Sec. 1: Membership areas will include:
Sec. 2: To preserve continuity and staggered terms, membership areas with only one Senator will elect a new Senator every third year. Membership areas with two Senators will elect one new Senator each year with no election being held the third year. Membership areas with three Senators will elect one new Senator every year. Membership areas with four Senators will elect two new Senators the first year and one senator each of the following years.
Sec. 3: If a new membership area is created or there is a reorganization within the college, staggered terms will be determined by lot.
Sec. 4: If faculty senate election results in a tie, the Election Committee shall conduct a runoff election at the earliest convenient time, no later than the last Friday in April.
Sec. 1: The candidates for Vice President / President-elect, Secretary, and Parliamentarian of the Faculty Senate of Amarillo College shall be nominated and elected at the last meeting of the spring semester, when all Senators (including outgoing and incoming) meet for transitional purposes. Outgoing Senators may not vote in these elections. Newly elected Senators are eligible for office and may vote in these elections; however, they may not vote on procedural matters until their terms officially begin at the conclusion of the May transitional meeting. To be nominated for Vice President / President-elect, the candidate must have two years remaining as Senator.
Sec. 2: The order of nominations and elections shall be as follows:
Sec. 1: The Senate President may appoint chairmen of Senate committees.
Sec. 2: Each member of the Senate shall serve on at least one Senate committee.
Sec. 3: The Executive Committee shall consist of the Senate President, Vice President / President-elect, and Secretary.
Sec. 4: As the Professional Standards and Relations Committee, the Faculty Senate shall review faculty grievances and make recommendations according to the following procedures:
Faculty grievances shall be accepted by the Senate according to the guidelines set forth in the Faculty Handbook and only after the grievance has gone before the Vice President of Academic Affairs.
Sec. 5: Questions from the Faculty may be submitted through the Questions Committee or individual senators. The Faculty Senate will accept questions submitted to the appropriate official for a response according to the following procedures:
Sec. 6: Special committees of faculty who are not members of the Senate may be appointed by the Senate President with the consent of the Senate.
Sec. 1: A referendum may be held upon order of the Amarillo College Faculty Senate for any purpose the Faculty Senate may deem necessary. Such referendum may be called by the affirmative vote of a majority of the Faculty Senate.
Sec. 1: If a vacancy occurs on the Faculty Senate, a special election shall be called in the area unrepresented.
Sec. 1: Senators may select a substitute to attend a meeting. The Substitute shall be accorded the same privileges as the elected Senator.
Sec. 2: The office of a Senator may be declared vacant if neither the Senator nor a substitute attends two successive meetings.
Sec. 1: The President of the Faculty Senate may call a special meeting of the Faculty Senate whenever deemed necessary.
Sec. 2: A special meeting of the Faculty Senate may be called if as many as three members of the Faculty Senate desire such a meeting and the request is made in writing to the President.
Sec. 1: Any bylaw may be suspended in particular case upon unanimous agreement by entire Senate membership.
Sec. 1: The President shall, with the assistance of the Parliamentarian, conduct meetings according to the current edition of Robert’s Rules of Order.
Sec. 2: The Parliamentarian may overrule any Senator, including Senate officers, in matters of prescribed order.
Approved: August 20, 1991
Revised: Fall 2018