CONSTITUTION OF THE
SANTA ROSA JUNIOR COLLEGE
Academic Senate is created to secure the professional rights
and to carry out the responsibilities of the faculty of the Sonoma
County Junior College District. The faculty have the traditional
right of college faculty to participate in the governance of
the college. As specialists in specific disciplines and
as experienced instructors, the participation of the faculty
in the governance of the college is essential for the district's
pursuit of its mission. As professionals, the faculty have
a right and a duty to set professional and ethical standards
for the conduct of their profession and to promote the excellence
of their profession. In order to achieve these ends
and in accordance with Title 5 of the California Administrative
Code, Subchapter 2, Sections 53200-53205, this Academic Senate
ARTICLE I: NAME
Section 1: The
organization shall be known as the Santa Rosa Junior College Academic
Senate, hereinafter called the Senate.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Section 1: To
promote the professional interests of the faculty of the
Sonoma County Community College District and to participate in
the collegial governance of the college.
Section 2: To
provide the faculty with a representative body to carry out
all responsibilities delegated to a community college academic
senate by state law, the Board of Governors of the California
Community Colleges, and the Board of Trustees as outlined in
Section 3: To
promote communication and mutual understanding among the
Section 4: To
promote the development and maintenance of teaching excellence
within the framework of academic freedom and professional
responsibilities and ethics.
ARTICLE III: THE
Section 1: Regular,
60% or greater, contract tenure-track faculty shall constitute
the electorate of the Senate and are eligible to vote. Personnel
whose job requires an administrative or supervisory credential
or who are placed on the administrative salary schedule shall
not be members of the senate. Adjunct faculty members teaching
40% or more will be members of the adjunct electorate of
the Academic Senate.
The Senate shall decide the classification of those
individuals whose membership in the electorate is not clearly
defined in Section 1 of this article.
librarians shall be members of the electorate.
counselors shall be members of the electorate.
C. Other Regular-contract support service
personnel, such as the Learning Center Director and staff,
shall be members of the electorate.
D. Elected department chairs without regard to
reassigned time shall be members of the electorate.
ARTICLE IV: MEMBERSHIP
AND ORGANIZATION OF THE SENATE
Section 1: Any member of the electorate can run for a seat on the
Section 2: The
Senate shall consist of 26 senators elected as representatives
and any officers who are elected at-large.
Section 3: The
26 elected representatives shall represent at least 14 different
areas of the electorate. The method of division into
the 14 areas shall be specified in the By-Laws. Four positions
will be reserved for election by the adjunct electorate as
specified in the By-Laws.
Section 4: Senators
shall be elected for two-year terms. Half the Senate
will be elected each year.
Section 5: The
officers of the Senate shall be members of the Senate and
include the President, President-elect, a Vice- President, Executive
Secretary, Past President, and others as deemed necessary.
Section 6: The
President-Elect shall be a full-time, tenure-track faculty member,
and a senator or former senator. The President-Elect will
be elected at-large by the electorate. After serving one
year, the President-Elect will assume the duties of the president
for two years. After completion of the terms of president,
the president will serve as Past-President for two years. Any
individual may serve as President for no more than two consecutive
Section 7: The
Vice-President and the Executive Secretary shall be elected
from among the area representatives and shall serve for two years.
Section 8: The
duties of elected representatives and the senate officers
and their methods of election shall be specified in the By-Laws.
ARTICLE V: VACANCIES
Section 1: When
vacancies occur, upon direction of the Senate, new members
or officers shall be nominated and elected by the appropriate
constituency as soon as possible within that semester.
Section 2: When
a Senator is on authorized leave, the Senate President may
appoint a replacement to serve until the Senator returns to active
Section 3: The
recall of a Senator shall be accomplished by presentation to
the Senate of a petition signed by a majority of the electorate. Upon
the receipt of such petition at a Senate meeting, the Senate
shall declare the seat vacant.
ARTICLE VI: AMENDMENTS,
INITIATIVE, AND REFERENDUM
Section 1: The
constitution may be amended by the following initiative processes:
petition signed by ten percent of the electorate shall be
presented to the Senate, or the Senate may vote to submit the
amendment(s) to the electorate.
If approved by two-thirds of those voting, the amendment(s)
shall become effective on the date specified in the amendment(s).
2: Other initiative
measures shall proceed as follows:
Senate shall place on the ballot an initiative or referendum
measure signed by ten percent of the electorate.
approved by two-thirds of the votes cast, the measure shall
receive appropriate action of the Senate.
Section 3: Future
State legislation or directives affecting Community College
Academic Senates shall be presented to the electorate in the
form of constitutional amendments.
Section 4: The
President of the College and the Board of Trustees shall
be consulted in advance of any major changes in this document.