Section 1. The Executive Committee shall have the responsibility of directing the affairs of the Faculty Senate including discussion appropriate issues, accepting agenda items from Faculty Senate Members, and setting the agenda for each regularly scheduled meeting of the Faculty Senate. The Executive Committee consists of the Senate President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Parliamentarian. The Executive Committee shall:
Section 2. The President of the Senate shall be a tenured Faculty member of Southern Utah University. The President is elected by the Faculty Senate and serves a term of one year. The teaching load of the Faculty Senate President is reduced by four classes (12 Semester Hours) during the one-year term of office. The President shall
Section 3. The Vice-President of the Senate shall be a tenured Faculty member of Southern Utah University. The Vice-President shall serve a term of one year, and then shall succeed and assume the duties as President of the Faculty Senate the following year. The teaching load of the Faculty Senate Vice-President is reduced by two classes (6 Semester Hours) during the one-year term of office. The Vice-President of the Senate shall:
Section 4. The Secretary of the Senate shall be elected from among the membership of the Senate and shall serve a term of one year. The Secretary may or may not be tenured, but a strong preference for a tenured faculty exists. The Secretary may be reelected for the same position or any other position on the Executive Committee. The Secretary shall:
Section 5: The Treasurer of the Senate shall be elected from the membership of the senate and shall serve a term of one year. The Treasurer may be reelected to the same position, or may be elected to any other position on the Executive Committee. The Treasurer may or may not be tenured; however, a strong preference for a tenured faculty member exists. The Treasurer shall:
Section 6: The Parliamentarian of the Senate shall be elected from among the membership of the Senate and shall serve a one year term. The Parliamentarian may be reelected to the same position, or may be elected to any other position on the Executive Committee. The Parliamentarian shall be a tenured Faculty member of Southern Utah University. The Parliamentarian of the Senate shall:
Section 7: The elected Faculty Senate officers shall assume their positions at the April meeting of the Faculty Senate.
Section 1. The elections of Senators shall be conducted during the Spring Semester prior to the April Senate Meeting. The respective College Faculties shall nominate and elect from te eligible Faculty members within the College as outlines in Article II, section 2 of the Constitution. The respective College Faculties shall vote by secret ballot. To be eligible for election to the Faculty Senate, faculty members must be full-time faculty as defined in the Faculty Senate Constitution: Article 2.1; they must not have served on Senate more than the last full academic year; and they must be in, at least, their second year of full-time employment at the University, thus taking office no earlier than the beginning of their third year. Senators completing a term of office longer than one year will not be eligible for re-election until one (1) academic year has elapsed. No faculty person shall serve as a Senator for consecutive elected terms, but may be elected again following the lapse of one (1) academic year.
The number of Senators from each college or school will be counted as follows; each college/school (and at-large) will have a minimum of two (2) elected Senators, plus one additional Senator for each 13 or more full-time faculty members in the college/school. For example, a college with 35 full-time faculty members will have 4 (2+(35/13)=4.69. It will not get another Senator until they have 39 faculty (or 2+(39/13)=5.00)). The number of faculty in each college or school will be provided by the Provost's Office at the beginning of each Spring Semester (see Section 2).
Section 2. On the first day of Spring Semester of each academic year, the Provost of the University shall furnish the Senate President with a Faculty roster to be used for determining the number of Senators each College shall have on the Senate. The Senate President, in consultation with the Senate Executive Committee, shall notify the appropriate deans of the number of seats each college is eligible to fill and how many seats must be occupied by tenured faculty during the ensuing academic year. Notification to the deans shall occur prior to March 1.
Section 3. The senior retiring Senator of the College shall conduct the election. The senior Senator of each College shall transmit the results of the election the newly elected Senators and the Senate President. The Senate President shall notify the President of the University and the Faculty Senate Executive Committee the results of the elections.
Section 4. Vacancies in the Senate due to resignation, incapacitation, or impeachment shall be filled by an emergency election called by the Faculty Senate Executive Committee. The elections shall follow procedures established in Article 2, Section 1 of the Bylaws ensuring that the appropriate number of tenured faculty from each College is maintained. The senior Senator from the College in which a vacancy exists shall be responsible for carrying out the election.
Section 5. Procedures for nominations and election of the Vice President (President Elect): At any time the Vice President seat becomes vacant, the President of the Faculty Senate shall call for nominations from the University faculty. To be eligible for nomination for Faculty Senate Vice President, a faculty member must be tenured and must be a current or former faculty senator.
The Senate President will confirm that all nominees are eligible, and will contact each nominee to confirm their willingness to serve if elected. If a nominee is not willing to serve, their name will not be included on the ballot. Once the ballot is finalized, the Senate President will initiate a two phase election process.
Phase One: An anonymous voting process will be provided for all University faculty members. The Phase One ballot will include the names in alphabetical order of all eligible nominees who have agreed to serve if elected. After votes are tallied, the two candidates with the highest number of votes will be placed on a final ballot for Phase Two.
Phase Two: All University faculty members will be provided the opportunity to vote anonymously for the two finalists. The two finalists will be listed alphabetically on the ballot. The candidate receiving the simple majority vote will be elected as Faculty Senate Vice President.
If at any time both the President and Vice President seats become vacant simultaneously, the presiding officer of the Senate will call for nominations for both seats, and will follow these procedures for both elections.
Section 1. Vacated Senate seats shall be filled by following the election procedures established in Article 2: Section 4 of the Bylaws. If the seat is vacated by an individual holding an office in the Senate, the Senate seat shall be filled through the established procedures, and the office in the Executive Committee shall be filled for the remainder of the term in accord with election procedures described in Article 3 of the Senate Constitution. The presiding officer of such an election shall be the senior officer present at the meeting: President, Vice President, Parliamentarian, Secretary, or Treasurer respectively.
Section 2. An elected Senator unable to attend scheduled Senate meetings may designate a proxy representative. The Senator must send an e-mail to the senate secretary granting the proxy voting privileges. The e-mail must be sent via their SUU e-mail account at least one hour prior to the beginning of the Senate meeting.
Section 3. After two consecutive unexcused absences by a Senator in which no proxy has been designated, the Secretary of the Senate shall notify the Senator. After three unexcused absences, the Senate seat shall be deemed "vacated" and procedures for filling a vacated Senate seat shall begin.
Section 1. The following describe the standing Academic University Committees, length of office, and duties and responsibilities of committee members. All appointments to these committees are made by the Faculty Senate President-elect and Dean of respective college.
Section 2. The following identifies committees, length of office and duties and responsibilities for University Committees with Faculty Senate Representation.
Section 3. Ad hoc committees shall be appointed or elected by the Faculty Senate or Executive Committee when deemed necessary.
Section 1. The Senate shall have at least one meeting per month as per Article 3: Section 6 of the Senate Constitution.
Section 2. The Executive Committee shall meet one week prior to the regularly scheduled meeting to set the agenda for the regular meeting. Agendas are distributed as outlined in Article 3: Section 9 of the Constitution.
Section 3. The agenda for the Faculty Senate Meetings shall generally include:
Section 4. Faculty Senate meeting are open meetings. In accord with Constitution Article 3: Section 8, Meetings and/or portions of meetings may be designated as Executive Sessions in which only elected members of the Senate may be in attendance.
Section 5. Motions approved by the senate (Article 3: Section 7 of the Senate Constitution) are forwarded to the appropriate administrative bodies (as determined by SUU policies) with a request that a written response be returned to the Senate within 30 days.
Section 6. Any confidential matter concerning professional competency or information possibly damaging to the character or integrity of a Faculty member shall not be handled by the Faculty Senate or in public forums unless so requested by the individual involved. Rather, such matters shall be handled by the appropriate administrative body/bodies.
Section 1. An account shall be established with the University by the Executive Committee of the Senate. Withdrawals of Senate funds shall be made after approval of expenditures by the Senate and upon the signature of the Treasurer and President or Vice-President of the Senate. If Faculty members elect to have the donations deducted from their pay checks, the SUU Accounting Department shall be issues a signed form by the Faculty member to that effect. The Accounting Department shall then issue a check to the Treasures of the Senate for donation
Section 1. Procedures for amending the Faculty Senate Bylaws shall be as follows: Amendments to these Bylaws may be adopted at any regular business meeting of the Faculty Senate by a (simple majority) vote of the Senate, provided they have been presented in writing at a previous meeting.
Section 2. The Faculty Senate is permitted to take action as necessary following an approving vote on situations not expressly addressed in Policy 6.10 Faculty Senate Constitution or the By-Laws for the Faculty Senate