The authority of the board is specified in the Restated Articles of Incorporation (Charter) of Emory University, which establishes the board as the decision-making body of the university and gives it authority over all important aspects of university governance, including real property, endowment, all contracts, financial resources, faculty appointments, and student discipline.  

As the links to the left indicate, other university governance stakeholders include the Student Government Association, Employee Council, Faculty Council, and the University Senate.