Election of Officers
The Faculty Association officers as a committee shall appoint a committee of three people who shall nominate a slate of two candidates for each office. These candidates shall be presented to the Association at the March meeting. Nominations from the floor shall be submitted in writing to the Chairperson of the Nominating Committee within ten days following the March meeting. The Association shall receive from the Nominating Committee the names of all candidates at least 15 days prior to the last Faculty Association meeting of the spring trimester. The election shall be held at the last Faculty Association meeting of the spring trimester. The election shall be by secret ballot. All ballots, including absentee ballots, are to be cast in the presence of the Association members, and the election results are to be made known at that meeting. The election shall be determined by a majority of the votes cast. The Chairman of the Nominating Committee shall be responsible for the preparation, collection, and tabulation of the ballots.
In the event a majority of votes is not cast for one candidate, a second casting of ballots will be held at this meeting between the two candidates receiving the greatest number of votes. If there is a tie for second place, the candidate in first place and those in second place will be included in the second election. Elections will be held until there is a majority cast for the officer to be elected. There will be no provisions for absentee ballots in the runoff balloting.
Absentee ballots may be provided for these elections, but they must be requested in writing ten days prior to the election date. Each member who wishes to cast an absentee ballot will obtain this ballot in person from the President of the Association and will cast the ballot in the presence of said President no later than 5:00 p.m. of the day prior to the election. These absentee ballots will be held by the President of the Association and tabulated with the secret ballots cast at the general election. Absentee ballots will be provided only for the election of officers.
In the event a vacancy occurs, the Association officers as a committee will appoint a committee as in "A" above and the election shall be held at the next scheduled faculty meeting, if the 15-day requirement of notification can be met. If not, it shall be held at the next regularly scheduled following meeting or, if necessary, at a specially called meeting. The election will be to fill the unexpired term of office.
Membership in the Faculty Association
A. Votingandnonvotingmembershipwillbedeterminedbythecontractissuedbythe University to a qualified candidate for membership; i.e., voting membership is awarded to those teaching faculty who are given either a full-time or a permanent part-time appointment. Nonvoting membership is awarded to those faculty whose contract states it is part-time or less than full-time temporary appointment.
B. MembershipintheUSAOFacultyAssociationisaprivilege,anditisassumedthateach will attend every meeting.
Time of Meetings: Meetings of the Faculty Association shall be held the first Tuesday of each month at 11:10 a.m., unless otherwise specified by the faculty. The date and time shall be entered on the University Calendar.
Business of the Association and voting on business shall take place only when a quorum is present. A quorum is a simple majority of the eligible voting members.
Standing committees shall be created by the Association as needed.
Minutes shall be kept of all Faculty Association meetings. Copies shall be provided to each Association member, the President of the University, the Vice President for Academic Affairs, and a copy shall be retained in the files of the Association. This is the responsibility of the Secretary of the Association.
All legislative proposals shall be introduced at one meeting and shall be voted on at the next regularly scheduled meeting.