REVISED STATUTES, 1989
title amended 2005, c. 30, s. 2 Short title
1 This Act may be cited as the Cape Breton University Act. R.S., c. 484, s. 1; 2005, c. 30, s. 3.
(c) "faculty" means the persons employed by the University to carry out teaching or research responsibilities or both, and such other employees of the University as may be given such status by the by-laws but does not include students employed as teaching or research assistants or otherwise;
(2) The Board shall have perpetual succession and a common seal and shall have all the powers and privileges necessary and incidental to the carrying on in the County of Cape Breton of the University and the carrying on either alone or in association with others of related or subsidiary institutions, programs or activities either within or outside of the said County of Cape Breton.
(3) The government, conduct, management and control of the University and of its property, revenues, expenditures, business and affairs, shall be vested in the Board and the Board shall have the power, capacity and authority to
(a) purchase or take by donation, deed, devise, bequest, lease, gift, grant or otherwise, real or personal property of any and every description, and hold, sell, lease, mortgage, pledge, charge or hypothecate the same;
(b) borrow money for the purposes of the University and secure the repayment of the same by any form of debenture, bond, mortgage, pledge, charge, deed of trust, hypothecation, promissory note or other security;
(e) subject to any provision to the contrary contained in any trust instrument, invest its money and funds in any bonds, debentures, mortgages, stock, shares and other securities that it may consider proper for investment;
(c) the appointment of the President, who shall be the Chief Executive Officer and Academic Head of the University and the determination of the powers and authority of the President and the duties and responsibilities and other terms of employment of the President;
4 Without limiting any power or authority otherwise conferred by this Act, the Board may enter into and carry out agreements with the Board of Governors of St Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, or the Province, or both, to acquire for the uses and purposes of the University property that on the twenty-eighth day of June, 1974, was vested in or held by the said Board of Governors of St Francis Xavier University in Cape Breton County in relation to Xavier College and vested in or held by the Province comprising the site of the Nova Scotia Eastern Institute of Technology and adjacent lands and lands in the immediate environs thereof owned by the Province, and the legal title to such property shall, upon such acquisition, be vested in the Board. R.S., c. 484, s. 4; 2005, c. 30, s. 6.
5 The Board may sue and be sued in its corporate name in connection with all matters touching the property of the Board, and in all and in every matter in that the said Board may or shall be directly or indirectly interested. R.S., c. 484, s. 5.
(2) The Board shall be deemed to be originally constituted with power to adopt by-laws pursuant to subsection (4) of Section 3 upon appointment of the members mentioned in clauses (b), (c) and (f) of subsection (1).
(3) The persons appointed before the twenty-eighth day of June, 1974, to the Advisory Committee on Post Secondary Education in Cape Breton by the Minister of Education, by the Board of Governors of St Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, and by the Cape Breton Development Corporation shall respectively be deemed hereby to be the first persons appointed to the Board pursuant to clauses (b), (c) and (f) of subsection (1). R.S., c. 484, s. 6; 1993, c. 48, s. 2; 2005, c. 30, s. 7.
7 (1) The term of office and eligibility of members for appointment or re-appointment to the Board shall be prescribed in the by-laws of the Board adopted pursuant to subsection (4) of Section 3, but, with the exception of the President [and] a senior administrator designated by the President, no member shall be eligible to serve as a member of the Board for more than two consecutive terms.
(3) If a member of the Board who was appointed otherwise than by the Board itself ceases for any reason to be a member thereof, the person or body who or that appointed the member shall appoint another person to serve the unexpired term as a member of the Board. R.S., c. 484, s. 7; 1993, c. 48, s. 3.
8 Subject to the provisions of the by-laws adopted pursuant to subsection (4) of Section 3, the Board shall elect a Chair, and shall appoint a Secretary, a Treasurer and such other officers and such employees and technical and professional advisers as it considers necessary for the proper conduct of its activities. R.S., c. 484, s. 8; 1993, c. 48, s. 4.
9 (1) The Board shall annually cause the accounts of the University to be examined and audited by a chartered accountant or accountants, appointed annually for that purpose, and may pay the accountant or accountants such salary or remuneration as the Board determines.
(2) Such accountant or accountants shall have access during regular business hours, or upon reasonable notice, to all sources of information under the control of any officer or person or employee of the University.
(3) The accountant or accountants so appointed shall report in writing to the Board respecting such examination and audit and shall submit a copy of any reports to the Minister of Education. R.S., c. 484, s. 9; 1993, c. 48, s. 5; 2005, c. 30, s. 7.
(2) The Secretary of the Board shall call a meeting of the Board upon the order of the Chair or upon the written request of not less than six members of the Board and, in the event that the Secretary shall for any reason fail to call such a meeting in accordance with such order or request, a meeting may be called by the Chair or such members of the Board.
(3) Notice of each meeting shall be mailed to all members of the Board not later than five days before the date of the meeting and, in the case of a special meeting, shall state the purpose of the meeting.
(4) Subject to such conditions as to the representative composition of a quorum as may be prescribed in the by-laws adopted pursuant to subsection (4) of Section 3, ten members shall constitute a quorum of the Board. R.S., c. 484, s. 10; 1993, c. 48, s. 6.
11 The acts and votes of the Board shall be deemed to be legal and valid notwithstanding the existence of vacancies on the Board at the time of such acts or votes, and the act and vote of a majority of those present and voting at any regularly held meeting shall be deemed to be the act and vote of the Board. R.S., c. 484, s. 11.
12 The Board may appoint such committee or committees as may be deemed necessary or convenient, and may, from time to time, delegate to such committee or committees such powers and duties as may be deemed necessary or advisable. R.S., c. 484, s. 12.
13 The Board may enter into all contracts as may be necessary or incidental to the carrying out of the objects for which the Board was created, whether such contracts be with individual members of the Board or otherwise. R.S., c. 484, s. 13.
(a) designate the manner in which courses of instruction given or provided by or in connection with the University and its related or subsidiary institutions, programs and activities shall be prescribed, regulated and controlled; and
15 (1) In case any gift, bequest, devise, donation, grant or deed appears to have been made or intended for the benefit and advantage of the University, or to assist the University, or any of its departments or schools, and such intention is reasonably clear from any document or instrument, such intention shall take effect and shall vest in the Board any property or fund that the donor, testator or grantor obviously desired and intended to give to the Board or to the University.
(2) The Board shall take, possess and use in accordance with the apparent intention of the donor, as nearly as may be, any and every gift, bequest, devise, donation, grant or deed which the donor, testator or grantor appears to have intended to make to or in favour of said Board of the University.
(3) The Board may make application to the Supreme Court under the Variation of Trusts Act in respect of any trusts which appear to have been created or intended for the benefit of the University, and the Supreme Court, upon hearing such application and such evidence as it deems fit, may vary or revoke all or any of the said trusts or enlarge the powers of the Board or any other person as trustee in the management or administration of any of the property of the said trusts so long as the proceeds thereof are used or applied for the benefit of the University. R.S., c. 484, s. 15; 2005, c. 30, s. 7.
16 Any deed, mortgage, lease, assignment of mortgage, bond, debenture, promissory note, bill of exchange or other document or security, that in the course of business may have to be executed by the Board, shall be signed by the Chairman and the Secretary or by an officer or member of the Board authorized in that behalf by resolution, regulation or by-law, and the seal of the Board shall only be necessary on such documents as would require to be sealed if executed by private individuals. R.S., c. 484, s. 16.
18 (1) In this Section, "person" includes the person appointed to replace a person who has ceased to be employed but does not include a person appointed to a position which was not included in the Nova Scotia Eastern Institute of Technology immediately prior to the incorporation of the Board.
(2) Persons who, immediately prior to the incorporation of the Board, were employed by the Province in the Nova Scotia Eastern Institute of Technology, and receiving benefits set out in agreements concluded between the Province and the Nova Scotia Government Employees Association shall be entitled to continue to receive the same benefits for a period of not more than two years from the date of incorporation of the Board, unless, by majority vote of those employees in each of the classifications, such employees agree to other terms and conditions of employment.