Academic Senate Constitution
OF THE ACADEMIC SENATE OF
HARTNELL COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Amended September 25, 2007
The organization shall be known as the Hartnell College Academic Senate (hereinafter referred to as the Senate).
2.1. In accordance with Title 5, section 53200-53205, California Administrative Code, the Senate shall be the recognized representative of the faculty to the administration and governing board of the Hartnell Community College District concerning academic and professional matters and shall participate in the formation and revision of District policies and procedures in all matters of an academic and professional nature.
2.2. The purpose of this Senate shall be:
2.2.1. To promote the general welfare of the Hartnell Community College District and its faculty.
2.2.2. To work toward the development and improvement of professional standards.
2.2.3. To represent the faculty in making recommendations to the administration of the college and the district's Board of Trustees with respect to academic and professional matters.
2.2.4. To provide for continuous study of faculty and college problems.
3.1. The electorate for full-time faculty shall be composed of those certificated employees who teach full-time and other full- time certificated employees who do not perform any services for the college that are administrative or supervisory in nature. Full- time employees shall be defined as those certificated employees having contracts of sixty percent (60%) or more.
3.2. The electorate for part-time faculty shall be composed of those certificated employees who teach a minimum of 3 hours/units up to a maximum of 8 hours/units per semester and other part-time certificated employees who do not perform any services for the college that are administrative or supervisory in nature. Part- time employees shall be defined as those certificated employees who are teaching a minimum of 3 hours/units up to a maximum of 8 hours/ units per semester and other part-time certificated employees who
do not perform any services for the college that are administrative
or supervisory in nature.
4.1. The following shall make up the membership of the Senate:
4.1.1. All elected and appointed Senate officers.
4.1.2. A minimum of one member from each Division:
- Fine Arts/Language Arts/Social Sciences
- Occupational Education
- Physical Education/Athletics/Health Education
1-10 full time faculty = one Senate Seat
11-20 full time faculty = two Senate Seats
21-30 full time faculty = three Senate Seats
126.96.36.199. In the event that a majority of the faculty in a Division request and ratify the desire for a Senate seat to be shared, an election for a shared seat shall occur with the next vacancy.
4.1.3. President of the Hartnell College Faculty Association, ex-officio, non-voting.
4.1.4. Presidents of other recognized organizations on campus, ex-officio, non-voting.
4.1.5. Any elected officer of the Statewide Academic Senate.
4.1.6. One representative of the part-time faculty, elected at large by the part-time faculty.
4.2. Senate members shall serve terms of two years, with one-half of the members being replaced each year. Senators may be re- elected.
4.3. Declaring a Senate seat vacant:
4.3.1. A Senate seat may be declared vacant for the remainder of the academic term when the Senator is absent for three consecutive meetings or a total of five meetings over a two-year period.
4.3.2. Any Senator that qualifies under 4.3. above shall be removed from office by a majority vote of the Senate at any regular Senate meeting.
4.3.3. A Senate seat shall be declared vacant when a written resignation is received by the Senate President from a Divisional Senator.
4.3.4. If a Division Senate seat is declared vacant, the Division Dean shall be notified and requested to hold an election at the next meeting of that Division.
4.3.5. In the event a special election is held in a Division, the new Senator will complete the unexpired term of the Senator he or she is replacing.
4.4. The Senate seat of the part-time faculty member shall be declared vacant at the time when the elected representative is no longer teaching 3 to 8 hours/units within a semester.
4.5. Should a Senator be unable to attend Senate meetings because of a conflict, the member may request in writing to the Steering Committee that it request a special divisional election to serve the duration of the special situation. Such requests must be made prior to reaching the maximum absences permitted in 4.3.
4.6. The Senate may call upon the faculty for the payment of professional dues.
5.1. The officers of the Senate shall be a President, 1st Vice President, 2nd Vice President, and a Secretary/Treasurer. The officers of the Senate shall be selected only from the full-time faculty as defined in Article 3. These officers shall perform the duties as prescribed by this Constitution and By-laws and by the parliamentary authority adopted by the Senate.
5.2. The election of Senate officers shall be in compliance with Article 6.2.
5.3. The duties of Senate officers are delineated in the Bylaws, Article 1.
5.4. Recall of Senate Officers:
5.4.1. Upon written petition to the Steering Committee by at least five Senators or 10% of the full-time faculty, a recall election shall be held by secret ballot at the next scheduled meeting of the Senate.
5.4.2. A two-thirds vote of the Senate will be required to recall an officer.
5.4.3. In cases of recall, a special election will be held to fill any vacancies created.