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Academic and Research Affairs

Centers and Institutes (C-6)

PURDUE UNIVERSITY
OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT
EXECUTIVE MEMORANDUM NO. C-6

June 5, 1985

To: Deans, Chancellors, Directors, and Heads of Schools, Divisions, Departments, and Offices

Re: Centers and Institutes

BACKGROUND

In certain circumstances, it is appropriate to identify groups of faculty and staff as pursuing specialized studies within a discipline or as being engaged in joint interdisciplinary research and education. While many such arrangements are informal and temporary, there may be instances where the establishment of centers, institutes, or joint programs has significant implications for the University.

ESTABLISHMENT AND MANAGEMENT OF CENTERS, INSTITUTES, AND INTERDISCIPLINARY PROGRAMS
  1. Within the Same Department

    Responsibility for the management of such a unit rests with the head of the department after the initial establishment has been approved by the appropriate dean. The Office of the Provost shall be informed of the establishment of such a unit.

  2. Within the Same School Involving two or more Departments

    Responsibility for the management of such a unit rests with the dean of the school after the initial establishment has been approved by the Office of the Provost. Where the unit is to be separate for budget purposes from the existing departments or school administrative unit, approval by the President is required.

  3. Within the University Involving Several Schools and/or Outside Agencies Such as Other Universities or Corporations

    Responsibility for the management of such a unit normally rests with an appropriate Dean or Vice President after the initial establishment has been approved by the President. Where the unit is to be separate for budget purposes from the existing departments or school administrative units, approval by the Board of Trustees is required.

OPERATING POLICIES

All components of the University, regardless of name and status, will be subject to all rules and regulations of the Trustees, the State of Indiana, and the Federal Government which normally apply to the operation of Purdue University. For example, all personnel appointments and budget matters are handled through the usual administrative channels.

In instances involving advisory committees or boards comprised of Purdue staff members and/or external individuals, their role should be defined as advisory to the Purdue staff member assigned primary management responsibility for the unit.

Dissolution of a center, institute, program or other identifiable component of a department, school or the University as described in A through C is subject to ratification by the same offices responsible for approving the establishment of such a unit.

Steven C. Beering
President