Bylaws

Article I. Assembly Executive Committee, Including Officers
Article II. Committees
Article III. Conducting Business
Article IV. Election Procedures
Article V. Amendments to the Bylaws
Article VI. Authorization and Parliamentary Authority

Article I. Assembly Executive Committee, Including Officers

Section 1. The Assembly Executive Committee, hereinafter referred to as the Executive Committee, is drawn from the twenty-one member Assembly and shall consist of seven members: Officers of the Assembly and Chairs of the Standing Committees.

a)   The Officers shall be elected by the Assembly; the Chairs of the Standing Committees shall be appointed by the Officers.

b)   The Executive Committee members shall assume their duties on July 1.

c)   The President shall serve a one-year term. 

d)   The Vice-President/President-Elect shall also serve a one-year term.  However, if the Vice-President assumes the presidency due to a mid-term vacancy, the following guideline applies:  if at least ten months remain of the former President’s term, the Vice-President should consider that term to be the one-year term.

e)   The Secretary and Standing Committee Chairs may be reelected or reappointed to a second one-year term. 

Section 2. The Officers shall be:

a)   The President of the Assembly, hereinafter referred to as the President;

b)   The Vice-President and President-Elect, hereinafter referred to as the Vice-President, who shall succeed to the Office of President the July following his or her assumption of the Vice-Presidential duties (or if the President is unable to complete his or her term of office); and

c)   The Secretary.

Section 3. Officers shall perform the duties prescribed by these Bylaws and by the parliamentary authority adopted by the Assembly. 

a)   The President shall:

  • Convene and preside over Assembly, Executive Committee, and general professionals and professional faculty meetings.
  • Serve as the liaison from the Assembly to the College President, the Provost, and other senior administrators
  • Initiate the Assembly’s polling of Assembly membership as needed when issues arise between meetings
  • Serve as an ex officio member of all standing committees
  • Determine, based on the recommendation of the Membership Committee, when a Assembly member’s seat is vacant 

b)   The Vice-President shall perform the duties of the President during his or her absence, act as Parliamentarian, and perform other duties as assigned by the President. 

c)   The Secretary shall:

  • Maintain the rosters of professionals and professional faculty, the Assembly, and Assembly Committees
  • Prepare and distribute the agendas for Executive Committee, Assembly, and general professionals and professional faculty meetings to the professionals and professional faculty, the College President, the Provost, and the Vice President for Administration
  • Prepare and distribute the minutes of meetings of Executive Committee, Assembly, and general professionals and professional faculty meetings to the professionals and professional faculty, the College President, the Provost, other senior administrators, other concerned parties, and to the university Archivist in a timely manner
  • Take attendance at Assembly meetings
  • Maintain the records of the Assembly   

Section 4. When either the Vice-President or the Secretary is unable to complete a term of office, a replacement shall be elected, by the means described in these Bylaws. 

Article II. Committees 

Section 1. The Standing Committees and their responsibilities shall be:

a)   Academic Issues Committee: Monitor academic issues to identify those that directly affect professionals and professional faculty and their areas of responsibility; consult with Assembly members and, if appropriate, recommend courses of action; ensure that professionals and professional faculty are represented on appropriate university-wide academic committees.

b)   Policies and Administrative Issues Committee: Monitor College administrative issues of relevance to professionals and professional faculty, consistent with the purpose of the Assembly as set forth in the Constitution; inform Assembly members and, if appropriate, recommend courses of action; review, research, and recommend changes to policies affecting professionals and professional faculty; ensure that policies for professionals and professional faculty  are readily available and accessible, such as through codification in a handbook; advise on grievances related to professionals and professional faculty, upon request; ensure that professionals and professional faculty are represented on appropriate university-wide administrative committees.

c)   Communications Committee: Manage Assembly web pages, listservs, surveys, communications/public relations; assist the Membership Committee with polling and voting.

d)   Membership Committee: Manage Assembly elections, including recruitment of nominations to ensure diverse representation and election procedures as outlined in the Constitution and Bylaws; maintain written records of election results; annually review and, if needed, recommend revisions to election procedures; monitor Assembly members’ status and attendance to identify for the President possible vacancies, pursuant to Article IV of the Constitution; assist Assembly committee chairs with recruitment of committee members.

Changes to Standing Committees require amendment to these Bylaws. 

Section 2. Ad hoc or special committees may be established as the Assembly deems necessary. The purpose and charges for such committees shall be determined by the Assembly upon recommendation from the Executive Committee. The chair of each ad hoc committee shall establish its membership. Ad hoc committee chairs need not serve on the Assembly but will report to the Assembly. 

Section 3. Committee chairs will be Assembly members.  Committee members generally will be drawn from professionals and professional faculty.  Members may, in consultation with appropriate authorities, be drawn from instructional faculty, faculty emeriti, operational employees, alumni, students, and such other constituencies as may be required or appropriate. 

Section 4. Each committee may formulate its own operating procedures, addressing matters such as the provision for liaison with all appropriate councils and committees and provision for sub-committees of the committee, if appropriate.  

Section 5. The chair of each Assembly committee, Standing or other, shall:

a)   Establish the membership of the committee

b)   Announce committee meetings to the Assembly at least one week in advance

c)   In advance of Assembly meetings, provide the Assembly and professionals/professional faculty with timely reports

d)   In advance of Assembly and general professionals/professional faculty meetings, identify topics or issues that require discussion and request agenda time; in advance of the meetings, provide attendees with relevant documents

e)   Arrange for the distribution of a copy of committee reports to each representative in advance of the Assembly meeting at which action on its recommendations is to take place

f)   Hold open hearings on issues when appropriate; give 15 days advance notice when possible

g)   Update relevant portions of the Assembly’s goals and objectives

h)   File written records of all committee meetings, hearings, and official correspondence; committee meeting minutes will be publicly available

i)   File annual reports with the Assembly Secretary. 

Article III. Conducting Business

Section 1. The regular meetings of the Assembly shall be held at least six (6) times per year. General meetings of professionals and professional faculty shall be held at least once per year. 

Section 2. Special meetings of the Assembly, Executive Committee, and professionals and professional faculty may be called at the discretion of the President or by request made to the President by any one of the following: 

a)   Any two members of the Assembly

b)   Any ten professionals or professional faculty members, in writing

c)   The College President, Provost, or Vice President for Administration 

The purpose of the meeting shall be stated in the call. Except in cases of emergency, at least ten days notice shall be given.

Section 3. Meeting dates shall be published in advance in appropriate College publications. 

Section 4. Items may be placed on agendas for regular Assembly and general professionals and professional faculty meetings by any one of the following: 

a)   The President, the Executive Committee, or any committee of the Assembly

b)   Any two members of the Assembly

c)   Any ten professionals or professional faculty, in writing

d)   The College President, Provost, or Vice President for Administration. 

Items to be placed on the agenda shall be submitted to the Secretary at least fifteen days prior to the next meeting. 

Section 5. The agendas for each Assembly, Executive Committee, and professionals and professional faculty meeting, along with supporting papers, shall be distributed to the professionals and professional faculty and to the College President, Provost, and Vice President for Administration at least 10 days prior to the meeting. All agendas shall be distributed by electronic transmission and posted on the Assembly website. If available, agendas may also be published in an appropriate College publication. 

Section 6.  Assembly quorums are:

a)   Meetings:  fifty percent of filled Assembly positions

b)   Approval of minutes, resolutions, etc.:  if a quorum exists, a majority of those present and voting (absent members may provide a written proxy vote to the President or Secretary prior to a meeting)

c)   Constitution and Bylaws amendments:  two-thirds of all Assembly members (not just those present)

Voting on motions shall normally be viva voce or by show of hands, but five members may require a roll call vote upon any motion. 

Section 7.  Except for the election of representatives to the Assembly, all voting  -- for Constitution and Bylaws amendments, resolutions, etc. -- is conducted by the Assembly.  

Section 8.  Assembly and professionals and professional faculty meetings generally shall be open. The Assembly may invite persons who are not members of the Assembly to speak. Non-members may also be granted the privilege of the floor by the presiding officer. 

Section 9.  Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised shall govern in all cases in which they are applicable and not in conflict with this Constitution and Bylaws. 

Article IV. Election Procedures

Section 1. Assembly members are elected in accordance with voting as outlined in the Constitution, Article IV.  The Membership Committee is responsible for soliciting nominations, distributing ballots or coordinating electronic voting, tabulating ballot results, and communicating the results to the President. 

Section 2. The Membership Committee shall strive to nominate candidates for Assembly service from a broad cross-section of professionals and professional faculty. The Membership Committee will make its best efforts to achieve a balance between academic and non-academic units and to avoid duplication of areas represented. The Membership Committee shall also strive to achieve diversity in areas including, but not limited to, age, gender, sexual preference, and ethnicity, when formulating its nomination slate. 

Section 3. Each spring, and no later than May 31, elections for vacant seats on the Assembly shall be conducted at a general professionals and professional faculty meeting or by mail or electronic balloting.  The President shall report results to the Assembly and to professionals and professional faculty members and notify nominees regarding election results. 

Section 4. For each regular election, there shall be a public call for nominations at least sixty (60) days in advance of the election and a publication of nominees at least thirty (30) days in advance of the election. The ballot shall list the names and platform statements of all nominees who are eligible to serve on the Assembly. At least one candidate for each vacant Assembly seat must be listed on the ballot.  The ballot will be open for at least fifteen (15) working days.   

Section 5. Specific election procedures, including procedures for nominations from the floor during elections and use of electronic or mail ballots, shall be set out in a separate document approved by the Assembly. 

Section 6. In the event that more than two candidates are nominated for a position and none receives a majority of the votes cast on the first ballot, balloting continues with the name of the candidate receiving the fewest votes being dropped from the ballot, after each vote. In the event that there is no one candidate with the fewest votes, balloting continues with all names included until such time as a candidate receives a majority of votes cast (in which case he or she is declared elected) or until a candidate receives the fewest votes (in which case his or her name is dropped from the ballot and the balloting continues).  In order to provide continuity of membership, the terms of Assembly members shall be staggered so that one-third of Assembly members shall be elected each year.  

Section 7. An initial Assembly shall be elected via a Special Election held within sixty days after the adoption of these Bylaws. The initial Assembly will determine which members will hold one-year, two-year, and three-year terms. Those selected to the initial one-year term shall be eligible to stand for reelection for two successive three-year terms. 

Section 8. Resignations from an office, chair, or the Assembly shall be submitted in writing to the Executive Committee and, in the case of a committee chair resignation, the appropriate committee. If membership in the Assembly drops to fewer than 19 seats and more than six (6) months exists before the annual May election, the Assembly will hold an election to fill those vacancies.. For resignations from an office, the Assembly shall elect a new member to the office. For resignations from a chair, the officers shall appoint a new chair. 

Section 9.  When mid-term vacancies are filled, the newly elected members will choose which vacant seat (term) they will fill, in order of those receiving the highest number of votes.

Section 10. After the election of the new Assembly members, the incumbent Officers shall convene the forthcoming year's Assembly. The incumbent Officers shall officiate at this meeting and shall distribute notices of the meeting and minutes for regular meetings. Bylaws Article IV, Section 6, applies for ties and majorities. At this meeting, only the members of the forthcoming year's Assembly are eligible to vote for Officers.

Article V. Amendments to the Bylaws

Section 1. Any professional or professional faculty member may propose amendments at a regular meeting of the Assembly or general meeting of professionals and professional faculty. To be approved for consideration, the proposal must receive the affirmative vote of two-thirds of the Assembly members. 

Section 2. In the event a request for an amendment is voted down by the Assembly, any professional or professional faculty member may submit to the Assembly a petition signed by at least twenty-five members. Within sixty days of receipt of the petition, the Assembly shall schedule an Assembly vote on the amendment. 

Section 3.  Proposed amendments that receive an initial approval by the Assembly will be sent to the Provost for review and authorization to proceed. 

Section 4. These proposed amendments shall then be submitted to all professionals and professional faculty at least thirty days prior to a vote. Discussion of the amendments shall be at a regularly scheduled or called general professionals and professional faculty meeting or conducted electronically.  

Section 5.  After the thirty-day review period, the Assembly will formally vote to approve the amendments. Adoption of amendments shall require an affirmative vote by two-thirds of Assembly members casting or returning ballots. 

Section 6.  Amendments formally approved by the Assembly shall be sent to the Provost for final review and approval.   If the Provost determines that an amendment should be reviewed and approved by the Board of Visitors, the amendment will be sent to the Board of Visitors for final review and approval. 

Article VI. Authorization and Parliamentary Authority 

Section 1. These Bylaws shall be reported to the professionals and professional faculty for approval according to the procedures listed for changing the Bylaws and shall be presented, when approved, to the College President and Provost.  

Section 2. The rules contained in the current edition of Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised shall govern the Assembly in all cases to which they are applicable and in which they are not inconsistent with these Bylaws and any special rules of order the Assembly may adopt by action of the Assembly.