EFFECTIVE DATE: June 22, 2015
ISSUE #: 1
PRESIDENT: William Flores
The purpose of this document is to set forth procedures for the development and operation of
a center or institute by faculty within an academic program, department or college and to
ensure activities are in compliance with SAM 06.A.07.
A center or institute refers to an alternative university unit that engages in creative activities,
research, education, and/or community engagement. A center or institute may be identified
primarily with one discipline or be multidisciplinary, wherein it supports academic programs,
creative activities, and/or research involving more than one university component.
3.1 A center or institute may be supported by an appropriated fund, may be self-supported
and/or may be supported through on external funding via agencies and foundations.
3.2 Approval of a center or institute is delegated by the Chancellor to the President. The
President delegates approval authority to the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
and Provost (hereafter, referred to as the Provost). The agreement must be in writing and
must provide that the President (or his/her designee) approves the creation, existence and
purposes of the center.
3.3 The center or institute activities must support the mission of the University of Houston
Downtown (UHD). It is also subject to all policies and procedures conforming to state
statutes and regulations, board policies, system administrative memoranda, and UHD
policies. It must submit to reporting and auditing requirements as established by the
University of Houston System (UHS) Administration and UHD.
4.1 Types of Centers
4.1.1 University center: A university center is concerned with subject matter and/or
services of sufficient breadth to involve disciplines and/or services from two
or more colleges, or a college(s) working in conjunction with a nonacademic
area of the university. The Provost or President may assign administration of
a university center to an individual college or administrative unit head as
4.1.2. College center: A college center is concerned with subject matter and/or
services confined primarily to disciplines or services organized within a
4.1.3. Department center: A departmental center is concerned with subject matter
and/or services confined primarily to a discipline(s) and/or service(s)
represented by an academic department or other non-academic unit of the
4.1.4 The title “Institute” may be used in place of “Center,” as appropriate and
proposed in the originating documents.
4.2 To establish a new center or institute, a group of faculty members must develop a set of bylaws that includes the following:
4.2.1 Name of Center or Institute
4.2.2 A statement of mission, objectives, and outcomes
4.2.3 A plan for the annual assessment of the center’s or institute’s objectives and
outcomes provided to the director, provost, president, and advisory board.
The plan must provide decision-making procedures to act on the findings of
the assessment reports.
4.2.4 A list of faculty and other primary participants
4.2.5 Description of funding source for both immediate and long-term
4.2.6 Statements on who the center will report to, both financially and
4.2.7 Any requirements for space or other university assistance
4.2.8 Directorship: job description, how chosen, length of term, filling vacancy
4.2.9 Advisory Board: description of responsibilities, how chosen, length of term,
filling vacancy, how it is lead, and relationship to Director
4.2.10 Decision-making procedures (fiscal, programmatic, mission)
4.2.11 Content and distribution of annual reports (as consistent with this policy and
other university and system policies)
4.2.12 Use of equipment and space
4.2.13 Description/Assignment of copyright, patent, royalty, and other intellectual
4.2.14 Processes and approvals for commissions and consulting
4.2.15 Processes for dissolution of center or institute (internal to center members)
4.2.16 Other bylaws and operating procedures
4.3 The proposal for the creation of a center or institute must be approved by the
appropriate department chair(s) and dean(s) of the program, department(s) and
college(s) involved, and by the Provost. For centers involving multiple units, the
Provost will identify which units and unit heads need to approve the formation of the
center or institute.
4.4 Administrative Responsibility. Each center must have bylaws with content identified
in section 3.1 and consistent with requirements in this section.
4.5 A director or co-directors shall be selected to be the administrative head of the center
or institute as described by the bylaws of the center or institute. Once a center or
institute is approved, the President/Provost may appoint an interim director until such
time as the bylaw processes for selecting a director can be implemented.
4.6 The director must ensure that information on work performed by members of the
center or institute is available, whenever necessary, to the appropriate administrators,
department heads, and deans for deciding on increments, salary adjustments,
promotions, and tenure.
4.7 All centers and institutes must conform to federal and state guidelines, the
university’s policies and procedures, financial accounting requirements, and human
4.8 Responsibility for the business administration of any center or institute will be housed
in a single college, to be identified in the bylaws for the creation of the center or
institute. If more than one college is represented by the faculty participating in a
center, the deans of the participating colleges will agree to the responsible college
and notify the Provost of that agreement. The college business administrator (CBA)
of the college will ensure that the center or institute organization’s business
administration complies with the requirements as with other agency funds as
documented in PS 05.A.16.
4.9 Annual Reports
4.9.1 The director is responsible for preparing the Annual Report of activities and
the financial statements which must be submitted by March 1 covering
activity for the previous fiscal year. Annual Reports must be reviewed and
approved by the appropriate department chair(s), dean(s), and the Provost.
Annual Reports must also be shared with the advisory board.
4.9.2 The Annual Report must include the following components:
220.127.116.11 an executive summary of the center's programs and activities
sufficient to make clear the nature of the various projects and
activities; the extent of involvement of faculty, staff,
administrators, and others (i.e., students and external community
members) in its operation.
18.104.22.168 a detailed financial statement of income and expenditures must be
provided , and
22.214.171.124 a two-year plan to project and address sustainability or growth of
4.11 Advisory Board
4.11.1 The advisory board is expected to provide advice and feedback to the director
and center on activities of the center and future plans as described in the
bylaws establishing the center/institute.
4.11.2 The composition of the advisory board will be established in the bylaws and
should include at least one member of the community outside of UHD, unless
the Provost determines that this is not necessary.
4.11.3 The advisory board must meet at least once annually with the director to
review the center/institute activities and the Annual Report.
4.12 Property Developed and Used
Internal guidelines or agreements on the property developed or used by the center or
institute must be developed in consultation with university administration. These
agreements must conform to existing university policies and procedures and address
the following elements:
4.12.1 Use of equipment and space;
4.12.2 Copyrights, patents, royalties, and other intellectual rights; and
4.12.3 Commissions, consulting, and service agreements based on work developed
under the auspices of the center or institute.
4.13 Review and Closure. Each center and institute will be reviewed every four years by
the Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost regarding its contribution to the
university. After each such review, the Provost will determine whether or not a center
or institute will remain on the list of recognized centers and institutes in conjunction
with the criteria established in Section 4.2.
4.14 Criteria and authority for the dissolution of centers and institutes
4.14.1 Dissolution of a center or institute may be initiated by any participants in the
center according to processes defined in the bylaws. Also, dissolution of
centers or institutes may be initiated by the President or Provost. All
participating faculty and administrators must be afforded reasonable
opportunity to participate in a process of investigation and documentation and
review evidence upon which the proposed dissolution is based
4.14.2 A center or institute may be terminated due to significant lack of productivity
in meeting the mission and objectives of the center or institute, relevance to
university mission or redundancy, or irreparable failure in leadership and
administrative activities, and/or expected financial growth or sustainability.
4.14.3 A center or institute may be terminated due to evidence of financial
misconduct, academic/scientific misconduct, and/or related ethical
misconduct or financial mismanagement that severely compromises
sustainability or credibility of the center or institute.
4.14.4 A center or institute may be terminated due to space utilization that is not
commensurate with the level of activity if attempts at relocation have not been
4.14.5 In the event of dissolution, reallocation of any remaining assets of the center
or institute will be determined by the Provost in consultation with participants
in the center.
There are no exhibits associated with this policy.
Responsible Party (Reviewer): Senior Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs and
Review: Every five years, or as necessary.
Signed original on file in Employment Services and Operations.
Issue #1: 06/22/2015
Annual Report Form