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Code of Virginia
Title 23.1. Institutions of Higher Education; Other Educational and Cultural Institutions
Chapter 10. Restructured Higher Education Financial and Administrative Operations Act
12/8/2021

§ 23.1-1019. Covered institutions; operational authority; property, grants, and loans.

A. Nothing in this section shall limit or reduce the authority granted to a covered institution in §§ 23.1-1016 and 23.1-1028 concerning the planning, design, construction, and implementation of capital projects and leases.

B. Each covered institution may continue to hold, possess, operate, and dispose of any real, personal, tangible, or intangible property that such covered institution held, possessed, or operated prior to the effective date of its initial management agreement as follows:

1. For real property, including land, buildings, and any improvements to land or buildings, acquired or constructed in whole or in part with general fund appropriations or proceeds from a general obligation bond issue under Article X, Section 9 (a) or 9 (b) of the Constitution of Virginia, the covered institution shall (i) hold, possess, and operate such property in accordance with the institution's enabling statutes, this article, and any policies adopted by the governing board of the institution pursuant to this article and (ii) dispose of such property in accordance with general law applicable to state-owned property and the institution's enabling statutes.

2. For real property, including land, buildings, and any improvements to land or buildings, acquired or constructed either (i) entirely with nongeneral fund appropriations or proceeds from a nongeneral fund revenue bond issue under Article X, Section 9 (c) or 9 (d) of the Constitution of Virginia or (ii) entirely with funds other than funds appropriated by the General Assembly or proceeds from a general obligation bond issue under Article X, Section 9 (a) or 9 (b) of the Constitution of Virginia, the covered institution shall hold, possess, operate, and dispose of such property in accordance with the institution's enabling statutes, notwithstanding the provisions of this article, the approval requirements of subdivision B 1 of § 23.1-1301, and any policies adopted by the governing board of the institution pursuant to this article.

3. For personal property, the covered institution shall hold, possess, operate, and dispose of such property in accordance with the institution's enabling statutes, this article, and any policies adopted by the governing board of the institution pursuant to this article.

C. After the effective date of the initial management agreement, a covered institution may acquire any real property, construct improvements on real property pursuant to § 23.1-1016, and acquire any personal property, tangible or intangible, and hold, possess, operate, and dispose of such real and personal property as follows:

1. For real property, including land, buildings, and improvements to land and buildings, acquired or constructed with funds appropriated by the General Assembly for that purpose or with proceeds from a general obligation bond issue under Article X, Section 9 (a) or 9 (b) of the Constitution of Virginia, the covered institution shall (i) hold, possess, and operate such property in accordance with the institution's enabling statutes, this article, and any policies adopted by the governing board of the institution pursuant to this article, and (ii) dispose of such property in accordance with general law applicable to state-owned property and with the covered institution's enabling statutes.

2. For real property, including land, buildings, and improvements to land or buildings, acquired with any funds in the covered institution's possession other than funds appropriated by the General Assembly or proceeds from a general obligation bond issue under Article X, Section 9 (a) or 9 (b) of the Constitution of Virginia, the institution shall hold, possess, operate, dispose of, and otherwise deal with such property, or any right, easement, estate, or interest in such property, acquired by purchase, exchange, gift, assignment, transfer, foreclosure, lease, bequest, devise, operation of law, or other means, in accordance with the covered institution's enabling statutes, notwithstanding the provisions of this article, the approval requirements of subdivision B 1 of § 23.1-1301, and any policies adopted by the governing board of the institution pursuant to this article.

3. For personal property, the institution shall hold, possess, operate, and dispose of such property in accordance with the institution's enabling statutes, this article, and any policies adopted by the governing board of the institution pursuant to this article.

D. With the approval of the Governor or as otherwise provided by law, and consistent with subsections B and C, a covered institution may (i) sell, assign, encumber, mortgage, demolish, or otherwise dispose of any project, any other real, personal, tangible, or intangible property, any right, easement, estate, or interest in any such project or property, or any deed of trust or mortgage lien interest owned by it, under its control or custody or in its possession, and may release or relinquish any right, title, claim, lien, interest, easement, or demand however acquired, including any equity or right of redemption in property foreclosed by it, and (ii) do any of the foregoing by public or private transaction.

E. A covered institution may accept loans, grants, contributions, or other assistance from the federal government, the Commonwealth, any political subdivision of the Commonwealth, or any other public or private source to carry out its mission as a public institution of higher education and any of the purposes of this article. A covered institution may enter into any agreement or contract regarding the acceptance, use, or repayment of any such loan, grant, contribution, or assistance and may enter into other agreements with any such entity in furtherance of the purposes of this article.

F. Localities may lend or donate money or other property to a covered institution for any of the institution's purposes. Any local government making a grant or loan may restrict the use of the grant or loan to a specific project, within or outside such locality.

G. Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter, no covered institution shall take action with regard to any real or personal property if such action would be deemed to be in violation of any requirement or covenant contained in any outstanding bonds, notes, or other obligations.

2005, cc. 933, 945, § 23-38.112; 2016, c. 588.

The chapters of the acts of assembly referenced in the historical citation at the end of this section may not constitute a comprehensive list of such chapters and may exclude chapters whose provisions have expired.