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Bylaws

ARTICLE I

1. Mission: The mission of the Faculty Senate is to represent faculty interests in the governance of Florence Darlington Technical College, to promote com-munication and develop positive working relationships with the administra-tion, to advance effective instruction, to insure academic freedom, to pro-mote student success, and to maintain professional standards. The Faculty Senate serves as a liaison between the faculty and the President, Vice-Presidents, and AVPs, in matters pertaining to policies, procedures, and practical issues related to the ongoing educational processes of Florence-Darlington Technical College.

In order to fulfill this mission, the Senate shall represent the full-time faculty perspective and interests in the decision making of the College. The Senate shall:

    • Solicit and present the views and recommendations of the faculty to the administration as they relate to policies of academic, instructional, and professional matters and within College-wide groups and com-mittees;
    • Promote thoughtful discourse and deliberation that invites and incor-porates diverse perspectives in College governance and planning;
    • Support and promote programs and activities that encourage and de-velop faculty leadership and profession development;
    • Develop cooperation and fellowship among the instructional and non-instructional components of the College as well as between the faculty and other constituencies of the College community;
    • Protect and promote academic freedom and high academic standards that are the hallmark of excellence in education;
    • Adhere to the highest professional ethics and standards with respect to academic and professional issues;
    • Provide regular feedback to faculty of the Faculty Senate's activities.

ARTICLE II

1. Definitions: All full-time Florence-Darlington Technical College employ-ees serving in a full time instructional capacity will be represented by the Senate and will be able to vote in a Senate election.

2. Composition of the Senate: The Faculty Senate consists of ten [10] full time Senators proportionally elected from the three college divisions: four [4 ] from the Arts and Sciences Division, four [4] from the Math and Technical Education Division, and two [2] from Nursing and Allied Health. From these, the President, Vice President and Secretary will be elected. The Faculty Senate past president will serve in an ex-officio ca-pacity. No department chair will be eligible to serve on Faculty Senate. In addition, in order to serve, the faculty member must be full time for three [3] academic years.

3. Elections

    • A. In August of an election year, the Faculty Senate will elect a Presi-dent from its members. This will be by a majority vote of the Faculty Senate. After the President is elected, the Vice President will be elect-ed in the same manner. The Secretary will be appointed by the Presi-dent and affirmed by a majority vote of the Senate. The term of office is for one academic year [August-August]. All officers are eligible for reelection. If an officer vacates his or her post for any reason prior to the completion of their term, an election will be held at the next Sen-ate meeting to fill the remainder of the term.
    • B.Nominations for Senators will be solicited from their respective divi-sions by the last week of April of an election year and voting will take place electronically on the intranet. Only full time faculty from the respective division will be able to vote for senator from the divi-sion. The term of office is thirty six [36] months. No AVP or De-partment Chair may serve as a representative of any division. Divi-sion Senators may be reelected. The Senator’s term will begin with the first meeting of the academic year.
    • C. If a Senator leaves FDTC employment or their status changes to a Non-Faculty administrative position or to a department head posi-tion, he/she must resign immediately and a replacement from that di-vision will be appointed by the Faculty Senate president to fill the unexpired portion of the term. The person selected must meet the 3 year full time faculty criteria as noted in Article II, Section 2. At the end of this time a new election will be held, following the procedure in ARTICLE II Section 3B. The new senator will then serve a full, thirty six [36] month term.
    • D. If a Senator changes status from full-time to adjunct, he must resign his position, and the procedure noted in the above section will be fol-lowed.

ARTICLE III

1. Meetings

    • A. Faculty Senate meetings are scheduled to meet monthly during the Fall and Spring semesters. Action items forwarded to the Senate in the Summer semester will be handled electronically, unless a called meeting is needed. The day and time of all meetings will be determined based on faculty class schedules and input. Called meetings may be held at the discretion of the President. By arrangement with the Faculty Senate Pres-ident or Vice-President, any faculty member may have the opportunity to address the Faculty Senate on any pertinent issue, provided an agenda item has been submitted via electronic submittal form, at least one week prior to the next Senate meeting. A quorum will consist of 6 senators.
    • B. Senators will attend every meeting. If a senator is unable to attend, the senator may designate someone from within the division he repre-sents to attend in his/her place. Should a senator be absent from more than 3 meetings in a 12 month period, he or she will be removed and a new election will be held within 30 days. As such, nominees should be committed to attending meetings prior to standing for election.

ARTICLE IV

1. Voting

A. Each Senator, the Vice-President, the Secretary has one vote; in the event of a tie vote, the President votes.

ARTICLE V

1. Responsibilities of the President

    • A. The President acts as a spokesperson for the Faculty and Faculty Senate in matters taken before the President of the College and the Vice President of Academic Affairs and reports any actions affect-ing the Faculty to them.
    • B. The President presides at meetings of the Faculty Senate and for-wards the agenda to the Senate for upcoming meetings.
    • C. The President appoints Faculty Senate Committees and delegates responsibilities as needed.
    • D. The President may voice an opinion on matters before the Senate and casts a vote in case of a tie.
    • E. The President is interested in the issues raised by adjunct faculty and will solicit their concerns via email prior to each meeting.

2. Responsibilities of the Vice-President

    • A. The Vice-President serves as acting President during the absence of the President.
    • B. The Vice-President assists the President in meetings with the Facul-ty and with the administration.
    • C. The Vice-President may vote on matters before the Senate.

3. Responsibilities of the Secretary

    • A. The Secretary assists the President and Vice-President in meetings with the Faculty and with the administration.
    • B. The Secretary records the minutes of all Faculty Senate meetings and sends the first draft to the Faculty Senate president, vice pres-ident and senators for comment. After finalization, the Secretary distributes the minutes as directed by the President.
    • C. The Secretary may vote on matters before the Senate.

4. Responsibilities of Senators

    • A. Each Senator shall attend all meetings.
    • B. Senators must provide time to be accessible to their division(s).
    • C. Senators gather information from all personnel in their respective division which is to be presented to the Faculty Senate for discus-sion.
    • D. Senators vote on recommendations brought before the Senate which are submitted to the Faculty President for action.
    • E. Senators shall report the Senate’s decision to their divisions.
    • F. Senators may conduct a division meeting concerning Senate busi-ness.

5. Conduct

    • A. Professional Responsibility and Ethics
    • B. Each member of the Faculty Senate is expected to maintain a pro-fessional standard of conduct and be in good standing in the col-lege community.
    • C. All conflicts of interest must be disclosed in a timely manner by Senate members. Failure to disclose a conflict is a breach of ethics.
    • D. All members must maintain confidentiality of all deliberations of Faculty Senate meetings as well as all electronic communications related to Faculty Senate business. Failure to maintain confidenti-ality is a breach of these ethics and can result in expulsion from the Senate, as determined by a 2/3 [two-thirds] vote.
    • E. Should a member fail to maintain a professional standard of con-duct, the member can be removed by a 2/3 [two-thirds] vote of the Senate.

6. Special Responsibilities of the Faculty Senate

    • A. The Senate will be involved in reviewing, extracting and amending the Faculty Handbook.
    • B. The Faculty Senate will recommend to or be consulted by the ap-propriate administrative member or members of the college con-cerning action taken in the establishment of new procedures, changes in existing procedures, or any other pertinent matter that has an effect on faculty.

ARTICLE VI

1 Limitations to Faculty Senate Authority

    • A. The Faculty Senate is a recommending and research body and does not have the authority to act on behalf of an individual student, faculty member or employee.
    • B. The Senate recognizes that its recommendations do not constitute policy.

ARTICLE VII

1. Ratification and Amendments to Bylaws

    • A. Revisions/re-approval of by-laws: The bylaws will be reviewed as needed every three years on or before the last Senate meeting of the year.
    • B. Amendments: It is recognized that the bylaws can be amended only by a two-thirds vote of the Faculty Senate. A written proposal of an amendment to the Faculty Senate bylaws may be presented at any regular Faculty Senate meeting, but no action shall be taken on a pro-posed amendment until at least the next regular meeting of the Faculty Senate. Prior to voting the Faculty Senate will solicit input about the proposed amendment from the Senators. The proposed amendment will be presented to Faculty Senate President prior to the meeting in either electronic or hard-copy format.
    • C. Ratification- To become effective, an amendment must be approved by a two-thirds vote of the Faculty Senate.

Approved 3/22/19

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