Community Colleges

ORS 341.290
General powers

  • rules

The board of education of a community college district shall be responsible for the general supervision and control of any and all community colleges operated by the district. Consistent with any applicable rules of the Higher Education Coordinating Commission, the board of education of a community college district may:


Subject to ORS chapters 238 and 238A, employ administrative officers, professional personnel and other employees, define their duties, terms and conditions of employment and prescribe compensation therefor, pursuant to ORS 243.650 (Definitions for ORS 243.650 to 243.806) to 243.806 (Agreement authorizing public employer to make deductions from salary or wages of public employee).


Enact rules for the government of the community college, including professional personnel and other employees and students of the community college.


Prescribe the educational program.


Control use of and access to the grounds, buildings, books, equipment and other property of the district.


Acquire, receive, hold, control, convey, sell, manage, operate, lease, lease-purchase, lend, invest, improve and develop any and all property of whatever nature given to or appropriated for the use, support or benefit of any activity under the control of the board, according to the terms and conditions of the gift or appropriation.


Purchase real property upon a contractual basis when the period of time allowed for payment under the contract does not exceed 30 years.


Fix standards of admission to the community college, prescribe and collect tuition for admission to the community college, including fixing different tuition rates for students who reside in the district, students who do not reside in the district but are residents of the state and students who do not reside in the state.


Prescribe and collect fees and expend funds so raised for special programs and services for the students and for programs for the cultural and physical development of the students.


Provide and disseminate to the public information relating to the program, operation and finances of the community college.


Establish or contract for advisory and consultant services.


Take, hold and dispose of mortgages on real and personal property acquired by way of gift or arising out of transactions entered into in accordance with the powers, duties and authority of the board and institute, maintain and participate in suits and actions and other judicial proceedings in the name of the district for the foreclosure of the mortgages.


Maintain programs, services and facilities, and, in connection therewith, cooperate and enter into agreements with any person or public or private agency.


Provide student services including health, guidance, counseling and placement services, and contract therefor.


Join appropriate associations and pay any required dues therefor from resources of the district.


Apply for federal funds and accept and enter into any contracts or agreements for the receipt of the funds from the federal government or its agencies for educational purposes.


Exercise any other power, duty or responsibility necessary to carry out the functions under this section or required by law.


Prescribe rules for the use and access to public records of the district that are consistent with ORS 192.314 (Right to inspect public records), and education records of students under applicable state and federal law and rules of the commission. Whenever a student has attained 18 years of age or is attending an institution of post-secondary education, the permission or consent required of and the rights accorded to a parent of the student regarding education records shall thereafter be required of and accorded to only the student. However, faculty records relating to matters such as conduct, personal and academic evaluations, disciplinary actions, if any, and other personal matters shall not be made available to public inspection for any purpose except with the consent of the person who is the subject of the record or upon order of a court of competent jurisdiction.


Enter into contracts for the receipt of cash or property, or both, and establish charitable gift annuities pursuant to ORS 731.038 (Application of Insurance Code to charitable organizations that issue charitable gift annuities); and, commit, appropriate, authorize and budget for the payment of or other disposition of general funds to pay, in whole or in part, sums due under an agreement for a charitable gift annuity, and to provide the necessary funding for reserves or other trust funds pursuant to ORS 731.038 (Application of Insurance Code to charitable organizations that issue charitable gift annuities).


Encourage gifts to the district by faithfully devoting the proceeds of the gifts to the district purposes for which intended.


Build, furnish, equip, repair, lease, purchase and raze facilities; and locate, buy and acquire lands for all district purposes. Financing may be by any prudent method including but not limited to loans, contract purchase or lease. Leases authorized by this section include lease-purchase agreements under which the district may acquire ownership of the leased property at a nominal price. The financing agreements may be for a term of up to 30 years except for lease arrangements which may be for a term of up to 50 years.


Participate in an educational consortium with public and private institutions that offer upper division and graduate instruction. Community colleges engaged in consortiums may expend money, provide facilities and assign staff to assist those institutions offering upper division and graduate instruction.


Enter into contracts of insurance or medical and hospital service contracts or may operate a self-insurance program as provided in ORS 341.312 (Self-insurance program). [1971 c.513 §4; 1973 c.536 §34; 1981 c.137 §1; 1983 c.182 §1; 1985 c.455 §1; 1989 c.191 §1; 1989 c.341 §1; 1993 c.806 §6; 1995 c.79 §185; 1999 c.502 §1; 2003 c.733 §74; 2005 c.31 §5; 2013 c.747 §58]

Notes of Decisions

Where rights and responsibilities of management employe at community college were controlled by terms of his contract and college's Administrative Policy Handbook, his remedy for termination was limited to writ of review, since district board's termination decision was "decision or determination" under ORS 34.020 in exercise of its authority under this section. Cole v. Chemeketa Comm. College, 58 Or App 77, 647 P2d 935 (1982), Sup Ct review denied

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Public inspection of written personnel evaluation of community college president, (1979) Vol 39, p 480


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