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1.4 Meetings of the Board

1.4.1 General Conduct and Notice of Meetings
1.4.2 Organizational Meeting
1.4.3 Regular Meetings
1.4.4 Special Meetings/Notice
1.4.5 Quorum, Voting, and Roll Call Voting
1.4.6 Attendance by Telephonic or Video Conference
1.4.7 Legal Counsel

1.4.1

General Conduct and Notice of Meetings

The business that the Board may perform shall be conducted in compliance with the Michigan Open Meetings Act, 1976 PA 276, MCL 15.261 et seq. Generally, unless the Open Meetings Act provides otherwise, meetings of the Board shall be open to the public and shall be held in a place available to the public. The Board, in accordance with the Open Meetings Act, may go into closed session.

MCL 15.263; MCL 389.111(4).

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1.4.2

Organizational Meeting

The organizational meeting of the Board of Trustees shall be held at the first meeting of the Board in January following the date of the regular College District election. The Board shall elect officers at the organizational meeting.

MCL 389.111 (2) and (3).

(Amended 9/18/06)

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1.4.3

Regular Meetings

The Board shall meet on a regular basis at times determined by the Board. Meetings will ordinarily be held in the Board Room of the Administration Building, 610 N. Capitol Avenue, Lansing Community College, Lansing, Michigan, but may be held at other times and in places in accordance with the Open Meetings Act, as the Chairperson may set, and circumstances may require.

A public notice of the regular meetings of the Board of Trustees shall be posted in accordance with the provisions of the Open Meetings Act within ten days after the first meeting of the Board in each fiscal year. The public notice shall state the dates, times and places of each regular meeting.

Any regular meeting may, however, under necessary circumstances, be set at another time or place, or be waived by a majority vote of the Board at a preceding meeting or cancelled altogether at the discretion of the Board Chairperson, unless four (4) or more Trustees object in writing. Any change in the schedule of regular meetings of the Board of Trustees shall be posted in a public notice within three (3) days after the meeting at which the change is made and state the new dates, times and places of such meeting(s). In the event of any rescheduled regular meeting of the Board of Trustees, a public notice stating the date, time and place of the meeting shall be posted at least eighteen (18) hours before the meeting.

MCL15.265(2), (3), and (4).

(Amended 10/17/05, 9/18/06)

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1.4.4

Special Meetings/Notice

Special meetings of the Board of Trustees may be called by the Chairperson of the Board, or any four (4) members of the Board, by serving on the other members a written notice of the date, time, place and purpose of such special meeting. No business shall be conducted at a special meeting other than that which is designated in the written notice of the meeting. A public notice stating the date, time, and place of any special meeting shall be posted at least eighteen (18) hours before the meeting.

Service of the notice for a special meeting shall be by any one or more of the following:

  1. Delivering the notice to the Board member personally at least eighteen (18) hours before the special meeting is to take place, or

  2. Leaving the notice in a conspicuous place at the Board member's residence or with some person of suitable age and maturity of the household at least eighteen (18) hours before such meeting is to take place, or

  3. Depositing the same in the U.S. Post Office mail receptacle, enclosed in a sealed envelope plainly addressed to each such member at his or her last known residence address, at least forty-eight hours (48) before such meeting is to take place, or

  4. Electronic mail or facsimile to the Board member at least eighteen (18) hours before the special meeting, to an address or facsimile number provided by the Board member for such purposes, provided such notice is accompanied by a telephone call to the Board member's residence or business at least eighteen (18) hours before the special meeting, whichever the Board member provides for such purpose, notifying the Board member of the electronic mail or facsimile notice of the special meeting.

Service as above prescribed may be made by any adult person including a member of the Board, the Secretary to the Board, or any employee of the College.

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1.4.5

Quorum, Voting, and Roll Call Voting

At all meetings of the Board of Trustees, whether regular or special, a majority of the entire membership of the Board shall constitute a quorum to do business. If a quorum is not present for a meeting, a majority of those present may adjourn the meeting to a future date.

No act of the Board is valid unless voted at a legal meeting by a majority of the Board, consistent with 1.5.5, and a proper record made of the vote. A roll call vote is required for approval of any expenditure of College proceeds or for any other vote if requested by any Board member.

MCL 389.113(1).

(Amended 10/17/05)

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1.4.6

Attendance by Telephonic or Video Conference

Unless otherwise prohibited by law, it is permissible for a member to participate in a regular or special meeting by telephone or video conference so long as a quorum otherwise exists, the member participating by telephonic or video conference can hear all comments of the Board and audience members and can be heard by all Board members and audience members, and the College reasonably has facilities and equipment to accommodate such participation. Assuming a quorum otherwise exists, a member participating in a regular or special meeting by telephone or video conference may vote on action items and his or her vote shall count.

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1.4.7

Legal Counsel

Legal counsel shall be present at regular and special meetings of the Board when legal advice is needed and counsel has been notified by the Chairperson of the Board of Trustees or the President of the College.

(Amended 10/17/05)

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