Motion 8: Senate Representation Apportionment

Whereas a literal reading of the Constitution, Article IV § 7, calls for at-large senators and departmental senators to be apportioned according to the combined numbers of both part-time and full-time teaching faculty,

Whereas within the memory of recent Senate Chairs, the apportionment always has been according to only the numbers of full-time teaching faculty,

Be it moved to amend the Constitution of the Faculty of SUNY Geneseo by making the following deletions (indicated with strike-out text) and additions (indicated with underlined text).

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CONSTITUTION ARTICLE IV: COLLEGE SENATE MEMBERSHIP

Section 7:

The teaching Faculty of the College shall be represented on the following basis:

a. Eighteen Faculty Senators shall be elected at-large. Each year these at-large seats shall be apportioned into two groups by the Committee on Nominations and Elections using the following procedure: Divide the number of full time teaching Faculty with more than six years of professional employment by the total number of full time teaching Faculty. Multiply this result by eighteen and round to the nearest integer. This shall be the number of seats allotted to group A. The remainder of the eighteen seats shall be allotted to group B. Any vacant seats in group A shall be filled from candidates having more than six years of professional employment by the start of the term of office. Any vacant seats in Group B shall be filled from candidates having one to six years of professional employment by the start of the term of office. Elections will be held by secret ballot, annually, and prior to the end of the Spring Term. Seats in each group will be filled for two-year terms by the candidates in that group receiving the highest number of votes cast by the Faculty. Each Senator shall be eligible for re-election.

b. Each College Department shall be represented in the College Senate according to the following formula: Departments with one to ten voting members full time teaching faculty shall be entitled to one Senator, Departments with eleven to twenty voting members full time teaching faculty shall be entitled to two Senators, Departments with twenty-one or more voting members full time teaching faculty shall be entitled to three Senators. Each Departmental Senator shall have a two-year term and shall be elected by his/her department prior to the end of the Spring Term.