Faculty Senate Bylaws


FACULTY SENATE BYLAWS

ARTICLE I

NAME

Section 1: NAME

The name of the organization shall be the Fort Valley State University (FVSU) Faculty Senate, hereinafter referred to as The Faculty Senate.

ARTICLE II

PURPOSE AND AUTHORITY 

Section 1. PURPOSE

The Faculty Senate shall serve as the representative and legislative body of the University Faculty. It is an official advisory body to the President of Fort Valley State University. The legislative and major decision-making authority of the Senate is subject to the approval of the University Faculty. The Faculty Senate shall also fulfill additional purposes, among which are:

  1. Faculty Advocacy: To provide an open forum for discussing and recommending policies and procedures essential to the recruitment, retention, development, and recognition of highly qualified faculty.
  2. Shared Governance: To support and foster shared governance through its advisory and representative roles to the University President and administration and through Senate representation on the University Leadership Council (or the administrative entity so identified by the University President or the University President’s designee).
  3. University Well-Being: To promote the general good of the FVSU community by, among other functions, maintaining open communications with the Staff Council through its appointed representative(s) and with the Student Government Association through its appointed representative(s) to the Faculty Senate.

Section 2. AUTHORITY

  1. Chair of The Senate: The Faculty Senate operates under the authority of the Fort Valley State University President who is its Ex-Officio Chairperson. The President of the University is authorized to decide all questions regarding the interpretation of the Senate Bylaws and the nature and extent of its jurisdiction. The decision(s) of the President of the University may be appealed to the Board of Regents as provided in the Policy Manual and Bylaws of the Board of Regents.
  2. Relationship to the University Faculty: The Faculty Senate is duly chartered and authorized by the Board of Regents to serve as the representative body of the University Faculty.
  3. Reporting Rights – The Faculty Senate reports to the University Faculty in its regular meetings and submits its major reports, actions and policy recommendations to the University Faculty for review and approval.
  4. Decision-Making Rights of Faculty – If the faculty of the university determines that it is necessary to rescind, reverse or modify a decision taken by the Faculty Senate that affects any or all of its members, the following procedure must be followed to effect the necessary change.
    • A petition signed by no less than 10% of full time faculty requesting a meeting to effect the said change shall be submitted to the President of the Faculty Senate within 30 days of the Senate decision.
    • The President of the Senate, upon receipt of the said petition, shall circulate it to all full-time Faculty and request the Office of the Provost to convene a meeting of the University Faculty within two weeks or earliest convenience, for the purpose of deliberating on the petition.
    • The faculty meeting shall be chaired by the Provost or his/her representative who shall not be a member of the Faculty Senate. The Faculty shall first determine if the petition has merit. If the petition is found to have merit, voting shall then be ordered by the chair on the action of the Faculty Senate that is to be rescinded, reversed of modified. The quorum rule shall apply.
    • Voting shall be by secret ballot. A minimum of two thirds of the votes cast by the Faculty present shall be required to reverse, rescind or amend the original decision of the Faculty Senate.

ARTICLE III    

MEMBERSHIP

Section 1. MEMBERSHIP

Faculty Qualifications: Members elected to the senate are called Senators. Senators, by definition, are faculty members who meet both criteria listed below:

Criterion 1: The individual must meet the following requirements of “faculty standing” as specified in the Policies and Procedures Manual of the Board of Regents regarding the Corps of Instruction:

            Full-time professors, associate professors, assistant professors, instructors, lecturers, senior lecturers, and teaching personnel with such other titles as may be approved by the Board, shall be the Corps of Instruction. Full-time research and extension personnel and duly certified librarians will be included in the Corps      of Instruction on the basis of comparable. Persons holding adjunct appointments or other honorary titles shall not be considered to be members of  the faculty. (http://www.usg.edu/policymanual/section3/policy/C337/#p3.2.1_faculty_membership, 2/2015)

Criterion 2: The individual faculty member must also be a regularly, full-time employee at FVSU with at least two years of continuous service at the university by May 1st of the year in which the election of senators is held. 

Faculty with Supervisory Responsibility Over Other Faculty: To avoid any conflict of interest, a faculty member who holds an appointment as an administrator, chairperson, coordinator or director of a program and whose duty requires supervisory responsibility over other faculty, is not eligible to serve as a Senator.   Both of these conditions must hold in order for the faculty member to be ineligible to serve as a senator.

Types of Senate Membership: Members of the Senate are either voting or non-voting (ad hoc) members.

  • Voting Members – The elected body of full-time senators from the designated academic units shall constitute the voting members of the Faculty Senate.
  • AD Hoc Members – The following members of the FVSU President’s Executive Council and other institutional representatives are non-voting, ad hoc members of the Faculty SenateThe President of the University (or his/her designee)
    • The Vice President of Academic Affairs (Provost)
    • Staff Council Representatives
    • Representatives from the Student Government Association

Guests– Guests are permitted to attend the faculty senate to include faculty, other administrators and chairpersons, FVSU retirees, students, citizens of the community and other individuals. Guests, however, do not hold membership in the Faculty Senate and shall not have the right to vote on any action before the body.

ARTICLE IV

ELECTIONS

Section 1: ELECTION OF SENATORS

  1. Unit Allotment: Each academic department or unit with five or fewer faculty is allotted only one Senate seat. Academic departments or units with six or more faculty members are allotted two Senate seats. In no case shall an academic department elect more than two senators to serve on the Faculty Senate.
  2. Election Requirements: The faculty member who is elected to serve as a senate representative must be present in the departmental/unit meeting when the election occurs. The only exception is that the faculty member who is elected in abstentia must have provided prior written notification of his/her desire to be considered as a candidate for election.
  3. Election Process: During the first week of March of each year, the Secretary of the Senate shall notify the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs of the vacant senate seats to be filled for the coming year. The Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs shall notify the Deans and departmental chairs or unit coordinators to elect senators to fill the vacant seats. Each academic unit will elect its senate representative(s) according to the democratic procedures that it follows during its regular unit meetings.  No later than the third Friday in March, the departmental chairs or unit coordinators will submit the names of the elected senator(s) to the Dean who, in turn, will submit the roster of elected senators to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs no later than the last Tuesday in March. The Provost shall provide the list of newly elected senators to the Secretary of the Faculty Senate no later than the last working day in March. A copy of the roster of newly elected senators shall also be sent to the President of the Faculty Senate
  4. Term of Office: Each Senator is elected to serve a two-year term of office or until such time as the seat is vacated. A given senator may be elected to serve, at maximum, two consecutive terms on the Senate.
  5. Filling Vacancies of Unexpired Terms: In the event that the senate seat is vacated, either through a resignation or for cause, the vacancy shall be filled by a special election within the unit from which the resigning senator was elected. The term of a senator who is elected under these circumstances shall commence immediately and shall be for the duration of the unexpired term of the senator whose seat is being replaced.

Section 2. ELECTION OF SENATE OFFICERS

The officers of the Faculty Senate are: The Faculty Senate President, Vice-President, Secretary, Assistant Secretary, the Parliamentarian, and the At- Large members, one representing each colleges, the graduate program and the library. These officers constitute the Executive Committee of the Faculty Senate. The President of the University (or designee) is an Ex-Officio member of The Executive Committee.

  1. Nomination of Officers: Officers of the Faculty Senate shall be nominated from the floor of the Senate in the month of May prior to the academic year in which the officers are to serve. The Vice-President for Academic Affairs shall announce the hour and place of the meeting during which the election of senate officers will take place. The elected officers of the senate are the President, Vice President, Secretary, Assistant Secretary, Parliamentarian and the At-Large Representatives from the colleges and academic units.
  2. Election of Officers: Any senator meeting the qualification for office as specified in Section 1 Membership A & B of Article III of the FVSU Bylaws is eligible to be nominated. Candidates shall make a brief speech citing their qualifications for the office in which they are nominated. A ballot may be prepared for the election of officers. The vote shall occur by secret ballot unless there is a decision of the body to vote otherwise.
  3. Terms of Office: Members of the Executive Committee shall be elected for a term of two years or until such time as the position is vacated. Elected officers are eligible to serve a maximum of two consecutive terms in their elected positions, if re-elected to the position held.

ARTICLE V

GOVERNANCE

Section 1. THE SENATE OFFICERS

General Qualification of Senate Officers: Each nominee for an office in the Faculty Senate must first meet the qualifications set forth for being a voting member of the faculty senate. Further, the President and Vice President of the Senate must be tenured members of the faculty.

 The Senate Executive Committee: The Senate Executive Committee acts on behalf of the Senate. It is charged with establishing the agenda for Senate meetings and carrying out actions of a routine nature on behalf of the Senate. Subject to a majority vote of the members of the Executive Committee, the President of the Senate is charged to execute the approved actions on routine matters that are approved by the Executive Committee.

Additionally, the Senate Executive Committee will: (1) receive agenda items or proposals for Faculty Senate consideration from any committee of the Faculty Senate, any member of the Faculty Senate, individual FVSU faculty members, or from the President of the University (or designee), or any campus student or administrator; (2) confer with individuals, committees, other groups or members of the administration prior to placing an item on the full Senate agenda; (3) include on the Senate agenda for a regular meeting, as soon as practical, resolution or further discussion of all items presented from these various sources; (4) set the senate agenda so that the business can be disposed of in a meeting of reasonable duration; (5) advise the Faculty Senate of the apparent need for a special or called meeting.

Duties of Senate Officers: The Senate Officers are formally constituted as the Senate Executive Committee. This committee works regularly to carry out the assigned responsibilities of the Faculty Senate and report its major actions and/or recommendations to the full Senate in its next scheduled meeting. In addition to the following duties of each officer, the Executive Committee may also assign particular duties for an officer as needed for a designated time.

At the conclusion of one’s term in office, each retiring officer is to continue his/her duties until such time as the newly elected officer has been installed and ready to assume the duties of the office.

i. The President of Fort Valley State University

The President of the University (or designee) shall serve as the Chairperson of the Faculty Senate. He/she shall be an ex-officio, non-voting member of the Senate

ii. The President of the FVSU Faculty Senate

The President of the FVSU Faculty Senate shall be a tenured faculty member elected to serve a two-year term of office or until such time as the position is vacated. He/she shall preside at all Faculty Senate meetings and be responsible for, among other duties, the following:

  1. Convening the Executive Committee prior to each monthly meeting of the Senate. The Senate President shall be accountable for carrying out the majority vote of the Executive Committee of the Senate on routine matters.
  2. Preparing, in consultation with the Executive Committee, the agenda for each monthly meeting of the FVSU Senate.
  3. Distributing the Senate’s monthly agenda and the meeting calendar for the academic year.
  4. Referring all matters submitted for the Faculty Senate’s attention to the appropriate committee(s) and/or to the University President.
  5. Serving as liaison to the University President, both keeping the University President informed regarding the concerns of the Faculty Senate and seeking support and advice on behalf of the Faculty Senate.
  6. Representing the Faculty Senate pro-actively before the University administration regarding faculty matters as appropriate.
  7. Reporting the actions of the FVSU Senate to the University Faculty.
  8. Submitting to the President of the University a copy of the minutes of each meeting of the FVSU Faculty Senate

iii. The Vice-President of the FVSU Faculty Senate

The Senate Vice President shall serve in the absence of the Senate President. The Senate Vice President is elected for a two-year term, or until the position is vacated. This position is staggered with that of the Senate President. The Senate President and the Vice President shall not be elected in the same year to provide continuity in administration. The duties of the Senate Vice President also include:

  1. Serving as the official liaison between the Standing Committees of the Faculty Senate and the Administration, in the absence of the Senate President.
  2. Ensuring that the university website is current with the display of Senate documents.
  3. Ensuring that the minutes, recommendations and actions of the Senate are archived properly and in chronological order in the University Library for the recorded history of the Faculty Senate.
  4. Coordinating faculty development and enrichment activities sponsored by the Senate on behalf of the faculty.
  5. Fulfilling the duties of the Senate President in his/her absence and other duties as assigned.

The Secretary

The Secretary is elected for a two-year term or until the position is vacated. The duties of this office include:

  1. Preparing and maintaining the official records of the Faculty Senate; receiving committee reports, and He/she shall be responsible for audio-recording the minutes as well as archiving the minutes of the Faculty Senate meetings and the meetings of the Executive Committee in the University Library.
  2. Submitting the Minutes to the Faculty Senate President in a manner expeditiously enough to allow the minutes to be disseminated one week prior to the Faculty Senate meeting. Submitting copies of the approved minutes of the Faculty Senate to the University Library and ensuring that the minutes are published on the university website.
  3. Distributing the senate agenda and minutes to the Executive Committee for the upcoming Senate meeting within three (3) working days prior to the regularly scheduled meeting.

The Assistant Secretary

The Assistant Secretary is elected for a two-year term or until the position is vacated. The Assistant Secretary shall assist the Secretary in preparing, maintaining and archiving the official records of the Faculty Senate to include the minutes, committee reports and all actions of the body.

The Parliamentarian

The Parliamentarian is elected for a two-year term or until such time as the position is vacated. He/she shall ensure that the business of the Faculty Senate is conducted according to Robert’s Rules of Order and by the Senate Bylaws.

At-Large Representatives

The At-Large Representatives are elected by the full senate membership. However, they must be a member of the academic college or unit that they are elected to represent. Their duty is to bring agenda items representing the priority concerns of their college or academic unit to the Executive Committee and make a report of the Senate’s actions to the faculty whom they represent.

     ARTICLE IV

ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE

The Senate shall consist of the body of Senators from among whom officers are elected to constitute the Executive Committee and the members who are appointed to chair the Standing and Ad Hoc Committees. Non-Senators are eligible to serve on, but not chair a Senate Committee.

Section 1. STANDING COMMITTEES

Membership: The Chair of each Standing Committee shall be a senator who is elected by the senate to serve in that capacity. Other members of the Standing Committees shall be recommended by and approved by the Senate membership. Each standing committee should have at least two faculty members and, to the extent possible, a representative from the Staff and from the Student Government Association.

Authority: The Chair of each Standing Committee is responsible for reporting its recommendations to the Faculty Senate for action. Subject to the approval of the Senate, the recommendations of the Standing Committee will be forwarded to the administration for consideration. Those actions requiring the approval of the University Faculty will be forwarded to this body for further consideration.

The Committee Charges: The Standing Committees of the Senate shall be the following

  1. Committee on Faculty Welfare – This committee is charged to review and recommend institutional policies or guidelines related to the well-being of the faculty such as promotion, tenure, the faculty leave policy, health and life insurance, fringe benefits, retirement, faculty research, academic freedom, recruitment and retention and the like.
  2. Fiscal Affairs – This committee is charged with the responsibility of working with the Administration on all matters pertaining to university finances that have import on faculty well being, particularly merit pay, raises, stipends, adjunct pay, retrenchment of faculty and funding of academic programs. The committee will review policies and guidelines and make recommendations to support the concerns of the faculty. The Vice President of the Senate will chair this committee.
  3. Recruitment and Retention – This committee is charged with the responsibility of working with the Administration on matters pertaining to the recruitment and retention of students and high quality faculty.
  4. Bylaws Committee – This committee is charged to review and oversee the revision of the Bylaws to maintain them relevant to the changing societal, academic and other emerging trends of the University. The Parliamentarian shall chair this Committee.

Section 2. AD HOC COMMITTEES

From time to time, the Senate may appoint Ad Hoc Committees to review or investigate matters of interest whose resolutions only require a defined period of time to address.

ARTICLE V

MEETINGS

The Faculty Senate shall convene monthly during the academic year to act on behalf of the University Faculty. The Executive Committee of the Faculty Senate shall also convene monthly for the purpose of setting the agenda for the Senate meeting.

Meetings of the Faculty Senate and the Executive Committee will be open to all university employees on a non-participatory basis.

  • Determining A Quorum: A simple majority of the Faculty Senate membership must be present to constitute a quorum. A majority of the members of the Executive Committee must be present to constitute a quorum. A quorum must be present before voting on any motions can occur in the Senate or the Executive Committee. Routine business, not requiring a vote, may be transacted in the absence of a quorum.
  • Adoption of Motions: Motions are adopted by a simple majority vote of those present and voting.
  • Regular Meetings: The Faculty Senate shall meet monthly during the academic year that is defined from August of one year through April of the following year. Written notices of the date, time and place of meetings, the order of business, and copies of substantive proposals must be sent to all senators at least five (5) working days prior to the Senate meeting.
  • Executive Committee Meetings: The Executive Committee convenes monthly during the academic year, at least two weeks prior to the Senate meeting. If the Executive Committee has no new agenda items or proposals for deliberation, it reserves the right not to hold a meeting, but the Senate President must notify the Faculty Senators, the University Faculty and University Administrators of this decision.
  • Special Meetings: The Faculty Senate may hold Special Meetings that are called by the President of the Faculty Senate as deemed necessary. Special meetings may also be called by a majority vote of the Executive Committee, or called upon the written petition of five Faculty Senators. One week notice should be given of any special meeting. Any situation requiring an exception to this one week notification must be agreed upon by a majority vote of the Executive Committee membership .
  • Only business specified in the call of the special meeting can be conducted at such a meeting. Notification of the date, time, and place of a called meeting must be sent to the faculty Senators and/or University Faculty prior to the scheduled special meeting.\
  • Floor Privileges: Proposals, measures, and resolutions can only be introduced on the Faculty Senate floor by members of the Faculty Senate or those designated by the Executive Committee. Members of the University who are not members of the Faculty Senate may be granted the right to speak, but not to vote, on matters before the Faculty Senate. When a request is made for this privilege, the President of the Faculty Senate will ask the Faculty Senators whether there are objections and, hearing none, will grant permission for the person to speak. If objections are raised, the privilege will be extended only by a majority vote of the Faculty Senate.
  • A senator who attends the meeting via a conference call may also have floor privileges as if he/she were present in the meeting.
  • Voting: Faculty Senators are the only ones authorized to vote on Faculty Senate business. A Senator must be present in the meeting to vote, unless he/she is voting by proxy as delineated below. Routine actions by the Faculty Senate will be by voice vote unless a vote is deemed by the President of the Faculty Senate as being too close to determine the outcome. In this circumstance, the vote will be by a show of hands. Votes may also be by Secret Ballot, Proxy or via technology as explained below.
  • Secret Ballot: The Election of Officers requires written ballots and is conducted in secret. If only one candidate is nominated for an office, the body may elect to cast a voice vote. As needed, the Senate may request a vote by secret ballot on other matters.
  • Use of Technology: Senators may also be requested to vote on specific items or issues via an electronic process.
  • Proxy Voting: If an issue is predetermined and a senator is unable to attend, he/she may leave his/her vote with the Secretary in the form of a secret ballot. This proxy vote will be given on behalf of the absent senator by the Secretary at the time of the voting.
  • H. A Senator’s Voting Obligation:   Each senator’s vote should represent the consensus view of the faculty within the academic unit he/she represents. It is mandatory that senators voting on matters having major implications regarding the directions of the university and/or its administration, first canvass their units to ensure that the vote being cast is the representative view of the faculty he/she represents. Therefore, such an agenda item will have been announced in advance to allow time for the senator to canvass the academic unit’s position on the matter.

Section 3. ORDER OF BUSINESS

The order of business for regular meetings will be as set forth in the agenda, except that the order of business may be altered by general consensus during the meeting. The order of business will include (1) call to order; (2) approval of previous meeting’s minutes; (3) committee reports; (4) unfinished business; (5) new business; (6) miscellaneous (comments, announcements, tributes, etc.); (7) adjournment. The agenda will also provide for updates by the University President or designee, the President of the Faculty Senate or designee, as well as invited guest.

Section 4. EXECUTIVE SESSION

Should it become necessary for the Faculty Senate or the Executive Committee to discuss items of a confidential nature, it will go into executive session and the proceedings will not be reflected in the regular minutes of the meeting. Executive Session may be called by a simple majority vote of the Faculty Senate or its Executive Committee members present when items being discussed are considered to be of a confidential nature. The secretary will maintain a confidential record of the meeting and its outcome.

Section 5. MINUTES

The minutes of the meetings will be open for inspection by any member of the University. Exceptions will be made in cases where confidential information about particular individuals would be otherwise revealed. The responsibility for the determination of confidentiality will rest with the Faculty Senate Executive Committee and the individual(s) affected before making such information available in the minutes. Senate actions as recorded in the minutes will be made available to all Faculty Senators and members of the University Faculty. The minutes of the Faculty Senate and the Executive Committee shall be sent to each Faculty Senator at least five working days before the next regular meeting.

Section 6. TRANSFER OF RECORDS

Upon the expiration of term of office, all official records of the Faculty Senate that are in the possession of the Secretary shall be transmitted to the Vice President for Academic Affairs no later than the last working day in May. The Secretary shall be responsible for ensuring that all approved minutes and documents of the proceedings of the Faculty Senate are published on the FVSU Website

Section 7. GUESTS

All members of the University community are welcomed to attend Faculty Senate meetings.  Non-Senate members who wish to address the council will request permission of the President of the Faculty Senate during the meeting.  Faculty members who wish to have items placed on the agenda for consideration of the Faculty Senate must do so through their Faculty Senate representative. In the event that the Faculty Senate representative is not available, a request may be made directly to the Executive Committee in writing.

Article VI

Managing Extenuating Circumstances

Section 1. FILLING VACANCIES DUE TO UNEXPIRED TERMS OF OFFICE

Executive Committee Officers: In the event a member of the Executive Committee is unable to complete the term in office, the following succession plan shall be followed. In the event the Senate President is unable to complete his or her term of office, the Vice President of the Senate will assume the role of the Senate President for the remainder of the unexpired term. In the event the office of Senate Vice President, Secretary, or Treasurer becomes vacant, the President of the Senate shall call for a special election to be held within thirty (30) days to fill the vacancy(ies).

Senators: The Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs will be notified by the Secretary of the Faculty Senate of the need to replace a senator who is unable to fulfill his/her term of office. The Vice President of Academic Affairs (VPAA) will follow the chain of command to acquire a replacement for the vacated position within a 30-day period. The VPAA shall provide the name of the replacement senator (s) to the Secretary of the Senate.

Section 2. REMOVAL FROM OFFICE

Any senator, appointed, or elected officer of the Faculty Senate, can be removed from office for documented cause, to include failure to represent the best interest of the faculty as expressed by the Faculty Senate or for the non-performance of Faculty Senate duties. A two thirds (2/3) vote of the senators (those eligible to vote) is required to remove a senator or officer. Among the causes for removal from office may be:

  1. Making public statements consistently disparaging of the faculty and its interests
  2. Inability to comply or carry out the will of the body as commanded by a majority vote
  3. Using the office of the Senate to espouse one’s personal agenda versus the broader interests of the faculty

Nonperformance of Faculty Senate duties may include, but is not limited to:

  1. Non-attendance (two (2) or more unexcused absences), or failure of the senator to be accessible or report to the unit he/she represents
  2. Engaging in conduct that is injurious to the Faculty Senate, the University, or the purposes of the Faculty Senate.
  3. Well-founded complaints that have been presented to the Executive Committee of the Faculty and validated as worthy of the removal from office. The validated claim shall be presented to the Faculty Senate in executive session for final action and dispensation.  

Section 3. GRIEVANT RIGHT TO APPEAL

A grievant, providing adequate written justification within 30 days of his/her removal from office, may request an appeals hearing before the full Senate. This hearing must be held within a 15 day period from the receipt of the written appeal. The appeal is to be submitted to the Senate President or the next presiding officer. Based on a two-thirds vote of the Senate ( a quorum being present), the senator/officer may be reinstated (if the vote is in the affirmative) or remain out of office, if affirmation is given that the removal is just (i.e., the vote is in the negative). If the recommendation to reinstate is made, a subsequent two-thirds vote of the Senate is required for reinstatement.

Article VII

RELATIONSHIP WITH THE UNIVERSITY SYSTEM OF GEORGIA FACULTY COUNCIL

The Faculty Senate shall be a member of the University System of Georgia Faculty Senate Council (USGFSC). The intent of the USGFSC is to advance the mission of the system as a whole and to promote and foster the welfare of system faculty through the collective creativity of representatives from each system institution. The President of the Faculty Senate will serve at the primary contact for Fort Valley State University to the USGFSC. The President of the Faculty Senate and the Vice President of the Faculty Senate will represent Fort Valley State University (FVSU) as designated representatives of FVSU to USGFSC functions.   In the event the President of the Faculty Senate, nor the Vice president of the Faculty Senate is unable to attend USGFSC functions, an alternate representative, who shall have been elected from the roster of Faculty Senators, shall be asked to represent the FVSU Senate.

Article VIII

PARLIAMENTARY AUTHORITY

The current edition of Roberts Rules of Order shall govern the Faculty Senate and its committees in all cases to which they are applicable and in which they are consistent with these bylaws, any special rules of order the Faculty Senate may adopt, Fort Valley State University policies, University System of Georgia policies, state laws, and/or federal laws.

Article IX

AMENDMENTS TO THE BYLAWS

 

The President of the University, any member of the University faculty, or the Faculty Senate, has the authority to propose an amendment to the Fort Valley State University Faculty Senate Bylaws. Proposals to amend or to change the text of the Bylaws which originate from individuals who are not senators shall be presented to the Senate through the individual’s senate representative. Proposals arising from the floor of the Senate shall be referred to the Bylaws Committee. A report of actions under consideration shall be made at the next scheduled meeting of the Faculty Senate.

 Revisions: The Bylaws Committee may propose amendments or report its recommendations concerning proposals for amendments, at any regular meeting of the Faculty Senate or any special meeting called for the purpose of amending the Faculty Senate Bylaws. Upon approval of the Faculty Senate, the Senate President shall submit all proposed revisions and recommendations in writing to the University Faculty no later than ten days prior to the University Faculty meeting.

 Adoptions: Amendments must be adopted by a two-thirds vote of senators present, provided the required quorum is present at the time of voting.

 Implementation: Amendments to the Bylaws are in full force when approved by a majority vote of the University Faculty. Subsequent reviews may be conducted by the President of the University, the Chancellor, and the Board of Regents. The Bylaws are enacted upon approval of the University Faculty. If these subsequent administrative reviews require a change in the Bylaws, said changes will be reviewed and made effective immediately, not requiring approval of the Senate or the University faculty. Due notification of said changes will be communicated to all faculty.

Submitted On Behalf of the Senate by 

Dr. Josephine Davis, President

2015 – 2016 FVSU Faculty Senate

 Approved by the FVSU Senate on September 24, 2015
Approved by the FVSU University Faculty on October 15, 2015
Revised, Per Review of FVSU’s Interim President, Dr. Jessica Bailey on October 28, 2015
Approved by FVSU’s Interim President, Dr. Jessica Bailey on December 8,2015

 


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