UNIVERISTY OF PITTSBURGH POLICY 01-04-03

CATEGORY:              ADMINISTRATION
SECTION:                  University Planning
SUBJECT:                 Establishment of University Centers, Institutes, Bureaus, Laboratories,

                                      and Clinics
EFFECTIVE DATE:   October 16, 1987

PAGE(S):                   2

I.    SCOPE

      This policy regulates the establishment and approval of all centers, institutes, bureaus,

      laboratories, and clinics at the University of Pittsburgh and University affiliated

      organizations.  They may be single or multi-disciplinary in scope, and generally involved

      in some combination of education, research or service activities, including patient care in

      the Health Sciences.

      -     Included is a sunset provision which requires periodic reports on the progress of both

            new and existing organizations.

II.   POLICY

      University Centers, Institutes, Bureaus, Laboratories, and Clinics are distinguished by:

      -     Organizational permanence

      -     Programmatic autonomy

      -     An annual operating budget fiscally independent of any other academic, research

            and/or service unit

      1.   Proposals to establish University Centers, Institutes, Bureaus, Laboratories, and

            Clinics must be developed, processed and approved.

      2.   Appointments of directors, or other chief administrative officers of University Centers,

            Institutes, Bureaus, Laboratories, or Clinics are:

            -     Made by the Provost and/or Senior Vice President for the Health Sciences, or the

                  Executive Vice President

            -     Approved by the President

      Other centers, institutes, bureaus, laboratories, and clinics do not have programmatic

      autonomy, and are not independent of the annual operating budget of the sponsoring

      academic, research and/or service units.

      1.    The head of the sponsoring responsibility center approves the establishment of

             such organizations:

            -     With the concurrence of the Provost and/or Senior Vice President for the Health

                  Sciences, or the Executive Vice President.

      2.    Appointments of directors or other chief administrative officers of other centers,

             institutes, bureaus, laboratories, or clinics are:

            -     Made by the head of the sponsoring responsibility center

            -     Approved by the Provost and/or Senior Vice President for the Health Sciences or

                  the Executive Vice President

      Sunset Provision

      1.    Following the fifth year of operation, and at five-year intervals thereafter, each

             organization must develop a report on:

            -     The progress made in meeting its objectives and attaining its goals

            -     Strategies for maintaining and improving the quality of the organization's

                  educational, research and/or service activities

      2.    Reports on University Centers, Institutes, Bureaus, Laboratories, and Clinics are

             submitted to the Provost and/or the Senior Vice President for the Health Sciences, or

             the Executive Vice President.

      3.    Reports on other centers, institutes, bureaus, laboratories, and clinics are submitted to

             the head of the sponsoring responsibility area.

      All recommendations to the President of the University regarding renewal of authorization

      are made by the Provost and/or the Senior Vice President for the Health Sciences, or the

      Executive Vice President.

      -     For the purpose of renewing authorization, both qualitative and quantitative criteria

            should be used in the assessment of the organization's activities