1.5.4. ARTICLE IV
Revised, November 2003
1.5.4. ARTICLE IV: MEMBERSHIP
18.104.22.168.1 Guidelines for Election to the Faculty
In March of each year, each
Dean/Director and all Senators will be notified of
forthcoming vacancies by the Elections Committee. Faculty
shall be informed of vacancies by their senators in
advance of the election.
Present senators from each
college/school/unit will serve as election officials.
Elections to the Faculty Senate shall
be conducted annually prior to the first meeting of the
Senate in the Fall semester.
Voting shall be by secret ballot.
A voter shall be entitled to cast one
vote for each Senate seat to be filled.
In the event that no nominee receives
a majority of votes, a run-off election shall be held
between the two nominees receiving the greatest number of
votes in the initial election. Procedures for the run-off
election shall be the same as for the initial election.
Senate vacancies occurring during the
year shall be filled as expeditiously as possible
following certification of the vacancy and according to
the Constitution, paragraph 22.214.171.124.B.
Faculty Senators are expected to fully serve their constituents to the best of their ability by attending meetings and fullfilling committee assignments.
Senators who have three (3) or more absences in any academic year may be asked to resign or seek an official leave of absence.
If the senator fails to resolve the situation within 30 days of notice, the President shall then ask the Senator's administrative head and other Senators serving within the unit to meet with the Senator to discuss the situation and seek an appropriate solution.
If the situation is not resolved
within 60 days of the official notice, the Executive
Committee may vote to declare the Senator's position open
so that a suitable replacement can be installed to serve
out the remainder of the term.
126.96.36.199. Leaves of Absence
When necessary, a senator may request an
official leave of absence from their Senate duties. Request
for a leave of absence must be submitted according to the
A letter requesting a leave of
absence which outlines the reasons for the request and
the anticipated length of the leave of absence shall be
sent to the president of the Faculty Senate for
transmission to the Executive Committee;
The Executive Committee shall, by a
majority vote, either accept or deny the request for
leave of absence;
In the event that the request for
leave of absence is accepted, the president of the
Faculty Senate shall instruct the remaining senators of
the affected school, college or academic unit to select a
temporary replacement Senator by a majority vote among
themselves or as specified in the constitution of the
affected school, college or academic unit.
The temporary replacement senator
shall occupy the seat of the requesting senator until the
requesting senator notifies the president of the Faculty
Senate in writing that he/she wishes to resume the duties
The maximum length of a leave of
absence shall be an academic year.
188.8.131.52. University Standing Committee
A Faculty Senate member appointed to a
University (i.e., non-Faculty Senate] standing committee serves
a three-year term on that committee, irrespective of whether
he/she continues as a member of the Faculty Senate during this
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