SECTION B: THE GENERAL FACULTY AND ACADEMIC SENATE
TABLE OF CONTENTS
THE GENERAL FACULTY AND ACADEMIC SENATE -- SECTION B
ACADEMIC SENATE COMMITTEES
THE STATEWIDE CSU ACADEMIC SENATE
CONSTITUTION AND BYLAWS OF THE FACULTY
CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY DOMINGUEZ HILLS
Proposed Revision of the Constitution of [added: the General Faculty and] the Academic Senate California State University, Dominguez Hills
I. Name and Purpose
A. The name of the faculty organization shall be the General Faculty of the California State University, Dominguez Hills, hereinafter referred to as the General Faculty. The name of the representative body within the General Faculty shall be the Academic Senate of California State University, Dominguez Hills, hereinafter referred to as the Academic Senate or Senate. [Added: The Higher Education Employer-Employee Relations Act (HEERA) mandates the full exercise of the function of the faculty in shared governance mechanisms or practices, including the Academic Senates of the California State University with respect to policies on academic and professional matters.]
B. The purpose of the General Faculty shall be: (1) to perform functions assigned to it by law, by the Board of Trustees of the California State University (Deleted: and Colleges,) and by the President of the university; (2) to formulate, evaluate and recommend to the President of the university, policies and procedures pertaining to the development, maintenance, and improvement of the university (deleted: program); and (3) to serve as a medium for expressing the opinions of the faculty members on matters affecting the operations of the university.
C. The authority of the General Faculty shall be delegated to its representative body, the Academic Senate, in all matters except those in which such delegation is contrary to law, to the policies of the Board of Trustees of the California State University (Deleted: and Colleges), or [Added: the collective bargaining agreement.]
II. Membership and Officers of the General Faculty
A. The membership of the General Faculty shall consist of all persons on full-time appointment in the university who: (1) hold rank as professor, associate professor, assistant professor, instructor or lecturer, or (2) occupy the following positions whether they hold academic rank or not: President of the university, Vice Presidents, [Added: Associate Vice Presidents,] Deans, Associate Deans, Librarians, student service professionals-academic related, and coaching track faculty. [Added: This includes persons on leave or in the Faculty Early Retirement Program (FERP).]
B. The President of the university shall serve as the President of the General Faculty. In the absence of the President, the Vice President [Added: of Academic Affairs] (Deleted: designated by the President) shall serve. In the absence of both the President and Vice President [Added: of Academic Affairs] (Deleted: designated by the President), someone else appointed in advance by the President shall serve. The Secretary of the Academic Senate shall serve as the Secretary of the General Faculty. The Parliamentarian of the Academic Senate shall serve as the Parliamentarian of the General Faculty.
III. Meetings of the General Faculty
The General Faculty shall convene in an annual meeting and may hold additional special meetings pursuant to procedures in the By-laws. The agenda for the annual meeting shall include, but not be limited to, a report by the CSUDH President on the “State of the University.” [Added: Also the Chairperson of the Academic Senate will make a report.]
IV. Membership and Officers of the Academic Senate
A. The membership of the Academic Senate shall consist of elected members from the general and emeriti faculty and ex-officio members. [The following was formally ‘E’ under the above heading: The ex-officio members of the Academic Senate shall be the President of the university or his/her designee, all Vice Presidents, [Added: all Academic Associate Vice Presidents, Academic Deans,] the Chairperson of the Academic Senate, the immediate past Chairperson if still a member of the General Faculty, the representatives of the university to the Academic Senate of the CSU, the President of the CSUDH chapter of the CFA, a student chosen by the Associated Students, Incorporated, a staff representative selected by the Staff council, and Chairpersons of the Senate committees if so designated by the Senate] (Deleted: a representative of the community chosen by the university Advisory Board). All ex-officio members shall be voting members [Added: with the exception of the Vice Presidents, Academic Associate Vice Presidents, Academic Deans, and the President of CSUDH chapter of the CFA.] An ex-officio member may also serve as an elected member.
B. (This segment was originally written as the second paragraph of ‘A.’) If a senator cannot attend a meeting (Deleted: and cast a ballot), that senator may authorize in writing another member of the general faculty (Deleted: to cast a proxy vote) [Added: to serve in his/her stead]. The authorization must be given to the Parliamentarian. The substitute member shall represent the absent senator in the determination of a quorum, in all senate discussions and in voting; however, no senator or proxy senator may cast [Added: simultaneous multiple votes] (Deleted: more than one vote).
C. (This segment was originally written as ‘B’ under this same heading) The General Faculty election unit for purposes of representation on the Academic Senate shall be the same as the unit where RTP process originates. (See “Voting Rights of Full-time Faculty in a Department”--PM 78-19, 7/5/78). In most cases, this unit shall be the department. It may also be a school without departmental divisions, or a teaching unit that is not part of one of the schools. [Added: Members of the General Faculty who are not otherwise represented shall be considered a single unit for purposes of representation on the Academic Senate.] Disputes about the proper election unit will be resolved by a majority vote of the Academic Senate after the Executive Committee of the Senate has investigated the dispute and made a recommendation to the Senate.
D. (Formerly Paragraph C. Note: Two paragraphs from this section were moved to By-Laws at III A.) Each elected member of the Academic Senate shall attend Senate and committee meetings, study the issues, read documents, inform his/her constituency of Senate issues, bring concerns and present the viewpoints of that constituency to the Senate. Senate members shall vote according to their own best judgment unless specifically directed otherwise by the Senator’s department or other unit.
E. (Formerly Paragraph D.) If at any time a member of the Academic Senate fails to carry out his/her responsibilities, the department or other appropriate unit has the right to elect a replacement for the duration of the term. [Added: The Senate Chairperson will be so notified in writing by the department or unit chairperson.]
(Former segment E was combined into IV A above.)
F. The officers of the Academic Senate shall be the Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, Secretary, and Parliamentarian. The Chairperson shall be a tenured faculty member elected by and from the General Faculty for a one year term. (Deleted: The officers,) With the exception of the Chairperson, [Added: the officers] shall be elected by the Academic Senate from its own membership for one-year terms. [Added: The Senate may remove an officer other than the Chairperson by a 2/3 vote.] The Chairperson shall serve for not more than two consecutive terms. The Chairperson shall serve as a member of the Executive Committee for one year following his/her final term. If a member of the Senate is selected as Chairperson, he/she will resign his/her membership and a replacement will be selected from the appropriate (Deleted: group) [Added: unit for the duration of the term.]
G. [Added: The term of the representatives to the Statewide Academic Senate will be prescribed by the Constitution of the Academic Senate of the CSU.]
V. Meetings of the Academic Senate
A. Regular meetings of the Academic Senate shall be held as specified in the By-Laws.
B. A special meeting of the Academic Senate may be called by the President of the university or by the Executive Committee of the Academic Senate as provided by the By-Laws.
C. The Academic Senate shall systematically keep the entire membership of the General Faculty informed of the major topics under active consideration and of (Deleted: its) [Added: Senate] actions.
(Prior IV dealing with committees moved to By-Laws Section V.)
(Formerly Section VII.)
This Constitution may be amended by written vote of the members of the General Faculty. [Added: An amendment may be proposed either by a resolution of the Academic Senate, or by a petition signed by at least 10% of the General Faculty and sent to the President of the university for submission to the General Faculty.] Prior to the vote, the proposed amendment shall be discussed at a special or annual meeting of the General Faculty. Notice of the proposed amendment must be included in the written notice of the meeting. The proposed amendment may be amended at such a meeting. (See Section I of the By-Laws for the procedure for initiating a special meeting of the General Faculty.) A simple majority of the votes cast shall be required to pass a proposed amendment. (Deleted: Any amendments must be forwarded to the President for final approval.)
[Added: Date Constitution adopted and dates of Amendments:]
Proposed Revision of By-Laws of [Added: the General Faculty and] the Academic Senate California State University, Dominguez Hills
I. Meetings of the General Faculty
A. The annual meeting of the General Faculty shall be held at a time designated by the President. [Added: The President of the university and the Chairperson of the Academic Senate shall present their reports at this meeting.]
B. The President may, at his/her own discretion, call special meetings of the General Faculty. He/she shall call special meetings at the formal request of the Academic Senate or at the written request of ten percent (Deleted: or ten, whichever is larger) of the members of the General Faculty.
C. Written notice of the annual meeting and of each special meeting shall be submitted to all members of the General Faculty at least one week in advance of the meeting date. This notice shall include a listing of the agenda items.
D. The agenda for the annual meeting and for each special meeting shall include items requested by the President, items requested by the Academic Senate, and items requested by written petition of ten percent (Deleted: or ten, whichever is larger) of the members of the General Faculty. Additional items may be brought up from the floor at the annual meeting, but not at special meetings.
E. (Deleted: A quorum will consist of fifty percent of the General Faculty plus one.)
II. Annual Election
A. The annual election for the purpose of electing the Chairperson of the Academic Senate and [Added: if necessary] representatives from California State University, Dominguez Hills to the Academic Senate of the California State University shall be held between April 1 and May 1. (Deleted: The same election may be used to elect members of the General Faculty for any other purpose when so requested by the President or Vice President of the university or by the Academic Senate.)
B. An Election Committee consisting of the Parliamentarian, the Parliamentarian of the previous year, and a faculty member elected by the Senate, shall be responsible for the preparation for, the conduct of, and the certification of the results of the election subject to the guidelines established by the Academic Senate. Any member of the committee who decides to run for office in the election shall be ineligible to serve on the committee. If the membership falls below three for any reason the Academic Senate shall elect another faculty member to the committee. The Parliamentarian shall chair the committee unless ineligible, in which case the committee shall elect its own chair.
C. Nominations normally shall be by written petition bearing the signatures of at least five percent of the members of the General Faculty (Deleted: in the relevant voting unit). The Election Committee may make other nominations at its own discretion, and shall endeavor to ensure that at least two nominations are made for each position to be filled.
D. The Election Committee shall submit written notice of the election and ballot, including the official lists of nominations for all positions, to all members of the General Faculty (Deleted: about) [Added: at least] two weeks before the election. [Added: Notice/ballots will be mailed to faculty on leave and those working off-campus.]
E. (Deleted: The appropriate number of persons receiving the highest number of votes for each position or group of positions shall be declared elected. The Chairperson of the Senate or his/her designee shall serve as an alternate representative to the Statewide Academic Senate.) [Added: A plurality vote shall be sufficient for election.]
F. [Added a new paragraph: The Chairperson of the Senate or his/her designee shall serve as an alternate representative to the Statewide Academic Senate. However, one person will not simultaneously serve as Chairperson of the Academic Senate and Statewide Academic Senator.]
G. (Formerly was Paragraph F.) If a vacancy occurs in the position of the Senate Chairperson, the Vice Chairperson shall serve as Chairperson until a replacement can be elected. A (Deleted: replacement) [Added: special] election shall take place as soon as it can be arranged. If the vacancy occurs before the end of the fall term, the new Chairperson shall finish the unexpired term. If the vacancy occurs later, the election shall be for the remainder of the unexpired term and the next regular term. (Deleted: If a vacancy occurs in some other elective faculty office and the unexpired term is less than one year, a replacement may be selected by the Academic Senate by any means it deems appropriate. If the term has over one year to run, the replacement shall be made by the usual means of selection for that office.)
H. [Added: If for any reason a vacancy occurs in the Statewide Academic Senate position and there is less than one year remaining, the vacancy will be filled by an election within the Academic Senate. If the vacancy had more than one year remaining to be served, there will be a General Faculty election.]
III. Organization of the Academic Senate
A. (This segment originally appeared as the second paragraph of IV. B. in the Constitution.)
Each unit of up to fifteen members [Added: of the General Faculty] shall have one representative to the Academic Senate. Upon reaching sixteen members, the unit shall elect one additional senator, and thereafter one additional senator shall be elected for every ten faculty members. The following shall apply:
01-15 faculty - 1 senator
16-25 faculty - 2 senators
26-35 faculty - 3 senators
36-45 faculty - 4 senators
46-55 faculty - 5 senators, etc.
If they so choose, units may combine with other units for representational purposes by agreement of the units involved. The number of General Faculty in the election unit shall be as of the first day of the semester in which the annual election is held, as certified by the appropriate administrator. The term of the office of each elected member of the Academic Senate shall be three years.
B. (Formerly Paragraph A.) The terms of office of [Added: the Chairperson, other officers, and] the members of the Academic Senate shall begin with [Added: “New Business”] of the last regular meeting of the spring semester.
C. (Formerly Paragraph B.) (Deleted: The officers) [Added: The Vice Chairperson, Secretary, Parliamentarian, and Chairs of the standing committees] of the Academic Senate shall be elected [Added: upon recommendation of the incoming Chairperson] (Deleted: between May 15 and) [Added: at] the last regular meeting of the spring semester. The retiring officers will serve until the election of their successors.
D. (Formerly Paragraph C.) The Academic Senate shall meet (Deleted: regularly) [Added: at least] once each month during the academic year and may meet more frequently in regular or special sessions. Any member of the General Faculty (Deleted: shall be permitted to) [Added: may] attend these meetings as an observer. The presiding officer of the Academic Senate at his/her own discretion may, or may not, grant an observer the privilege of participating in discussion.
E. [Added: Policy recommendations will normally be discussed at the Academic Senate at one meeting and voted on at a subsequent meeting. This rule may be waived by a two-thirds vote.]
F. (Formerly Paragraph D.) During the winter and summer breaks between semesters, when the Academic Senate is not meeting, the Executive Committee will act on behalf of the Senate and its other committees on all matters which cannot be held over until the following semester. All Senators are entitled to attend and speak at any Executive Committee meeting held between semesters. [Added: Any member of the General Faculty may attend meetings as an observer.] Notice of any such meeting will normally be sent to all Senators at least one week prior to the meeting.
G. (Formerly Paragraph E.) The Academic Senate shall systematically submit in writing to all members of the General Faculty such items of information as the following: rosters of officers and of committees, meeting schedules, and brief summaries of significant discussions [Added: and actions]. A full copy of the official minutes will be available to all members of the General Faculty.
H. (Formerly Paragraph F.) The meetings of the Academic Senate shall be conducted in accordance with generally accepted rules of parliamentary procedure.
I. (Formerly Paragraph G.) A quorum of the Academic Senate (Deleted: shall consist of fifty percent of the voting members plus one) [Added: will consist of a majority of the active voting members. An active voting member is defined for this purpose as a member who has attended at least one of the three most recent meetings, including the current meeting.]
IV. Elections Within the Senate
A. [Added: Unless otherwise provided, faculty representatives on standing committees of the university, upon recommendation of the Chairperson, will be elected by the Academic Senate.]
B. [Added: The Parliamentarian will issue a call for nominations at least two weeks prior to the election.]
C. [Added: Nominations should be given, in writing, to the parliamentarian. The parliamentarian will also accept nominations from the floor. No one may be nominated without prior approval of the nominee.]
D. [Added: The election will be held during a scheduled Academic Senate meeting. The candidate receiving the most votes shall be declared the winner. Voting shall be by written ballot if there are more nominees than positions to be filled.]
E. [Added: The results of the election shall be announced during the meeting. The secretary shall include the election results in the minutes.]
F. [Added: If a vacancy occurs in some elective faculty office other than the Senate Chairperson or Statewide Academic Senator and the unexpired term is less than one year, a replacement may be selected by the Academic Senate by any means it deems appropriate. If the term has over one year to run, the replacement shall be made by the usual means of selection for that office for the remaining unexpired term.]
(The following segment was moved from the Constitution where it was VI.)
V. Committees of the General Faculty and of the Academic Senate
A. There shall be three types of committees: faculty organizational committees, Senate standing committees, and ad hoc committees.
B. There shall be one faculty organizational committee, the Academic Senate Executive Committee. The general purpose of this committee is to facilitate the efficient functioning of the General Faculty and the Academic Senate.
The Academic Senate Executive Committee shall consist of the Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, Secretary, Parliamentarian, (Deleted: plus) the Chairperson of the previous year, [Added: the Chairs of the standing committees, and the campus representatives to the Statewide Academic Senate of the California State University.] (Deleted: It shall also issue to the faculty a full monthly report on the activities and deliberations of the Senate, each of its standing and ad hoc committees, and any other committee or policy recommending group on which the Senate is represented. The representatives of the university to the Statewide Academic Senate shall be ex-officio members of this committee.)
C. (Deleted: The Academic Senate shall create standing committees to) [Added: The standing committees of the Academic Senate shall be the Educational Policies Committee, Faculty Policies Committee, and the Budget and Resource Committee. These committees will] formulate policy recommendations of the Senate and carry out other tasks of a continuing nature. The Senate shall also determine eligibility rules and selection procedures for the Chairperson and members of each committee. The chairs of these committees shall be ex-officio members of the Senate. (Deleted: The Senate may also specify the Chairpersons of certain standing committees shall be ex-officio members of the Senate but the number of such ex-officio members may not exceed one-fifth of the number of elected members. All committees existing at the time of adoption of this paragraph shall continue to operate under the existing procedure, unless altered or abolished by the Senate. A two-thirds majority shall be required for all Senate actions taken under this paragraph.)
D. The Academic Senate may establish ad hoc committees for specific assignments which, in the judgment of the Academic Senate, cannot be handled adequately by the Academic Senate at-large, (Deleted: or) by one of the existing committees, or by an administrative officer. Members (Deleted: of the Academic Senate) of the General Faculty (Deleted: who are not on the Academic Senate and/or) [Added: and the staff] and members of (Deleted: the Student Association) [Added: the Associated Students, Inc.] may be included on ad hoc committees, as the Academic Senate deems desirable. Each ad hoc committee shall be terminated upon completion of its specific assignment.
E. Each Academic Senate Committee shall investigate any matter referred to it by the Senate or by the Executive Committee, and shall report its findings to the Senate. Within (Deleted: a) [Added: the] general area of responsibility assigned to it by the Senate, it may also act on its own initiative or at the request of any member of the university community.
These Bylaws may be amended by (Deleted: written vote of the members of the General Faculty. Prior to the vote there shall be one duly announced special meeting of the General Faculty, or the Annual Fall meeting of the General Faculty, for the purpose of discussing the proposed amendment (See Section I of the Bylaws for the procedure for initiating a special meeting of the General Faculty.) A simple majority of the votes cast shall be required to pass a proposed amendment. Amendments must be forwarded to the President for final approval.) [Added: two-thirds of the Academic Senate following a first reading at a prior meeting. This rule may not be waived.]
[Added: Date By-Laws adopted & dates of Amendments:]
ACADEMIC SENATE COMMITTEES
For the membership of the Executive Committee see the Constitution, VI B. Faculty members of the standing committees are appointed for two-year terms by the senate chair in consultation with the Executive Committee, subject to senate approval. Standing committee chairs are chosen annually by the Senate Chair in consultation with the Executive Committee, and with the approval of the senate. This is required for the Educational Policies and Faculty Policies Committee chairs.
Within its area of responsibility, each committee shall prepare statements for submission to the Academic Senate at the request of the senate, the Executive Committee, or on its own initiative. Non-policy matters, which are within the committee's concern, may be settled without submission to the senate, but they
should be decided according to procedures and standards approved by the senate. Committees may form subcommittees, either ad hoc or standing, to expedite their work. Each subcommittee should include at least one member of the parent committee and may report to either the parent committee or the senate, as determined by the parent committee. Committee meetings are open to all interested parties, except when the committee decides by a two-thirds majority to hold an executive session.
Listing of Senate Organizational and Standing Committees
Executive Committee: Places items on the senate agenda or refers them to the appropriate committee on its own initiative or at the request of the President or any other member of the campus community. Consults with and presents faculty views to the President. Provides liaison with statewide faculty bodies.
Educational Policies Committee: Deals with the educational goals, programs, and policies of the university. Provides liaison with the University Curriculum Committee and the Vice President, Academic Affairs.
Faculty Personnel Committee: Deals with working conditions for the faculty and with standards and procedures for RTP. Provides liaison with the various RTP committees and the Associate Vice-President of Faculty Affairs.
Other standing committees may be created by the Senate in accordance with the Constitution--VI C.
Senate Ad Hoc Committees
Ad hoc committees will be given a specific charge by the Academic Senate at the time of their formation, preferably with some sort of deadline for a progress report on their work.
In cases where ad hoc committees have not completed their work by the end of the academic year, the committee will be reappointed at the beginning of the subsequent academic year, with the same membership or with new members depending on whether the members of the original committee desire to continue to serve. If the ad hoc committee is appointed in the last semester of the academic year and it appears obvious their work cannot be completed within the semester, its members may be initially appointed to continue into the following academic year.
If an ad hoc committee is inactive for a period of one semester or six months, either through the lack of a specific charge or the disinclination of the members to act, the committee may be dissolved by the senate or new members appointed.
Ad hoc committees already formed whose functions or efficacy is in question should be asked to report to the senate on their perceived function and future possibilities.
THE STATEWIDE CSU ACADEMIC SENATE
Role of the State-Wide CSU Academic Senate
The Trustees of The California State University approved the Constitution of the Academic Senate on March 8, 1963. Prior to this a majority of the voting faculty at each of a majority of the university campuses had approved the document. Encouragement for the establishment of the system-wide Academic Senate, as well for the creation of an Academic Senate on each campus, came from the Chancellor, members of the Board of Trustees, and the California Legislature. The 1961 Legislature adopted Senate Resolution No. 98 and Assembly Concurrent Resolution Go. 78 requesting the Trustees to establish an Academic Senate at each university "wherein the faculty members shall be freely elected by their colleagues for the purpose of representing them in the formulation of policy on academic and professional matters." Senate Resolution No. 20, which resolved that the Trustees consider establishing an Academic Senate for the CSU system, was under discussion in the Senate Rules Committee when the Senate was created in 1963.
An examination of the Constitution of the Academic Senate CSU, as approved by the Board of Trustees, reveals the official purposes of the Senate:
It shall be the purpose of the Academic Senate of The California State University to serve as the official voice of the faculties of The California State University in matters of system wide concern; to consider matters concerning system-wide policies and to make recommendations thereon; to endeavor to strengthen the Senates and Councils of the several universities; and to assume such responsibilities and perform such functions as may be delegated to it by the Chancellor or the Trustees of The California State University.
Senate participation in academic, professional, and administrative matters evidences a tradition of shared governance in the CSU and suggests appropriate responsibilities for the Senate under Higher Education Employer-Employee Relations Act (HEERA). The collective bargaining act makes explicit provision for the preservation of this tradition and mandates continuing senate involvement in academic and professional matters. (See HEERA Section 3561 b.)
Academic Senate Participation in System-wide Governance
The CSU Academic Senate serves as the official voice of the faculties in system wide academic and professional matters (the Constitution of the Academic Senate CSU, Article 1, Section 1 a.).
The CSU Academic Senate is the formal policy-recommending body on such matters and shall also be the primary consultative body on the academic implications of system-wide fiscal decisions. Normally, recommendations of the Academic Senate shall be addressed to or through the Chancellor.
In respect to system-wide governance, the Academic Senate endorses the following principles:
A. Criteria and standards to be used for the appointment, promotion, evaluation, and tenure of academic employees shall be the joint responsibility of the Academic Senate and the Board of Trustees of The California State University (HEERA, Section 3562 r.). Criteria and standards determined jointly by the CSU Academic Senate and the Board of Trustees shall be considered minimal; campus senates/councils may recommend additional criteria and standards.
B. The CSU Academic Senate shall be consulted on the creation of system wide and inter segmental committees, conferences, or task forces designed to deal with educational, professional, or academically-related fiscal matters, including the charge and composition of such bodies. The Academic Senate shall be responsible for the selection of faculty representatives to serve on or participate in such bodies.
C. The CSU Academic Senate shall be the formal policy-recommending body on general, system wide policy decisions related to the following matters:
1) minimum admission requirements for students;
2) minimum conditions for the award of certificates and degrees to students;
3) curricula and research programs;
4) minimum criteria and standards to be used for programs designed to enhance and maintain professional competence including the awarding of academic leaves;
5) system-wide aspects of academic planning.
D. The CSU Academic Senate shall be consulted on the following:
1) system-wide aspects of program review;
2) system-wide aspects of the basic direction of academic support programs;
3) system wide-policies governing the appointment and review of presidents and academic administrators;
4) policies governing the appointment and review of system-wide executive officers and academic administrators.
The CSU Academic Senate shall not participate in the process of collective bargaining. Normally, matters affecting wages, hours of employment, and other terms and conditions of employment shall not be considered by the Academic Senate. The Academic Senate shall endeavor to ensure that educational and professional matters do not become subjects of bargaining.
CSU Academic Senate Recommendations on Local Campus Governance
The CSU Academic Senate shall have no authority over those matters delegated to the individual campuses by the Chancellor or by the Board of Trustees of The California State University. Furthermore, nothing in this document shall be construed to impair the right of academic senates and councils of the several campuses to communicate through appropriate channels with the Chancellor and the Board of Trustees, nor to diminish the authority of the campuses and their senates in campus matters of academic and professional criteria and standards.
Because joint decision-making and consultation between administrators and faculty is essential to the performance of the educational missions of The California State University, the academic senates/councils of the campuses shall be the primary consultative bodies regarding educational and professional matters delegated to the individual campuses by the Chancellor or by the Board of Trustees of The California State University and shall be consulted on fiscal matters which affect the instructional program.
In respect to campus governance, the CSU Academic Senate endorses the following principles:
A. Responsibility shall be vested in the faculty or its elected senate/council representatives for:
1) approval of degree candidates;
2) development of policies governing the awarding of grades.
B. Through the campus academic senates/councils responsibility shall be vested in the faculty or its elected senate/council representatives for developing policies and making recommendations to the campus presidents on the following matters:
1) criteria and standards for the appointment, retention, awarding of tenure, promotion and evaluation of academic employees including preservation of the principle of peer evaluation and provision for the direct involvement of appropriate faculty in these decisions;
2) determination of membership in the General Faculty;
3) curricular policies, such as admission and degree requirements, approval of new courses and programs, discontinuance of academic programs, and academic standards;
4) faculty appointments to institutional task forces, advisory committees, and auxiliary organizations;
5) academic standards and academic policies governing athletics.
C. The academic senate/councils shall be the primary source of policy recommendations to the campus president on decisions related to the following matters:
1) establishment of campus-wide committees on academic or professional matters;
2) the academic role of the library;
3) academic awards, prizes, and scholarships;
4) the academic conduct of students and means for handling infractions;
5) development of institutional missions and goals.
D. The academic senates/councils shall be consulted by the campus presidents concerning:
1) the academic calendar and policies governing the scheduling of classes;
2) policies governing the appointment and review of academic administrators.
E. This outline of functions and responsibilities is intended to provide the essentials for a satisfactory system of shared governance but should not necessarily be viewed as a comprehensive enumeration of such functions and responsibilities.
FACULTY TRUSTEE CANDIDATES
(Reference: PM 83-05, 3/9/83)
Procedures for Nominating Faculty Trustee Candidates
I. Candidates for Faculty Trustee must meet the criteria set out by the CSU Academic Senate:
1. Candidates must be teaching faculty and shall not currently hold any administrative title other than department chair or equivalent.
2. Candidates shall be tenured with a record of excellence in teaching, professional achievement, and university service.
3. Candidates shall possess experience in faculty governance or equivalent knowledge of The California State University.
4. Questions as to definitions and eligibility shall be resolved by the CSU Academic Senate.
II. On or before January 10th the Academic Senate of California State University, Dominguez Hills shall announce that nominations for consideration for Faculty Trustee may be made.
III. Nomination shall be by petition. Petitions shall be signed by 10% of the General Faculty, or 30 such General Faculty members, whichever is more, and delivered to the Office of the Dominguez Hills Academic Senate by 5:00 P.M., January 25th. The Dominguez Hills Academic Senate shall forward the names of all eligible nominees to the Academic Senate CSU by a date to be determined by them. If the CSU Academic Senate proposes dates earlier than those recommended in these procedures, the system-wide dates will be observed.
IV. The Chair of the Dominguez Hills Academic Senate shall forward for each nominee the completed Faculty Trustee nomination form which will include a current vita structured to the eligibility criteria, a one-page statement from the nominee, and a commitment to service. Each candidate shall in addition supply to the local Senate Office, for transmission with the nomination form, the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of five references.
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