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SUNY Delhi College Senate Bylaws

(Revised 11/27/06)

ARTICLE I - PURPOSE
ARTICLE II - NAME
ARTICLE III - COLLEGE SENATE SESSION
ARTICLE IV - CONVENING OF THE COLLEGE SENATE
ARTICLE V - RULES OF PROCEDURE
ARTICLE VI- COLLEGE SENATORS
ARTICLE VII - DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF SENATORS
ARTICLE VIII - ELECTION AND TERM OF SENATORS
ARTIVLE IX - SENATE OFFICERS
ARTICLE X - ELECTION OF OFFICERS
ARTICLE XI - STANDING COMMITTEES OF THE SENATE
ARTICLE XII - SENATE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
ARTICLE XIII - SENATE INTERNAL COMMITTEES

ARTICLE XIV- SENATE EXTERNAL COMMITTEES
ARTICLE XV - VACANT SEATS 

ARTICLE XVI - QUORUMS AND ACTIONS
ARTICLE XVII ACADEMIC FREEDOM
ARTICLE XVIII - AMENDMENTS TO THE BY-LAWS

ARTICLE I - PURPOSE

The College Senate will be the official agency through which the College faculty and professional staff engage in the governance of the college. The College Senate will make recommendations to the President of SUNY Delhi concerning effective policies and other matters within the college.

The language in the bylaws follows the definitions adhered to in the Policies of the Board of Trustees, page 1 and page 2. "Academic staff is the staff comprised of those persons having academic rank or qualified academic rank." "Professional staff is all persons occupying positions designated by the Chancellor as being in the unclassified service."

ARTICLE II - NAME

The name of this organization shall be the College Senate.

ARTICLE III - COLLEGE SENATE SESSION

A session of the College Senate will run for two years, convening anew every second September.

ARTICLE IV - CONVENING OF THE COLLEGE SENATE

The College Senate will meet not less than once a month during the academic year and at other times as determined by the College Senate Executive Committee.

ARTICLE V - RULES OF PROCEDURE

Procedure at meetings of the College Senate will be governed by the current edition of Robert's Rules of Order, except as otherwise provided by these bylaws.

ARTICLE VI- COLLEGE SENATORS

Section 1. Composition The College Senate will consist of Thirty one senators with voting  privileges.

A. Faculty: To be comprised of seventeen (17) representatives based on the current organizational chart, including one (1) elected representative from each of the Academic Units and one (1) librarian.  The remaining number of faculty seats are to be elected at large by the campus full time faculty.

B.  Professional Staff: To be comprised of thirteen (13) representatives elected at large by the full time professional staff.  All professional staff senators must be full time employees of SUNY Delhi.  Staff with Management Confidential status may serve if their positions are not supervisory.

C. One (1) senator will have statutory appointment: the University Faculty Senator.  This senator will have a three year term.

D. The College President serves as a non-voting member.

E. Three (3) observers (non-voting) to be elected at large as follows:

    1. One (1) will be elected from the classified service employees.
    2. One (1) will be elected from the student senate.
    3. One (1) will be elected from the part time Professional staff/Part time faculty member

ARTICLE VII - DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF SENATORS

A. To attend all Senate meetings, to participate in deliberations and to vote on all motions that are brought before the Senate.

B. To be fully informed on all issues before the Senate.

C. To communicate and discuss issues before the Senate with constituents and to bring the perspective of constituents on these issues to the Senate.

D. To bring matters of constituent concern to the Senate.

ARTICLE VIII - ELECTION AND TERM OF SENATORS

Section 1. Election

A. The election of senators will be the responsibility of each academic and professional unit.

B. The Senate Operations Committee will oversee the representative membership by publishing a list each election year.

C. Alternates will be allowed to serve in the absence of an elected senator.

    1. Each unit may select an alternate senator who can serve in the event of an absence of a duly elected senator.
    2. Senators who anticipate a schedule conflict will be responsible for contacting the alternate to fill in for that meeting.
    3. Alternate senators will have full floor privileges when substituting for a duly elected senator.
    4. The alternate would be responsible for notifying the Secretary of their presence and for whom they are filling in.

Section 2. Terms Each elected senator will serve a term of two (2) years concurrent with the Senate session.

Section 3. Reelection Senators may be reelected for an indefinite number of terms.

Section 4. Eligibility Senate members must be employed full-time by the College. Senate membership will terminate with termination of employment by the College. 

ARTIVLE IX - SENATE OFFICERS

Section 1. Presider

Section 2. Associate Presider

Section 3. Secretary

ARTICLE X - ELECTION OF OFFICERS

    1. Presider
    2. Associate Presider
    3. Secretary

ARTICLE XI - STANDING COMMITTEES OF THE SENATE

Section 1. Committees The Senate will maintain the following standing committees:

Section 2. General Duties and Responsibilities of Committees

A. Committees will deliberate upon and frame specific recommendations upon issues assigned by the Executive Committee and/or perform other duties specific to their mission.

B. All committee reports will be presented to the Executive Committee in a timely manner. Only the general status will be given for those reports containing confidential material.

Section 3. General Duties and Responsibilities of committee Chairs

A. Committee chairs are responsible for leading their committees, conducting committee meetings, insuring that their committees are fully staffed and functioning effectively, and for reporting interim and final findings to the Senate.

ARTICLE XII - SENATE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Section 1. Duties and Responsibilities It will be the responsibility of the Executive Committee to:

Section 2. Membership The Executive Committee of the College Senate will be composed of the Presider, Associate Presider, Secretary, State Senator and the Chairs of the Senate Internal Committees.

ARTICLE XIII - SENATE INTERNAL COMMITTEES

Section 1. Academic Policies Committee This committee will provide specific advice and guidance to the senate on academic policy and related educational issues.

Section 2. Senate Operations Committee. This committee will oversee the representative membership of the Senate and will be responsible for ensuring the maintenance of a truly representative governance. The Operations Committee will publish a list of each unit and the number of delegates assigned for that unit by February 15 of each election year.  This committee will be responsible for communicating with all units to ensure each unit elects their representative and provides that name or names to the Senate by the last meeting of the Spring semester of an election year.

Membership: the membership committee will be comprised of the Associate Presider and two elected members of the Senate (one academic and one professional) These members (other than the Associate Presider) will be elected by a majority vote of the Senate.

ARTICLE XIV- SENATE EXTERNAL COMMITTEES

Section 1. Curriculum Committee - The Curriculum Committee will receive, review, and evaluate curriculum proposals. All proposals deemed acceptable by the Curriculum Committee will be submitted to the Senate as a whole for approval. Following approval by the Senate, the Curriculum Committee will then submit the Senate approved proposals in compliance with 1.32 of the Academic Code.

Section 2. Academic Promotion Committee The Academic Promotion Committee will solicit, review, and evaluate academic staff promotion dossiers and make rank order recommendations for promotion to the Provost for Academic Programs and Services;

Section 3. Continuing and Term Appointment Committee - The Continuing and Term appointment Committee will review documents in support of reappointment and make recommendations to the President of the College.  The committee shall function independently of other constituencies of the College and has the authority to either agree or disagree with other recommenders.

Section 4. Student Life Committee - The Student Life Committee will be concerned with the significant educational, developmental, social, cultural, and recreational policies, programs, issues and services that affect the quality of student life and the campus environment at SUNY Delhi. The committee will further concern itself with the enhancement of educational and scholarly interest of faculty and students through the development and strengthening of college wide awards, grants, and scholarship programs.

A. Membership: Three (3) professional staff members and three faculty.

Section 5. Annual Budget and Planning Committee

The Annual Budget and Planning Committee will be composed of members broadly representative of existing campus units.

The Annual Budget and Planning Committee will assist the Cabinet in annual planning and priority setting and communicate its findings to the President, the Cabinet and the campus at large.

A. Membership:

Each cabinet member with 2-3 unit plans will be asked to provide a representative to the committee; cabinet members(or academic divisions) with 4-6 unit plans, 2 committee members; cabinet members(or academic divisions) with 7-9 unit plans, 3 committee members; and cabinet members(or academic divisions) with 10-12 unit plans, 4  committee members.

Standing members will include:

Cabinet (a Cabinet Liaison)

Campus Budget (someone from the CFO's Office)

CIS

Facilities

Section 6. Assessment Committee

 

Section 7. Intercollegiate Athletic Review Board

The responsibilities of the Intercollegiate Athletic Review Board include, but are not limited to:

1. To formulate and monitor the annual budget for Intercollegiate Athletics.
2. To approve any changes in the Intercollegiate Athletic fee for students.
3. To submit the annual intercollegiate athletic budget, and any proposed changes to the intercollegiate athletic fee, directly to the College President no later than April 1st.
4. To biannually reconsider the menu of sports offerings.
5. To biannually reconsider the colleges level of competition and the desirability of its affiliations with athletics associations (NJCAA, NIAA, etc.)
6. To ensure gender equity in intercollegiate athletic participation and review Title IX compliance.
7. To annually review team schedules.
8. To review and monitor standards and policies for Intercollegiate Athletics, including, but not limited to, an annual review of statistics which show the academic standing and progress of student athletes in each sport.
9. To review the Athletic Departments annual report and its adherence to the departments goals and objectives.
Membership: The Intercollegiate Athletic Board will be made up of ten members: three faculty, three professional staff, three students, and one coach.

The make-up of the board should be as broad-based as possible: the three faculty members should come from three different divisions. The three professional staff members should come from different departments. The faculty or professional staff members must not also be coaches. The student members should include at least one intercollegiate athlete and at least one non-intercollegiate athlete.

Section 8. Chancellors Awards Committees

The Chancellors Awards Committees shall solicit nominations from the campus and select SUNY Delhi's nominees for Excellence in Teaching, Excellence in Professional Service, Excellence in Faculty Service, Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities, Excellence in Librarianship, Distinguished Teaching Professorship, Distinguished Service Professorship, Chancellors Award for Student Excellence, and any additional Chancellors Awards that may be created in the future.  In selecting SUNY Delhi nominees, the committees shall rely on criteria provided by SUNY.  During any given term, the College Senate may establish a separate committee to select a nominee for each award or may establish fewer committees, asking each committee to select nominees for more than one award, as is reasonable and convenient at the time.

Membership: Each committee shall consist of at least five members, broadly representative of the campus community. Each committee must include a member or members who represent the constituency being recognized (e.g. for the award for Excellence in Professional Service, the committee must include professional staff members). Each committee should have one student member. The membership shall reflect any other criteria established by SUNY.

Section 9. Innovation Academic Initiatives Committee.

The Innovative Academic Initiatives Committee will review proposed new programs of instruction and courses that do not meet the criteria of more traditional programs and courses that are governed by guidelines established by Academic Policies and the Curriculum Committees. This committee will review such new proposals in order to implement pilot programs in a timely manner. Additional review by Academic Policies Committee and Curriculum Committee must follow within a year.

Membership: The Chief Academic Officer and a representative from each of the following: each Academic Division, Enrollment Services, Registrar's Office. Other members may be added as needed.

ARTICLE XV - VACANT SEATS

Section 1. Vacant Senate Seats

A. A Senator's seat will be deemed vacant by the Presider if:

1. A Senator, or alternate senator, fails to be present at roll call for three (3) or more Senate meetings in one (1) academic semester.
2. A Senator resigns from the Senate or leaves employment at the College.
3. A Senator in good standing is on sabbatical or otherwise unable to fulfill senate duties for a period exceeding one (1) semester.

B. If a Senator's seat is deemed vacant and there is more than one (1) semester left in the session, the affected unit will have to elect another Senator.

Section 2. Vacant Executive Seats

A. The seat of a Senate Executive will be deemed vacant for any of the reasons listed previously for senators.

B. If the following seats become vacant:

  1. Presider: The Associate Presider will assume the Presidership for the unexpired term of the Presider. If the unexpired term exceeds one (1) semester a new Associate Presider will be elected to serve for the balance of the unexpired term as well.
  2. Associate Presider: A new Associate Presider will be elected if the unexpired term exceeds one (1) semester.
  3. Secretary: A new Secretary will be elected by the Senate to serve the unexpired term.

Section 3. Vacant Committee Seats

A. A committee or committee chair seat will be deemed vacant for any of the reasons listed previously for senators.

B. If a committee chair seat is deemed vacant a new chair will be elected by the means designated for that committee to serve the unexpired term.

C. If a committee member seat is declared vacant and the unexpired term exceeds one (1) semester or if the committee cannot otherwise function, a new committee member will be seated according to the procedure for that committee.

ARTICLE XVI - QUORUMS AND ACTIONS

Section 1. Quorum A quorum for transacting business at any meeting of the Senate or of a Senate committee will be a majority of the voting members currently seated on the Senate or Senate committee.

Section 2. Actions The act of a majority of the members at any meeting of the Senate or of a Senate committee where a quorum is established will be the act of that body, except as otherwise stipulated in these by-laws.

ARTICLE XVII ACADEMIC FREEDOM

SUNY Delhi academic staff proclaims, supports, and recommends the following principles consonant with policies of the Board of Trustees and the provisions of the negotiated agreement with the collective bargaining agent as essential to the upholding of these academic freedoms necessary to achieve the objectives of the profession, namely:

a. As scholars, academic staff members have the right to define the areas of their scholarship in accordance with their professional training, abilities, and interests; and to pursue their studies and share their results subject to no restraints save their own professional integrity and the collective judgment of their fellow scholars.
b. As academic professionals, academic staff members have the right to have their work evaluated solely by fellow scholars who are competent to judge it; and the responsibility to evaluate others on the same grounds.
c. As teachers, academic staff have the freedom to share with their students the knowledge established by their studies in the area of their scholarship, whatever current orthodoxies outside these areas they may offend; they have the responsibility, furthermore, to respect the intellectual freedom of their students, while inculcating in them a critical spirit of free inquiry and intellectual integrity.
d. As members of the academic community, academic staff members have the right to speak freely within the university on all matters affecting their scholarship and teaching without fear of reprisal either overt or covert; and the responsibility to abide by decisions arrived at by the majority, so long as these do not violate their own academic freedom.
e. In cases where violations or abuses of academic freedom are alleged, academic staff have the right for a full, open, and impartial hearing and adjudication by a review of their own peers (as outlined in the Guidelines in the Statement of Professional Rights and Responsibilities or through the contractual review process established by United University Professionals and the State, whichever is appropriate).

ARTICLE XVIII - AMENDMENTS TO THE BY-LAWS

A. The College Senate may amend or repeal these by-laws.
B. Proposed amendments to these by-laws must be submitted to the Executive Committee one (1) month prior to any regular meeting of the Senate.
C. Amendments so received will be distributed to Senators with Executive Committee recommendations at least one (1) week prior to the meeting at which they will first be discussed.
D. Proposed amendments to these by-laws must appear on the agendas of two (2) regularly scheduled meetings prior to being voted upon.
E. Amendments will be adopted if approved by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of all currently seated voting senators.
F. If a regular meeting vote on a by-laws amendment is not conclusive, that is neither two-thirds (2/3) approve nor more than one-third (1/3) disapprove, a ballot will be immediately sent to all absent senators to determine the final vote.)

Contact Info
Jared Yando, Presider
yandojj@delhi.edu

Last Updated: 5/1/14