TASB College eLaw

TASB College eLaw is a collection of free higher education law resources for community college officials and the college community. 

Governance


Regular Meeting Notice/Agenda Sample (docx) is a sample posting that gives boards maximum flexibility within the bounds of the Texas Open Meetings Act (OMA) notice requirements.

Emergency Meeting Notice/Agenda Sample (docx) provides a sample emergency posting that complies with OMA notice requirements.

Certified Agenda Sample (docx) gives Texas community college boards a template for compliance with the OMA requirement that boards document closed meetings.

Regular Meeting Minutes Sample (docx) provides sample meeting minutes that comply with OMA notice requirements and Robert’s Rules of Order.

Voting (pdf) answers frequently asked questions about voting at a community college board meeting.

Public Comment (pdf) answers frequently asked questions about when and how community college boards can hear public comments from citizens during board meetings.

Closed Meeting Topics (pdf) answers frequently asked questions about the closed meeting exceptions to the OMA.

Closed Meeting Records (pdf) answers frequently asked questions about who can access closed meeting records.

Attendance at Closed Meetings (pdf) answers frequently asked questions about who can attend closed sessions during a board meeting.

Remote Participation in Board Meetings (jpdf) provides information about conducting board meetings via teleconference or videoconference.

Community College Board Member Resignations (pdf) answers frequently asked questions about replacing a resigning board member.

Open Government Training Requirements (pdf) answers frequently asked questions about the legally required OMA and Texas Public Information Act (PIA) training for community college officials.

Community College Records Management and the Public Information Act (pdf) answers frequently asked questions about the Texas Public Information Act including what constitutes public information, how to respond to requests, information exempt from disclosure, and related penalties.

Board Member Access to Community College Records (pdf) answers frequently asked questions about a board member’s right to access records.

Required Conflict of Interest Disclosure Chart (pdf) outlines the financial interests a community college office must disclose how to comply with statutory requirement.

Board Members as Employees and Volunteers at the Community College (pdf) answers frequently asked questions about why trustees cannot simultaneously serve as college employees or volunteers at the same college.

Gifts to Community College Trustees (pdf) answers frequently asked questions about legal restrictions on gifts and benefits offered to board members and college employees.

Working with Your College Attorney (pdf) addresses all aspects of the relationship between community college officials and a college’s attorney, including in-house counsel.

Social Media Guidelines for Community College Board Members (pdf) offers practical tips for avoiding legal and ethical problems in the use of online communications about community college matters.

Elections and Tax

Frequently Asked Questions about Legislative Advocacy (pdf) addresses advocacy by a community college, its trustees, and its employees during the legislative session.

Business

Community College Website Accessibility (pdf) answers frequently asked questions and addresses current issues related to website accessibility, including rulemaking under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and recent litigation and complaints with the Office of Civil Rights (OCR).

Prohibiting Contracts with Companies Boycotting Israel (pdf) answers frequently asked questions about the legal requirement for community college contracts with companies to contain a verification that the company does not boycott Israel.

Community College Board Members Guide to Purchasing (pdf) explains the board’s role in procurement and the laws that guide the board in its decision-making.

Community College Websites: Required and Optional Internet Postings (pdf) is a comprehensive list of the information that community colleges must or may post on their websites under Texas and Federal Law.

Safety and Emergency Management

Campus Safety and Emergency Management (pdf) answers frequently asked questions about the laws surrounding safety planning and emergency response.

Firearms on Community College Campuses (pdf) answers frequently asked questions about the firearm laws, including those specifically addressing campus carry.

Community College and University/State College Campus Carry (pdf) websites provides links to websites established by public institutions of higher education to inform their communities about how they are addressing the campus carry laws and links to relevant regulations.

Conducting Searches of Community College Employees and Students (pdf) answers frequently asked questions about a community college’s authority to conducts searches of employees and students.

What do Colleges Need to Know About Epinephrine Auto-Injectors? (pdf) discusses the use of epinephrine to treat anaphylaxis on a community college campuses, including the legal requirements for a college with a policy that authorizes the administration of unassigned epinephrine auto-injectors.

Personnel

Leaves and Absences Policy Considerations (pdf) addresses legal and practical issues to consider in developing a leaves and absences policy.

Affordable Care Act

What Texas Community College Officials Should Understand About the Affordable Care Act (pdf) provides an overview of Affordable Care Act requirements slated to take effect in 2015 and 2016, including the requirement to offer coverage, the affordability requirement, and new IRS reporting requirements.

The Individual Mandate (pdf) provides an overview of the requirement that all individuals have health insurance, as that requirement relates to employees of Texas community colleges.

Calculating Hours of Service Under the Affordable Care Act (pdf) describes the rules for calculating hours of service for Affordable Care Act purposes, including rules for non-hourly employees and rules for adjunct faculty.

Determining Full Time-Status (pdf) discusses the definition of full-time employee and explains the monthly measurement and look-back methods of determining full-time status.

Health Insurance Marketplace and Employer Notice (pdf) provides an overview of the Marketplace in Texas and explains the requirement that employers provide notices to employees.  

Employer Shared Responsibility Effective Dates (pdf) explains the effective dates of the Affordable Care Act requirements for employers, including the applicability of temporary relief provisions.

Instruction

Evolution of Dual Credit (pdf) is an article that answers frequently asked questions that arise surrounding dual credit instruction and partnerships.