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Wyoming Constitution and State Statutes

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Wyoming Constitution

97‑7‑015. Establishment of university confirmed.

The establishment of the University of Wyoming is hereby confirmed, and said institution, with its several departments, is hereby declared to be the University of the State of Wyoming. All lands which have been heretofore granted or which may be granted hereafter by congress unto the university as such, or in aid of the instruction to be given in any of its departments, with all other grants, donations, or devises for said university, or for any of its departments, shall vest in said university, and be exclusively used for the purposes for which they were granted, donated or devised. The said lands may be leased on terms approved by the land commissioners, but may not be sold on terms not approved by congress.

97‑7‑016. Tuition free.

The university shall be equally open to students of both sexes, irrespective of race or color; and, in order that the instruction furnished may be as nearly free as possible, any amount in addition to the income from its grants of lands and other sources above mentioned, necessary to its support and maintenance in a condition of full efficiency shall be raised by taxation or otherwise, under provisions of the legislature.

97‑7‑017. Government of university.

The legislature shall provide by law for the management of the university, its lands and other property by a board of trustees, consisting of not less than seven members, to be appointed by the governor by and with the advice and consent of the senate, and the president of the university, and the superintendent of public instruction, as members ex officio, as such having the right to speak, but not to vote. The duties and powers of the trustees shall be prescribed by law.
University of Wyoming Board of Trustees

Wyoming State Statutes

The government of the University is vested in a board of twelve trustees appointed by the governor, no two of whom may be residents of the same county of the state. At least one trustee shall be appointed from each appointment district pursuant to W.S. 9-1-218. Not more than seven members of the board shall be registered in the same political party. The term of office of the trustees appointed is six years (W.S. 21-17-201 and 21-17-202).


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