15 Legislative Proposals

Approved by President
Effective Date: June 5, 2017
Responsible Division: President
Responsible Office:  Office of the University Counsel
Responsible Officer:  University Counsel

I. Purpose

In accordance with T.C.A. § 49-7-1001, et. seq., this policy protects and maintains the integrity of current prioritization and strategic planning processes established by Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU or University) to best use limited state funds for public higher education toward greatest need and opportunity and to ensure prudent fiscal policy.

II. Policy

A.  All legislative proposals or requests for state funding toward public higher education capital projects, maintenance, new academic programs, public service, research activities, engagement opportunities, or operational support to be brought before the general assembly shall first be considered and acted upon through established processes and procedures to review such requests; provided, however, if such consideration or action through established processes and procedures is not possible, then such legislative proposals or requests shall be made with the knowledge of the President. The President shall be accountable for ensuring that the established processes for considering and evaluating such requests are followed to the greatest extent possible.

B.  At no time shall an employee of MTSU advance state legislative funding requests without the knowledge of the President.

C.  In order to maximize the state’s ability to strategically plan, execute, and maintain the state’s public higher education obligations, all legislative proposals or requests for state funding toward public higher education capital projects, maintenance, new academic programs, public service, research activities, engagement opportunities, or operational support advanced by a MTSU employee in his/her official capacity as a public employee must be submitted to the Office of the President for consideration for inclusion in the higher education system’s proposals to the legislature.

Forms: none.

Revisions: none.

References: T.C.A. § 49-7-1001, et. seq.