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SEC. 9. Such board of regents shall consist of five members and the governor of Oklahoma, who shall be ex officio a member of such board. The governor shall nominate and appoint such regents, who shall hold their office (two of them?] for two years and three of them for four years and until their successors shall be appointed and confirmed biennially by the legislative council: Provided, That the governor and council shall fill all vacancies in said board existing during the session of the legislature and that the governor shall fill such vacancies only as occur when the legislature is not in session. The governor shall cause to be issued to each of said regents a commission under the seal of the Territory.
SEC. 10. At the first meeting of said bcard it shall organize by the members thereof taking and subscribing an oath of office as required by all civil officers of the Territory, and shall then proceed to elect a president and treasurer, and the president shall be president of the college and shall be secretary of the board. A majority of the board shall be a quorum for the transaction of business. The board shall require a bond of its treasurer and fix the amount thereof.
SEC. 11. The board of regents shall hold its ineetings at the agricultural college and fix the time of holding the same: Provided, That members of the board shall receive as compensation for their services $5 per day for each day employed, not to exceed twelve days in any one year, and 5 cents per mile actually and necessarily traveled in attending the meetings of said board, which sums shall be paid out of the Territorial treasury upon the vouchers of said board.
SEC. 12. The said board of regents shall direct the dispositions of all moneys appropriated by the Territorial legislature or by Congress, or funds arising from the sale of bonds provided for in this act for the agricultural college or experimental station for Oklahoma Territory, and shall have supervision or charge of the construction of all buildings provided for said college or farm. The board of regents shall have power to employ a president and necessary teachers, instructors, and assistants to conduct said school and carry on the experimental farm connected therewith, and to appoint a superintendent of construction of all buildings, who shall receive $3 per day for each day actually and necessarily engaged in the discharge of his duties, not to exceed fifty days in any one year, which sum shall be paid out of the Territorial treasury upon the vouchers of said board. The said board shall audit all accounts against the funds appropriated for the use of the agricultural college and experimental station, and the Territorial auditor shall issue his warrant upon the Territorial treasurer for the amount of all accounts which shall have been audited and allowed by the board of regents and attested by the president and secretary of the same: Prorided, That no member of the board of regents shall be employed upon any work to be performed in connection with the agricultural college, nor shall any such regent be allowed any per diem except as provided by law, and provided that any member of the board of regents who shall not have complied with the provisions of this act by the 1st of April next (1893), the governor shall declare his office vacant and appoint a successor as provided by law.
Suc, 13. An auditing committee, composed of three members of the board and the Territorial treasurer, shall audit all accountsagainst the funds appropriated for the use of the agricultural college and experimental station. The Territorial au litor shall audit all accounts, expenses, per diem, etc., of the board of regents, and shall issue his warrant upon the Territorial treasurer for the amount of such accounts when allowed by the board and attested by the president and secretary of the same.
Src. 14. A full course of study in the institution shall embrace not less than four years, and the college year shall consist of not less than nine calendar months, which may be divided into terms by the board of regents as in their judgment will best secure the objects for which the college was founded.
SEC. 15. The board of regents shall fix the salaries of the president, professors, and other employees and prescribe their respective duties. The board may remove the president of the college or subordinate officers for just cause and supply all vacancies.
Sec. 16. The faculty shall consist of the president of the college and the professors, who shall make all needful rules and regulations for the government and discipline of the college and such other rules necessary to the preservation of morals, decorum, and health of students.
Sec. 17. The president shall be chief executive officer of the agricultural college, and it shall be his duty to see that all rules and regulations are executed, and the subordinate officers and employees, not members of the faculty, shall be under his direction and supervision.
SEC. 18. The president of the college and board of regents shall constitute a committee to fix the rate of wages to be allowed to students for labor on the farm or in the shops or kitchen of the agricultural college.
SEC. 19. The faculty shall make an annual report to the board of regents on or before the first Monday in December of each year, showing the condition of the school and farm and the results of farm experiments, and containing such recommendations as the welfare of the institution, in their opinion, demands. • SEC. 20. The board of regents shall make a report to the governor on or before the last Monday in December next preceding each biennial session of the Territorial legislature, containing a financial statement showing the condition of all funds appropriated for the use of the agricultural college and experimental station; also the moneys expended and the purposes for which the same were expended in detail; also the condition of the institution and the results of all experiments carried on there. • SEC. 21. The board of regents and the faculty shall have power to confer degrees upon all persons who shall have completed the course of study prescribed for such school by the board and faculty and who shall have passed a satisfactory examination upon the studies contained in said course and who shall be known to possess a good moral character.
SEC. 22. There is hereby established an agricultural experimental station in connection with the agricultural college by this act established, and under the direction of the board of regents, for the purpose of conducting experiments in agriculture according to the terms of the acts of Congress establishing agricultural colleges and experimental stations.
SEC. 23. The assent of the legislature of the Territory of Oklahoma is hereby given, in pursuance of the reqnirements of section 9 of said act of Congress, approved March 3 , 1887, to the grant of money therein made and to the establishing of an experimental station in accordance with section 1 of said lastmentioned act, and assent is hereby given to carry out all and singular the provisions of all the acts of Congress.
SEC. 24. The board of regents hereby established, in connection with the governor and secretary of the Territory, shall be fully authorized to receive from the United States any and all appropriations made for the support or maintenance of agricultural colleges within the Territory, and shall be anthorized to receipt for the same, and shall be chargeable therewith when received from the United States.
SEC. 25. Citizens of Oklahoma between the ages of 14 and 30 years who shall pass a satisfactory examination in reading, arithmetic, geography, English grammar, and United States history, and who are known to possess a good moral character, may be admitted to all the privileges of the institution.
SEC. 26. The board shall possess a common seal, which shall be attached by the president of the board, or president of the college when the board is not in session, to all diplomas, honorary degrees, and all public documents emanating from the college. ^ Chapter 9, article 2: SEC. 15. The governor, secretary, and treasurer of the Territory of Oklahoma are hereby authorized and empowered to issue the bonds of said Territory in the sum of $15,000 for the use and benefit of the agricultural and mechanical college of the Territory of Oklahoma, located at Stillwater, in Payne County, in said Territory, the said bonds to be of the denomination of $500 each and bear interest at the rate of 6 per cent per annum, payable annually, for which interest conpons shall be attached to said bonds and run thirty years from their date, and payable at any time after ten years from their date at the will of the Territory.
SEC. 16. Said bonds shall be styled Territorial agricultural and mechanical college bonds, and when issued shall be delivered to the treasurer of said Territory, and shall bo by the treasurer of said Territory sold at not less than par, and without the payment of commission for their sale; and the fund arising from the sale of said bonds shall be a separate fund in the treasury of said Territory for the use and benefit of said agricultural and mechanical college of the Territory of Oklahoma, and shall be expended by the agricultural and mechanical college board of regents for the purposes of the erection of suitable building or buildings for the use of said agricultural and mechanical college.
Sec. 17. The said fund arising from the sale of said bonds shall be charged to the treasurer of said Territory by the auditor thereof, and shall be paid ont only for the purpose aforesaid and upon an order in writing signed by the president of said agricultural and mechanical college, and countersigned by the auditor of said Territory; and upon returning said orders duly paid to the auditor of said Territory the treasurer shall receive credit for the amount so paid.
Sec. 18. The said bonds shall be issued by the governor, secretary, and treasurer of the Territory of Oklahoma at any time after the passage of this act, upon request in writing of the agricultural and mechanical college board of regents.
SEC. 19. Said agricultural and mechanical college board of regents shall have power to do any and all things necessary to the construction of said buildings: Provided, however, That no contract shall be made or be binding on the Territory that shall not be authorized by said agricultural and mechanical college board of regents at a meeting duly called for that purpose, of which each member shall have at least five days' notice in writing and in accordance with the provisions of this act.
SEC. 20. Before letting any contract for the furnishing of any material or the performance of any labor upon said buildings to any contractor it shall be the duty of said board of regents to adopt certain plans and specifications prepared by competent architects, giving on [an?) estimate cost of said proposed buildings, and the contracts shall be let with the view to the erection of said buildings according to said plans and specifications; and before any contract for the erection of said buildings, or for the furnishing of any material, or for the performance of any portion of the work let separately, it shall be the duty of the board to take good and sufficient bond from the contractor or contractors for the faithful performance of said work.
SEC. 21. No contract shall be let for the furnishing of the material or any portion of the material used in the erection of said buildings, or the construction thereof, until said board of regents shall have given thirty days' notice in one weekly newspaper published at Stillwater, in Payne County, in said Territory, and in one daily newspaper published at Guthrie, in said Territory, of the intention to purchase such material and let such contracts, and the contracts shall be let to the lowest responsible bidder or bidders, who shall give good and suficient bond, with two or more sureties, for the faithful performance thereof, according to the terms of the contract: Provided, however, That the said board of regents may let the contract for the construction of said buildings as an entirety to one person or may let portions thereof to different persons, as the board of regents may determine shall be to the best interests of said agricultural and mechanical college.
SEC. 22. For the purpose of paying the interest on the said bonds herein before provided to be issued for the use and benefit of said University of Oklahoma, Normal School for the Territory of Oklahoma, and Agricultural and Mechanical College of the Territory of Oklahoma there is hereby levied upon all taxable property within said Territory an annual tax of one-half mill on the dollar, and for the purpose of creating a sinking fund for the payment of said bonds such levy shall be made as the Territorial legislature may hereafter prescribe. [Secs. 15–22 are a part of an act of March 16, 1893.]
Chapter 9, article 4: SECTION 1. The secretary of the Territory of Oklahoma is hereby authorized to sell the bonds hitherto issued by the town of Stillwater, Payne County, Okla., for the benefit of the agricultural and mechanical college situated at Stillwater, Okla., which said bonds are hereby legalized and approved: Provided, That in case the bonds shall be sold for less than par, the town of Stillwater shall and is hereby authorized to issue city warrants in a sum sufficient to make good the deficiency, and the total sum of $10,000 (shall be?] for the benefit of said school, as provided in chapter 2 of the general statutes of Oklahoma. (March 14, 1893.)
Laws, 1893, council joint resolution No. 8: The provisions of the act of Congress approved August 30, 1890,
are hereby accepted by the Territory of Oklahoma, and the Territory hereby agrees and obligates itself to comply with all the provisions of said act; and the treasurer of the Territory is designated as the proper officer to receive the funds therein appropriated.
Upon the approval of this joint resolution by the governor, he is hereby instructed to transmit certified copies of the same to the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of the Treasury of the United States. (March 7, 1893.)
Laws, 1895, chapter 4, article 1: Sec. 12. [Appropriates] For the expenses of the board of regents of the Agricultural and Mechanical College for the years 1895 and 1896, $1,000. (March 8, 1895.)
Laws, 1897, chapter 3: SEC. 13. (Appropriates] For expenses of the board of regents of the Agricultural and Mechanical College the sum of $1,000 for the years 1897 and 1898. (March 12, 1897.)
Laws, 1897, chapter 1: SECTION 1. The Colored Agricultural and Normal University of the Territory of Oklahoma is hereby located and established at or within a convenient distance from Langston, in Logan County, Oklahoma Territory, the exclusive purpose of which s) all be the instruction of both male and female colored persons in the art of teaching, and the various branches which pertain to a common school education, and in such higher education as may be deemed advisable by such board, and in the fundamental laws of the United States, in the rights and duties of citizens, and in the agricultural, mechanical, and industrial arts.
SEC. 2. The Colored Agricultural and Normal University shall be under the direction of five suitable persons, to be known as a board of regents of the Colored Agricultural and Normal University of the Territory of Oklahoma, two of which shall be from the colored race, and the school aforesaid shall be governed and supported as hereinafter provided.
Sec. 3. Said board shall consist of the Territorial superintendent of public instruction, Territorial treasurer, and three others to be appointed by the governor, by and with the advice of the council of the legislative assembly. The tenure of office of said board shall be for the term of four years. The Territorial treasurer, by virtue of his office, shall be treasurer of said board, and the members of said board shall elect from their members the president and the secretary. It shall be the duty of the secretary to keep an exact and detailed account of the doings of said board, and he shall make such reports to the legislative assembly as are required by this act.
SEC. 4. Said board shall have power to appoint suitable persons as president and assistants to take charge of said university, and fix the salaries of each and their several duties. They shall also have power to remove either the president or assistants and appoint others in their stead. They shall prescribe the various books to be used in said university, and shall make and prescribe such laws as may be necessary for the good government and management of the same.
SEC. 5. The said board shall ordain such rules and regulations for the admission of pupils to said university as they deem necessary and proper. Every applicant for admission shall undergo an examination in such manner as may be prescribed by said board, and the board may in its discretion require an applicant for admission into said school, other than such as shall prior to such admission sign and file with said board a declaration of intention to follow the business of teaching school in the territory, to pay or to secure to be paid such fees or tuition as the board shall deem reasonable: Provided, That this feature shall be applicable only to the normal branch of said university.
Sec. 6. After said Agricultural and Normal University shall have commenced its first term, and at least once in each year thereafter, it shall be visited by three suitable persons, at least one of whom shall be colored, to be appointed by the governor, who shall examine thoroughly the affairs of the school and report to the superintendent of public instruction and to said board their views in regard to its condition, success, and needs, and any other matters they may deem expedient. Such visitors shall be appointed annually.
Sec. 7. As soon as any person has attended said university twenty-two weeks, said person may be examined in the studies required by law, and if it shall appear that such person possesses the learning and other qualifications necessary to teach a common school, said person shall receive a certificate authorizing him or her to teach a common school.
SEC. 8. The funds appropriated for the benefit of said university shall be under the direction and control of the board herein created. The treasurer of the Territory shall pay out of such funds all orders or drafts for money expended under the provisions of this act; such drafts and orders to be drafts of the Territorial auditor, to be issued upon a certificate of the secretary of the board, countersigned by the president of said board. No certificate shall be given except upon accounts audited and allowed by said board at a regular meeting.
SEC. 9. Services and all necessary traveling expenses, as hereinafter provided, incurred by the members of said board in carrying out the provisions of this act, shall be paid as hereinbefore provided out of any funds belonging to the said university in the hands of the treasurer of said board during the erection and completion of the necessary buildings. The principal, assistants, teachers, and said board, and other officers and employes of such university shall be paid out of the Colored Agricultural and Normal University school fund, which fund is hereby created. The members of said board of regents shall be entitled to $3 per day and 5 cents per mile for all time actually used and distance necessarily traveled in attending the meetings of said board.
SEC. 10. Said board of regents shall hold four regular meetings in each year, viz, in the first week in April, the first week in July, the first week in October, and the first week in January of each year. At the first meeting in April of each year the officers of said board shall be elected. The meetings of the board shall be held at the office of the governor until such time as the building for the use of said university shall be completed and thereafter in said building. Special meetings of said board may be called upon the written order of the president of said board, which order shall specify the object of such meeting. The majority of said board shall constitute a quorum to transact business.
SEC. 11. The secretary of said board shall annually, on the 1st day of January of each year, transmit to the governor a full report of the expenditures of such
university by such board for the previous year, itemizing the same in detail, and the president of said board shall at the same time make a full and complete report of the results attained by said school.
Sec. 12. Such board shall exercise a watchful guardianship over the morals of the pupils at all times, and no religious or sectarian tests shall be applied in the selection of teachers and none shall be adopted in said university.
SEC. 13. For the purpose of locating and supporting said university there shall be furnished 40 acres of land lying within a convenient distance of Langston, which shall, without cost to the Territory, be conveyed by good and sufficient warranty deed to said board of regents for the use and benefit of said university, not less than 10 acres of which land shall be reserved for a site
upon which to erect buildings for said university, and the remainder shall be used in experimental agriculture.
SEC. 14. For the purpose of this act the sum of $5,000 is hereby appropriated out of any funds in the Territorial treasury not otherwise appropriated, which appropriation shall be for the erection and completion of one wing of a suitable building for sach university and for the maintenance of the officers and the board and corps of teachers and instructors created and authorized to be employed under this act.
SEC. 15. Any person who shall complete the full course of instruction in said university shall, upon passing proper examination, receive a diploma, which shall be signed by the president of said university and the president and secretary of the board of regents.
SEC. 16. Any person having obtained a diploma from the normal department of said university shall be permitted to teach in any common school of the Territory of Oklahoma for a period of five years from the date thereof, said anthority to teach being subject to revocation for any proper and sufficient cause. (March 12, 1897.)
Laws, 1899, chapter 3, article 1: SECTION 1. There is hereby appropriated, out of any money in the Territorial treasury not otherwise appropriated, the sum of $30,000, to be divided or apportioned among the various educational institutions of the Territory of Oklahoma as hereinafter provided.
SEC. 2. To the Agricultural and Mechanical College at Stillwater, the sum of $20,000, to be expended for building purposes under the direction of the board of regents of the said college. To the Colored Agricultural and Normal University at Langston, the sum of $10,000, to be expended for building purposes under the direction of the board of regents of the said university.
SEC. 3. The Territorial auditor shall draw warrants upon properly authenticated vouchers for such amounts thereof as may be by him found due upon auditing the respective claims therefor, in favor of the persons to whom such claims are allowed, upon the Territorial treasury.
Sec. 4. The Agricultural and Mechanical College at Stillwater shall hereafter receive, annually, nine-tenths of the money granted to the Territory of Oklahoma for the more completo endowment and support of its colleges for the benefit of agricultural and mechanical arts, as provided in an act of Congress approved August 30, 1890, and the university located at Langston shall receive the residue of said money granted, to be received and paid out as provided by this act.
SEC. 5. For the further support of the university at Langston there is hereby appropriated out of the balance of the Morrill fund, to the credit of the Agricultural and Mechanical College at Stillwater, on November 30, 1898, the sum of $15,000.
Sec. 6. The treasurer of the Territory of Oklahoma shall, upon the receipt of the money granted by said act of Congress approved August 30, 1890, apportion said money as required by this act between the aforesaid institutions. The said treasurer shall pay to each of said institutions its proportion as provided by this act, upon the order of the Territorial auditor, and take receipt for the same.
SEC. 7. The passage of this act and the execution in good faith of the provisions of the same shall be deemed to all intents and purposes a full and complete assent on the part of the Territory of Oklahoma to the act of Congress granting said money for the purposes aforesaid, as required by section 2 of said act of Congress approved August 30, 1890, with all the conditions and limitations imposed by said last recited act of Congress upon the Territory of Oklahoma; and the Territory of Oklahoma pledges its faith and credit that it will on its part carry out and execute said conditions and limitations. (March 10, 1899.)
Laws, 1899, article 2: SEC. 12. (Appropriates] For the expenses of the board of regents of the Agricultural and Mechanical College, of the normal schools, and of the Territorial university for the years 1899 and 1900, the sum of $300 per annum for each board: Provided, Any officer being a member of said board ex officio shall receive no per diem.