Senate Bill No. 122
(By Senator Sypolt)
[Introduced January 11, 2012; referred to the Committee on Health and Human Resources; and then to the Committee on the Judiciary.]
A BILL to amend and reenact §18B-2A-4 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating to prohibiting abortions at state college or university medical facilities except when the abortion is necessary to save the life of the woman receiving the abortion.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That §18B-2A-4 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended and reenacted to read as follows:
ARTICLE 2A. INSTITUTIONAL BOARDS OF GOVERNORS.
§18B-2A-4. Powers and duties of governing boards generally.
Each governing board separately has the following powers and duties:
(a) Determine, control, supervise and manage the financial, business and education policies and affairs of the state institution of higher education under its jurisdiction;
(b) Develop a master plan for the institution under its jurisdiction.
(1) The ultimate responsibility for developing and updating each master plan at the institutional level resides with the board of governors, but the ultimate responsibility for approving the final version of each institutional master plan, including periodic updates, resides with the commission or council, as appropriate.
(2) Each institutional master plan shall include, but not be limited to, the following:
(A) A detailed demonstration of how the institutional master plan will be used to meet the goals and objectives of the institutional compact;
(B) A well-developed set of goals outlining missions, degree offerings, resource requirements, physical plant needs, personnel needs, enrollment levels and other planning determinates and projections necessary in a plan to assure that the needs of the institution’s area of responsibility for a quality system of higher education are addressed;
(C) Documentation showing how the governing board involved the commission or council, as appropriate, institutional constituency groups, clientele of the institution and the general public in the development of all segments of the institutional master plan.
(3) The plan shall be established for periods of not fewer than three nor more than five years and shall be revised periodically as necessary, including adding or deleting degree programs as the governing board in its discretion determines is necessary;
(c) Develop a ten-year campus development plan in accordance with article nineteen of this chapter;
(d) Prescribe for the institution, under its jurisdiction, in accordance with its master plan and compact, specific functions and responsibilities to achieve the goals, objectives and priorities established in articles one and one-d of this chapter to meet the higher education needs of its area of responsibility and to avoid unnecessary duplication;
(e) Direct the preparation of an appropriation request for the institution under its jurisdiction, which relates directly to missions, goals and projections as found in the institutional master plan and the institutional compact;
(f) Consider, revise and submit to the commission or council, as appropriate, an appropriation request on behalf of the institution under its jurisdiction;
(g) Review, at least every five years, all academic programs offered at the institution under its jurisdiction. The review shall address the viability, adequacy and necessity of the programs in relation to established state goals, objectives and priorities, the institutional master plan, the institutional compact and the education and workforce needs of its responsibility district. As a part of the review, each governing board shall require the institution under its jurisdiction to conduct periodic studies of its graduates and their employers to determine placement patterns and the effectiveness of the education experience. Where appropriate, these studies should coincide with the studies required of many academic disciplines by their accrediting bodies;
(h) Ensure that the sequence and availability of academic programs and courses offered by the institution under its jurisdiction is such that students have the maximum opportunity to complete programs in the time frame normally associated with program completion. Each governing board is responsible to see that the needs of nontraditional college-age students are appropriately addressed and, to the extent it is possible for the individual governing board to control, to assure core course work completed at the institution is transferable to any other state institution of higher education for credit with the grade earned;
(I) Subject to article one-b of this chapter, approve the teacher education programs offered in the institution under its control. In order to permit graduates of teacher education programs to receive a degree from a nationally accredited program and in order to prevent expensive duplication of program accreditation, the commission may select and use one nationally recognized teacher education program accreditation standard as the appropriate standard for program evaluation;
(j) Involve faculty, students and classified employees in institutional-level planning and decision making when those groups are affected;
(k) Subject to the provisions of federal law and pursuant to articles seven, eight and nine of this chapter and to rules adopted by the commission and the council, administer a system for the management of personnel matters, including, but not limited to, personnel classification, compensation and discipline for employees at the institution under its jurisdiction;
(l) Administer a system for hearing employee grievances and appeals. Notwithstanding any other provision of this code to the contrary, the procedure established in article two, chapter six-c of this code is the exclusive mechanism for hearing prospective employee grievances and appeals;
(m) Solicit and use or expend voluntary support, including financial contributions and support services, for the institution under its jurisdiction;
(n) Appoint a president for the institution under its jurisdiction subject to section six, article one-b of this chapter;
(o) Conduct written performance evaluations of the president pursuant to section six, article one-b of this chapter;
(p) Employ all faculty and staff at the institution under its jurisdiction. The employees operate under the supervision of the president, but are employees of the governing board;
(q) Submit to the commission or council, as appropriate, any data or reports requested by the commission or council, as appropriate, within the time frame set by the commission or council;
(r) Enter into contracts or consortium agreements with the public schools, private schools or private industry to provide technical, vocational, college preparatory, remedial and customized training courses at locations either on campuses of the state institutions of higher education or at off-campus locations in the institution’s responsibility district. To accomplish this goal, the boards may share resources among the various groups in the community;
(s) Provide and transfer funding and property to certain corporations pursuant to section ten, article twelve of this chapter;
(t) Delegate, with prescribed standards and limitations, the part of its power and control over the business affairs of the institution to the president in any case where it considers the delegation necessary and prudent in order to enable the institution to function in a proper and expeditious manner and to meet the requirements of its master plan and compact. If a governing board elects to delegate any of its power and control under this subsection, it shall enter the delegation in the minutes of the meeting when the decision was made and shall notify the commission or council, as appropriate. Any delegation of power and control may be rescinded by the appropriate governing board, the commission or council, as appropriate, at any time, in whole or in part, except that the commission may not revoke delegations of authority made by the governing boards of Marshall University or West Virginia University as they relate to the state institutions of higher education known as Marshall University and West Virginia University;
(u) Unless changed by the commission or the council, as appropriate, continue to abide by existing rules setting forth standards for acceptance of advanced placement credit for the institution under its jurisdiction. Individual departments at a state institution of higher education may, upon approval of the institutional faculty senate, require higher scores on the advanced placement test than scores designated by the governing board when the credit is to be used toward meeting a requirement of the core curriculum for a major in that department;
(v) Consult, cooperate and work with the State Treasurer and the State Auditor to update as necessary and maintain an efficient and cost-effective system for the financial management and expenditure of appropriated and nonappropriated revenue at the institution under its jurisdiction that ensures that properly submitted requests for payment be paid on or before the due date but, in any event, within fifteen days of receipt in the State Auditor's office;
(w) In consultation with the appropriate chancellor and the Secretary of the Department of Administration, develop, update as necessary and maintain a plan to administer a consistent method of conducting personnel transactions, including, but not limited to, hiring, dismissal, promotions and transfers at the institution under its jurisdiction. Each personnel transaction shall be accompanied by the appropriate standardized system or forms, which shall be submitted to the respective governing board and the Department of Finance and Administration;
(x) Notwithstanding any other provision of this code to the contrary, transfer funds from any account specifically appropriated for its use to any corresponding line item in a general revenue account at any agency or institution under its jurisdiction as long as the transferred funds are used for the purposes appropriated;
(y) Transfer funds from appropriated special revenue accounts for capital improvements under its jurisdiction to special revenue accounts at agencies or institutions under its jurisdiction as long as the transferred funds are used for the purposes appropriated in accordance with article nineteen of this chapter;
(z) Notwithstanding any other provision of this code to the contrary, acquire legal services that are necessary, including representation of the governing board, its institution, employees and officers before any court or administrative body. The counsel may be employed either on a salaried basis or on a reasonable fee basis. In addition, the governing board may, but is not required to, call upon the Attorney General for legal assistance and representation as provided by law; and
(aa) Contract and pay for disability insurance for a class or classes of employees at a state institution of higher education under its jurisdiction; and
(bb) The governing boards shall prohibit the performance of an abortion at any institution or facility under the respective jurisdiction of the governing boards, except when the performance of the abortion is necessary to save the life of the woman receiving the abortion.
NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to prohibit abortions at state college or university medical facilities, except when the abortion is necessary to save the life of the woman receiving the abortion.
Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from the present law, and underscoring indicates new language that would be added.