OLR Bill Analysis

sSB 343 (File 382, as amended by Senate "A")*

AN ACT CONCERNING STUDENT MEMBERSHIP ON THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES FOR THE UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT.

SUMMARY:

This bill increases the number of student-elected UConn Board of Trustee members from two to four, thereby increasing the total number of board members from 21 to 23.

Under current law, one undergraduate and one graduate student trustee serve staggered two-year terms on the board. The bill requires UConn students to elect two additional student trustees by July 1, 2017. Undergraduates must elect one additional full-time undergraduate to serve a one-year term beginning July 1, 2017. Students from the School of Law, School of Medicine, School of Dentistry, School of Social Work, and graduate students from a UConn school or college must elect one additional graduate student to serve a two-year term beginning July 1, 2017.

The bill requires that subsequent student trustees serve staggered two-year terms beginning July 1 of their respective election years. Under the bill, one undergraduate and one graduate student are elected in odd-numbered year, and the other two student trustees are elected in even-number years.

The bill also eliminates a requirement that all student trustees be enrolled as full-time students at the time of their election; however, it maintains current law's requirement that the students be enrolled full-time for the duration of their term.

*Senate Amendment “A” (1) requires both of the two new student trustees to be elected by the students, rather than requiring one to be appointed by the governor, and (2) removes the option in the original bill for elections of alumni trustees to be conducted using electronic ballots.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

COMMITTEE ACTION

Higher Education and Employment Advancement Committee

Joint Favorable Substitute

Yea

19

Nay

0

(03/15/2016)