An Act Providing for the Establishment of the University of Mindanao in Dansalan City and Authorizing the Appropriation of Funds Therefor

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the Philippine Congress Assembled:

Section 1. There is hereby established in Dansalan City a university which shall be known as the University of Mindanao, the same being organized as a corporation under that name.

Section 2. The said University shall primarily give professional and technical training, besides providing advanced instruction in literature, philosophy, the sciences, and arts.

Section 3. No student shall be denied admission to the University by reason of age, sex, nationality, religious belief, or political affiliation.

Section 4. The government of said University is vested in a board of regents to be known as the Board of Regents of the University of Mindanao. The Board of Regents shall be composed of the Secretary of Education, who shall be ex officio chairman of the Board, the Chairman of the Committee on Education of the Senate, the Chairman of the Committee on Education of the House of Representatives, the President of the University, the Director of Public Schools, and seven additional members to be appointed by the President of the Philippines, with the consent of the Commission on Appointments: Provided, That as soon as there are enough graduates of the University of Mindanao, at least four of the additional members of its Board of Regents shall be selected from among the alumni of said University upon recommendation of the Alumni Association. The President of the University shall be elected and his compensation shall be fixed by the Board of Regents.

Of the seven additional members first appointed as above provided, the President of the Philippines shall designate one to serve for one year, one to serve for two years, one to serve for three years, one to serve for four years, one to serve for five years, one to serve for six years, and one to serve for seven years.1awp++i1 Thereafter persons appointed to succeed such members shall hold office for a term of seven years and until their successors are appointed. In case of a vacancy shall be filled by appointment by the President of the Philippines, with the consent of the Commission on Appointments, and such appointee shall hold office for the unexpired term only. All members of the Board of Regents shall be residents of the Philippines. No person in the employ of the University or in any other educational institution in any capacity whatsoever, whether as dean, professor, instructor, lecturer, or otherwise, shall be eligible for membership in the Board.

Members shall serve without compensation, but they shall be reimbursed for necessary expenses incurred either in attendance upon meetings of the Board or upon other official business authorized by resolution of the Board.

Section 5. The University of Mindanao shall have the general powers set out in section thirteen of Act Numbered Fourteen hundred and fifty-nine, and the administration of said University and the exercise of its corporate powers are hereby vested exclusively in the Board of Regents, and in the President of the University in so far as authorized by said Board.

Section 6. The Board of Regents shall have the following powers and duties, in addition to its general powers of administration and the exercise of the powers of the corporation:

(a) To receive and appropriate to the ends specified by law such sums as may be provided by law for the support of the University;

(b) To provide for the establishment of one or more Colleges of Liberal Arts, a College of Law, a College of Social and Political Science, a College of Medicine and Surgery, a College of Pharmacy, a College of Dentistry, a College of Veterinary Science, a College of Engineering, a College of Agriculture, a College of Education, a College of Forestry, a College of Nursing, a School of Fine Arts, a Conservatory of Music, a School of Surveying, and such other colleges and schools as the Board of Regents may deem necessary;

(c) To confer the usual honorary degrees upon persons in recognition of learning, statesmanship, or eminence in literature, science or art: Provided, That such degrees shall not be conferred in consideration of the payment of money or other valuable consideration;

(d) To establish chairs in the colleges mentioned in paragraph (b), and to provide for the maintenance or endowment of such chairs, as well as to provide for such other professors, assistant professors, instructors, tutors, and lecturers as the progress of instruction may make necessary, and to fix the compensation pertaining to such positions;

(e) To appoint, on the recommendation of the President of the University, professors, instructors, lecturers and other employees of the University; to fix their compensation, hours of service, and such other duties and conditions as it may deem proper; to grant to them in its discretion leave of absence under such regulations as it may promulgate, any provisions of law to the contrary notwithstanding, and to remove them for cause after an investigation and hearing shall have been had;

(f) To approve the courses of study and rules of discipline drawn up by the University Council as hereinafter provided; to fix the tuition fees required of students, as well as matriculation fees, graduation fees and fees for laboratory courses, and all special fees; and to remit the same in special cases;

(g) To provide fellowships and scholarships and to award the same to students showing special evidence of merit;

(h) To prescribe rules for its own government, and to enact for the government of the University such general ordinances and regulations, not contrary to law, as are consistent with the purposes of the University as defined in section two of this Act;

(i) To receive in trust legacies, gifts, and donations of real and personal property of all kinds and to administer the same for the benefit of the University, or of a department thereof, or for aid to any student or students, in accordance with the direction or instructions of the donor, and, in default thereof, in such manner as the Board of Regents may in its discretion determine.

Section 7. A quorum of the Board of Regents shall consist of a majority of all the members holding office at the time the meeting of the Board is called. All processes against the Board of Regents shall be served on the chairman or secretary thereof.

Section 8. On or before the tenth day of June of each year the Board of Regents shall file with the President of the Philippines a detailed report, setting forth the progress, condition, and needs of the University.

Section 9. There shall be a University Council, consisting of the President of the University and of all instructors in the University holding the rank of professor, associate professor, or assistant professor. The Council alone shall have the power to recommend students or others to be recipient of degrees. Through its president or committees it shall have the disciplinary power over the students within the limits prescribed by the rules of discipline approved by the Board of Regents. The powers and duties of the President of the University, in addition to those specifically provided for in this Act, shall be those usually pertaining to the office of the president of a university.

Section 10. The body of instructors of each college shall constitute its faculty, and as presiding officer of each faculty there shall be a dean elected from the members of such faculty by the Board of Regents on nomination by the President of the University. In the appointment of professors or other instructors of the University, no religious test shall be applied, nor shall the religious opinions or affiliations of the instructors of the University be made a matter of examination or inquiry: Provided, However, That no instructor in the University shall inculcate sectarian tenets in any of the teachings, nor attempt, either directly or indirectly, under penalty of dismissal by the Board of Regents, to influence students or attendants at the University for or against any particular church or religious sect.

Section 11. Professors and other regular instructors in the University shall be exempt as such from any civil service examination or regulation as a requisite to appointment.

Section 12. There shall be a secretary of the University, appointed by the Board of Regents. He shall be the secretary of such Board and also of the University, and shall keep such records of the University as may be designated by the Board.

Section 13. The Treasurer of the Philippines shall be ex officio treasurer of the University, and all accounts and expenses thereof shall be audited by the Auditor General and all disbursements shall be made in accordance with the rules and regulations prescribed by him.

Section 14. Heads of bureaus and offices of the National Government are hereby authorized to loan or transfer, upon request of the President of the University, such apparatus or supplies as may be needed by the University and to detail employees for duty therein, when in the judgment of the head of the bureau or office such supplies or employees can be spared without serious detriment to the public service. Employees so detailed shall perform such duty as is required under such detail, and the time so employed shall count as part of their regular official service.

Section 15. The President of the Philippines, the President of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives shall constitute a board of visitors of the University, whose duty it shall be to attend the commencement exercises of the University, and to make visits at such other times as they may deem proper, to examine the property, course of study, discipline, the state of finances of the University, to inspect all books and accounts of the institution, and to make report to the Congress of the Philippines upon the same, with such recommendations as they favor.

Section 16. The sum of five hundred thousand pesos is hereby authorized to be appropriated, out of any funds in the National Treasury not otherwise appropriated, to be expended in the discretion of the Board of Regents for the establishment of a college or colleges authorized by this Act, the establishment of which may be considered more urgent.

Section 17. This Act shall take effect upon its approval.

Approved: June 18, 1955.

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