Revision of the Faculty Senate Constitution
Approved, Faculty Senate: December 5, 2000
Approved by Vote of All Eligible Faculty: February 9, 2001
First Reading, University Council: February 19, 2001
Second Reading, University Council
Approved, Board of Visitors:
WHEREAS, the current Faculty Senate Constitution requires that amendments to the Constitution be approved by the Senate membership, then submitted to vote to the entire faculty with a response from at least 50% of the faculty and approval by two-thirds of those voting; followed by approval by the University Council, the President, and the Board of Visitors; and,
WHEREAS, the Faculty Senate has conducted a thorough review of all provisions and proposed a revised Constitution that is changed in the following ways:
- Increasing the number of members to the Reconciliation Committee so that there will be adequate numbers on the committee to handle cases referred to it.
- Increasing representation on the Senate from the colleges and the library by raising the minimum number of senators from each academic college to three (from two) and from the library to two representatives (from one), and by deleting the overall membership limitation of 40 members.
- Eliminating or restructuring inactive committees and clarifying and rejuvenating the Senate Cabinet.
- Changing references in the Constitution from the quarter system to the semester system.
- Clarifying the role of work groups in carrying out Senate business.
- Simplifying the Constitution and moving operational details to the by-laws for easier updating when needed.
- ADDING A REFERENCE TO STAFF IN THE STATEMENT OF FUNCTION: "TO ACCEPT AND SHARE RESPONSIBILITY WITH THE ADMINISTRATION, STAFF, AND STUDENTS..."
- Changing the method of approval of amendments to the Faculty Senate Constitution from that described above to one of two methods: approval of amendments by an affirmative vote of two-thirds of the Senate membership, or by convention. ("One-fifth of faculty eligible for election to the Senate may petition the President of the University to convene a convention of faculty eligible for election to the Senate to make changes in the Faculty Senate Constitution."); AMENDMENTS TO THE CONSTITUTION BECOME EFFECTIVE UPON APPROVAL BY THE UNIVERSITY COUNCIL, THE PRESIDENT, AND BOARD OF VISITORS, and
WHEREAS, the Faculty Senate has conducted an election by the entire eligible faculty as prescribed by the existing Constitution and achieved two-thirds approval of the proposed changes;
WHEREAS, the old and revised Constitution and Bylaws are available to all interested parties at the following website: www.facultysenate.vt.edu <http://www.facultysenate.vt.edu>
THEREFORE be it resolved that the University Council approve the revised Constitution for the Faculty Senate and forward it to the President and Board of Visitors for their consideration
Updated: February 26, 2001
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