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The 2023 Florida Statutes (including Special Session C)

Title IV
Chapter 20
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F.S. 20.155
20.155 Board of Governors of the State University System.
(1) GENERAL PROVISIONS.The Board of Governors of the State University System is established by the State Constitution under s. 7, Art. IX and, accordingly, is granted rights and privileges equal to those of departments established under this chapter while preserving the Board of Governors’ constitutional designation and title.
(2) HEAD OF THE BOARD.The head of the Board of Governors is the board with members appointed by the Governor as provided for in s. 7, Art. IX of the State Constitution.
(3) PERSONNEL.The Board of Governors may appoint a Chancellor to aid the board in the implementation of its responsibilities.
(a) The Board of Governors shall operate, regulate, control, and be responsible for the management of the whole State University System in accordance with s. 7, Art. IX of the State Constitution and law.
(b) The Board of Governors, in exercising its authority under the State Constitution and statutes, shall do so in a manner that supports, promotes, and enhances all of the following:
1. Affordable access to postsecondary educational opportunities for Florida residents.
2. Articulation among state universities and with public schools and other postsecondary educational institutions.
3. Fiscal responsibility.
4. Accountability.
(5) OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL.An Office of Inspector General shall be organized using existing resources and funds to promote accountability, efficiency, and effectiveness and to detect fraud and abuse within state universities.
(a) If the Board of Governors determines that a state university board of trustees is unwilling or unable to address substantiated allegations made by any person relating to waste, fraud, or financial mismanagement, the office must conduct, coordinate, or request investigations into substantiated allegations made by any person relating to waste, fraud, or financial mismanagement within a state university. The office shall have access to all information and personnel necessary to perform its duties and shall have all of its current powers, duties, and responsibilities authorized in s. 20.055.
(b) In exercising its authority under this section, the office may do any of the following:
1. Issue and serve subpoenas and subpoenas duces tecum, for the Board of Governors or universities under the jurisdiction of the State University System, to compel the appearance of witnesses and the production of documents, reports, answers, records, accounts, and other data in any medium.
2. Require or authorize a person to file a written statement, under oath if required, as to all the facts and circumstances concerning the matter to be audited, examined, or investigated.
(c) In the event of noncompliance with a subpoena issued under paragraph (b), the office may petition the circuit court of the county in which the person subpoenaed resides or has his or her principal place of business for an order requiring the subpoenaed person to appear and testify and to produce documents, reports, answers, records, accounts, or other data as specified in the subpoena.
History.s. 3, ch. 2007-217; s. 1, ch. 2023-218.