Article V

Section 1 Schedule and Procedures

The members of the Faculty Senate will be elected by the general faculty in an election conducted by the Appointments and Elections Committee according to the procedures described below. Votes will be counted by at least three members of the Appointments and Elections Committee, and the results recorded in the Complete Report of the Faculty Senate Elections, which shall be open to review by any faculty member. Additionally, the chair of the Appointments and Election Committee will report the election results at the first senate meeting following the elections, with a record of the results to be published with the minutes.

Procedure A: Election of Members from Each College Faculty and the Library
  1. List of Eligible Faculty: By February 15 of each year, the chair of the Appointments and Elections Committee shall publish a list of all faculty eligible for election to the Faculty Senate. The list shall include all faculty under the provisions of Article IV, Section 5, except those senators whose terms continue. With the publication of this list, the Chair of the Appointments and Elections Committee shall ask to be notified of any errors or omissions, and invite any eligible faculty who do not wish to serve on the Faculty Senate to indicate this fact by a specified time.
  2. Nomination Ballot for Colleges and the Library: By March 1, the chair of the Appointments and Elections Committee shall mail to each faculty member by name (including those on leave who will be returning to the campus for the next academic year) a nominating ballot for senate members to be elected from each college faculty and from the library. It shall list:
    1. those at-large senators whose terms will continue;
    2. those senators elected from the college faculties or library whose terms will continue, together with an indication of the constituency they represent;
    3. the names of the colleges or the library from whose faculties, accordingly, new senators are to be elected; and
    4. the names of all eligible faculty in the colleges or the library identified in iii, listed by college or as the library.
    The chair of the Appointments and Elections Committee shall instruct each voter to vote for no more than twice the number of vacancies to be filled from the list of each college faculty and the library set forth in iv.
  3. Election Ballot for Colleges and the Library: By March 15, the chair of the Appointments and Elections Committee shall mail to each faculty member by name (including those who will be returning to the campus for the next academic year) an election ballot for senate members to be elected from the college faculties or the library, listing the highest vote-getters (twice the number of vacancies to be filled) from each college faculty set forth in iv. The chair of the Appointments and Elections Committee will instruct each voter to vote for not more than as many candidates as there are vacancies on the list from each college faculty and the library. The highest vote-getters from each college faculty and the library shall be seated on the senate. In case of a tie, the order of ranking will be determined on the basis of votes cast on the nominating ballot. If a tie continues to exist, the order of ranking will be determined by the toss of a coin at the next meeting of the Faculty Senate.
Procedure B: Election of Members-At-Large
  1. Nomination Ballot for At-Large Members: By April 1, the Chair of the Appointments and Elections Committee shall mail a nominating ballot for at-large members to each faculty by name (including those who will be returning from leave-of-absences [LOAs]). It shall identify:
    1. those senators elected from the college faculties or the library whose terms will continue, together with an indication of the constituency they represent
    2. those senators just elected from the college faculties or the library (according to Procedure A), together with the indication of the constituency they represent,
    3. those at-large senators whose terms will continue, and
    4. all faculty, listed alphabetically, eligible for election as at-large members ( The list from Procedure A, Section b above, minus the names of those senators elected in Procedure A, Section c), and
    5. the number of at-large vacancies to be filled.
    The Chair of the Appointments and Elections Committee shall instruct each voter to vote for not more than twice the number of at-large vacancies.
  2. Election Ballot for At-Large Members: By April 15, the Chair of the Appointments and Elections Committee shall mail to each faculty member (including those who will be returning from LOAs) an election ballot for at-large members. It shall list the names of those who have received the highest nominating ballot votes, the list containing twice the number of candidates as there are at-large vacancies. The chair of the Appointments and Elections Committee shall instruct each voter to vote for not more than as many candidates as there are at-large vacancies. In case of a tie, the order of ranking will be determined on the basis of votes cast on the nominating ballot. If a tie continues to exist, the order of ranking will be determined by the toss of a coin at the next meeting of the Faculty Senate.
  3. Runoff Ballot(s) for Unbalanced Representation: If the results of the voting in Procedure B, Section b above would, if left standing, mean that more than four (4) members of one college would serve as at-large members, then the chair of the Appointments and Elections Committee shall conduct a run-off election as follows:
    1. The faculty member who would be the fifth senator from one college shall face the highest non-elected vote-getter of the election or, if necessary, nominating ballot from another college. The former shall be seated on the senate if he or she is favored by 55% or more of the votes cast; otherwise, the latter will be seated on the senate.
    2. The faculty member who would be the sixth senator from one college shall face the next highest non-elected vote-getter of the election or, if necessary, nominating ballot from another college. The former will be seated on the Senate if he or she is favored by 60% or more of the votes cast; otherwise, the latter will be seated on the Senate.
Section 2 Vacancies During Terms

Faculty Senate at-large vacancies where the incumbent will not be returning shall be filled by Faculty Senate appointment effective until the beginning of the next academic year.

A Faculty Senate seat vacated by a member elected from a particular college or the library, where the incumbent will not be returning, shall be filled by the next highest vote-getter from the college or the library to finish the remainder of the vacant term.

Faculty Senate vacancies where the incumbent will be returning will be filled by Faculty Senate appointment until the return of the incumbent.

Section 3 Recall of Senate Members

Within a week of receipt of a recall petition signed by at least 10% of all faculty members, the chair of the Appointments and Elections Committee shall mail a recall ballot to each faculty member by name, except those on leave at the time of the balloting. Ballots must be returned within five class days after the date of the mailing. The recall ballots will be counted in the presence of two faculty members appointed by the senate chair from among the petition signers, the chair, and another member of the senate identified by the chair. A majority vote in favor of recall will remove the senator in question, provided that at least one-half of the faculty to whom the ballot was sent vote. Within three days of the ballot counting, the senate chair will announce the results of the vote through the campus mail to all faculty. If the vote is to recall, the procedures for filling the vacancy set forth in Section 2 will be followed.