University Guidelines

Section 1. University Organization
Issued:  May 2016
Replaces:  September 2001

1.1 The University

Southern Illinois University operates as one of two public university systems in the state of Illinois. It includes Southern Illinois University Carbondale, with a main campus in Carbondale, Illinois, a School of Medicine headquartered in Springfield, Illinois, and a branch campus in Nakajo, Japan; and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, with its main campus in Edwardsville, Illinois, a school of Dental Medicine based in Alton, Illinois, and a Center in East St. Louis, Illinois. (Statutes of the Board of Trustees, Article I)

Southern Illinois University functions as a leader in public higher education in Illinois, cognizant of the fundamental role of the University as a whole, yet recognizing and supporting the unique missions and contributions of each of its campuses. University-wide leadership, cooperation and services strengthen the University and its campuses, yet each campus carries out its distinct mission and role with a high degree of autonomy in day-to-day operations.

1.2 University Administration

University administration is responsible for the operation of the University as a whole consonant with the policies and actions of the Board of Trustees. Functioning under delegation by the Board of Trustees, the President has the following responsibilities (Statutes of the Board of Trustees, Article II, Section 2):

  • provides overall leadership for the university;
  • proposes to the Board, and enunciates on its behalf, the mission and scope of the university and of Southern Illinois      University Carbondale and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville;
  • proposes to the Board goals, policies, and actions which serve the best interests of the university and SIUC and SIUE, and promulgates guidelines and regulations for the consistent interpretation and application of Board policies;
  • administers the academic, financial, and other  functions of the university in a manner which assures institutional  autonomy of SIUC and SIUE;
  • recommends to the Board, after appropriate consultation with and involvement of the universities’ constituencies, the appointment and terms and conditions of employment of the chancellors;
  • directs the activities of the university chancellors in a manner which promotes the general welfare of the System and the      university and insures institutional autonomy;
  • serves as the chief spokesperson for the university in external relations;
  • recommends to the Board all major alterations of internal administrative organization, academic programs, capital      facilities, and personnel and other policies;
  • develops and recommends to the Board an annual budget request and an annual operating budget;
  • evaluates the performance of the chancellors based on annual performance goals jointly established by the president and the chancellors;
  • establishes procedures guiding the annual preparation of fund-raising goals and priorities for the university;
  • cooperates with the university foundations in carrying out the annual fund-raising activities.
  • maintains the sole reporting relationship with the SIUC and SIUE Chancellors, and a joint reporting relationship with the Dean and Provost of the SIU School of Medicine, with the primary reporting relationship to the SIU President and a secondary reporting relationship to the SIUC Chancellor.

The President is directly assisted in carrying out these responsibilities by university officers, including the vice president for academic affairs, the vice president for financial services, the executive director of government relations, the university general counsel, the assistant to the president for corporate, community, and media relations, the special assistant to the president, and the chancellors, all of whom report to the president.

1.3 University Guidelines

Policies of the SIU Board of Trustees direct that the President develop and publish guidelines in various areas which give direction to the University in carrying out particular policies or procedures established by the Board of Trustees. These University Guidelines have been developed accordingly.