M E M O R A N D U M
TO: Chicago State University Faculty
FROM: Wayne D. Watson
RE: Faculty Senate – Constitution and Actions
The University greatly appreciates a functioning Faculty Senate and the value it provides to the overall campus. Accordingly, as a follow-up to the correspondence dated October 31, 2013, regarding the Faculty Senate not operating in accordance with its 2011 Constitution as a duly constituted University organization, it is important to communicate the status of this issue to the general faculty body of CSU. The Faculty Senate has failed to respond and comply with the previous requests made during meetings with the executive team and through University correspondence throughout the Fall 2013 semester.
These concerns arise out of the September 20, 2011 Faculty Senate meeting where the Senate suspended the rules without following the requirements of the Faculty Senate’s 2011 Constitution and changed the calculus for representation on the Faculty Senate. This action changed the Faculty Senate’s membership representation structure prescribed by its Constitution. Since the October 2013 correspondence, a new document purported to be the Faculty Senate’s Constitution was placed on the Faculty Senate’s website. Article IX of the Faculty Senate’s 2011 Constitution states:
“Proposed amendments shall be presented in writing to the members of the Senate at least one week in advance of a regularly scheduled meeting or at least two weeks in advance of a special meeting during the academic year. Approval by a two-thirds majority of the Senate members present at a duly-convened meeting at which a quorum is present shall be required for submission to the University Faculty for consideration. Voting by the University Faculty as described in Article III shall be by ballot. Approval by a two-thirds majority of the ballots returned shall be required for passage and submission the University President for review and approval. Following review and approval by the President, each amendment shall be submitted to the Board of Trustees for review.”
The proposed amendments to the Faculty Senate’s Constitution have no effect until the process outlined in the 2011 Constitution is followed. The Faculty Senate has until, which is 21 days from the date of this memorandum, to follow the process above to make amendments as prescribed in the Faculty Senate’s 2011 Constitution. The Faculty Senate will not be recognized as a University committee if it does not comply with its 2011 Constitution by . Should the Faculty Senate decline to take the appropriate action by the requested date, the University encourages the faculty-at-large to make a determination as to how it wishes to participate in the governance of the University.
Again, the work of the Faculty Senate is of great value to the University since it is a mechanism that should promote inclusiveness and shared governance. In this vein, the Faculty Senate must comply with the mandates dictated by its Constitution, which permits all eligible faculty to vote on significant amendments to the Faculty Senate Constitution. We look forward to the timely resolution of this issue, so that we can continue to move forward with the great work of this institution. The administration is confident that by working together, we can overcome these hurdles.
cc: CSU Deans
Wayne Watson, Ph.D.
Chicago State University
9501 S. King Drive
Cook Administration / #313
Chicago, IL 60628