|2.1.||The Senate shall consider policies with respect to the general welfare of the university. It shall review established policies, consider new policies, and study matters of concern to the students or faculty members.|
|2.2.||It shall formulate educational policy, including admissions, curricula, and criteria for the granting of degrees. It shall analyze established and proposed policies of instruction and consider variations in policy in exceptional cases.|
|2.3.||It shall advise the President in the selection of administrative personnel.|
|2.4.||It shall maintain adequate communication within the university community. Any member of the university community may request a member of the Senate to transmit to the Senate for discussion and possible action topics coming under the jurisdiction of the Senate.|
|2.5.||It shall appoint Senate and Senate-appointed university committees. It shall establish rules and procedures for Senate committees and shall establish procedures for the Senate.|
|2.6.||The ultimate authority to recommend approval of candidates for graduation shall reside with the tenured and tenure-track faculty. Following formal advice of the tenured and tenure-track faculty, only the members of the Senate who are elected as professors shall vote in the matter of approving the list of candidates for graduation.|
Ex-officio Members:The Senate may include ex officio, voting or non-voting, representatives as members. The ex officio members of the Senate shall be designated in the Bylaws.
Vacancies:Vacancies in Senate membership shall be filled in a manner prescribed by the Bylaws.
|5.1.||The Chair of the Senate, who shall be the Chair of the Faculty, shall be an elected senator. The Chair shall be annually elected to office by the majority of the elected senators. The Chair shall preside at all meetings of the Senate and may call special meetings of the Senate.|
|5.2.||The Vice Chair of the Senate shall be an elected senator. The Vice Chair shall be annually elected to office by the majority of the elected senators. The Vice Chair of the Senate shall preside as the Chair of the Senate should the Chair be unable to fulfill the duties of the office.|
|5.3.||The Secretary of the Senate shall be an elected senator. The Secretary shall be annually
elected to office by the majority of the elected senators. The Secretary:
|5.4.||The Treasurer of the Senate shall be an elected senator. The Treasurer shall be annually
elected to the office by the majority of the elected senators. The Treasurer:
|5.5.||The Parliamentarian, who need not be a member of the Senate, shall be appointed annually and shall advise the presiding officer on parliamentary issues.|
|5.6||Should the Vice Chair, Secretary or Treasurer of the Senate be unable to serve the full term for which he or she was elected, an election shall be held to choose a replacement for the period of absence.|
Regular Meetings:The Senate shall regularly meet at least seven times during the academic year.
Special Meetings:Special meetings of the Senate may be called in a manner prescribed by the Bylaws.
Records:The minutes of both regular and special meetings shall be made available to the faculty. Complete copies of the minutes of the Senate shall be available to members of the Senate, and copies shall be distributed on request. A summary of the contents of the Senate minutes and of actions taken shall be available to all faculty members and to other CSU senates or councils. These records may be made available in electronic form and need not be stored in paper form.
Quorum:Two-thirds of the Senate shall constitute a quorum. The members present at a duly called or held meeting at which a quorum is present may continue to conduct business until the time stated for adjournment in the call of the meeting, notwithstanding the withdrawal of enough members to leave less than a quorum. If a senator is unable to attend, he or she may in accordance with the Bylaws appoint a substitute with the power to vote. Each senator who expects to be unavailable during the summer shall notify the Secretary of a proxy who may attend special meetings.
Meetings of the Faculty:Meetings of the faculty may be held in a manner prescribed by the Bylaws.
Faculty Review of Senate Actions:Any action of the Senate may be reviewed at a meeting of the faculty upon a written request signed by 10 percent of the tenured and probationary faculty and submitted to the Senate Chair. Such a meeting of the faculty shall be called by the Chair within two weeks of the request.
|7.1.||The Senate shall establish standing and other ad hoc or pro tempore committees as specified in the Bylaws.|
|7.2.||Other committees and councils that report to or through the Senate shall be designated Senate- appointed university committees.|
Amendments to this Constitution shall be initiated by a majority vote of the Senate after having been presented at the previous meeting. Proposed amendments shall be submitted in writing to the tenured and probationary faculty electorate (as defined in the Bylaws 1.2)* . The Senate shall conduct a ballot vote (via the web) on all proposed amendments. An amendment shall be adopted by an affirmative vote of a majority of those voting.
*The phrase “full-time faculty” was updated to “tenured and probationary faculty” as an editorial change based on the Committee for Constitution and ByLaws Committee’s adjustment of ByLaws 1.2. This change was deemed editorial in consultation with the Senate Parliamentarian.