ARTICLE I - NAME
The name of this representative body shall
be the Southwestern College Academic Senate.
ARTICLE II - PURPOSE
The purpose of the Academic Senate shall
1. To provide a
representative democratic means for the faculty to make recommendations which
are aimed at furthering the educational goals and fulfilling the mission of
2. To implement the
philosophy that the members of the Academic Senate have the right and
responsibility to participate in the formation of College and District
3. To provide a means of
communication and representation on academic and professional matters among the
faculty, student body, administration and the Governing Board.
4. To cooperate with the
Academic Senate for California Community Colleges and other organizations
involved with community college education and professional matters directly
5. To improve the status of
community college education in California.
6. To act as a liaison with
the other post-secondary segments of higher education in California for
purposes of articulation.
ARTICLE III - MEMBERSHIP
In accordance with Education Code Title 5,
Section 532 (a), full-time certificated persons who are not designated as
Management by the college administration shall be members of the Southwestern
College Academic Senate. Insofar as the duties and responsibilities of adjunct
faculty are proportionally similar to those of full-time faculty, and that the
Academic Senate is recognized as the representative of all faculty to the
Board, the Senate recognizes its responsibility to encourage and solicit
membership of adjunct faculty.
ARTICLE IV - SENATE:
ELIGIBILITY AND COMPOSITION
A. The Southwestern College
Academic Senate shall consist of:
1. The four elected
officers, the immediate Past-President of the Senate, the Academic Senate
Delegate to the State Academic Senate for California Community Colleges,
additional Senators-at-Large and any ex-officio Senators as designated in the
2. Not less than one Senator
elected from and by each instructional area of the College according to
compatible discipline (areas of study) interests established in the Senate
Rules and/or Elections Code.
B. All Senators who
represent discipline areas shall be full-time faculty members with not less
than one year's previous employment at Southwestern College.
C. Adjunct Faculty members
shall be represented in the Senate as established in Senate Rules.
D. Elected Senators shall
serve for a term of three years. The terms shall be arranged so that only one
third of the Senators are elected annually. Senators shall be eligible for
ARTICLE V - OFFICERS
There shall be a President, President
Elect, Vice President, Immediate Past President and a Secretary. Officers shall
be faculty who meet the qualifications for membership and with at least three
years full-time employment at Southwestern College and shall be elected
according to the procedures as set forth in the Senate Rules and Education
Code. The officers shall comprise the Academic Senate's Executive Committee.
The duties of officers shall be specified in the Senate Rules.
ARTICLE VI - MEETINGS
A. There shall be at least
one regular meeting of the Academic Senate each month of the Fall and Spring
B. The Academic Senate
President shall call a special meeting within ten days after a request
originating from (1) any four senators, (2) any ten members of the faculty, or
(3) the President of the College. Written notice of a special meeting shall be
given to all Senators at least three college days in advance of the meeting.
ARTICLE VII - QUORUM
A quorum of the Academic Senate shall
consist of one third of the Senators. If a Senator is unable to attend a
meeting, s/he may be represented by proxy by an alternate representative from
the same instructional area. Selection of alternate will be made as designated
in the Senate Rules or Election Code. In no case may any Senator hold more than
one vote on any matter.
ARTICLE VIII - PROCEDURES
Procedures for the operation of the
Academic Senate shall be determined by the Academic Senate subject to the
A. Items for consideration
and appropriate action shall be determined from those presented by Senators or
in writing from any faculty member. The Academic Senate has the prerogative to
invite any resource persons to participate in any of its meetings.
B. While the Academic Senate
has direct access to the Governing Board, recommendations should initially be
made to the President of the College or the cognizant Vice-President prior to
the formal submission of any report or recommendation to the College Governing Board.
C. The Senate shall endeavor
to disseminate its actions as widely as possible. In addition to the published
minutes, there shall be written communications between those groups and
individuals involved in Academic Senate action, especially in regard to matters
brought to the attention of the President.
D. Since the Academic Senate
represents the faculty at Southwestern College, all Academic Senate actions
shall be published in the minutes. These actions are considered to have faculty
approval unless a petition bearing the signatures of at least twenty percent of
the faculty is presented to the Academic Senate President within ten college
days of the publication of the minutes. Within ten college days after receipt
of such a petition the President shall hold a meeting of the faculty. At this
meeting, the faculty shall vote approval or disapproval of the action taken by
the Academic Senators. A vote of approval by a simple majority of those present
and voting shall indicate faculty approval of the Academic Senate action
questioned in the petition.
ARTICLE IX AMENDMENT
This Constitution may be amended in the
A. An amendment may be
proposed in writing to the Senate by the Executive Committee or by a member of
the Senate. If accorded a favorable vote, the proposed amendment shall be
submitted for approval at a special faculty meeting or by a poll conducted by
the Committee on Elections according to the Election Code.
B. An amendment may be
proposed by a petition to the Executive Committee signed by twenty-five percent
(25%) of the tenured full-time faculty. The Executive Committee shall submit
the proposed amendment to the membership as in (A) above.
C. An Amendment may be
proposed at any Academic Senate meeting. If approved by a majority vote, it
shall be submitted to the faculty by poll according to the Election Code.
D. A two-thirds majority of
the balloted votes cast shall be required for adoption of a constitutional
amendment, and the amendment shall become effective upon such adoption, unless
ARTICLE X - COMMITTEES
The Academic Senate shall have Standing
Committees as set forth in the Senate Rules. Senate Standing Committees shall
be chaired by a Senator. Senators shall serve on College Standing Committees as
set forth in the Senate Rules.
Methods for selecting members of these
committees together with their duties shall be set forth in the Senate Rules.
The Academic Senate president shall appoint
all Senate ad-hoc committees. Such a committee shall be terminated at the time
of the presentation and acceptance of the committee report unless the Academic
Senate President requests its continuance.
ARTICLE XI - SENATE RULES
A. The Senate shall be
responsible for constructing its own rules of operating procedure, which shall
be known as the Senate Rules, and which shall have the status of By-Laws of the
constitution. Permanent changes in the Senate Rules may be made by a majority
vote of those Senators present, providing the changes have been proposed at a
previous meeting of the Senate.
B. There shall be an
Election Code governing all details of nominations, elections, and opinion
polls for which the Committee Elections is responsible and a Committee Code
governing the formation, operation, and dissolution of all Senate committees.
These Codes shall be appended as Addenda to the Senate Rules.
ARTICLE XII - REVOCATION OF PREVIOUS
All prior Constitutions and Amendments
thereto are hereby revoked and shall become null and void immediately upon
adoption of the Constitution.