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.
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.
Summary: The Standing Orders of the corporation contain provisions for special committees and subcommittees; special assignments; attendance; matters requiring approval; matters to be presented for information; procedures for the election of trustees by alumni; rules and regulations for the conduct of public meetings; governance of the University; General Counsel; delegation of corporate authority; and trustee emeriti.