The composition of the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors is prescribed by the Louisiana Constitution of 1974 in Article VIII. Section VI. B. Two members from each congressional district and one member from the state-at-large are appointed by the Governor, with the consent of the Senate, and serve over-lapping six-year terms. The sixteenth member of the Board is a student member elected by and from the membership of the Council of Student Body Presidents of the universities within the System, for a term not to exceed one year. As Article VIII. Section VIII. B. of the Constitution states, the student member holds all rights and privileges afforded other board members and must be a full-time student.
Once appointed by the Governor, a board member can be dismissed in only one way as outlined in Louisiana Revised Statute 42:1411: “A public officer shall be removed from office for conviction during his term of office of a felony.” As the statute further specifies, due process is provided through the legal system. If the conviction is reversed on appeal, the suspended board member may return to office with all rights and privileges
to which the member is entitled in the position.
In addition to the above state law, the University of Louisiana System Board proposed the following addition to its bylaws, Section I. C (the following paragraph will be added to the two paragraphs currently in the bylaws):
Members of the Board are considered to be appointed state officials in unclassified service (La Const., Art. X Public Officials and Employees, Part I., Sect. 2). As such, they may be removed from office through impeachment for cause (La. Const., Art. X. Public Officials and Employees, Part III, Sec. 24). Cause may include, but may not be limited to, commission or conviction, during the term of office, of a felony or for malfeasance or gross misconduct while in office. Due process shall be provided with a trial by the Senate.
The Board approved this addition in August 2004.