Western Connecticut State University Senate Constitution
EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 1980
The Western Connecticut State University Senate exists by the will of the Faculty. Its existence is based upon the principle that to institute new or change existing policies concerning matters over which local university autonomy exists, it is necessary to have the approval of the University Administration, i.e., the President or designated representative(s), and the University Senate, if it wishes to act.
The University Senate also exists to act as a forum to discuss and, by resolution, to express its views on any topic of concern to the faculty.
- Authority: Concerning policies over which local and University autonomy exists, the approval of the University Senate, if it wishes to act, is required. In the exercise of its authority over curriculum policy and curricular structure, requirements for degrees and granting of degrees, policies for recruitment, admissions and retention of students, academic policies relating to students and other matters of campus community, and consistent with the principles of shared governance and academic freedom, the University Senate shall:
- Vote on behalf of the General Faculty (The General Faculty of Western Connecticut State University consists of all unclassified personnel other than the President of the University.)
- Institute new policies.
- Change existing policies.
- Review policy implementation.
- Establish committees and determine committee structure.
- Review committee structure.
- Receive reports from all standing and ad hoc committees.
- Conduct elections and referenda.
- Responsibility: The University Senate has the responsibility to:
- Meet regularly, and when necessary, in special session.
- Represent the General Faculty.
- Inform the General Faculty of its deliberations and actions.
- Act upon reports from all standing and ad hoc committees.
- Serve as a General Faculty forum to discuss and, by resolution, to express its views on any topic of concern to the General Faculty.
- Senators representing all academic departments shall be elected according to the respective departmental bylaws by the following formula:
One Senator from each of the academic departments, one librarian, one counselor, and one from athletic coaches and non-instructional athletic trainers. Any department that has fewer than four full-time members may join with another department to elect a Senate representative.
- One Senator shall represent part-time faculty; this Senator shall not simultaneously represent any other constituency. This Senator shall be elected by part-time faculty and may be either full-time or part-time Teaching Faculty.
- Two Senators shall be elected by and from Administrators I through
- Two Senators, one voting and one nonvoting, shall be elected by and from the group consisting of all Deans and Vice
- One Senator and one alternate shall be elected by the
- Faculty Senators will be elected for a two-year
- One half the Senators will be elected each year.
- Terms will begin July 1 of each year.
- The WCSU representative to the Board of Regents faculty advisory committee shall be ex officio and nonvoting.
- Constitutional Amendments
- Constitutional amendments may be proposed in either of two ways:
- By a report to the Senate President of a Senate Review Committee he/she has appointed;
- Twelve Teaching Faculty members. The Teaching Faculty of Western Connecticut State University consists of all full-time:
- Instructional faculty;
- Librarians, Athletic Coaches and Non-Instructional Athletic Trainers, and Counselors as defined by the AAUP collective bargaining agreement.
- A proposed amendment shall be announced to the Senate meeting immediately following its proposal to the Senate President and then submitted in writing to the Teaching F
- A faculty meeting shall be called by the Senate President for the purpose of discussing any proposed amendment within one academic month of its announcement at a Senate
- Within two weeks of the faculty meeting, a vote by ballot of the Teaching Faculty shall be conducted on any proposed A majority of those voting shall determine the outcome.
Amended April 18, 2017 (by referendum)
Administrative approval May 1, 2017