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University of Louisville Staff Senate Constitution

Constitution for the University of Louisville Staff Senate

 Adopted: September 23, 1974

Amended by Staff Senate:

      September 10, 1979

       May 4, 1981

       March 11, 1985

       September 12, 1994

       June 10, 1996

       June 9, 1997


PREAMBLE

* Section 1. Officers

In order to create a stronger bond within the support staff, to promote cooperation among the administration, faculty, students, and support staff of this University; we the support staff of the University of Louisville do establish this Senate as our governing body. Further, we pledge to determine responsibility and to administer faithfully the policies and objectives which best fulfill the needs, concerns and interest of the support staff and to exert to the utmost our efforts to help the University achieve its educational goals.

* ARTICLE I - NAME

 The organization shall be known as the University of Louisville Staff Senate.

* ARTICLE II - PURPOSE

The University of Louisville Staff Senate shall, in accordance with Article 5.7.1. of the Redbook: " . . . be the official representative of the staff of the University, and which shall be responsible for eliciting and expressing the opinions, suggestions, and recommendations of the staff on all matters of concern to the staff as a whole. The Staff Senate shall be responsible for continuing review of University policies and documents affecting staff, and shall make recommendations concerning these matters, whenever appropriate, to the University administration and the Director of Personnel Services." Likewise, the Staff Senate shall seek representation in all aspects of University of Louisville governance.

* ARTICLE III - MEMBERSHIP AND ELIGIBILITY
o Section 1.

The elected membership shall consist of not more than 99 Senators elected from and by their respective College, School, or Division (CSD) according to the formula determined by the By-Laws of the Staff Senate.

o Section 2.

All permanent staff members who have been classified by the University as such shall be eligible for Staff Senate membership provided that they are not a member of any other University governing body, (except as otherwise provided in Article 3.4.2.C and 6.5.C. of the Redbook) and have at least six months of continuous, permanent University employment.

o Section 3.

Senators shall be elected for a term of two years. Each Senator shall retain their Senate seat until an election has been conducted to select a successor and the successor has been seated.

o Section 4.

Senators shall be elected by the permanent, full-time and part-time support staff members in their CSD on the date and in the manner determined by the By-Laws of the Senate.

o Section 5.

Each Senator shall have only one vote.

* ARTICLE IV - OFFICERS
o Section 1. Duly Elected Officers.

 The Staff Senate may elect up to four officers from its own membership as specified in the By-Laws of the Staff Senate.

o Section 2. Eligibility.

Eligibility. All members duly elected to the Staff Senate shall be eligible for election to the offices described in Section 1 of this Article, and only duly elected members of the Staff Senate may nominate or cast ballots in the election of any officer.

o Section 3. Duties

The officers described in Section 1 of this Article shall perform the duties determined in the By-Laws of the Staff Senate and such other duties as are approved by the Staff Senate.

o Section 4. Term of Office.

Officers of the Staff Senate shall be elected to serve for a term of one year in the manner determined in the By-Laws of the Staff Senate. Officers shall remain in the office until an election to select their successors has been conducted and the successors have been seated. An officer of the Staff Senate may be removed from office by a two-thirds vote of the membership of the Staff Senate following the procedures outlined in the By-Laws of the Staff Senate.

o Section 5. Limitation.

No Senator shall hold more than one office at a time.

* ARTICLE V - MEETINGS 

The Staff Senate shall meet at least ten (10) months of a fiscal year year at a convenient time and day as determined in the By-Laws of the Staff Senate.

* ARTICLE VI - STANDING COMMITTEES 

Standing committees of the Staff Senate shall be established in the By-Laws of the Staff Senate.

* ARTICLE VII - QUORUM 

A quorum for conducting all business of the meetings of the Staff Senate within the scope of this Constitution shall be fifty-one percent of the elected membership.

* ARTICLE VII - QUORUM
o Section 1.

The Staff Senate shall be governed by the procedures contained in Robert's Rules of Order (latest revision) in the consideration of all matters properly referred.

o Section 2.

Any conflict between the source cited in Section 1 of this Article and the Constitution and By-Laws of the Staff Senate shall be resolved in favor of the Constitution and By-Laws of the Staff Senate.

o Section 3.

Where necessary and proper, the interpretation and application of the governing procedures outlined in the source cited in Section 1 of this Article shall be the responsibility of the Staff Senate Parliamentarian, who shall be appointed by the Chair of the Staff Senate.

* ARTICLE IX - AMENDMENTS

o Section 1.

Any proposal to amend this Constitution shall be submitted by a petition signed by ten Senators of the Staff Senate. Amendment petitions must be submitted through the Staff Senate office for placement on the agenda of the next regular meeting of the Staff Senate two weeks prior to the said meeting of the Staff Senate.

o Section 2.

A proposal to amend the Constitution shall be voted on at a regular meeting of the Staff Senate at which a quorum is present. If the proposal receives an affirmative, majority vote from those members present and voting, it shall be submitted by means of a mailed, paper ballot to all members of the Staff Senate from the Staff Senate office within ten days of the meeting at which the proposed amendment was voted on. Ballots must be completed and returned to the Staff Senate office within thirty days of the meeting at which the proposed amendment was voted on. Amendments to the Constitution shall be adopted upon an affirmative vote of two-thirds of the total membership of the Staff Senate.

o Section 3.

Approved amendments in accordance with Section 2 shall become effective when reported at the next regular meeting of the Staff Senate.

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