Proposed Handbook Changes – Electronic Voting

Proposed Handbook Changes – Electronic Voting

(Approved by the Faculty Senate on April 25, 2016) 

I. Faculty Constitution

(Replace existing language with new language)


Article VII. Amendments


Section 1. Any section of the Faculty Constitution may be amended. Amendments to the constitution shall first be considered by the Faculty Senate in a regularly scheduled or called meeting with a quorum present. The proposed amendment(s) shall require a two-thirds vote to pass.

An amendment may refer to multiple sections of the Constitution, but an amendment must refer only to a single theme or topic. If a second theme or topic is to be considered, it shall be treated as a second amendment. More than one amendment may be considered at each meeting.


Section 2. The Faculty Senate shall determine whether a faculty vote on the amendment be carried out electronically or through a general meeting of the faculty. The decision will require a majority vote of the Senators.


Section 3. If voting is to be carried out electronically, a forum to discuss the proposed amendment(s) must be held prior to a vote by the faculty. The forum will be organized by the Faculty Senate. The proposed changes and written notice of the forum shall be sent to voting-eligible faculty by the Faculty Senate Chair at least ten (10) working days prior to the event. Voting on the proposed amendment(s) shall begin within 24 hours of the forum’s completion and will remain open for five (5) working days. An affirmation of the proposed amendment(s) will require approval by two-thirds of the faculty voting. A quorum for voting purposes shall consist of a simple majority (50% + 1) of the voting-eligible faculty.


Section 4. If the voting on proposed changes to the Constitution are to be carried out by a general meeting of the faculty, the Faculty Senate will notify the faculty at least ten (10) days prior to the scheduled meeting. The Faculty Senate Chair will distribute to the faculty a copy of the proposed amendment(s) and the rationale for the proposed changes. A quorum for the meeting shall consist of a simple majority (50% + 1) of the voting-eligible faculty. The meeting shall be conducted according to Robert’s Rules of Order. Passage of the proposed amendment will require approval by a two-thirds of the faculty present.