Faculty Senate Constitution
The name of the organization shall be Metropolitan State University of Denver Faculty Senate.
The purpose of the Faculty Senate shall be to officially represent the faculty in all matters of interest and concern to the faculty. These interests and concerns shall include but not be limited to receiving and making recommendations on current and proposed changes in academic, administrative, fiscal and personnel policies.
The faculty shall consist of tenured, tenure-track, and Category II faculty who teach at least 3 credit hours each semester at the Metropolitan State University of Denver. Department chairs are eligible to serve on Senate. Affiliate faculty can serve on Senate only if they are elected representatives of the affiliate faculty. Faculty members on leave from the University cannot be Faculty Senators or serve on senate committees while they are on leave.
Section 1 Representation
1.1 Departmental Faculty. From each department of instruction there shall be one Senator for each six (6) faculty members holding an academic-year contract. The number of Senators from each department shall be the number of faculty in the department shown in the staffing pattern of the Spring Semester divided by six (6), with all fractions being rounded to the next higher whole number.
1.2 At-large Faculty. Three (3) at-large senators will be elected from the Category I or Category II faculty and will serve the same (2 year) terms as all other senators. No more than 2 of the at-large senators can come from the same principal academic subdivision.
1.3 The Faculty Trustee of the State Colleges elected from Metropolitan State University of Denver shall be an ex-officio voting member of the Faculty Senate.
1.4 The elected representative from Metropolitan State University of Denver to the Colorado Faculty Advisory Council (CFAC) shall be an ex-officio voting member of the Faculty Senate.
1.5 Three (3) Affiliate Faculty Members shall be elected by the Affiliate Faculty at large.
1.5.1 Everything having to do with the election of Affiliate Senators, apart from the requirement that they shall be elected by the Affiliate Faculty at large listed in Section 1.5 above, shall be defined in the Senate Bylaws.(4/24/2015)
1.6 Department Chairs shall be counted as department faculty and therefore eligible to serve as department Senators in the Faculty Senate, if they meet other eligibility requirements. (3/28/2012)
1.7 Category II Faculty shall be counted as department faculty and therefore eligible to serve as department Senators in the Faculty Senate, if they meet other eligibility requirements. (04/4/2012)
Section 2 Term of Office
2.1 Each Senator shall be elected to serve a two-year term. The term of office shall begin with the last regularly scheduled meeting in the Spring.
2.2 Vacancy Provision. In the event that the term of any elected Senator is ended before its normal expiration date, the department of instruction shall elect another member of its faculty, who shall serve only until the normal end of the term of the Senator whose departure required the replacement.
2.3 Recall. An elected Senator may be recalled by a two-thirds vote of the Senator's department. In the event of a recall, the department chairperson for the department shall notify the President of the Senate of the recall, who shall cause the roster to be amended accordingly.
2.4 If any Senator is absent for three consecutive meetings, the Senate President shall notify the Senator's department. The Senator may then be replaced by the Senator's department.
Section 3 Election of Senators
3.1 Eligibility. Any person defined as a member of the faculty in Article III shall be eligible for election to the Senate, provided that every Senator elected shall represent a department. No faculty member shall be elected to represent more than one department. To be eligible to represent a department, at least fifty per cent of a member's assigned duties must be within the department.
3.2 Balloting. Any person defined as a member of the faculty in Article III shall be eligible to vote for Senators, provided that the franchise shall be exercised only in electing Senators to represent a department. No member of the faculty shall be denied a vote.
3.3 Election procedures. The election of Senators shall be conducted by the departments of instruction prior to April 15, based upon the staffing patterns of the Spring Semester. The elections shall be by ballot and the results of these elections shall be reported to the President of the Senate. Each department shall develop its own procedures consistent with this provision. These procedures shall be written and available to the members of the department.
Section 4 Officers of the Senate
4.1 Election of Officers. The elected officers shall be a President, a Vice President, and a Secretary. These officers shall be elected by the Senate from its elected members for a one-year term. The election shall be by ballot.
4.2 Eligibility. Any Senator shall be eligible to hold office.
4.3 Nominations. Nominations shall be made from the floor at the last meeting of the Senate in the Spring of each academic year.
4.4 Terms of Office. Officers shall assume the duties of their offices upon election at the last regular Senate meeting in the Spring.
4.5 Vacancy. In the event the President shall vacate the office, the Vice President shall become President, and all other vacancies shall be filled by election from the Senate.
Section 5 Procedures of the Senate
5.1 Referendum. Any act of the Senate shall be referred to the faculty for final determination upon a majority vote of the Senate or upon presentation of a petition signed by ten per cent of the faculty.
5.2 Initiative. The President shall include in the next agenda of the Senate any new business matter when such is requested in writing by five or more members of the faculty.
5.3 Voting. Votes on motions of the Senate shall be by voice or electronic voting device. Any member of the Senate may call for a division of the house. Upon demand of two members of the Senate, voting shall be by ballot. There is no voting by proxy or absentee ballot. (11/3/2010)
Section 6 Committees of the Senate
6.1 Formation. The Senate shall have the power to form ad hoc committees. The Standing Committees shall be specified in the Bylaws.
6.2 Powers and Duties. The Senate may assign powers and duties to these committees.
6.3 Senate Rules of Operation. The Senate shall have the power to adopt its own rules of operation to carry out these assigned responsibilities.
In meetings of the Senate, all questions of interpretation of the Constitution and Bylaws shall be referred immediately to the Rules committee, which shall convene, consider the matter, and issue a ruling before the matter be put to a vote. All questions of parliamentary procedure not specifically mentioned by the Constitution or Bylaws shall be decided according to the newly revised Robert's Rules of Order.
Amendments shall be initiated by a two-thirds vote of the Senate at any meeting where a quorum is present or by a petition signed by at least twenty percent of the faculty. Proposed Amendments to the Constitution shall be presented in writing to the members of the faculty at least 30 days prior to a vote of the faculty.
An amendment shall require an affirmative vote of a majority of faculty members voting. Voting shall be by ballot.