Constitution: College Senate
We, the Faculty of Central Piedmont Community College, do ordain and establish this constitution in order to sustain professional ethics and academic standards, assure the quality of the educational program, provide a communications link between faculty and administration, speak with an official voice in the formation of College policy, and promote the general welfare of the College.
ARTICLE I: Membership
Section 1: The College Senate is the representative body for those full-time exempt employees beneath the director or department head level. Questions of membership shall be decided by the College Senate upon recommendation of its Credentials Committee.
Section 2: Each department is entitled to Senate representation based on the following department size (revised April 2000):
Section 3: Faculty shall have the right to vote for their representatives and to be eligible for service on the College Senate.
Section 4: Faculty shall decide by ballot whether this constitution and any subsequent amendments shall be adopted.
ARTICLE II: College Senate
Section 1: The deliberative body of the faculty shall be the College Senate.
Section 2: Each year the Credentials Committee shall review the full-time personnel in each department and apportion representatives as described in Article I, Section 2. Departments shall be notified in advance of the election of the number of senators from their department to be elected.
Section 3: Whenever eligibility for membership or continuing membership on the faculty or in the College Senate may be in doubt, the College Senate shall resolve all questions of credentials.
Section 4: Any department represented by a senator shall have the authority to petition for recall of that senator. The petition shall specify complaints against the senator and shall contain the signatures of a majority of the eligible voters. The petition shall be delivered to the President of the College Senate. The Senate shall promulgate reasonable regulations of governing the recall process.
Section 5: Once each calendar year, the College Senate shall conduct orderly elections to fill vacancies in the next College Senate. Through its by-laws the College Senate shall establish the timing and method of elections.
Section 6: Senators shall be elected for a term of two years. However, all departments represented by more than one senator shall have staggered terms established so that all the senators for the department are not elected the same year. This staggered term shall be established by having at least half of the senators elected to a two-year term and the remaining senator(s) elected to a one-year term at the first election where the need for staggered terms arises. Thereafter, all senators from these departments will serve two-year terms.
Section 7: Senators who will be absent from Senate meetings are expected to appoint a Senate-eligible proxy from their department. This proxy will have all the rights and responsibilities of regular membership while substituting for the absent senator. More than three consecutive absences of the senator without representation by proxy will result in that position being declared vacant.
Section 8: Regular meetings of the College Senate shall be held at least once during each quarter at a time and place convenient to the members; special meetings may be called at the discretion of the President, and shall be called upon petition in writing by one-fourth of the College Senate members.
Section 9: A majority of the members of the College Senate shall constitute a quorum to conduct business.
Section 10: The College Senate shall have the power to formulate by-laws to govern its procedures.
Section 11: All powers not specifically delegated shall be retained by the College Senate.
ARTICLE III: Officers
Section 1: The officers of the College Senate shall be a President, a president-elect, and a Secretary. The President's term shall be for one year. The president-elect shall succeed to the presidency upon completion of the annual elections at which time a new president-elect shall be elected at large by absolute majority of a popular ballot.
A candidate for president-elect must submit his/her declaration of intent to the Executive Committee no later than two weeks before the announced election date. The Executive Committee shall endeavor to recruit qualified candidates and to assure a contested election.
The Secretary shall be a member of the Senate and shall be elected at the first meeting of the Senate following the annual elections.
All candidates for office shall have previously served a minimum of one year on the Senate.
Section 2: The President shall:
Section 3: The president-elect shall:
Section 4: The Secretary shall keep an accurate record of all meetings and present these minutes to the College Senate for approval; shall maintain official records in a place accessible to faculty; shall handle general correspondence; and shall transmit all records of office to his/her successor.
ARTICLE IV: Removal and Replacement of Officers
Section 1: Any officer of the College Senate may be removed from office when a specific complaint charging either dereliction of duty or moral turpitude has been submitted to the full membership, debate has taken place at a special meeting called for this purpose, and two-thirds of those members present and voting agree with the complaint. The accused officer shall be able to respond to the complaint.
In the event that a complaint is brought against the President, the president-elect shall preside during debate over the complaint.
Section 2: In the event that an office is vacated then that office may be filled for the duration of that term by vote of the College Senate.
ARTICLE V: Committees
Section 1: The following shall be permanent committees of the College Senate: Academic Policies Committee, Student Welfare Committee, Curriculum Committee, Educational Resources Committee, Faculty Welfare Committee, and Credentials Committee. The Senate may establish additional permanent or reorganize existing committees as it deems necessary and proper.
Section 2: The officers shall serve as a nominating committee for the selection of membership of permanent committees and shall present their nominees to the College Senate for confirmation.
Section 3: The actions of permanent committees shall be subject to the approval of the College Senate. To expedite curricular changes, the Curriculum Committee shall immediately report its findings to the Vice President for Education; but the College Senate retains the power to debate and take exception to Curriculum Committee recommendations.
Section 4: The Academic Policies Committee shall recommend policies which promote academic procedures, professional ethics, and academic standards.
Section 5: The Student Welfare Committee shall recommend policies which promote the welfare of students attending Central Piedmont Community College.
Section 6: The Curriculum Committee shall recommend policies concerning curricula, degrees, and diplomas; it shall also review all proposals for the addition or revision of courses, curricula, and requirements for degrees and diplomas.
Section 7: The Educational Resources Committee shall recommend policies which promote the expansion of the learning resources of the College and opportunities for professional and educational development of the faculty.
Section 8: The Faculty Welfare Committee shall recommend policies which promote the general welfare of the faculty in areas relating to working conditions, educational leave, and faculty grievances.
Section 9: The Credentials Committee shall make recommendations concerning faculty membership, Senate representation, and election procedures.
Section 10: The Executive Committee shall establish additional committees when necessary to deal with problems which are outside the jurisdiction of permanent committees. Such committees will receive a charge from the Executive Committee and will cease to exist when that charge is fulfilled.
ARTICLE VI: Executive Committee
Section 1: There shall be an Executive Committee composed of the President, the president-elect, the Secretary, and the chairperson of each permanent committee. The President may ask other individuals to serve on the Executive Committee as ex officio members. The previous College Senate President will be an ex officio member.
Section 2: The Executive Committee shall advise the President on all faculty concerns and deliberate appropriate Senate actions. It shall establish the agenda for Senate meetings; act for the Senate between scheduled meetings and report all such actions at the next scheduled College Senate meeting; and recommend that special meetings be called when necessary.
Section 3: The Executive Committee shall take care that all offices' duties and other constitution responsibilities be faithfully executed.
ARTICLE VII: Amendments
Section 1: Proposed amendments to this constitution shall be submitted in writing to the College Senate, but Senate approval shall not be given until the next scheduled meeting.
Section 2: If approved by the College Senate, the proposed amendment shall be submitted in writing to the faculty by special election and shall require two-thirds of votes cast for ratification.
ARTICLE VIII: Effective date
This revised constitution shall take effect immediately upon its ratification in accord with the procedure for constitution amendment which is established above.