Statutes and Ordinances of the University of Cambridge
Statute A
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Chapter VII


1. There shall be in the University a Board of Scrutiny, which shall in each year scrutinize on behalf of the Regent House the Annual Report of the Council, the abstract of the accounts of the University, and any Report of the Council proposing allocations from the Chest. In addition the Board shall perform such other duties, and shall have such powers, as may be specified by Ordinance or Order.

2. The Board of Scrutiny shall have the right of reporting to the University on any matters falling within the scope of section 1 above which in the Board's opinion should be drawn to the attention of the University.

3. Subject to the provisions of section 4 below, the Board of Scrutiny shall consist of

  1. (a)the Proctors;
  2. (b)the two Pro-Proctors who are nominated by the Colleges;
  3. (c)eight members of the Regent House elected by the Regent House, as follows:
  4. (i)two persons who have been members of the Regent House for not more than ten years on 1 October next following their election;
  5. (ii)six persons who are members of the Regent House.

An election of one member in class (c)(i) and of three members in class (c)(ii) shall be held during Full Easter Term in each alternate year; the arrangements for the election shall be determined by the Vice-Chancellor. The members so elected shall serve for four years from 1 October next following their election. The University may make regulations specifying the procedure to be followed if at any election insufficient nominations are received to fill the vacant places in class (c).

4. No person may be a member of the Board of Scrutiny who is a member of the Council, the General Board, or the Finance Committee of the Council, or who holds any of the University offices of Chancellor, Vice-Chancellor, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, University Advocate, Deputy University Advocate, Registrary, Assistant Registrary, or Secretary of a School. The University may by Ordinance make provision from time to time to designate University offices which are established by Ordinance and which have primarily administrative duties, the holders of which shall be prohibited from membership of the Board as though they were listed in this Statute. If any member of the Board of Scrutiny becomes a member of any of the aforementioned bodies or is appointed or elected to any of the aforementioned offices or ceases to be a member of the Regent House, his or her seat shall thereupon become vacant. The provisions of Statute A, IV, 6 regarding the filling of casual vacancies in the membership of the Council shall apply to the filling of casual vacancies in the elected membership of the Board of Scrutiny. A retiring member of the Board who has served for four or more consecutive years shall not be eligible to serve again as a member in class (c) until one year has elapsed after the end of his or her previous period of service.

5. (a) At its first meeting in each academical year the Board shall elect a chairman and a secretary to hold office until the end of that academical year. No person may be re-elected as chairman at the end of his or her period of service in that office.

(b) The chairman shall call a meeting of the Board as soon as may be convenient following the publication of the matter to be considered.

(c) The secretary shall allow any member of the Regent House to consult the minutes of the Board.

6. The Board of Scrutiny shall have power

  1. (a)to consult any official documents or accounts (other than those of the University Press) which may be relevant to any enquiry;
  2. (b)to consult such official documents or accounts of the University Press as may be specified by Ordinance;
  3. (c)to make enquiry, whether in person or in writing, of the officers of any authority on matters pertaining to a subject of enquiry;
  4. (d)to request that a matter be put down for discussion by the Regent House, which request the Council shall not unreasonably refuse.

No documents or accounts requested by the Board under subsection (a) or subsection (b) above shall be withheld except on the ground of their irrelevance. Such withholding shall require the written sanction of the Vice-Chancellor.