Internal Regulations of the Interdepartmental
Research Centre on the Culture and Language
of Friuli "Josef Marchet" (CIRF)
Approved by the Management Board on 17.06.1999
Endorsed by the Academic Senate on 07.07.1999
Issued by Regional Decree n. 633 on 24.8.1999
Art. 1 Constitution of Centre
There is hereby constituted at the University of Udine, hereafter denominated "University", in accordance with Article 38 of the University’s Statute, the Interdepartmental Centre for the Research on the Culture and Language of Friuli "Josef Marchet" (CIRF), hereafter denominated "Centre".
Art. 2 Objectives
1. In accordance with the objective defined by the Act of Parliament establishing the University of Udine, of "contributing to the civic, social and economic progress of Friuli by being an instrument of development and renewal of the essential elements of the culture, language, tradition and history of Friuli"; also in accordance with the objective set out in Article 1 of the University’s Statute of Autonomy, of "promoting cultural and scientific development through research, teaching, and scientific and cultural cooperation with Italian and foreign institutions, so as to encourage the civic, cultural, social and economic development of Friuli", the Centre means to pursue the following aims:
to promote, conduct and coordinate research on the language, history, culture, society, economy, and art of Friuli and Friulian communities abroad;
to carry out initiatives for the development of the culture and language of Friuli, in accordance with the provisions of Regional Act n. 15/1996 and subsequent amendments and of Regional and National legislation;
to carry out research and training projects in Ladin linguistic and cultural areas of Cadore, Trentino, Alto Adige and Grigioni, thus becoming a scientific point of reference for a large alpine region united by common cultural and linguistic traits;
to promote cooperation between academics in the field of Ladin literature and linguistics and those who conduct research in the areas listed in sub-paragraph a of this Article, both in Italy and abroad;
to promote, support and organize specialized teaching activities, such as postgraduate courses, doctorates, training and post-experience programmes;
to encourage the promotion of Friulian language and culture through publications, conferences, seminars and exhibitions;
to act as a consultant to other institutions and to conduct research on their behalf;
to publicize through appropriate channels the research conducted by the Centre or by other institutions within the University.
Art. 3 Membership
1. The Centre comprises the University’s Departments and other scientific and educational institutions which originally promoted its establishment or have subsequently adhered to it.
2. Membership is open to:
University lecturers and researchers;
lecturers and researchers of other Italian and foreign universities;
public and private institutions and associations whose activity is in accordance with that of the Centre, in the person of their legal representative.
3. Applications by prospective members falling in the categories specified in sub-paragraphs c and d of paragraph 2 of this Article, shall be accompanied by a curriculum vitae and/or other documents showing the application to be in keeping with the scientific and cultural objectives of the Centre. Membership shall be confirmed every three academic years.
4. Membership is presumed to continue unless withdrawal is notified in writing by the individual Member or institutional Representative.
Art. 4 Bodies
1. The Centre comprises the following bodies:
the Management Board;
the General Assembly.
Art. 5 The Director
1. The Director shall be a full-time lecturer at the University, elected by the General Assembly and nominated by decree of the Chancellor. The Director shall hold office for a period of three academic years and a maximum of two consecutive terms.
2. It lies within the competence of the Director:
to represent the Centre;
to chair the Management Board and the General Assembly and to act on their decisions;
to oversee the functioning of the Centre;
to see to the administrative and financial functioning of the Centre by availing himself or herself of the staff assigned to the Centre, or failing this, of the staff assigned to the other Interdepartmental Centres by the University’s Administrative Department.
3. The Director shall choose from among the members of the Management Board a vice-director who shall act in his or her place, should the Director be absent or prevented from performing his or her functions.
Art. 6 The Management Board
1. The Management Board is the executive body of the Centre.
2. The Management Board shall consist of:
the Directors of the Member Departments;
six representatives of the lecturers and researchers of the University of Udine, elected by the General Assembly.
3. Minutes shall be taken by a member of the administrative staff assigned to the Centre, or failing this, by a member of staff assigned to the other Interdepartmental Centres by the University’s Administrative Department, or by the youngest member of the Management Board.
4. The Directors of the Member Departments shall be counted towards the quorum only if they are effectively present.
5. It lies within the competence of the Management Board:
to carry out and coordinate any planned activities and research, according to the opinions expressed by the General Assembly;
to assist the Director in the management of the Centre;
to decide upon the Centre’s expenditures, within the limits imposed by the General Assembly;
to take any other decision which may further the objectives of the Centre;
to examine and decide upon any application to join the Centre, with matters falling within its competence;
to propose to the appropriate academic bodies contracts and partnerships with other public and private institutions, both Italian and foreign.
6. The Management Board is convened by the Director every three months or whenever a specific need arises, or when written and justified request is made by at least a third of its members. In this last case, the Board shall be convened within ten days of the request.
7. The Management Board has a duration of three academic years and its members may stand for re-election.
Art. 7 The General Assembly
1. The General Assembly consists of:
the Directors of the Member Departments or their delegates;
the representatives of public and private institutions and associations whose activity is in accordance with that of the Centre, in the person of their legal representative.
Minutes shall be taken according to the arrangement set out for the meetings of the Management Board.
2. It lies within the competence of the General Assembly:
to draw the yearly plan of activities and to examine and approve the proposals of the Management Board, making all necessary suggestions for the development of the Centre;
to comply with the requirements set out in these regulations on matters of membership;
to elect the members of the Management Board.
3. The General Assembly shall be convened by the Director, who shall preside it, at least twice a year. It may also be convened whenever a specific need arises or when written and justified request is made by at least a third of its members, and shall be convened at least thirty days after being summoned.
4. The Director and the Management Board shall be elected by secret ballot. In the election of the Management Board two preferences may be expressed. Members indicated in Article 3, sub-paragraph c of this Statute may not stand for election.
5. In the case of votes being equal, seniority of membership shall apply; if the matter is still unresolved, the older candidate shall be elected.
6. With any matter which is not covered by this Article, current regulations governing the elections of representatives of academic bodies shall apply.
7. Votes shall be counted shortly after the end of the ballot by the Director and two scrutineers nominated by the General Assembly. The result of the vote shall be made known immediately to the outgoing Director, who shall summon a meeting of the new Management Board within thirty days of the elections.
8. When a seat in the Management Board is made vacant, it shall be filled by the candidate with the highest number of votes who had failed to be elected.
Article 8 Staff - Offices
1. The Centre makes use of the administrative, technical and auxiliary staff of one or more than one member institution.
2. Staff of other public and private institutions may be assigned to the Centre, in accordance with current legislation and the University’s Statute of Autonomy.
3. Scholarship holders from Italian and foreign institutions may be assigned to the Centre.
4. The Centre shall operate from offices allocated to the Centre by one or more than one member institution or by other institutions.
Article 9 External collaboration
1. Work groups, sectors and units may be set up within the Centre depending on its working needs.
2. Non-members may be invited to operate in these work groups as external collaborators.
Article 10 Funding
1. The Centre, insofar as current financial regulations allow, may make use of the following sources of funding:
contributions made available by member institutions;
funds allocated by MURST and MPI, according to the provisions of Article 4 of Act of Parliament n. 168/89;
funds allocated by C.N.R.;
funds gained through the involvement in National and International research projects;
profits derived by partnerships with National and International institutions;
profits derived by partnerships for the provision of research, consulting or other service to other institutions;
donations and grants paid by public and private institutions who wish to contribute to the running of the Centre;
funds allocated by Regional, Italian and European legislation.
Article 11 Administrative Management
1. The Centre is defined as "Centro di spesa" enjoying partial administrative autonomy in accordance with the provisions of Article 58 of the University’s Statute and Article 92 of the Administrative Regulations of the University of Udine.
Article 12 Final and provisional regulations
1. With any matter which is not covered by these Regulations, the University’s Statute, the University’s Regulations, or Italian legislation shall apply.
2. The dissolution of the Centre may be decided by the General Assembly by a majority vote, with two thirds of its members having a right to vote being present at the vote.
3. Any change to these Regulations may be decided by the General Assembly by an absolute majority vote.
Article 13 Nature of the Regulations
1. These regulations are internal regulations applying to a single institution of the University of Udine, in accordance with the provisions of Article 64, paragraph 5 of the University’s Statute of Autonomy.
CIRF - Interdepartmental Research Centre on the Language and Culture of Friûl "Josef Marchet"
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