Constitution of the Faculty Senate of Cerritos College
Last Amended: November 2001
We, the Faculty of Cerritos College, in order to insure the proper exercise of the rights and privileges of our profession, to discharge the responsibilities and obligations of the trust which we share with other institutions of higher learning and to promote excellence of instruction, research, and community service, do hereby establish, within the guarantees granted and the limitations set forth by the legislature of the State of California and the Governing Board of this College District, this Constitution of the Faculty Senate of Cerritos College.
ARTICLE I: NAME
The name of this body shall be the Faculty Senate of Cerritos College.
ARTICLE II. PURPOSE
The purpose of the body shall be: (a) To study, with assistance of as many faculty members as is feasible, matters related to academic and professional standards and affairs of the College; and (b) To make recommendations to the administration and/or Governing Board.
ARTICLE III. MEMBERSHIP
Section 1 Membership of this body shall be full-time academic persons who do not perform any services for the College that require an administrative or supervisory credential, or whose major assignment is not administrative in nature, and who are tenured.
Section 2 Election of members shall be specified in the By-laws.
ARTICLE IV. OFFICERS
Section 1 The officers shall include but not be limited to Chair, Vice-Chair, and a Secretary.
Section 2 Officers shall be elected by a majority vote at a regularly scheduled meeting of the Faculty Senate.
Section 3 The time of election and term of office shall be specified in the By-laws.
ARTICLE V. MEETINGS
Section 1 The Faculty Senate shall determine its time of meetings, rules, procedures, and methods of voting.
Section 2 Special meetings as needed may be called by the Chair or by a majority vote of the Faculty Senate.
ARTICLE VI. BY-LAWS
By-laws shall be established to specify rules of operation, responsibilities of officers, standing committees, committee responsibilities, and procedures necessary for the effective operation of the Faculty Senate.
ARTICLE VII. AMENDMENTS TO THE CONSTITUTION
Section 1 Amendments may be proposed by (a) petition signed by 10% of the faculty, or (b) by a majority of the total membership of the Senate and submitted to the Chair of the Faculty Senate.
Section 2 Any duly proposed amendment to the Constitution shall be submitted to discussion at a meeting of the Faculty Senate within one month, excluding holidays, following receipt of the proposed amendment.
Section 3 Such proposed amendment shall be distributed in writing to the faculty at least two weeks, excluding holidays, prior to the above meeting.
Section 4 An amendment to this Constitution shall be considered in effect when it has received a favorable vote representing two-thirds of the faculty members voting, taken by secret ballot.
ARTICLE VIII. RATIFICATION OF THE CONSTITUTION AND BY-LAWS
Section 1 An affirmative vote, taken by secret ballot, representing a majority of the total voting membership of the faculty shall be required for adoption of this Constitution and By-laws.
Section 2 Subsequent to adoption by the faculty, this Constitution and By-laws shall become effective immediately.