OTHER MONEY COLLECTE

11 - MISCELLANEOUS INSTITUTES AND

11A - STATE AUTISM TRAINING CENTER

11B - WEST VIRGINIA POISON CENTER

12 - RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT AGRE
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12A - CENTERS FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOP

13 - HIGHER EDUCATION -- INDUSTRY

14 - MISCELLANEOUS

15 - SEVERABILITY

16 - HEALTH CARE EDUCATION

17 - LEGISLATIVE RULES

18 - EMINENT SCHOLARS ENDOWMENT TR

18A - DIRECTED RESEARCH ENDOWMENTS

18B - SCIENCE AND RESEARCH COUNCIL

19 - CAPITAL PROJECTS AND FACILITI

WVC 18B- CHAPTER 18B. HIGHER EDUCATION.
WVC 18 B- 12 - ARTICLE 12. RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT AGREEMENTS FOR STATE INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION.

WVC 18 B- 12 - 1 §18B-12-1. Definitions.

The following words used in this article shall, unless the context clearly indicates a different meaning, be construed as follows:

(a) "Agreement" means any agreement being entered into between a governing board and a corporation pursuant to section four of this article.

(b) "Corporation" means a nonstock, not-for-profit corporation established under the general corporation laws of the state which meets the description presented by section three of this article.

(c) "Corporate directors" means the board of directors of a corporation.

WVC 18 B- 12 - 2 §18B-12-2. Legislative findings and purpose.
(a) The Legislature finds and determines that the future economic development in the state will depend in part upon research developed at the state institutions of higher education, and enhanced research opportunities for state institutions of higher education will promote the general economic welfare of the citizens of the state. In order to enhance the competitive position of state institutions of higher education in the current environment for research and development, expenditures for equipment and material for research projects must be handled in an expeditious fashion, and the acquisition and utilization of research grants can be simplified and expedited through the utilization of private corporations.

(b) The interest of the citizens of the state will be best met by agreements entered into and carried out by the governing boards and corporations to provide research assistance for state institutions of higher education. Therefore, in order to facilitate research and development grants and opportunities for state institutions of higher education, it is appropriate to authorize the governing boards to contract with private corporations organized for the purpose of providing such services to state institutions of higher education.

WVC 18 B- 12 - 3 §18B-12-3. Boards authorized to contract with corporations; characteristics of corporations.

Each governing board for a state institution of higher education is hereby authorized to enter into agreements and any other contractual relationships with one or more corporations formed with respect to such state institution of higher education, but only if each such corporation meets the following descriptions:

(1) The president and the president's appointees from the institution shall constitute a majority of the voting corporate directors.

(2) The corporation must be organized as a non-profit, nonstock corporation under the general corporation laws of the state exclusively for charitable, educational or scientific purposes within the meaning of section 501(c) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, to foster and support research at the respective state institution of higher education and to provide evaluation, development, patenting, management and marketing services for inventions of the faculty, staff and students of such state institution of higher education.

(3) The meetings of the corporate directors shall be subject to the provisions of section three, article nine-a, chapter six of this code.

(4) Upon dissolution of the corporation, the assets of the corporation shall be transferred to such entity as the appropriate governing board shall designate for the benefit of the state institution of higher education: Provided, That such recipient shall be an organization operated exclusively for charitable, educational or scientific purposes as shall at such time qualify as an exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended.

WVC 18 B- 12 - 4 §18B-12-4. Agreement; required provisions.
(a) Notwithstanding section ten, article three, chapter twelve of this code or any other provision of law to the contrary, each governing board is hereby authorized to enter into an agreement with a private corporation, which agreement shall be for the benefit of the state institution of higher education and contain the following provisions, subject to further specification as is mutually agreed upon by the governing board and the corporation:

(1) On the effective date of the agreement, the corporation is charged with the responsibility of serving as fiscal agent for sponsored projects conducted by the faculty, staff and students of the state institution of higher education, and grants shall be accepted by the corporation on behalf of the institution and assigned to the corporation for fiscal management.

(2) The corporation shall provide evaluation, development, patenting, licensing, management and marketing services for inventions, processes, trademarks, except institutional trademarks an institution's governing board elects to retain, copyrights or any other intellectual property developed by faculty, staff and students of any state institution of higher education.

(3) The corporation has the right to determine the application of the proceeds from any invention, process, trademark, except institutional trademarks an institution's governing board elects to retain, copyright or any other intellectual property developed by the faculty, staff or students of an institution among the corporation, the inventor or developer, and the institution.

(4) The corporation has the right to receive, purchase, hold, lease, use, sell and dispose of real and personal property of all classes subject to the provisions of section ten of this article.

(5) The corporation has such additional responsibilities related to the administration of research and development at the institution as are necessary or desirable.

(b) Upon termination of the agreement, the funds or grants paid or held by the corporation, and all other property held by the corporation, shall be transferred to the institution or its designee as the governing board directs.

(c) A corporation may utilize both corporation employees and personnel of the institution. The corporation may pay the costs incurred by the institution including personnel funded on grants and contracts, fringe benefits of personnel funded on grants and contracts, administrative support costs and other costs which may require reimbursement. The corporation may include as costs any applicable overhead and fringe benefit assessments necessary to recover the costs expended by the institution, pursuant to the terms of the agreement, and that a board may be reimbursed for expenses incurred by it pursuant to the agreement.

WVC 18 B- 12 - 5 §18B-12-5. Audit.

The operations of the corporation shall be subject to an audit by an independent auditor.

WVC 18 B- 12 - 6 §18B-12-6. Conflicts of interest.

Notwithstanding any other provision of this code to the contrary, officers and employees of a governing board and the affected state institution of higher education may hold appointments to offices of the corporation and be corporate directors or officers or employees of other entities contracting with either the corporation or a governing board of a state institution of higher education. The executive director of the corporation shall have dual appointment with the state institution of higher education. The governing board of a state institution of higher education and the corporate directors must be informed of such appointments annually.

WVC 18 B- 12 - 7 §18B-12-7. No waiver of sovereign immunity.

Nothing contained in this article shall be deemed or construed to waive or abrogate in any way the sovereign immunity of the state or to deprive a governing board of a state institution of higher education, a state institution of higher education or any officer or employee thereof of sovereign immunity.

WVC 18 B- 12 - 8 §18B-12-8. Not obligation of the state.

Obligations of a corporation shall not constitute debts or obligations of a state institution of higher education, the governing board thereof or the state.

WVC 18 B- 12 - 9 §18B-12-9. Sections and provisions severable.

The sections of this article, and the provisions and parts of said sections, are severable, and it is the intention to enact the whole or any part of the powers provided for in this article, and, if any of said sections, or the provisions or parts of any said sections, or the application thereof to any person or circumstance, are for any reason held unconstitutional or invalid, it is the intention that the remaining sections of this article, and the remaining provisions or parts of any said sections, shall remain in full force and effect.

WVC 18 B- 12 - 10 §18B-12-10. Assignment or transfer of property to certain corporations.
(a) Institutional boards of governors may provide and transfer funding and property, both real and personal, to corporations as defined in section one of this article, and with which the institution under its jurisdiction has contracted pursuant to the provisions of this article. Any deed that transfers real property under the provisions of this section to a corporation, as defined in section one of this article, for either: (i) Research and development; (ii) economic development projects resulting in the creation of employment related to the results of research and development conducted on the property; or (iii) both; under this section shall include provisions requiring that the real property revert to the institution under the following circumstances:

(1) For a period of two years, the property is not used for at least one of the purposes for which it may be conveyed;

(2) The corporation to which the real property is transferred is dissolved; or

(3) The corporation files a petition in bankruptcy.

(b) Any corporation, as that term is defined in section one of this article, may provide and transfer funding and property, both real and personal, to another person, firm or corporation for: (i) Research and development; (ii) economic development projects resulting in the creation of employment related to the results of research and development conducted on the property; or (iii) both. Any deed that transfers real property to a person, firm or corporation shall include provisions requiring that the real property revert to the corporation, as defined in section one of this article, under the following circumstances:

(1) For a period of six months, the property is not used for at least one of the purposes for which it may be conveyed;

(2) The corporation to which the real property is transferred is dissolved; or

(3) The corporation files a petition in bankruptcy.

(c) The person, firm or corporation that receives real property from the corporation, as defined in section one of this article, may not transfer the property to another party without the written permission of the corporation, as defined in section one of this article. The corporation, as defined in section one of this article, may not grant any such request unless the corporation determines that covenants in the deed or lease agreement provide adequate assurance that the terms of subsections (a) and (b) of this section are preserved.

(d) At least twenty days before the transfer of any property pursuant to the provisions of this section, the institutional board of governors or the corporation, as defined in section one of this article, whichever is appropriate, shall give public notice of the transfer through a Class II legal advertisement in accordance with the provisions of article three, chapter fifty-nine of this code.

Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2013 1st Special Session
The WV Code Online is an unofficial copy of the annotated WV Code, provided as a convenience. It has NOT been edited for publication, and is not in any way official or authoritative.


Recent legislation affecting the Code

Citation Year/Session Short Title
§18 B- 1 B- 6 - (Amended Code)
SENATE BILL - 483
PASSED - Regular Session

SB483 ENR  (Uploaded - 03/25/2014)
Renaming administrative heads of Potomac campus of WVU and WVU Institute of Technology
§18 B- 17 - 3 - (Amended Code)
HOUSE BILL - 4457
PASSED - Regular Session

hb4457 ENR  (Uploaded - 03/25/2014)
Authorizing a legislative rule for the Council of Community and Technical College Education regarding WV EDGE program
§18 B- 18 A- 1 - (Amended Code)
§18 B- 18 A- 2 - (Amended Code)
§18 B- 18 A- 3 - (Amended Code)
§18 B- 18 A- 8 - (Amended Code)
§18 B- 18 A- 9 - (Amended Code)
§18 B- 18 A- 11 - (Amended Code)
HOUSE BILL - 4496
PASSED - Regular Session

HB4496 SUB ENR  (Uploaded - 03/25/2014)
Providing for the allocation of matching funds from future moneys deposited into the West Virginia Research Trust Fund
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2013 1st Special Session
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