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VI. Constitution of the Faculty Senate

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VI. Constitution of the Faculty Senate

Article II: Membership

Section 1.

At the beginning of each spring semester, the office of the Provost shall send to the Nominations and Elections Committee a list of academic units.

Section 2.

Each academic unit shall hold elections no later than six weeks prior to the termination of the spring semester every other year to elect a member and alternate as its representatives to the Faculty Senate for the following term of office. The newly elected member shall notify the Chair of the Nominations and Elections Committee of the results of the election at least one week before the regularly scheduled April meeting of the Faculty Senate.

In cases where a new academic unit is created and identified by the office of the Provost after the spring election, the new academic unit shall hold an election at the first faculty meeting of the academic unit, and the newly elected member will notify the Chair of the Nominations and Elections Committee within a week after the election.

Section 3.

Each academic unit which has more than one instructional faculty member shall elect one member to serve as its representative on the Faculty Senate. Each academic unit will also elect one alternate to represent the academic unit in the absence of the member. The elected alternate shall be able to represent the academic unit with full voting rights when the member is unable to attend meetings, but alternates shall not represent members on senate committees.

Section 4.

Members and alternates shall be elected from and by instructional faculty members, including academic unit heads, assistant and associate deans, and all other instructional faculty members whose home unit is the academic unit. A majority vote of those voting is required to elect members and alternates.

Administrative and Professional faculty members, and emeritus faculty members are not eligible to vote or serve as members or alternates of the Faculty Senate.

Section 5.

It shall be the responsibility of elected members to serve as a liaison between the Faculty Senate and the instructional faculty members of their academic unit. In this capacity, members:

  1. shall exercise their best judgment in the governance and decision-making processes of the senate;
  2. shall maintain an awareness of the interests and concerns of their constituents and submit relevant issues to the appropriate senate committee or office; and
  3. shall be fully responsible for keeping faculty members of their academic unit informed of senate actions and decisions and of relevant information provided at senate meetings.

Section 6.

The term of office for the academic unit's member and alternate shall be two years, from the start of the organizational meeting of the Faculty Senate until the end of the regularly scheduled April meeting of the Faculty Senate held in the second year thereafter. No member shall serve more than six years in succession or three terms in succession.

Section 7.

A member or alternate may resign at any time by notifying the Faculty Senate and the academic unit head of the resignation. A member or alternate is only eligible to continue in the position while employed by James Madison University in an instructional position. A member or alternate is not eligible to continue while on administrative leave.

Academic units may remove a duly elected member or alternate for nonperformance of duties, misconduct, ineligible status, or other just cause. Removal shall require a two-thirds vote of the full-time instructional faculty in the academic unit. If an academic unit removes a member or alternate, the academic unit head will notify the Faculty Senate.

The Faculty Senate may, by a two-thirds vote of the entire membership of the Faculty Senate, dismiss a member for nonperformance of duties, misconduct, ineligible status, or other just cause. If the Faculty Senate dismisses a member, the marshal shall notify the academic unit.

Section 8.

In case of a vacancy in the position of the member or alternate, the academic unit shall elect another member or alternate within 30 days to fill the remainder of the unexpired term under the election provisions set out herein. The Chair of the Senate Nominations and Elections Committee shall be notified of the results of the election.

Section 9.

The academic units from which the speaker and the speaker pro tempore are elected shall each elect an additional member for the duration of the officer’s terms in office to serve as the member representing that academic unit.

Section 10.

The ex-officio members of the Faculty Senate shall be the president, the provost, and the Vice President for Administration and Finance. Any ex-officio member may designate someone to serve as his or her representative on the Faculty Senate.

Section 11.

Members are empowered to designate proxies other than their duly elected alternates.