Constitution of the

Document Sample
Constitution of the Powered By Docstoc
					 1                                 Constitution of the
 2                             Fullerton Chapter of the
 3                           California Faculty Association
 6   Article I. Name
 8   The name of this organization shall be the California State University, Fullerton Chapter
 9   of the California Faculty Association (CFA).
11   Article II. Purposes
13   The purpose of this Chapter shall be to defend and promote academic freedom, tenure,
14   due process, and shared governance; to protect and advance the profession and economic
15   interests of faculty; to promote the standards, ideals, usefulness, and welfare of the
16   profession; and to facilitate the proposes, objectives, and programs of the state-wide
17   California Faculty Association at the campus level.
19   Article III. Membership
21   The membership of this Chapter shall be all persons in faculty bargaining unit 3 at this
22   University who are members of CFA and who have satisfied dues requirements.
24   Article IV. Relationship with the State-wide CFA
26   The Constitution and other policy documents of the Chapter and any actions taken by the
27   Chapter or its officers shall be in conformity with the Bylaws, Articles of Incorporation,
28   and other policy documents of the State-wide CFA.
30   Article V. Officers
32   The Officers of this Chapter shall be a president, vice-president, secretary, and treasurer.
34   Section 1.     Terms of Office
36          Each full term of office shall be for two years, beginning on May 1 of odd-
37          numbered years.
39   Section 2.     Duties of Officers
41      A. President. The president shall carry out the policies of the Chapter, exercise
42         general supervision over the activities of the Chapter, preside at meetings of the
43         Chapter and Executive Committee, serve as spokesperson for the Chapter, and
44         certify elected Chapter representatives to the CFA Assembly. In addition, the
45         president shall serve as a delegate to the CFA Assembly and as a member of the

 1          Chapter Presidents Council. The president shall make recommendations to the
 2          Board regarding committee appointments.
 5      B. Vice-President. The duties of the vice-president shall include assuming the duties
 6         of the president at the request of or in the absence of the president and additional
 7         duties as assigned by the president.
 9      C. Secretary. The secretary shall keep the roll of Chapter members, keep a record of
10         all proceedings and correspondence of the Chapter and Executive Committee and
11         send such notices as may be required.
13      D. Treasurer. The treasurer shall keep an accurate record of all monies received and
14           of all disbursements, prepare an annual report of finances, and prepare a report of
15           finances for each Board meeting and whenever requested to do so at Executive
16           Committee meetings
17   Article VI. Governance
19   The Chapter is governed by the Board subject to the policies of CFA and instructions of
20   the membership.
21   Article VII. Voting and Quorum
23   All members of the Board are eligible to vote at the Board meetings. A quorum
24   constitutes one more than half of the Board membership. Chapter members are welcome
25   to attend Board meetings.
27   Article VIII. Board
29      A. Members. The members of the Board are the President, Vice-president,
30         Secretary, Treasurer, CFA Delegate Assembly representatives, Affirmative
31         Action Committee chair, the immediate past president, all chairpersons of
32         standing committees, and individuals appointed to the Board. The State-
33         appointed field staff(s) is an ex officio, nonvoting member.
35      B. Duties. The Board shall be vested with the authority to conduct the business of
36   the Chapter, establish policy for the Chapter subject to the policies of the CFA and the
37   Campus Chapter, and implement the instructions of the membership. The Board shall be
38   responsible for the Chapter’s continuing and effective presence on campus, for
39   implementing efforts to promote CFA goals, and to schedule and prepare agenda for
40   Chapter meetings. The Board may make temporary appointments to fill vacant Board
41   positions (except president and immediate past president) until new elections have been
42   held to fill the positions for the unexpired terms of office and may appoint alternate
43   representatives to the CFA Delegate Assembly when representatives are unable to attend
44   a meeting.
45   IX. Committees

 1   Section 1. Executive Committee
 3      A. Membership. The members of the Executive Committee are the President, Vice-
 4   president, Secretary, and Treasurer
 6     B.   Quorum. A quorum is three members of the Committee Duties. The Committee
 7          shall make recommendations to the Board on all matters of concern to the
 8          Chapter.
 9   Section 2.    Elections Committee.
11      A. Membership The chair and members of the Elections Committee shall be
12         appointed by the Board and shall serve for two years concurrently with the elected
13         members to the Board. Members of the Elections Committee are not eligible for
14         nomination for elective office.
15      B. Duties. The Elections Committee shall organize, supervise, and conduct the
16         election of Chapter officers CFA Delegate Assembly representatives, Affirmative
17         Action Committee chair, and supervise voting on constitutional changes in or
18         amendments to the Chapter Constitution, and other Chapter referenda. Elections
19         shall be held in the spring of odd-numbered years. Special elections shall be held
20         as soon as practical after an office has been vacated. The committee shall
21         announce and certify the results.
23   Section 3.     Membership Committee.
25      A. Membership. The Chair and other members of the Committee shall be appointed
26         by the Board and shall serve for two years concurrently with the elected members
27         to the Board.
29      B. Duties. The Membership Committee shall actively recruit new members and
30          serve as a liaison between the Chapter and the membership and as an avenue of
31          input to the Chapter leadership of concerns, problems, or needs of individuals or
32          groups within the membership.
33   Section 4.     Representation Committee.
35      A. Membership. The chair and members of the Representation Committee shall be
36         appointed by the Board and shall serve for two years concurrently with the elected
37         members to the Board.
39      B. Duties. The Representation Committee shall counsel faculty on grievance
40         matters, receive notices of intent to grieve, develop and apply screening
41         procedures for assessing the merits of proposed grievances, and participate with
42         the grievant throughout the grievance process. In addition, the Committee shall
43         monitor and maintain records on campus policies concerning the employment,
44         retention, tenure, and promotion of faculty, since these matters are frequently the
45         subject of grievance.

 1   Section 5.     Publications Committee.
 3      A. Membership. The Chair and other members of the Publications Committee shall
 4         be appointed by the Board and shall serve for two years concurrently with the
 5         elected members of the Board.
 7      B. Duties. The Publications Committee shall be responsible for keeping the campus
 8         informed of state-wide and local CFA activities and issues through the publication
 9         of a Chapter newsletter, information bulletins, and the like.
11   Section 6.     Political Action/Legislation Committee
13      A. Members. The chair and members of the Committee shall be appointed by the
14         Board and shall serve for two years concurrently with the elected members of the
15         Board.
17      B. Duties. The Political Action/Legislation Committee is responsible for making
18         appointments to visit and lobby local legislators each year and for recruiting
19         delegates from the Chapter to attend the CFA lobby days held in Sacramento each
20         year. The Committee will also coordinate legislator visits to the campus.
22   Section 7.     Affirmative Action Committee.
24      A. Members. The chair of the Affirmative Action Committee shall be elected in the
25         regular election. The other members of the Committee shall be appointed by the
26         Board and shall serve for two years concurrently with the elected members of the
27         Board.
29      B. Duties. The Committee shall monitor the campus practices regarding equal
30          employment opportunities, discrimination in the workplace, RPT, and other
31          related matters. The Committee will also advocate for members of historically
32          underrepresented groups and the disabled on the campus.
33   Section 8.     Other Standing and ad hoc Committees.
35   The Chapter may create additional standing and ad hoc committees as are necessary to
36   promote the welfare of the Chapter’s programs. The chair and other members of these
37   Committees shall be appointed by the Board.
39   Article X. Elections
41   Section 1.    Timing. Elections shall be held in the Spring of odd-numbered years.
42          Special elections shall be held as soon as practicable after an office has been
43          vacated.
45   Section 2.    Call for Nominations. The Elections Committee will solicit nomination
46          suggestions from all members of the Chapter and from the Board.

 2   Section 3.     Slate of Nominees. All nominations must be submitted by petition. A
 3          valid petition must be received by the Elections Committee within the deadline
 4          established and be signed by at least 10 members of the Chapter. No person shall
 5          be a candidate simultaneously for more than one elective office.
 7   Section 4.    Notification. The Elections Committee shall notify all members of the
 8          Chapter of the nominees at least two weeks prior to balloting.
10   Section 5.     Balloting. The Elections Committee shall prepare and distribute ballots,
11          receive and count ballots, and announce and certify the results. A ballot for each
12          office shall contain entries for all nominees and space for a write-in candidate.
13          Provisions may be made for including brief biographical sketches and statements
14          by the candidates with the ballots. The length of each brief biographical sketch
15          should be no longer than a half page. Each election shall be conducted by secret
16          ballot distributed to all members. A majority of the votes cast will be required to
17          win. If no candidate receives a majority, a run-off election between the two
18          candidates receiving the most votes shall be held as soon as possible.
20   Section 6.     Vacancy of the President. The Vice-president shall automatically succeed
21          to President and complete the term of office as president when the position is
22          vacated. A new Vice-president shall be elected at the earliest opportunity. If less
23          that a year remains, a new Vice-president will be appointed by the Board.
25   Section 7.     Recall. All elected members of the Board are subject to recall.
27      A. A petition signed by 20% of the members of the Chapter shall cause a recall
28         election to be conducted within one month.
30      B. If 60% of the votes cast favor recall, the person shall be recalled and shall vacate
31         his or her position on the Board.
33   Section 8.     Election of Representatives to the CFA Delegate Assembly and of the
34          Affirmative Action Committee Chair. CFA Representatives and the Affirmative
35          Action Committee Chair shall be elected by the same procedures as for Chapter
36          officers. At least one Representative shall be a temporary faculty member.
38   Article XI. Board Meetings
40   Regular Board meetings shall be held as determined by the Board, normally once a
41   month during each semester. Special meetings may be called by the President. Members
42   shall be notified of Chapter Board meetings each semester. Chapter members are
43   welcome to attend Board meetings.

 1   Article XII. Amendment of this Constitution
 3   Section 1.    Initiation. Constitutional amendments can be initiated either by petition
 4          from any 10 members of the Chapter or by recommendation of the Board.
 6   Section 2.     Approval. Notice setting forth each proposed amendment, with reasons
 7          thereof, shall be sent to each member at least 14 days prior to distribution of the
 8          ballots. At least 7 days shall be allowed for return of the ballots. Approval of
 9          two-thirds of the membership responding to the secret ballot shall constitute
10          approval by the Chapter.
12          After approval by the Chapter, amendments to the Constitution shall be submitted
13          to the CFA Board of Directors. Approval by the Board is required before a
14          constitutional amendment becomes operative.
16   Article XIII. Parliamentary Authority
18   The rules contained in the current edition of Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised shall
19   govern the Chapter in all cases to which they are applicable, and in which they are not
20   inconsistent with this Constitution or with any special rules of order adopted by the
21   Chapter.
23   Article XIV. Ratification
25   This Constitution shall be ratified by a majority vote of the CFA members responding to
26   a secret ballot. All members shall be sent a notice of the election at least 14 days in
27   advance of ballot distribution. At least seven days shall be allowed for return of ballots.


Shared By: