Academic Board Regulations 2017
Part 1 – Preliminary
2. Authorising Provision
Part 2 – Membership
5. Membership Categories
6. Elected Members
7.Ex officio Members
8. Co-opted Members
9. Office of the Chair and Deputy Chair
10. Term of Office
11. Term of Office of Chair and Deputy Chair
12. Term of Office of Co-opted Member
13. Casual Vacancies
15. Vacancy of Office
Part 3 – Meetings
16. Calling of Meetings
17. Executive Meetings
18. Academic Board Meetings
19. Validity of Proceedings
21. Resolutions by Circular
Part 4 – Committees
Part 5 – Revocation of Regulations
25. Revocation of Regulations
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The objective of these Regulations is to make provision for the operation of the Academic Board following the commencement of the Governance, Academic and Student Affairs Statute 2013.
These Regulations are made under the Governance, Academic and Student Affairs Statute 2013 and sections 28, 29 and 30 of the Victoria University Act 2010.
These Regulations come into operation on 1 July 2017.
Section 26 of the Interpretation of Legislation Act 1984 provides for the exercise of powers between the making and commencement of a subordinate instrument.
In these Regulations-
The Academic Board consists of the following membership categories:
Elected members will comprise-
There will be seven ex officio members, comprising-
(1) The Academic Board following a majority vote may appoint a person to be a member of the Academic Board as a co-opted member.
(2) There will be a maximum of four co-opted members.
(1) The Academic Board must elect one person from among its members to be the Chair of the Academic Board.
(2) The Academic Board must elect one person from among its members to be the Deputy Chair of the Academic Board.
(3) Subject to sub-regulation (4) and (5), the Academic Board may remove the Chair or Deputy Chair of the Academic Board if-
(4) The Academic Board can only remove a Chair following a unanimous decision of the Academic Board, excluding the Chair’s vote.
(5) The Academic Board can only remove a Deputy Chair following a unanimous decision of the Academic Board, excluding the Deputy Chair’s vote.
(1) The term of office of an elected member of the Academic Board is two years unless terminated earlier.
(2) A person who is or has been a member of the Academic Board is eligible to be appointed or elected (or reappointed or re-elected) to the Academic Board.
(3) The term of office of a member of the Academic Board is terminated if the member-
(4) If a member of the Academic Board who is a student is suspended from being a student or is otherwise excluded from the University or any of its premises, facilities, programs or courses of study, his or her membership of the Academic Board is suspended for the same duration.
(5) A member does not cease to hold office if:
(6) Subject to regulation 13(4), if a member of the Academic Board ceases to be a member other than by reason of the expiry of the member’s term of office, then within two months of that vacancy occurring, a person must be appointed or an election conducted as prescribed to fill the vacancy and to hold office subject to these regulations, for the remainder of the term.
(7) If multiple vacancies within one category of elected members are to be filled at a single election, then, for the purpose of the prescribed election process, the position with the longer term (if any) is to be considered the first vacancy (and subsequent positions numbered in order of their duration).
The Elections Regulations 2016 stipulate that the person with the most votes is appointed to the first position: the person with the second most votes, the second position etc.
(1) The term of office of the Chair and Deputy Chair is two years.
(2) A person who is or has been the Chair is eligible to be appointed and reappointed to that role but must not serve more than two consecutive terms.
(3) A person who is or has been the Deputy Chair is eligible to be appointed and reappointed to that role but must not serve more than two consecutive terms.
(4) A Chair who has been reappointed to that role for two consecutive terms cannot hold the role again until the expiration of four years from the last date the role was last held.
(1) The term of office of a co-opted member is one year.
(2) A co-opted member can be re-appointed.
(1) The Academic Board may appoint a person to fill a casual vacancy in the office of an elected member of the Academic Board if an election to fill the casual vacancy would occur within 13 months before the expiry of the term of office.
(2) A person who is to be appointed as a member of the Academic Board to fill a casual vacancy must have the like qualifications (if any) as that of the member whose office has become vacant.
(3) A member appointed to fill a casual vacancy is entitled to hold office during the remainder of the term of office.
(4) If a vacancy occurs within three months before the expiry of the member’s term of office, the office may be left vacant for the remainder of the term.
Each member of the Academic Board may, by notice in writing to the Academic Board nominate a proxy and such proxy may attend and vote at a meeting of the Academic Board provided that:
such proxy is not a current proxy of any other member; and
his or her proxy is within the same elected category and sub-category as the nominating member.
(1) A member of the Academic Board other than the Chair may resign by writing delivered to the Chair.
(2) The Chair may resign by writing delivered to the Vice-Chancellor.
(3) The Council may remove a member of the Academic Board from membership of the Academic Board if-
(1) The Academic Board must meet at least 10 times in each year.
(2) The Chair may call a meeting at any time.
(3) The Chair must call a meeting if requested to do so by-
(4) A meeting which has been requested under sub-regulation (3) must be held within 21 days of receipt of the request unless the Chair considers that it is impracticable to do (in which case the meeting shall be held as soon as is practicable).
(1) If the Chair determines that a matter requires an immediate response which precludes the matter being dealt with at the next Academic Board meeting, then an Executive Meeting may be convened, at any time and on any notice, by the Chair.
(2) An Executive Meeting is constituted by-
(3) An Executive Meeting may, by resolution, exercise all of the powers and functions of the Academic Board.
(4) The minutes of every Executive Meeting and all resolutions of every Executive Meeting, must be reported to the next meeting of the Academic Board.
(1) The secretary to the Academic Board must give at least five days’ notice of a meeting of the Academic Board.
(2) Notice of meeting may be given by email or other electronic communication method used by the University.
(3) Notice of a meeting under sub-regulation (2) must-
specify the time, place and agenda of the meeting.
(4) A meeting is not invalidated by-
the fact that a member of the Academic Board has not received notice of a meeting.
(5) If not less than two thirds of the current members of the Academic Board agree, a meeting of the Academic Board (including a part of a meeting) may be held by means of a method of communication, or by means of a combination of methods of communication, approved by the Chair for the purposes of that meeting.
(6) A member of the Academic Board who participates in such a meeting is deemed to be present at the meeting even if he or she is not physically present.
(7) The Academic Board must ensure that minutes of meetings are available for inspection during business hours.
(8) A report of the proceedings of each of the Academic Board meetings shall be provided to the next ordinary meeting of the Council.
An act or decision of the Academic Board, or of a person acting as a member of the Academic Board, or of an Executive Meeting, is not invalid by reason only of-
(1) Unless determined by the Chair otherwise, voting at a meeting of the Academic Board and at Executive Meetings is by show of hands.
(2) Unless specified otherwise, decisions are by majority. In the event of a tied vote the Chair has the casting vote.
A written resolution by a majority of members of the Academic Board, or a Committee, or an Executive Meeting is valid. The resolution may consist of several documents from one or more members and may be in the form of electronic mail or other messaging service provided it forms a written record.
(1) A question or resolution will not be decided or made at a meeting of the Academic Board unless there are present at the meeting at least one half of the current members (including proxies).
(2) If a question or resolution cannot be decided or made at a meeting because the quorum requirements have not been satisfied-
(3) The quorum for a meeting of a Committee is:
(1) The Academic Board may invite any person to attend the whole or part of a meeting to be an observer and the Chair may invite any person to attend the whole or part of an Executive Meeting.
(2) Observers may speak at a meeting only at the invitation of the Chair.
(3) If there is incorrect behaviour on the part of an observer which could interfere with the running of a meeting or an Executive Meeting, the Chair of the meeting:
(1) The Academic Board may, by resolution, constitute, appoint and dissolve such Committee as it thinks fit.
(2) The Academic Board will determine the composition and terms of reference of its committees.
(3) The Academic Board will elect a chair for each committee from amongst the members of the Academic Board.
(4) A Committee may elect a deputy chair from the members of the Committee.
(5) The term of a person’s membership of a Committee is two years and is eligible for reappointment to the Committee.
(6) A Committee of the Academic Board must report to the Academic Board on its activities at such time and in such form as the Academic Board directs.
The Academic Board Regulations 2017 which came into operation on 1 July 2017, are revoked and remade by this regulation.