Charter, Bylaws, and Standing Orders


The Charter (.pdf 190KB) of The Pennsylvania State University consists of relevant provisions of legislation enacted by the Pennsylvania legislature in February 1855 to create the Farmers’ High School, together with subsequent amendments enacted by the legislature or adopted by the Board of Trustees.


TheĀ Bylaws (.pdf 286KB) of the corporation contain provisions concerning organization and meetings of the board; qualifications for membership; officers of the corporation and their duties; committees; liability and indemnification; conflict of interest; and other miscellaneous provisions.

Standing Orders

TheĀ Standing Orders (.pdf 240KB) of the Board of Trustees contain procedures for the election of trustees; rules and regulations for the conduct of public meetings; governance of the University; and trustee emeriti.