Article II: Elections

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Section 1: Eligibility for Election

To be eligible for election to an instructional academic staff  seat, an instructional academic staff member must hold at least a half-time academic staff appointment in Area V for the entire academic year.  Instructional academic staff members shall be ineligible for election during their first semester of employment at UW-Platteville.

If an academic staff member holds appointments in two or more service areas, the portion of the appointment as instructional academic staff (Area V) must be at least half-time, and the staff member must be designated as being in Area V by the Committee on Elections and Appointments for the purposes of election to a seat on the Faculty Senate and for all other purposes.  (See Part I, Article I, Section 2 of the Academic Staff Bylaws.)

For an academic staff member to stand for election to a seat on Faculty Senate from a given college, he or she must be a staff member in that college.  Academic staff members with split appointments among colleges may stand for election within only one college.  The Committee for Elections and Appointments shall determine the college in which a staff member with a split appointment may stand for election in consultation with that individual.

To stand for election to a seat on Faculty Senate, an eligible academic staff member must indicate candidacy to the Committee for Elections and Appointments or be nominated for election by the Committee for Elections and Appointments.  The Committee for Elections and Appointments shall only nominate an individual for election in the event that no staff member has filed to stand for election to a given seat.  Furthermore, the committee shall not nominate any individual unless it is clear that there are no nominations forthcoming from the eligible staff members.

Prior to each election, the Committee for Elections and Appointments shall review academic staff member appointments to ensure that each candidate in the election meets all of the requirements for serving on the seat for which he or she is standing for election.

Section 2: Eligibility for Voting in Elections

Only instructional academic staff members may vote for candidates for instructional academic staff seats on the Faculty Senate.  Only instructional academic staff members from a given college may vote for candidates for instructional academic staff representatives on the Faculty Senate from that college.

Section 3: Criteria for Winning an Election

For a candidate to win an election for a given instructional academic staff member seat on Faculty Senate, that candidate must receive a simple majority of the ballots cast for that seat by other instructional academic staff members within that staff member’s college.  If no candidate receives a simple majority of the votes cast within a college, a run-off election shall be conducted between the persons receiving the two highest vote counts in that college.

Section 4: Time of Elections

Elections for open instructional academic staff seats on the Faculty Senate shall be held during the spring semester in conjunction with the elections for open seats on the Academic Staff Senate.  These elections shall be completed by the last day of regular classes for that semester.

Section 5: Filling  Mid-term Vacancies

In the event that one third or more of an elected term remains to be served prior to the next regular election for a vacated instructional academic staff seat on Faculty Senate, a special election shall be held to fill the vacant seat.  If less than one third of an elected term remains to be served prior to the next regular election for a vacated seat, the seat shall be filled by appointment by the Committee for Elections and Appointments, subject to a majority vote of approval by the Academic Staff Senate.

Note:  The only exception to this rule shall be with the initial one and two year terms served by staff members following the first election for these seats.  In the case that a vacancy occurs for a seat in either of these terms at any time, the seat shall be filled by appointment by the Committee on Elections and Appointments, subject to a majority vote of approval by the Academic Staff Senate.

Section 6: Election Questions or Disputes

The Academic Staff Committee for Elections and Appointments is empowered to determine the methods by which election questions or disputes shall be resolved.

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