Amended: 9/22/2003, 5/5/2005
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.
MEMBERSHIP AND ELECTIONS
A. DEFINITION OF FACULTY: The faculty represented by this Council is defined as consisting of all full-time members of the academic teaching (or teaching-research) staff (including the commissioned officers of the Military Science, and Aerospace Studies, and Naval Science Departments) and the full-time professional librarians, excluding all such who are on extended leave of absence.
- Eligibility: All members of the faculty, except members of the Academic Board, are eligible to serve on the Council.
a. The Department of Aerospace Studies, the Department of Military Science, The Department of Naval Science, and the Library shall be entitled to one representative each on the Council.
b. Representation on the Council of other academic 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. The term of office for members of the Council will be normally two years, except that in the initial elections the following departments will elect one representative for a term of one year: Aerospace Studies, Biology, Business Administration, Chemistry, Electrical and Computer Engineering, English, History, Library, Mathematics and Computer Science, Modern Languages, and Health, Exercise, and Sport Science. Thereafter, all terms of office will be two years.
b. New terms of office will begin at the May meeting of the Council each academic year.
c. No one may serve on the Council for as long as three consecutive full two-year terms.
- Elections of representatives to the Council will be conducted in each department by the department head.
a. Voting will be by secret ballot.
b. Each member of the faculty will be entitled to one vote for each representative of his department.
- Elections to fill vacancies caused by expired terms of office will be held each April.
- Unexpired terms will be filled by the departments involved as they occur.
A. The Council at its last (May) meeting each academic year will elect from its members a Chairman, a Vice-Chairman, and a Secretary.
B. The Chairman shall be considered the official spokesman of the Council.
MEETINGS AND PROCEDURES
- Regular meetings of the Council will be held monthly during the academic year, beginning in May.
a. The Chairman may cancel a regular meeting at his discretion, but he may not cancel two consecutive monthly meetings.
b. The Chairman may call special meetings of the Council at his discretion and must call a special meeting upon petition of one-half of the members of the Council.
- Half of the membership of the Council plus one (1) shall be considered a quorum.
3. Meetings of the Council will normally be restricted to the members of the Council, plus others whose presence is deemed necessary for the conduct of its business; however, the Chairman, with the consent of a majority of the members of the Council, may call an open meeting.
- Any member of the faculty of any administrative officer may present a matter in writing to the Chairman who, in turn, will present it to the Council at its next meeting.
- All recommendations of the Council will be in writing, signed by the Chairman and the Secretary, and forwarded by the Chairman to the authority he deems proper.
- All persons submitting matters to the Council will be notified in writing of the disposition of such matters.
- 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).
- The minutes of the proceedings of the Council will be open to all members of the faculty.
- 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 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 two-thirds of the Council with the approval of the majority of the faculty and the President.
B. This Constitution shall become effective the September following approval by two-thirds of the faculty and by the President.