MUSC Trustees Set Decorum

Contact: Heather Woolwine

Jan. 31, 2016

CHARLESTON, SC – The Board of Trustees for the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) has adopted a decorum policy designed to preserve the atmosphere of dignity and propriety required while the MUSC Board is in session.

The policy states: “The Board of Trustees for the Medical University of South Carolina and the Medical University Hospital Authority (hereinafter referred to as the “MUSC Board”) recognizes the importance of conducting the business of the University and Hospital Authority in an open and public manner and in an environment of personal respect and courtesy. This policy is intended to preserve the civility and decorum necessary to meet these goals. The rules of decorum contained herein are intended to apply to MUSC Board of Trustees and Committee meetings (hereafter referred to as “MUSC Board Meetings”) in Colcock Hall or the premises where the Board meets.”

In summary, the rules of decorum include:

  • Requiring all individuals to conduct themselves appropriately and in keeping with the decorum of the meeting;
  • Refraining from disruptive behavior, profane or abusive language, personal attacks, and irrelevant or repetitive comments;
  • Refraining from conduct that disrupts or impedes the meeting, or creates and/or provokes a disturbance involving physical contact;
  • Requiring members of the public to remain seated in designated areas and not approach the Board table;
  • Prohibitions on signage or placards inside Colcock Hall or the premises where the Board meets.

Additionally, the policy states: “Any person who engages in conduct that disrupts, disturbs or otherwise impedes the orderly conduct of an MUSC Board Meeting will be asked to refrain from the conduct and shall be warned by the Chairman of the Board or the presiding officer. Individuals who refuse to refrain from disruptive behavior after being warned will be asked to leave the meeting and may be escorted out.”

The Rules of Decorum policy is effective immediately and is posted here: Board of Trustees.

About MUSC

Founded in 1824, the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) continues the tradition of excellence in education, research and patient care. MUSC educates and trains more than 3,000 students and nearly 800 residents in six colleges and has more than 17,000 employees. As the state’s only integrated academic health sciences center and largest non-federal employer in Charleston, the university and its affiliates have collective annual budgets in excess of $3.2 billion, with an annual economic impact of nearly $4 billion and annual research funding in excess of $284 million.

As the clinical health system of the Medical University of South Carolina, MUSC Health is dedicated to delivering the highest quality patient care available, while training generations of competent, compassionate health care providers to serve the people of South Carolina and beyond. Comprising some 1,600 beds, more than 100 outreach sites, the MUSC College of Medicine, the physicians’ practice plan, and nearly 275 telehealth locations, MUSC Health owns and operates eight hospitals situated in Charleston, Chester, Florence, Lancaster and Marion counties. In 2019, for the fifth consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report named MUSC Health the No. 1 hospital in South Carolina.