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Part 3. Services, Functions and Facilities Use

Section VI. Services

M. Use of the Titles of Center, Institute or Bureau

1. General.

Any group at Idaho State University who wishes to use the terms center, institute or bureau to describe or advertise their activity must use the following policy to gain permission to use these terms.

2. Definitions.

a. Center: a group with a common interest, theme, or focus.

b. Institute: a society or organization for carrying on a particular work, as of literacy, scientific, or educational character.

c. Bureau: an agency or office for collecting or distributing news or information or for coordinating the work of related businesses.

d. Research/Studies: a diligent and systematic inquiry or investigation into a subject in order to discover or revise facts, theories or applications. Careful examination or analysis of phenomena, developments or questions within a limited area of investigation.

e. Services: provision of information or other assistance outside the university community.

3. Approval for Use of Center, Institute, or Bureau in the Title of a New Group.

a. Usage When Related to Research/Studies.

(1) Any group wishing to use center, institute or bureau in which the term “research or studies” is to be used in the title or mission statement must be approved by formal application to the Research Coordinating Council detailing its organizational plan, its source of funding, and the research planned.

(2) Any group using the term “research or studies” which is to be an identified focused research group or serves as a university-wide research resource whose director has access to or can apply for university funding, must also be approved by formal application through the Research Coordinating Council. In this case, the criteria established by the Research Coordinating Council and the State the Research Coordinating Council and the State Board of Education must be addressed and a Notice of Intent Form must be prepared for review.

In those cases which new courses or curriculum are to be delivered as part of the mission of the new group using the title of bureau, center or institute, the appropriate curriculum committee must provide its approval (University Curriculum Committee and/or Graduate Council).

The Research Coordinating Council will recommend to the Faculty Senate and the Dean’s Council approval or disapproval of the application.

b. Usage of the term “Services.”

(1) In general, groups who wish to use “services” in titles or mission statements must make formal application within the school or college to the appropriate dean and follow the procedures required by the dean. After approval by the dean of the college, the proposed group (center, bureau or institute) must then submit the proposal to the Academic Vice President for approval and submission to the State Board of Education.

(2) If the bureau, center or institute is not sponsored by a single school or college, but is multidisciplinary and/or university-wide in its mission, the formal application must be submitted through the Faculty Senate and Dean’s Council.

4. Existing Bureaus, Centers or Institutes.

All organizations, agencies or groups presently using the terms Bureau, Center or Institute in their titles may continue to use the terms but they are strongly encouraged to change their name to match the above definitions to provide a standard categorization for the university.


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