Code of the District of Columbia

Subchapter I. General Provisions.


§ 38–1201.01. Short title.

This unit may be cited as the “District of Columbia Public Postsecondary Education Reorganization Act”.


(Oct. 26, 1974, 88 Stat. 1423, Pub. L. 93-471, title I, § 101.)


§ 38–1201.02. Declaration of purpose.

It is the intent of Congress to authorize a public land-grant university through the reorganization of the existing local institutions of public postsecondary education in the District of Columbia. It is the clear and specific intent of the Congress that vocational and technological education, as well as liberal arts, sciences, teacher education, and graduate and postgraduate studies, within the University be given at all times its proper priority in terms of funding with other units within the University, and that the land-grant funds be utilized by the University in accordance with the provisions of the Act of July 2, 1862 (7 U.S.C. §§ 301 to 305 , 307 , and 308 ) (known as the First Morrill Act).


(Oct. 26, 1974, 88 Stat. 1423, Pub. L. 93-471, title I, § 102.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 31-1501.

1973 Ed., § 31-1701.

Editor's Notes

Intent of Council: Section 2 of the Act of September 9, 1975, D.C. Law 1-12, and § 2 of the Act of November 1, 1975, D.C. Law 1-36, both provided that it was the intent of the Council of the District of Columbia to approve the Congressional intent expressed in this section, and to provide a range of programs and studies designed to reach the widest possible number of citizens and residents of the District of Columbia.

Nonresident students: Public Law 102-111, 105 Stat. 563, the District of Columbia Appropriations Act, 1992, provided that the public education appropriation shall not be available to subsidize the education of nonresidents of the District of Columbia at the University of the District of Columbia, unless the Board of Trustees of the University of the District of Columbia adopts, for the fiscal year ending September 30, 1992, a tuition rate schedule that will establish the tuition rate for nonresident students at a level no lower than the nonresident tuition rate charged at comparable public institutions of higher education in the metropolitan area.

Award of funds: Section 139 of Pub. L. 101-168, the District of Columbia Appropriations Act, 1990, provided that of the funds appropriated in Pub. L. 100-202 for carrying out part B of title VII of the Higher Education Act that remain available for obligation, $6,700,000 shall be awarded without regard to § 701(B), § 721(B), and § 721(C) of said Act to the consortium of institutions of higher education in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area for the purpose of constructing and equipping an academic research library to link the library and information resources of the universities participating in the consortium.

Establishment of District of Columbia Advisory Committee on Education: See Mayor’s Order 89-256, November 7, 1989.

Appropriations authorized: Public Law 104-194, 110 Stat. 2359, the District of Columbia Appropriations Act, 1997, provided $69,801,000 and 917 full-time equivalent positions (including $38,479,000 and 572 full-time equivalent positions from local funds, $11,747,000 and 156 full-time equivalent positions from Federal funds, and $19,575,000 and 189 full-time equivalent positions from other funds) for the University of the District of Columbia; provided, that not to exceed $2,500 for the President of the University of the District of Columbia shall be available for expenditures for official purposes.


§ 38–1201.03. Definitions.

For the purpose of this unit:

(1) The term “Trustees” means the Board of Trustees established under subchapter II of this unit.

(2) The term “Chief Executive Officer” means the chief executive and administrative officer of the University.

(3) The term “University” means the University of the District of Columbia authorized and directed to be established under subchapter II of this unit.

(4) The term “academic and administrative head” means the academic and administrative head of each of the components of the University.

(5) The term “Mayor” means the Office of the Mayor of the District of Columbia established by § 1-204.21.

(6) The term “Council” means the Council of the District of Columbia established by § 1-204.01.

(7) The term “Board of Higher Education” means the Board of Higher Education established under § 38-1102.

(8) The term “Vocational Board” means the Board of Vocational Education established under § 38-1122.

(9) The term “Board” means the District of Columbia Board of Education established under § 1-204.95 [repealed].

(10) The term “financial institution” means an insured bank as defined in § 3 of the Federal Deposit Insurance Act [12 U.S.C. § 1813], or a savings and loan association as defined in § 401 [12 U.S.C. § 1724, repealed] of the National Housing Act.

(11) The term “component” means that segment of the whole University such as a school, college, branch or campus, which, because of its nature, the Board of Trustees specifies as constituting an identifiable entity for the purpose of, but not limited to, being administered by an academic and administrative head.

(12) The term “University of the District of Columbia School of Law” (“School of Law”) means the institution that had been established under § 38-1205.03(b) [repealed] as the District of Columbia School of Law. Any reference to a degree holder of the School of Law shall include any person who received a degree from the Antioch School of Law during the period when it was operated as a part of the Antioch University, as well as any person who received a degree after the establishment of the public School of Law under § 38-1205.03 [repealed] and persons who receive a degree from the University of the District of Columbia School of Law.

(13) “State” means any of the 50 states of the United States in addition to the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands of the United States.


(Oct. 26, 1974, 88 Stat. 1424, Pub. L. 93-471, title I, § 103; Nov. 1, 1975, D.C. Law 1-36, § 3, 22 DCR 2909; Aug. 1, 1996, D.C. Law 11-152, § 301(a), 43 DCR 2978.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 31-1502.

1973 Ed., § 31-1702.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary amendment of section, see § 301(a) of the Fiscal Year 1996 Budget Support Emergency Act of 1996 (D.C. Act 11-264, April 26, 1996, 43 DCR 2412), and § 201(a) of the Fiscal Year 1996 Budget Support Congressional Review Emergency Act of 1996 (D.C. Act 11-335, August 1, 1996, 43 DCR 4256).

Section 501 of D.C. Act 11-335 provided for the application of the act.

References in Text

“Section 3 of the Federal Deposit Insurance Act,” referred to in paragraph (10), is codified at 12 U.S.C. § 1813.

“Section 401 of the National Housing Act,” referred to in paragraph (10), was codified at 12 U.S.C. § 1724, and was repealed by the Act of August 9, 1989, 103 Stat. 363, Pub. L. 101-73.

Section 38-1205.03, referred to twice in (12), was repealed by D.C. Law 11-152, 43 DCR 2978.