Sec. 1st. Be It enacted by the Legislature of the State of Nebraska that there shall be established in this State an institution under the name and style of "The University of Nebraska."
Sec. 2d The object of such institution shall be to afford to the inhabitants of this State, the means of acquiring a thorough knowledge of the various branches of literature, science and the arts.
Sec. 3d. The general government of the University shall be vested in a Board of Regents, which shall consist of the Governor, the Superintendent of Public Instruction, the Chancellor of the University, all of whom shall be members by virtue of their offices, and three persons from each judicial district who shall be appointed by the Legislature in joint session. The nine member chosen by the Legislature shall be divided into three classes, by lot, one person from each district being chosen for each class; and their terms of office shall be for the first class two years, (dating from the 1st of March, 1869,) for the second class four years, for the third class six years, for their first terms; and theisthese terms afterwards shall be for six years; vacancies occuring during a recess of the Legislature, may be filled by a majority of the members remaining, the appointees to hold only until then next session of the Legislature: Provided that the Governor shall appoint the members of the first Board of Regents.
Sec. 4. The Governor shall be ex-officio president of the Board, and there shall be appointed by the board a Secretary, who shall for five years after the organization of the board act also as Librarian, and a Treasurer. The Secretary and Treasurer shall perform the usual duties devolving upon such officers and shall give bonds in such sums as maybe fixed by the Regency, for the faithful discharge
of their duties; they shall be paid suitable salaries, not exceeding three hundred dollars each annually during the first two years of their service; they shall reside at Lincoln.
Sec. 5 The Regents appointed under this act, and their successors, shall constitute a body corporate, to be known as "The Regents of the University of Nebraska," and as such may sue and be sued and make and use a common seal and alter the same at pleasure; they may acquire real and personal property for the uses of the University, and may dispose of the same whenever the University can be advantaged thereby; Provided they shall never dispose of the grounds upon which any buildings of the University are located without the consent of the Legislature.
Sec. 6. The Regents shall have power, and it is hereby made their duty to enact laws for the Government of the University; to elect a Chancellor, who shall be the chief educator in the institution, and the prescribed number of professors and tutors, and a steward; to prescribe the duties of all the professors and officers and to fix their compensation; they shall have power to removed any professor or officer, but only upon the proof of written charges and after affording to the person complained of against an opportunity for defense.
Sec. 7. The University shall consist of six Departments, to-wit:
Provided that the College of Fine Arts shall be established only when the annual income of the University Funds shall have reached one hundred thousand dollars.
Sec. 8. There shall be established in the several Departments in the last Section named, to wit: 1st. In the College of Ancient and Modern Literature Mathematics and the Natural Sciences:-
2d, In the College of Agriculture:
3d In the College of Law:
4th. In the College of Medicine:
5th In the College of Practical Science, Civil Engineering and Mechanical:
6th: In the College of Fine Arts:
Sec 9. In the organization of the University the Regents shall fill only such chairs in the first, second and fifth colleges as the wants of the institution shall demand, and may require the several professors chosen to perform duties in their respective branches of education in more than one department or college, until the students shall so increase in number as to demand exclusive attention in their own respective departments; and no new professorship shall be established without the authority of the Legislature.
Sec. 10 The Governor shall set apart two Section of any Agricultural College Land or Saline Land belonging to the State, and shall notify the State Land Commissioner of such reservation, for the purpose of a model form as a part of the College of Agriculture; and such land so set apart shall not
be disposed of for any other purpose.
Sec. 11th. The several buildings of the University shall all be erected within a radius of four miles from the State House.
Sec. 12. The Regents shall, when the number of student in any particular branch of study shall require, elect one or more tutors to give instruction in such branch of study; but such tutors shall not be considered as belonging to the Faculty of the Colleges in which they may be employed.
Sec. 13. The immediate government of each College shall be by its own Faculty, which shall consist of the professors therein, but no course of study shall be adopted or series of text books used without the approval of the Board of Regents.
Sec. 14 The Board of Regents shall have exclusive authority to confer degrees and grant diplomas, but each college may in its discretion grant rewards of merit to its own students. No student shall, upon graduation receive any diploma or degree unless he shall have been recommended for such honor by the faculty of the college in which he shall have pursued his studies. The Regents shall also have power to confer the usual honorary degrees upon other persons than graduates of this University,in recognition of their learning or devotion to Literature, Science or Art; but no degree shall be conferred in consideration of the payment of money or other valuable thing.
Sec. 15. The fee of admission to any College in the University, shall be five dollars each for all persons. A reasonable course of study precedent to admission shall be prescribed by the Board of Regents, and no applicant who shall fail to pass an examination in any part of such course shall be admitted; provided any person who shall produce a certificate from a County Superintendent of Common Schools that he has passed honorably through the course of study prescribed in a High School, under the common School laws of the State, many be admitted without further ex amination.
Sec. 16. All persons residing within the State, or, being non-residents, who pay or whose parents or guardians pay not less than thirty dollars annually of School taxes to the State, and who shall fill the requirements of the preceding Section, may be admitted to any organized college of the University, and shall not be required to pay any other tuition fee than the matriculation fee during the term of four years; all other students, and all who elect to remain long shall be required to pay such fees as the Board of Regents may determine.
Sec. 17. The Regents shall procure all Text books to be used in the University and shall furnish them to the student at cost. The Regents may upon proper evidence of the good character of any student and his or her admission to acquire an education and inability to provide his or her own means therefor donate to such student all text books he or she may need, and, by a two-thirds vote, may appropriate money to pay other expenses for such student; provided such student will render an immediate equivalent in personal service for such appropropriation, is give a sufficient obligation that he or she will reimburse the regents within five years.
Sec 19. The Regents shall provide a rule of attendance upon the Agriculture College, and Civil Engineering and Scientific Courses by persons whose employment is such as to allow of their pursuit of study only a portion of the year.
Sec 20 The Board of Regents shall transmitt on the 1st day of January preceding each regular session
of the Legislature, to the Governor, to accompany his message, a printed report of all their doings since their last report, giving in detail all receipts and expenditures of money, and furnishing an estimate for future income and expenses, a catalogue of professors officers and students at the commencement of the last summer vacation, and such other information with recommendations as will apprise the Legislature fully of the condition and wants of the University.
Sec. 21. The Funds of the University shall be two, to-wit: The Endowment Fund and the Regents Fund. The Endowment Fund shall be kept in two accounts; that derived from the proceeds of the Sale of lands donated to the State by the United Staes, "to establish and endow a State University," under the Act of Congress of April 19, 1864, in one account; and that serived from the proceeds of sales of land donated to the State by the United States, to provide "colleges for the benefit of Agriculture and the Mechanica Arts, " by an Act of Congress approved July 2d, 1862, in another account; to the funds received from these two sources there shall be adde3d to the first two-thirds and to the second on third of the proceeds of all lands or of all m oneys acquired by donation or bequest when other object is not stated, and of the fees for admission to the University; All moneys so received, shall be invested as fast as five hundred dollars shall accumulate, in such United Sates or guaranteed State Stocks as will pay not less than six per centum [sic?] annually; and the principal of such investments shall never be appropriated by the Legislature or used by the regents for any purpose whatever.
The Regents Fund shall consist of the proceeds of the investment of the Endowment Fund, of the proceeds of the annual rental of University and Agricultureal College Lands leased, the tuition and text book fees of students, and a tax of one mill on the the dollar valuiation on the grand assessment roll of the State, which shall be levied in the year 1869, and annually thereafter. The Treasurer of the Board of Regents shall keep this fund in three accounts, to-wit: First, The University account, Second,
the Agricultural College and College of Engineering Account; and Third,General Account: the first shall be held exlusively for the payment of Salaries in the 1st, 3d, 4th, and 6th college, the second sh all likewise be held for the payment of the salaries in the 2d and 5th Colleges; and the 3rd account shall be for appropriation in the discretion of the regents for any purpose directly connected with the University.
Sec. 22. The Regents shall purchase all necessary apparatus for the University, and shall make an annual appropriation for books for a general library (for which, until a suitable building is provided, a room shall be set apart in the State House.) Repealed March 2nd 1870
Sec. 23 The Regents shall meet at least twice in each year at the State House, until a university buidling is provided, at each times as they may determine; provided that the Governor shall appoint the first meeting to take place on or before the first Wednesday in June, 1869; they shall receive for compensation mileage at twenty cents per mile each way.
All expenses provided under this act shall during the years 1869 and 1870, be paid by the warrant of the Auditor upon the State General Fund, but the Board of Regents shall provide for the reimbursement of the State in all such sums expended, after the expiration of two years.
Sec. 24. No superstructural work upon any building for the University shall be commenced, until the designs and plans thereof shall have been submitted to the Board of Regents by the Commissioner for Public Buildings, and the architect thereof shall be required before allowing any such superstructures to be erected, to make such alterations in the plands and specifications as may be directed by a majority of the Board of Regents.
Sec. 25 This act shall be in force and take effect ? and after its passage.
Approved February 15th, 1869.