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Article IV: Meetings


  1. The Faculty Senate shall hold regular meetings on the second Thursday of each month during the academic year. However, individual meetings may be moved to another Thursday during the month if necessitated by the University calendar. All meetings for any given semester shall be posted prior to the start of the semester.
  2. Special meetings will be called at the instance of the Chair of the Faculty Senate or at the written request of one-third of the voting members of the Senate. Notice of special meetings will be sent by the Secretary to all members of the Faculty Senate, and it will specify the purpose, time, and place of the special meeting. At least seven working days must elapse between the time notice is mailed and the beginning of a special meeting.
  3. The agenda for any regular meeting, as well as all reports to be discussed at the meeting, will be distributed to all Faculty Senate members, and the meeting time and place announced at least five working days in advance of the meeting.
  4. A quorum at all meetings of the Faculty Senate shall be 50 percent of the voting membership.
  5. Meetings of the Senate are open to the public. The Senate may, by majority vote, enter into Executive Session, at which time only voting members of the Faculty Senate are present.
  6. Members of the faculty or administrative staff may be invited by the Chair of the Faculty Senate or Committee Chairpersons to attend meetings for specific agenda items. These individuals may participate in the discussion if recognized by the Chair of the Faculty Senate.
  7. Direct participation of individuals other than Senators, Ex officio members, or invited guests is limited to the Open Forum if recognized by the Chair of the Faculty Senate.
  8. The Chair of the Faculty Senate will determine the use of tape recorders, cameras, and like devices as necessary to conduct the work of the Senate.
  9. The Chair of the Faculty Senate will determine the amount of time allotted to each part of the meeting, but he or she may be overruled by a two-thirds vote of the Senate.


Approved 5/3/2018