Constitution

 

San Diego State University shall perform its educational mission guided by the principles of shared governance. Granted, therefore, that the Board of Trustees of The California State University invests responsibility for the operation of San Diego State University in the President of the university, the President shall be committed to formal consultation through shared governance: Accordingly, committees and councils shall advise the President either directly or through the University Senate, also called the Senate, a deliberative body that shall represent university faculty, administration, students, and staff.

The San Diego State University Senate shall be the university’s delegate assembly. Through this assembly the faculty in concert with the administration, staff, and students shall normally exercise its powers. The Senate shall have the power to act for the faculty on matters within the scope of the faculty when the action is approved by a majority vote of the members present after a quorum has been constituted. 
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.
The Senate year shall begin on the day following the last day of the spring semester. 
 
 
4.1
Elected Members
4.11
Professors
 
4.111 Professors elected as members of the Senate shall be full-time members of the faculty as defined in the Bylaws.
4.112*

Professor Senators shall be apportioned annually as follows: each major academic unit (as defined in the Bylaws) shall elect the number of Senators equivalent to nine percent (9%), rounded up to the nearest integer, of the tenured/tenure track full time equivalent faculty positions (FTEF) assigned to that unit. This method of apportionment shall always yield at least one Senator for each major academic unit.

*Approved at October 2019 Senate meeting.

4.113

The term of office for Professor Senators shall be three Senate calendar years. A Professor Senator shall serve no more than two consecutive complete terms. Service for a partial term and for terms served on the Academic Senate of The California State University shall not be included in this calculation. So far as feasible, Senate terms shall be arranged so that only one-third of the membership is elected annually in the spring.

4.114 Delegates from this university to the Academic Senate of The California State University shall be considered elected members of the Senate.
4.115 The electorate shall consist of all full-time members of the faculty, as defined in the Bylaws.
4.12*
Lecturers

There shall be eight elected lecturer senators, with no more than two representing a single College or SDSU Imperial Valley. The electorate shall consist of all lecturers.*

*Approved at the February 2019 Senate meeting.

4.13
Coaches
There shall be one elected coach senator. The electorate shall consist of all coaches.
4.14*
Staff

There shall be six non–Management Personnel Plan (MPP) staff senators elected from permanent non-MPP staff. One staff senator position shall be reserved for an SDSU Imperial Valley staff member. The electorate shall consist of permanent and temporary non-MPP staff, including probationary staff.*

*Approved at the February 2019 Senate meeting.

4.15
Managers
There shall be one Management Personnel Plan (MPP) staff senator elected from MPP staff, Classes 1 and 2. The electorate shall consist of all MPP staff, Classes 1 and 2.
4.2
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.
4.3
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

a. shall prepare the agenda for all Senate meetings and notify all senators of these meetings;
b. shall keep roll and report in a manner prescribed by the Bylaws when, in accordance with Senate policy, a seat has become vacant through repeated absence;
c. shall maintain a complete record of Senate meetings and prepare summaries of Senate minutes;
d. shall supervise the distribution of copies of Senate resolutions and decisions to appropriate persons;
e.

and shall annually compile and publish an index of Senate actions.

*Approved at the April 2018 Senate meeting.

5.4 Should the Vice Chair or Secretary 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.
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.
 
 
6.1
Regular Meetings

The Senate shall regularly meet at least seven times during the academic year.

6.11 A regular meeting shall be a scheduled meeting and may continue beyond one day.
6.12 The agenda of each regular meeting shall be distributed to the members of the Senate at least four working days before the meeting.
6.13 A senator present for a portion of a meeting shall be recorded as present for the entire meeting.
6.2
Special Meetings
Special meetings of the Senate may be called in a manner prescribed by the Bylaws. 
6.3
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. 
6.4
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. 
6.5
Meetings of the Faculty
Meetings of the faculty may be held in a manner prescribed by the Bylaws. 
6.6
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 full-time 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 Senateappointed university committees.
The Senate shall be responsible for constructing its own rules of operating procedure known as the Senate
Bylaws.

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 full-time faculty electorate (as defined in the Bylaws). 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.

* Editorial change, August 2019