Public Comment Policy

The Board of Trustees shall allow for a public comment period during each Board and committee meeting. The public comment period shall be limited to individuals or representatives of groups who desire to appear before the Board to address an agenda item currently before the Board. Individuals or representatives of groups must submit their requests to the Vice President and Chief of Staff, 1 UNF Drive, Jacksonville, Florida 32224, or by email at, specifying the agenda item about which they wish to speak, along with any supporting documentation, at least three (3) working says prior to the start of the meeting.


The President, in consultation with the Board of Trustees Chair, will determine whether the item will be heard and when it will be heard. The Board of Trustees Chair may decline to hear any matter determined by the President and Chair not to relate to a particular agenda item or that is outside the Board of Trustees' jurisdiction, or because it is not practicable for a particular meeting.


The public comment period shall be limited to three (3) minutes on any one presentation, or total of fifteen (15) minutes. Those requesting to speak shall be called upon on a first-come first-serve basis. A public comment period shall not be provided for when the Board meets by telephone conference call. The Chair is authorized to implement other reasonable procedures for the smooth and effective operation of the public comment period. The Chair may further recognize any individual to address the Board during the discussion of a particular agenda item.


In order to proceed with the essential business of the Board in an orderly manner, any individual who attempts to disrupt a Board meeting will be subject to appropriate action pursuant to law.