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Process for conducting a vote of confidence Cal Poly, Pomona Academic Senate Purpose To establish an internal senate policy for responding to requests for vote of confidence in a college dean and a department chair. Background The conduct of vote of confidence by the academic senate in the President’s leadership and performance is guided by the precedent set for vote of confidence in President Suzuki. The intent of these resolutions is to establish a senate process for vote of confidence in the dean and department chair. Process Petition by a minimum of 30% of college tenured faculty/department faculty members to EC. Petition must include reason(s) for requesting a vote of confidence. EC verifies that the threshold is met and informs the President and the Dean/department chair that a vote of confidence is forthcoming. Copy of the reason(s) for requesting the vote is provided to the President and the Dean/ Provost, dean and the department chair. Process (continued) Dean/Department chair has limited time to respond to the reason(s) in the petition if he/she chooses to do so. After the allowed time has expired or receipt of the response the EC asks the Election and Procedure Subcommittee to establish the time line for conducting the vote. EC informs the college/department constituency (tenured, probationary, FERP if teaching, and full time lecturers) that the vote is forthcoming and provide copies of the reason(s) for requesting the vote and the response to the constituency. Process (continued) The only statement on the ballot for the vote of confidence shall be: I have confidence in the leadership of ….. as the Dean/department chair of ……. Yes No Vote is taken and the EC informs the college/department faculty, the President/Provost, and the Dean of the voting result. If a simple majority of the college/department constituency indicate lack of confidence, EC writes a letter to the president requesting investigation of the situation and informing senate and faculty of the steps that will be taken. For department chairs request for removal will be made to President.
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