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Constitution of the University Faculty Senate: Articles IV - VI

Article IV.

Members from each college shall be elected by their full-time Faculties for a term of one, two, or three years in 1970, and for three years in subsequent years. New senators should take office at the first meeting of the new Faculty Senate, which takes place immediately after the final meeting of the previous Faculty Senate. The dean of each college shall hold a special election when necessary to fill the place of a senator who is unable to continue his/her duties.

The Faculty Senate shall elect from its members, one month prior to the start of the new Faculty Senate (before the final meeting of the University Regents for the academic year), a chair, to preside at meetings; a vice-chair, to perform the duties of the Faculty Senate Chair when he or she is absent; and a secretary. During the final month, the chair-elect, the vice chair-elect, and the secretary-elect will work with the current officers to ensure a smooth transition.*

In the event of vacancy of the Chair of the Faculty Senate, the Vice Chair shall succeed to the position of Chair for the remaining term of the office, and the vacated position of Vice Chair shall be filled by an election of the Faculty Senate at its next regular meeting.

If the preceding paragraph cannot be implemented, the Executive Committee shall call an emergency meeting of the Faculty Senate. The first agenda item of this particular meeting shall be the election of a chair for the duration of the meeting. The only other agenda items will be those elections needed to fill all vacancies in the offices of the Faculty Senate.

Faculty Senate meetings are open to all full-time and part-time (adjunct) faculty. Administrators, staff and others having proper business with the Faculty Senate may attend meetings upon invitation of (or approval of petition to) the Chair or the Executive Committee. Only elected Senators shall have voice and voting privileges.

Article V.

Meetings of the Faculty Senate ordinarily will be held at least once a month during the academic year.

Article VI.

This Constitution may be amended by a two-thirds vote of the Senators only after the full-time University Faculty has been notified at least two weeks in advance of a pending Faculty Senate vote by memorandum from the Faculty Senate Chair of the proposed amendments and the proposed amendments have been introduced at a prior regular meeting of the Faculty Senate.1

 1Amendments I and II are mentioned below for historical purposes only; they were revoked, along with the Act of Charter done by the faculty, by a referendum of the faculty on April 25, 1988.

This amendment was added to the Senate Constitution in May 1975. By it, the Senate divested itself of all matters having to do with Faculty Welfare as defined in an Act of Charter of a Faculty Welfare Committee. All provisions of the Constitution referring to matters of Faculty Welfare were thereby removed from the province of the Faculty Senate.

*A liaison committee consisting of members of the Senate and the Faculty Welfare Committee was also created by this amendment. AMENDMENT I was revoked by the faculty, via a referendum, on April 25, 1988.

This amendment was added to the Senate Constitution in May 1975. It specified that Amendments I and II could be amended by following procedures outlined in the Act of Charter. It further stated that Article VI of the Constitution governed all amendments except Amendments I and II.

*AMENDMENT II was revoked by the faculty, via a referendum, on April 25, 1988.

* AMENDMENT III  regarding Article IV was added to the Senate Constitution in April 21, 2016 moving senate officers’ election from May to April.