(The revised Constitution appears in italics; the original constitution is below that for comparison)

Constitution of the Faculty Senate

 

(Proposed Revision March 2005-Moved by Faculty Senate)

 

1. Preamble

 

In order to take a more effective role in the governance of the University, we the faculty of Central Connecticut State University do establish the Faculty Senate with the following powers and responsibilities.

 

2. Powers and Responsibilities

 

2.1. Within the limits imposed by the Board of Trustees for the Connecticut State University, academic policies of the University are a responsibility of the faculty of the University. The powers of the faculty are delegated to the Faculty Senate, which represents the will of the faculty.

 

2.2. The Faculty Senate has decision-making authority in such areas as curriculum matters, degree requirements, scholastic standards, academic freedom, admission policies, and student behavior.

 

2.3. The Faculty Senate serves in an advisory capacity in the appointment of administrative officers, budget and planning matters, university organizational structure, promotion and tenure policy, and in other matters affecting the educational quality and mission of the university.

 

2.4. The Faculty Senate is the sole legislative body representing the faculty. Therefore, all of the University's Standing Committees shall report directly to the Faculty Senate. Furthermore, each standing committee shall send one copy of all minutes and reports to the Secretary of the Faculty Senate. The Secretary of the Faculty Senate shall forward the minutes and reports to the President of the Faculty Senate, and each Senator shall receive a copy of the minutes and reports or be able to download a copy of the minutes and reports from any University standing committee. Any jurisdictional question arising out of the work of a standing committee shall be decided by the Faculty Senate.

 

3. Organization

 

3.1. Constituency from the Teaching Faculty (represented by AAUP)

 

3.1.1 The Faculty-Senate shall be composed of one faculty member for every fifteen members, or fraction thereof, elected from each academic department. For the purpose of computing senatorial constituencies all full-time faculty members within a group shall be counted. No department chairperson shall be eligible to vote for, or serve as, senator from their department.

 

3.1.2. There shall be three Senators and three alternates who are part-time faculty at CCSU and are not full-time employees at any other institution of higher education. These members will be elected (following procedures adopted by the Senate) in the spring semester of even-numbered years. No more than one Senator and one alternate may come from the same department. The election of part-time faculty Senators shall be conducted by the Senate Elections Committee.

 

3.1.3. Counselors shall elect one senator for every fifteen faculty members, or fraction thereof, of their number.

 

3.1.4 The non-teaching, unclassified, full-time library faculty members shall elect one senator for every fifteen faculty members, or a fraction thereof, of their number.

 

3.1.5 The non-teaching, unclassified, full-time faculty members who are coaches and non-instructional athletic trainers shall elect one senator for every fifteen faculty members, or a fraction thereof, of their number.

 

3.1.6 The department chairpersons in each of the duly established academic schools of the University shall elect one senator for every fifteen members, or fraction thereof, of their number. This same provision shall extend to any academic school of the University created in the future.

 

3.2. Constituency from Administrative Faculty

 

3.2.1  The non-teaching unclassified, full-time faculty members (represented by SUOAF-AFSCME), excluding those named in Sections 3.1. shall elect one Senator for every fifteen members, or fraction thereof, of SUOAF-AFSCME personnel. The President of the University shall certify the number thereof and cause the election to take place.

 

3.2.2 All of the following administrators shall be non-voting members of the Faculty Senate ex-officio: the President of the University, the Vice President of Academic Affairs, and the academic and graduate Deans or their chosen representatives.

 

3.3. Each voting district of the University shall elect one permanent alternate for each of its Senators. Elected alternates must meet the same requirements as elected Senators. The permanent alternate is the only one who may substitute for a Senator.

 

3.4. The President of the University shall be a non-voting member of the Senate.

 


3.5. Term in Office

 

3.5.1. The term of office for a Senator shall be two years. Vacancies shall be filled by the elected alternate for the remainder of the unexpired term and a new alternate shall be elected.

 

3.5.2. A member of the Faculty Senate may be elected for a total of three consecutive terms irrespective of the constituency represented.

 

3.5.3. In the event of a Senator's election to the Presidency or Vice-Presidency of the Faculty Senate, the senator shall complete the two-year term provided for these offices without regard to the length of time remaining in the Senator's elected term.

 

3.5.4. The constituency represented by the President of the Faculty Senate shall elect a replacement to complete their regular term of office.

 

3.5.5. As departments, schools, or administrative offices become eligible for additional representation, the original term shall be for one or two years so as to provide staggered terms.

 

3.6. The election of Senators shall be held not later than the last school day of the academic year preceding the term during which the Senator is to serve. Additional representatives shall be elected by any constituency as soon as it is entitled to them.

 

3.7. For the purpose of computing senatorial constituencies all full-time faculty members within a group shall be counted.

 

3.8. The Faculty Senate shall elect a President from among its members to serve for two years. The President of the Senate shall receive three semester hours of released time per semester for his or her duties.

 

3.9. The Faculty Senate shall elect a Vice President from among its members to serve for two years. The Vice President of the Senate shall receive one and a half hours of released time per semester for his or her duties.

 

3.10. The Faculty Senate shall elect a Secretary from among its members annually. The Secretary of the Senate shall receive three hours of released time per semester for his or her duties.

 

4. Restrictions

 

4.1. Since the Faculty Senate derives its powers from the faculty, any decisions of that Senate may be reviewed and reversed by a vote of the faculty. If twenty-five or more faculty members so petition, the President of the University upon receipt of such petition shall, within three calendar weeks, call for a Special Session of the faculty to consider the items contained in the petition. The President upon receipt of a petition shall notify the President of the Faculty Senate what matters have been cited in the petition and indicate that all action on these matters shall be suspended pending disposition by the faculty. The Office of the University President shall ascertain the validity of the signatures on any petition-so submitted. The final decision on petitioned items shall be made, subsequent to the Special Session, by a majority of those voting in a secret ballot of the entire faculty.

 

4.2. The agenda and minutes of all Faculty Senate meetings will be communicated to each faculty member, and the minutes of the Faculty Senate will be available in the University Library and on the Faculty Senate website.

 

4.3. Respective of Collective Bargaining agreements, Senators representing SUOAF-AFSCME shall not be franchised to vote in the election of members of the University-wide Committee on Instructional Faculty Promotion and Tenure.

 

4.4. The vote of each Senator on roll call votes shall be included in the minutes.

 

4.5. Each department shall adopt a procedure for the recall of its Senators and submit a copy of these procedures to the Secretary of the Senate.

 

4.6. An amendment of the Constitution of the Faculty Senate of Central Connecticut State University may be initiated:

 

4.6.1. By the Faculty Senate on recommendation of the Committee on Constitution and By-Laws or of an individual senator at any regularly scheduled meeting of the Faculty Senate and subject to consideration at a Special Session of the faculty.

 

4.6.2 On recommendation of any Special Session of the faculty.

 

4.7. The adoption of the final form of a constitutional amendment requires a majority of those voting in a secret ballot of the entire faculty. This secret ballot shall be conducted by the office of the President of the University within 14 calendar days of passage in the Senate.

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(Approved by the Faculty on May 9, 1974)

Revised April 1997

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1. Preamble

In order to take a more effective role in the governance of the University, we the faculty of Central Connecticut State University do establish the Faculty Senate with the following powers and responsibilities.

2. Powers and Responsibilities

2.1. Within the limits imposed by the Board of Trustees for the Connecticut State University, academic policies of the University are a responsibility of the faculty of the University. The powers of the faculty are delegated to the Faculty Senate, which represents the will of the faculty.

2.2. The Faculty Senate has decision-making authority in such areas as curriculum matters, degree requirements, scholastic standards, academic freedom, admission policies, and student behavior.

2.3. The Faculty Senate serves in an advisory capacity in the appointment of administrative officers, budget and planning matters, university organizational structure, promotion and tenure policy, and in other matters affecting the educational quality and mission of the university.

2.4. The Faculty Senate is the sole legislative body representing the faculty. Therefore, all of the University's Standing Committees shall report directly to the Faculty Senate. Furthermore, each standing committee shall send one copy of its minutes to the President of the Faculty Senate, and each senator shall receive a copy of the minutes of the Curriculum Committee, the Committee on Academic Standards, the Graduate Studies Committee, and the Committee on Student Affairs. Any jurisdictional question arising out of the work of a standing committee shall be decided by the Faculty Senate.

3. Organization

3.1. The Faculty-Senate shall be composed of one faculty member for every fifteen members, or fraction thereof, elected from each academic department. No department chairperson shall be eligible to vote for, or serve as, senator from their department.

3.1.1. There shall be three Senators and three alternates who are part-time faculty at CCSU and are not full-time employees at any other institution of higher education. These members will be elected (following procedures adopted by the Senate) in the spring semester of even-numbered years. No more than one Senator and one alternate may come from the same department. The election of part-time faculty Senators shall be conducted by the Senate Elections Committee.

3.2. The non-teaching unclassified, full-time faculty members, excluding those named in Sections 3.5. and 3.7., shall elect one senator for every fifteen faculty members, or fraction thereof, of their number. Respective of Collective Bargaining agreements, such senators shall not be franchised to vote in the election of members of the University-wide Committee on Instructional Faculty Promotion and Tenure. The President of the University shall certify the number thereof and cause the election to take place.

3.3. The department chairpersons in each of the duly established schools of the University shall elect one senator for every fifteen members, or fraction thereof, of their number. This same provision shall extend to any school of the University created in the future.

3.4. Counselors shall elect one senator for every fifteen faculty members, or fraction thereof, of their number.

3.5. The non-teaching, unclassified, full-time library faculty members shall elect one senator for every fifteen faculty members, or a fraction thereof, of their number.

3.6. Each voting district of the University shall elect one permanent alternate for each of its senators. Elected alternates must meet the same requirements as elected senators. The permanent alternate is the only one who may substitute for a senator.

3.7. All of the following administrators shall be non-voting members of the Faculty Senate ex-officio: the President of the University, the Vice President of Academic Affairs,. and the academic and graduate Deans.

3.8. The President of the University shall be a non-voting member of the Senate.

3.9. Term in Office

3.9.1. The term of office for a senator shall be two years. Vacancies shall be filled by the elected alternate for the remainder of the unexpired term and a new alternate shall be elected.

3.9.2.. A member of the Faculty Senate may be elected for a total of three consecutive terms irrespective of the constituency represented.

3.9.3. In the event of a senator's election to the Presidency or Vice-Presidency of the Faculty Senate, the senator will complete the two-year term provided for these offices without regard to the length of time remaining in the senator's elected term.

3.9.4. The constituency represented by the President of the Faculty Senate shall elect a replacement to complete their regular term of office.

3.9.5. As departments, schools, or administrative offices become eligible for additional representation, the original term shall be for one or two years so as to provide staggered terms.

3.10. The election of senators shall be held not later than the last school day of the academic year preceding the term during which the senator is to serve. Additional representatives shall be elected by any constituency as soon as it is entitled to them.

3.11. For the purpose of computing senatorial constituencies all full-time faculty members within a group shall be counted.

3.12. The Faculty Senate shall elect a President and Vice-President from among its members to serve for two years. The President of the Senate will receive three semester hours of released time per semester for their duties.

3.13. The Faculty Senate shall elect a Secretary from among its members annually.

4. Restrictions

4.1. Since the Faculty Senate derives its powers from the faculty, any decisions of that Senate may be reviewed and reversed by a vote of the faculty. If twenty-five or more faculty members so petition, the President of the University upon receipt of such petition shall, within three calendar weeks, call for a Special Session of the faculty to consider the items contained in the petition. The President upon receipt of a petition shall notify the President of the Faculty Senate what matters have been cited in the petition and indicate that all action on these matters shall be suspended pending disposition by the faculty. The Office of the University President shall ascertain the validity of the signatures on any petition-so submitted. The final decision on petitioned items shall be made, subsequent to the Special Session, by a majority of those voting in a secret ballot of the entire faculty.

4.2. The agenda and minutes of all Faculty Senate meetings will be communicated to each faculty member, and the minutes of the Faculty Senate will be available in the University Library.

4.3. The vote of each senator on roll call votes shall be included in the minutes.

4.4. Each department shall adopt a procedure for the recall of its senators and submit a copy of these procedures to the Secretary of the Senate.

4.5. An amendment of the Constitution of the Faculty Senate of Central Connecticut State University may be initiated:

4.5.1. By the Faculty Senate on recommendation of the Committee on Constitution and By-Laws or of an individual senator at any regularly scheduled meeting of the Faculty Senate and subject to consideration at a Special Session of the faculty.

4.5.2 On recommendation of any Special Session of the faculty.

4.6. The adoption of the final form of a constitutional amendment requires a majority of those voting in a secret ballot of the entire faculty. This secret ballot shall be conducted by the office of the President of the University within 14 calendar days of passage in the Senate.

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