CONSTITUTION OF THE CITADEL FACULTY COUNCIL
The name of this organization shall be The Citadel Faculty Council (hereinafter referred to as the Council).
The purposes of the Council shall be:
A. To consider institutional problems and policies; to study, discuss, and make recommendations concerning them.
B. To serve as a channel of communication between the faculty and the administration.
C. To oversee all standing faculty committees.
1. Approve charters/constitutions of standing faculty committees
2. Facilitate the staffing of the Committee-on-Committees
3. Recommend that faculty committees to take action on items
MEMBERSHIP AND ELECTIONS
FACULTY: The faculty represented by this Council is defined as consisting of all full-time, permanent faculty members.
DEPARTMENT: For purposes of membership and elections, the term department as used herein includes schools that are single-department schools.
1. Eligibility: All members of the faculty, as defined above, except members of the Academic Board and administration, are eligible to serve on the Council.
a. Departments shall be entitled to representatives on the Council. The current school/department organizational structure will be reflected in the Faculty Council Bylaws.
b. Representation on the Council from departments will be as follows:
(1) Departments having no more than eleven faculty members will be entitled to one representative.
(2) Departments having twelve or more faculty members will be entitled to two representatives.
3. Term of Office:
a. For the purpose of continuity, the elected Faculty Council Chair will normally serve a two-year term. However, the Chair may be removed by a 2/3 vote of Faculty Council membership.
b. Department representatives are normally elected to serve two years terms. Service is normally limited to two consecutive full two-year terms.
c. New terms of office will begin at the May meeting of the Council each academic year.
1. Elections of representatives to the Council will be conducted by the department head.
a. Voting will be by secret ballot.
b. Each member of the faculty will be entitled to one vote.
2. Elections to fill vacancies caused by expired terms of office will be held each April.
3. Unexpired terms will be filled by the departments involved as they occur.
D. ROLE OF ELECTED FACULTY COUNCIL MEMBERS:
1. To solicit the opinion of their department on issues.
2. To communicate Council business to department colleagues.
A. The Council at its last (May) meeting each academic year will elect from its members a Chair (if required), a Vice-Chair, and a Secretary.
B. The Chair shall speak for the Council.
MEETINGS AND PROCEDURES
1. Regular meetings of the Council will be held monthly during the academic year, beginning in May.
a. The Chair may cancel a regular meeting, but may not cancel two consecutive monthly meetings.
b. The Chair may call special meetings of the Council, and must call a special meeting upon petition of one-half of the members of the Council.
2. A majority of the membership of the Council shall be considered a quorum.
3. Meetings of the Council will normally be restricted to the members of the Council, department appointed substitutions for members of the Council, plus others whose presence is deemed necessary for the conduct of its business; however, the Chair, with the consent of a majority of the members of the Council, may call an open meeting.
1. Any member of the faculty or any administrative officer may present a matter in writing to the Chair who, in turn, will present it to the Council at its next meeting.
2. All recommendations of the Council will be in writing, signed by the Chair and the Secretary, and forwarded by the Chair to the proper authority.
3. All persons submitting matters to the Council will be notified in writing of the disposition of such matters.
4. The Council will, as of 10 January and 10 May of each year, publish to all members of the faculty a report, to include a consolidated list of matters submitted to the Council, and the present disposition of or final action taken on such matters (except as noted in Section 6 below).
5. The minutes of the proceedings of the Council will be open to all members of the faculty.
6. Matters of individual personal grievances for which the complainant requests in writing confidential treatment will be excluded from the report required in Article V, Section B.4 above, and from the minutes of the proceedings of the Council.
The Council is empowered to adopt those Bylaws it deems necessary for the conduct of its business and which are consistent with the Constitution.
AMENDMENTS AND ADOPTION
A. Amendments to the Constitution shall be made upon recommendation of 2/3 of the Council with the approval of 2/3 of the faculty and the President. The amended Constitution shall become effective September 1st following Presidential approval.
Amended: 9/22/2003, 5/5/2005, 4/16/2012