Cooperation between the faculty and the administration is essential for the well being of the Southwestern Christian University, and this cooperation must be founded upon mutual respect and confidence. We recognize that both the administration and the faculty have distinct functions and interests which, though they may overlap, do not coincide. Each group also has its own rights and responsibilities, so that there is necessarily a limit to the prerogatives of each. The faculty has primary responsibility for such fundamental areas as curriculum, subject matter and methods of instruction, faculty status, and those aspects of student life which relate to the educational process. However, the faculty must participate in making the decisions which will determine the future of the university. This participation is necessary in the interest of efficiency and harmony. Without it the institution cannot make full use of the resources at its disposal. With it the school can promote the mutual respect and confidence essential to harmony. Only if the institution embodies a genuine partnership between administration and faculty can it be successful in carrying out the functions of a 4-year Liberal Arts Christian University.
THE FACULTY SENATE
ARTICLE I. NAME AND OFFICE
The name of this organization shall be the Faculty SENATE of SOUTHWESTERN CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY.
1. The offices of the President, Vice-President and Secretary/Treasurer shall be selected from within the FACULTY.
2. The FACULTY SENATE shall represent the FACULTY as prescribed in the
3. The office of the FACULTY SENATE shall be on the campus of Southwestern
Christian University in the city of Bethany, Oklahoma.
ARTICLE II. MEMBERS AND OFFICERS
The FACULTY SENATE shall maintain a list of qualified personnel for membership, and admit to membership all qualified personnel. Application for new membership shall be restricted to 30 days following the first day of each semester. Qualified personnel are here described as faculty members who comply with the following:
1. Instructors, other than those designated Deans, with a nine-credit hour minimal (academic) responsibility per semester as described in the university catalog or prorated equivalent.
2. Professional counselors who are academically trained for this responsibility and whose prime obligation is to the university in a counseling and/or a prorated academic instructional capacity.
3. Professional librarians who are academically trained for this responsibility and whose prime obligations are to the university in the care and management of the university library and/or a prorated academic instructionally responsibility.
4. The Faculty Senate may set and collect a fee to be designated membership dues. The amount of these dues shall be determined by and must be approved by a majority vote of the Senate.
1. The officers of the Faculty Senate shall be a PRESIDENT, a VICE-PRESIDENT, a SECRETARY/TREASURER. The President and Vice-President and the Secretary/Treasurer shall be elected by the Association. Their terms of office shall be one year, beginning May 31 of the year in which they are elected.
2. The Vice-President shall be designated President-elect and shall automatically assume the office of President upon completion of the President term of office.
3. Other officers may be reelected but may not serve more than two (2) full terms in succession.
4. Duties of the President and Vice-President/President-elect are enumerated by the by-laws.
THE FACULTY SENATE
ARTICLE III. PURPOSE AND FUNCTIONS OF THE FACULTY SENATE
1. The Faculty Senate shall acknowledge its special responsibilities to the Faculty Association. The purpose of the Faculty Senate shall be to advance the welfare and effectiveness of the University. In helping to achieve this end, the Faculty Senate shall serve as a regular channel of communication between the Faculty and the Administration. The Faculty Senate shall also act on matters delegated to the Senate by the Board of Regents or the President. Furthermore, the Senate shall advise the President or the Board of Regents on any matter of general concern to the Faculty or the institution. Such advice shall be given when these officials request it, or advice may also be offered on the initiative of the Senate. Finally, the Faculty Senate shall seek to assure that representatives of the Faculty shall have a vote in the formulation, revision and supervision of school policy.
2. As the official representative of the Faculty Senate must be responsive to the will of the Faculty and attentive to the views of each segment, whether those views by expressed by the elected representatives or through the process of petition described in Article VIII, Section C.
ARTICLE IV. MEMBERS AND OFFICERS OF THE FACULTY SENATE
1. The Faculty Senate shall consist of representatives of the Faculty.
2. The President and Vice-President and Secretary/Treasurer shall be elected in accordance with the provisions of Article II, Section D, and Article VI
3. Each of the Schools recognized by the Board of Regents shall have at least one representative.
4. Representatives-at-large shall fill the remaining vacancies. However, the number of representatives-at-large shall be at least equal to the number of School Representatives.
5. A vacancy shall occur upon death, resignation, or non-attendance. Nonattendance shall be determined by the bylaws of the Faculty Senate.
ARTICLE V. ELECTIONS
1. All elections shall be by secret ballot. Absentee ballots may be obtained four days prior to the election, from the Chairman of the Election Committee. The absentee ballots must be cast at least one day prior to the day of the election.
2. Each year the President shall appoint a committee of three to supervise the nomination and election of the President and Vice-president and the Secretary /Treasurer.
3. The Election Committee shall announce the dates of the election at least one month in advance and shall in its announcement solicit nominations from the faculty.
4. If seven days before an election the committee shall not have received two valid nominations for each vacancy, the committee shall propose names of Faculty members to make up the deficiency.
5. FILLING VACANCIES. If the office of President becomes vacant, the Vice President shall assume the post and shall serve for the remainder of the school year. When the Office of Vice-president or any other Office is vacant, The President shall assure that it is filled by special election as soon as possible.
6. DATE AND PROCEDURES. Elections shall be held on any date set by the Faculty Senate President. Procedures will be determined by the Faculty Senate President.
ARTICLE VI. MEETINGS OF THE FACULTY SENATE
1. The Faculty Senate shall hold regularly scheduled meetings at the time designated by the Senate President as part of the monthly Faculty Meetings held on the first Friday of September, November, December, February and May.
2. Special meetings may be called at the written request of the President of the College, President of the Faculty Senate or ten percent of the Faculty. The time of the meetings shall be set so the Faculty can be notified in advance of the subjects to be discussed at the meeting.
3. The Agenda
A. Before each meeting, the Secretary shall prepare an agenda setting forth clearly each subject to be discussed by the Faculty Senate and shall provide each member of the Faculty with a copy of the agenda.
B. Items shall be placed on the agenda at the request of any member of the Faculty Senate.
C. The requirement that the agenda be published shall in no way prohibit the Faculty Senate from discussing any matter which shall arise, but the body shall not vote on any matter not announced in the agenda, unless it is routine business, without the unanimous approval of the senators present.
D. Within a week following each regular session and within twenty-four hours following a special session, the Secretary shall provide each member of the Faculty Senate with a written report of the meeting. Any Faculty Senate member may request perusal of the minutes of any meeting of the Senate.
E. A quorum shall consist of a plurality of those qualified members of the Faculty Senate present at any regular Faculty Senate meeting.
F. The President shall normally preside at meetings of the Faculty Senate. If he/she is absent, the Vice-president shall preside. If both the President and the Vice-president are absent, the Senator whose name comes first in the alphabetical order shall preside while the Senate elects a chairman protem.
ARTICLE VII. REFERENDUM
If there is sufficient dissatisfaction with any decision of the Faculty Senate dissatisfied Faculty Senate members may require a special meeting of the Faculty Senate by presenting to the Secretary a petition protesting a particular action of the Faculty Senate. To be valid, the petition must contain the signatures of at least ten percent of the Faculty and must be in the hands of the Secretary within one month of the time the disputed decision has been made. When such a valid petition has been received by the Secretary, the President shall call a meeting of the Faculty Senate within a reasonable time and notify all members at least one week beforehand. Within a week after the faculty has discussed the matter, the Secretary shall poll the faculty by secret ballot. The chairman shall appoint three tellers; one senator, one petitioner, and one member of the staff. If a majority of the Faculty members vote to reverse the decision, the disputed action of the Faculty Senate shall be void.
ARTICLE VII. COMMITTEES
1. A planning committee shall be appointed by the Faculty senate to help the senate develop and ensure implementation of plans and strategies that will help the Faculty Senate achieve its goals and objectives.
2. The planning committee will have the responsibility for those duties outlined in the Association by-laws.
ARTICLE IX. AMENDMENT OF THE CONSTITUTION
1. An amendment to the constitution shall be submitted to the Faculty Senate for approval when it is recommended by a majority of the Faculty at a regular Faculty Meeting or when it is presented to the Secretary in a petition signed by at least twenty percent of the Faculty and received by the Faculty Senate at a regular meeting.
2. The President of the Faculty Senate shall set the date of the election, which shall be held within forty-five (45) days after the date of the distribution of the proposed amendment to the Faculty Senate by the Secretary. The proposed amendment to the constitution must be distributed to the Faculty Senate members within seven (7) days after approval. The President shall also appoint a committee of three (3) Faculty Association members who are not Senators to supervise the election and counting of ballots. Elections shall be held on any date set by the Faculty Senate President. Procedures will be determined by Faculty Senate President or his representative.
ARTICLE X. RATIFICATION OF THE CONSTITUTION
This constitution, and its’ period revisions, go into effect when ratified by two-thirds of those members of the Faculty Senate voting in favor of acceptance.
Drafted: Fall 2010
Policy Revised: Fall 2014