Articles of Agreement
Conscious of the responsibility of our high calling in the service of our common society
through the transmission of its heritage and hopeful of the future we humbly seek
to mold, we the faculty of Allan Hancock College, in order to further the advance
of higher education in our community through a more effective implementation of our
just professional concerns, do covenant the following Articles of Agreement.
Article I - The Faculty
For purposes of these articles, the faculty of Allan Hancock College shall consist
of any full-time (tenure, tenure-track, or non-tenure) employee of the Allan Hancock
College District who is employed in an academic position that is not designated as
supervisory or management.
Article II - The Faculty in Convocation
The faculty shall meet in convocation as needed when called by the Academic Senate
or the Executive Council, at such time and place and under such rules, as the Academic
Senate shall decide. All convocations shall be presided over by the president of the
Academic Senate. The faculty in convocation shall concern itself with matters hereinafter
provided for its consideration in these Articles; with matters referred to it by the
Academic Senate; with matters referred to it by the Executive Council of the Academic
Senate; and with any and all matters of common concern provided the faculty in convocation,
by majority vote, agree to their consideration.
Article III - The Academic Senate
Each department in the college shall be represented in the Academic Senate. For purposes
of this document, these full-time faculty shall constitute a department: Learning
Assistance Program, librarians, college nurse, and economic development. Representation
shall be based on the ratio of one senator for each seven members of the department
or major fraction thereof, provided that each department has at least one senator.
In event such faculty member is serving in more than one department, the said faculty
member shall choose the department in which the faculty member shall be counted. The
part-time faculty shall be represented by three senators elected at-large, no more
than one from each division. Senators shall be elected within each department during
the spring semester prior to finalization of the next fall's class schedule. The term
of each senator shall be for two years and each senator shall have one vote. Public
comments at academic senate meetings are limited to 5 minutes per person with an additional
5 minutes at the discretion of the senate president.
Immediately after they shall be assembled in consequence of the first election, they
shall be divided as equally as may be, into two classes. The seats of the senators
of the first class shall be vacated at the expiration of the first year; of the second,
at the expiration of the second year, so that one half may be chosen every second
No person shall be a senator who shall not be a faculty member as defined in Article
I, or who shall be a department chairperson, except the senators elected by the part-time
faculty. However, a department chairperson freely elected by members of a department
under such rules and regulations as are adopted by the senate may be a senator, provided
the person is otherwise qualified according to Article I.
The Academic Senate shall be the judge of the qualifications and elections of its
members; and by a vote of two-thirds may expel a member, even if the senator is a
member of the Academic Senate Executive Council. The senate shall make provision for
any vacancies that may occur in the representation of any department in the senate
or any officer thereof.
Article IV - The Executive Council of the Academic Senate
During the spring semester, prior to finalization of the next fall's class schedule,
the faculty as defined herein shall select at large, five members of the Executive
Council of the Academic Senate, all of who must have the qualifications of the senators,
except that no more than two of whom may be members of the same department. They shall
serve for two years. Executive Council members shall serve staggered terms so as to
render the Executive Council a continuing body. The immediate past president shall
serve a one-year term as an ex-officio member of the Executive Council.
Immediately after they shall be assembled in consequence of their election, the Executive
Council shall choose by simple majority from among the five above, a President of
the Academic Senate, a Vice-President of the Academic Senate, a Secretary-Treasurer
of the Academic Senate and two Senator Counselors. Their selections shall be submitted
to the Senate for confirmation at the first regular meeting following the elections.
The president of the senate shall preside over the senate and the faculty in convocation;
and shall, with the advice and consent of the Executive Council, make all appointments
not herein provided for; and prepare the agenda for the senate and the faculty in
convocation; and discharge any and all responsibilities delegated to him/her by the
senate or the faculty in convocation. The vice-president shall perform the duties
of the president in the absence of the president and assume the office of president,
should that office become vacant. The Secretary-Treasurer of the Academic Senate shall
keep all minutes, records and accounts of the Academic Senate and the faculty in convocation.
The vice-president, the secretary-treasurer, the senator counselors shall advise,
counsel and assist the president; and perform such duties and discharge such responsibilities
as may be delegated to the Executive Council of the Academic Senate by the senate
or the faculty in convocation.
It shall set the times and places of its own meetings and of all elections, and determine
the rules of its proceedings. It may, for purposes of these Articles, redefine the
constituency of the non-departmental faculty as referred to in Article III, Section
One, without a bylaw change. A majority of the senate shall constitute a quorum to
do business, but a smaller number may be authorized to take such measures deemed expedient
to induce a quorum. Members of the Executive Council of the senate are senators-at-large
with all the rights and responsibilities of senators except that the president of
the senate shall have no vote unless the senate is equally divided or the president's
vote would otherwise determine the result.
Article V - Removal of Senators
Any senator (including members of the Executive Council) elected by the faculty may
be required to stand for recall, upon demand by valid petition of one-fourth of the
faculty as defined herein, provided that a convocation of the faculty occur between
the demand and the recall election, and that provision be made for the continued occupancy
of the office. Any senator elected by the part-time faculty may be required to stand
for recall, upon demand by valid petition of one-fourth of the part-time faculty,
provided that convocation of the part-time faculty occurs between the demand and the
recall election, and that provision be made for the continued occupancy of the office.
Article VI - Amendment
These Articles of Agreement may be amended at convocation called for by valid petition
of one-fourth of the faculty or upon the request of the Academic Senate. The proposed
amendments must be distributed to the faculty no later than 10 days before the convocation.
A minimum of thirty percent of the faculty must be present to vote on the by-law changes.
By-law changes will pass upon a majority vote of those present.
Article VII - Implementation
All other provisions in these Articles to the contrary notwithstanding, the Academic
Senate Committee, as constituted by the faculty in general meeting assembled on March
22, 1965, is authorized to put these Articles of Agreement into immediate operation
upon its ratification by the faculty.
Article VIII - Ratification
These Articles of Agreement shall be the basic law of the faculty of Allan Hancock
College when approved of by two-thirds of the faculty present and voting, as defined
herein, by secret ballot.
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