Charter, Bylaws, & Standing Orders


Summary: The Charter of The Pennsylvania State University consists of the acts of assembly when the Farmers' High School was created by special act of the legislature of Pennsylvania in February 1855. Subsequent revisions enacted by the assembly are also incorporated in the document. The Charter also provides that the Board of Trustees can enact bylaws, ordinances, and rules as may be required.

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Summary: The Bylaws 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.

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Standing Orders

Summary: The Standing Orders of 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.

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