Bylaws

Bylaw I.  Senate Membership

Section 1.  

Members of the Classified Senate shall be elected, the electorate being defined as those employees who are included in the classified bargaining unit.

Section 2.

Fifteen senators shall be elected, eleven from geographical and numerically balanced areas designated A-K, and four senators at large.  Geographical areas will be reviewed and adjusted by a senate committee and ratified by the senate once a year prior to the annual election.

Section 3.

All senators shall serve 2 year terms. Terms shall begin on the day of the last general meeting of the academic year (May). Approximately one-half of the membership of the senate shall be elected each spring semester by the elections process outlined in Bylaw III Elections.

Section 4.

Vacancies and Recalls

A. Recalls

1. Any elected official of the Classified Senate may by removed from office by a 2/3 majority of bores cast within his/her area.

2. Any elected official of the Classified Senate may be removed from office by a 2/3 vote of no confidence by the members of the Classified Senate.

B. Vacancies

1. The President may declare a vacancy when a senate member has been absent for more than three consecutive meetings.

2. In the event of a vacancy of the senate, the Classified Senate may, at their option:

a. Choose to elect a replacement according to the regular election procedure;

b. Authorize the President to appoint a classified staff member to fill the vacant senate position;

c. or, decide to leave the seat vacant until the next regular election

C. Duties of the Secretary

1. Assume duties of President in absence of President and Vice President in regards to facilitating meetings.

2. Serve as official documentarian/historian of Classified Senate.

3. Shall be responsible for finances of the Classified Senate and all reports pertaining thereto.

4. Be responsible for Senate correspondence and the dissemination of information to all classified senators and staff.

5. Be responsible for attendance roll and all records of the Classified Senate.

6. Monitor and amend geographical employee roster via the Personnel Office twice a year; immediately prior to annual elections and 6 months thereafter.

D. Duties of the Recorder

1. Assume duties of President in absence of President, Vice President and Secretary in regards to facilitating meetings.

2. Assume responsibility of recording all minutes of Classified Senate and Executive Committee and distribution of such.

3. Monitor legislative information pertaining to college finances in general and classified staff in particular and report on same to the Senate.

4. Perform other duties as necessary as delegated by the President or assigned by the classified senate.

Section 4.

Executive Committee Functions

A. The Executive Committee shall meet approximately every four weeks in the interval between Senate meetings.
B. The duties of the Executive Committee shall include, but not be limited to:

1. Develop agenda for Classified Senate meetings.

2. Review committee reports and place said report on agenda for senate action when appropriate.

3. Review report/request from all other sources to determine if they should be placed on the agenda.

4. Call special meetings of the Senate if necessary.

5. Authorize and approve expenditures.

C. All meetings of the Executive Committee shall be public forums, but no one shall address the Executive Committee except at the pleasure of the committee

Bylaw V. Committees

Section 1. Standing Committees of the Senate

A. Standing Committees shall be permanent and established or dissolved by the Executive Committee and rarified by the Senate.

B. The purpose of each Standing Committee shall be established by the Executive Committee and clearly stated in the minutes.

C. Standing Committee Chairs must be members of the Senate and shall be appointed by the Senate President. Committee members shall not be limited to members of the senate. A minimum number on any one standing committee shall be three.

D. Committee membership shall no exceed the duration of the president's term. Any appointee can be removed by a simple majority vote of the Executive Committee.

E. Standing Committees shall meet a minimum of four (4) times a year unless otherwise specified by the Executive Committee and ratified by the senate.

F. The Chair shall report committee activities to the Executive Committee at its regularly scheduled meeting and to the Vice President of the Senate upon request by the same.

G. Standing committees include but are not limited to the Appointments Committee.

Section 2. Ad Hoc Committees

Ad hoc committees shall be established by the president for special purposes and be of short duration. The president shall be an ex officio member of all committees, except the Nominating Committee. (Constitution: Article VII Committees)

Section 3. Campus-Wide College Committee

A. Requests and recommendations for classified staff appointments on campus-wide college committees may be made to the Appointments Committee or the Classified Senate President who will submit said request and recommendations to the Appointment Committee for approval.

B. The Chair of the Appointments Committee may consult with the executive officers of the classified bargaining until for recommendations for campus-wide committee appointment