Governance

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Governance

The Higher Education User Group is the worldwide community enabling the sharing of knowledge and practices to maximize institution investment in Higher Education Information Systems.

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Member Inclusion

The HEUG does not discriminate or permit discrimination by any member of its community against any individual on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, parental status, marital status, age, disability, citizenship, veteran status, genetic information, or any other classification protected by law in any of its activities or operations.

These activities include, but are not limited to, selection of volunteers, vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive, diverse, and welcoming environment for all members, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and partners.

Governing the HEUG

Two types of governing instruments, bylaws and standing orders, detail specific policies and procedures to be followed by the Higher Education User Group Board of Directors.

HEUG Bylaws

Bylaws contain the basic rules of the Higher Education User Group and they supersede all other rules. Bylaws cannot be amended without previous notice to the members and the vote of a specified large majority.

HEUG Bylaws

HEUG Standing Orders

Standing Rules relate to the details of the administration of the Higher Education User Group. They are adopted to supplement and interpret the bylaws. A Standing Order is adopted by a majority vote at any business meeting without previous notice and continues in force until it is rescinded or amended.

HEUG Standing Orders

Financial Controls

The HEUG is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and as such has established a set of controls for managing and auditing the financial operations. Led by the Vice President of Finance these controls protect the financial integrity of the organization and our tax exempt status as a non-profit organization. As part of this the HEUG has a standing Audit and Finance committee.

Audit and Finance Committee


Appointed members by the HEUG Board of Directors to assist the Board in fulfilling its oversight responsibilities.

Duties of the committee include:

  • Overseeing the integrity of the Corporation's financial accounting process and systems of internal controls regarding finance, accounting and use of assets;
  • Overseeing the independence and performance of the independent auditors and staff with financial responsibilities;
  • Overseeing the operation of the policies on conflicts of interest and the Corporation's board-staff communications;
  • Providing an avenue of communication among the Corporation's independent auditors, management, staff, and the Board of Directors.
The Audit and Finance Committee has the authority to conduct any investigation appropriate to fulfilling its responsibilities, and it has direct access to the independent auditors as well as to anyone in the organization. The Audit and Finance Committee has the authority to retain, at the Corporation's expense, special legal, accounting, or other consultants or experts it deems necessary in the performance of its duties.


Committee Members:

  • Aimee Turner,¬†Duke University, Chairperson
  • Karen Kyle, The Pennsylvania State University
  • Karol Miller, University of Texas at Dallas
  • Deborah Mero, University of Michigan
  • Bob Swanson, Bowling Green State University¬†
  • Barry Hudson, HEUG Board Liaison to the Audit Committee, University of Pretoria
  • Ex-officio members:
    Lisa Skinner, HEUG Vice President for Finance and Treasurer, Stanford University