I heard today from someone doing an article on the Senate controversy that the administration claims there are 360 faculty members at Chicago State who should have been eligible to vote in the February Senate election to amend the 2011 Constitution. Apparently, this belief is one of the bases for the specious objections being made by the administration about “voting irregularities,” a groundless allegation repeated by our feckless Board of Trustees Chairman. Since the Chicago State administration’s position here is either completely disingenuous or completely ignorant, I will offer a clarification.
As most of us know by now, the issue is the Senate’s failure to adhere to the provisions of its 2011 Constitution. The Senate represents only unit “A” tenured and tenure-track full-time faculty, as the 2011 Constitution, Article III, makes clear:
As far as Senate elections, Article IX specifies that the only faculty members eligible to vote are those defined in Article III:
This seems a fairly straightforward calculus that anyone should be able to understand. Why is it that our administration seems to have such difficulty with this document? While it may be true that Chicago State employs 360 faculty, only a little over 200 are eligible to vote in Senate elections. How can a controversy created by the administration and stemming from such a profound lack of understanding about the Senate's governing document be resolved?