In order to vote in an Academic Staff Senate election or referendum during the academic year, an individual must hold at least a half-time academic staff appointment at the time of the election or referendum. Academic staff members employed for at least a half-time appointment during the spring semester and holding a continuing appointment for at least half-time employment during the fall semester are eligible to vote in elections or referendums held during the summer session even if the staff member does not hold a summer session appointment. A member of the academic staff that is appointed to only the summer session is ineligible to vote in elections or referendums during the summer session unless that staff member holds a continuing appointment for at least half-time employment during the following fall semester.Section 2 Eligibility for Election to the Academic Staff Senate
To be eligible for election to the Academic Staff Senate, an academic staff member must hold at least a half-time academic staff appointment for the entire academic year. Academic staff members shall be ineligible for election during their first semester of employment at this institution. An individual academic staff member may stand for election to one seat only in any given election.Section 3 Criteria for Election from a Designated Service Area
For an academic staff member to be elected as a representative from a designated service area, that candidate must be an academic staff member of that service area and must receive a minimum of fifty-one percent of the ballots cast by academic staff members within that service area. Only academic staff members within a specific area may vote for the representative from that service area. If no candidate should receive a simple majority of the votes cast within a service area, a run-off election will be conducted between the persons receiving the two highest vote counts. Individuals with split appointments among service areas may vote or stand for election within only one service area.Section 4 Criteria for Election to an At-Large Seat
If more than one member of the academic staff stands for election to an at-large seat, elections will continue until one person has received a simple majority of the votes cast for the at-large seat election.Section 5 Election Questions or Disputes
The Academic Staff Senate shall establish a Committee for Elections and appointments empowered to determine the methods by which election questions or disputes shall be resolved.Section 6 Filling of Vacancies on the Academic Staff Senate
In the event that more than half of an elected term remains to be served prior to the next regular election for the Academic Staff Senate, a special election shall be held to fill the vacant seat. If less than half of an elected term remains to be served prior to the next regular election for the Academic Staff Senate, the seat will be filled by an appointment from the Committee for Elections and Appointments (see Part II, Article 2 of Bylaws), subject to a majority vote of approval by the Academic Staff Senate.
In the event that the Academic Staff Senate Vice-Chair is not available to serve as Chair, due to election or resignation, the Academic Staff Senate may elect a new chair from the current Senate members or can appoint an Academic Staff member, who is not a current senate member, to serve as the non-voting chair for one year only.