California State University, Bakersfield Chapter

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Article 1. Name


The name of this organization shall, be the California State University, Bakersfield Chapter of the California Faculty Association (CFA).

Article II. Purposes

The purposes of this Chapter shall be to defend and promote academic freedom, tenure, due process, and shared governance; to protect and advance the professional and economic interests of faculty; to promote the standards, ideals, usefulness, and welfare of the profession; and to facilitate the purposes, objectives, and programs of the state-wide California Faculty Association at the local level.

Article III. Membership

The membership in this Chapter shall be all persons at this University who are members of the California Faculty Association.

Article IV. Relationship with the State-wide CFA

The Constitution and other policy documents of the Chapter and any actions taken by the Chapter or its offices shall be in conformity with the Bylaws, Articles of Incorporation, and other policy documents of the state-wide CFA.

Article V. Officers

The Officers of this Chapter shall be a president, vice-president, lecturer representative(s), secretary, treasurer, and chairs of standing committees.

Section 1. Terms of Office. Each full term of office shall be for two years, beginning on

May 1 of odd-numbered years.

Section 2. Duties of Officers.

A. President.  The president shall carry out the policies of the Chapter; exercise general supervision over the activities of the Chapter; preside at meetings of the Chapter, Council, and Executive Committee; serve as spokesperson for the Chapter; serve as a representative to the CFA Delegate Assembly; and certify elected Chapter representatives to the CFA Delegate Assembly.

B. Vice President. The vice-president shall assume the duties of the president at the request of, or in the absence of, the president, shall serve as the chair of the membership committee, and shall perform additional duties as assigned by the president.

C. Lecturer Representative(s). One or two Lecturer Representative(s) shall represent the interests of lecturers on campus, hold lecturer meetings on campus at least quarterly, and serve on the statewide Lecturers’ Council. They will attend the annual CFA Assembly and the statewide Lecturers’ Council Meetings

D. Secretary. The secretary shall keep the roll of Chapter members, keep a record of all proceedings and correspondence of the Chapter, Executive Committee, and Council; send such notices as may be required; and supervise the distribution of information to members.

E. Treasurer. The treasurer shall keep an accurate record of all monies received and of all disbursements, prepare an annual report of finances, prepare and submit for approval an annual budget, and present a statement of Chapter finances at each Chapter meeting and whenever requested to do so at Executive Committee meetings.

Article VI. Governance

This Chapter shall be governed by general meetings of the membership. In order to facilitate the transaction of Chapter business, the Executive Committee and the Council are empowered to take action on behalf of, but remain subject to the direction of, the membership, as expressed through the procedures described in this constitution. Similarly, the president may take action on behalf of, but remains subject to the direction of, the Executive Committee, the Council, and membership.

Article VII. Voting and Quorum

All members of the Chapter shall have the right to vote. A quorum at Chapter meetings shall consist of at least 10% of the total membership of the Chapter.

Article VIII. Committees

Section 1. Executive Committee

A. Membership. The Executive Committee shall consist of the president, vice-­president, lecturer representative or co-representatives, secretary, treasurer, chairs of standing committees, and at-large representatives to the CFA Delegate Assembly.

B. Duties. The Executive Committee shall be vested with the authority to conduct the business of the Chapter, subject to the policies of the CFA and the directions of the Council and of the membership. In addition, the Executive Committee shall:

1. Be responsible for the Chapter’s continuing and effective presence on campus and for implementing efforts to promote CFA goals;

2. Schedule and prepare agendas for Chapter meetings; and

3. Make temporary appointments to fill vacant Executive Committee positions (except president) until new elections have been held to fill the positions for the unexpired terms of office.

            C. Meetings. The executive committee shall meet at least quarterly.

            D. Quorum. A quorum shall be one-half of the members.

Section 2. Elections Committee

A. Membership and Selection. At a fall meeting, the presiding officer shall supervise the selection of an Elections Committee, composed of three members. Members of the Elections Committee will not be eligible for nomination for elective office. Vacancies on the Elections Committee due to resignation or disqualification shall be filled by appointment of the Executive Committee, unless otherwise mandated by state bylaws. Members of the Elections Committee shall serve until a new committee is selected for the next election cycle.

B. Duties. The Elections Committee shall supervise the election of chapter officers and representatives to the CFA Delegate Assembly.

Section 4. Standing and ad hoc Committees. The following committees shall be standing committees: Membership, Faculty Rights, Affirmative Action, and Political Action. The Chapter may create other committees as necessary to promote the welfare of the Chapter’s programs.

A. Selection. The chairs and other members of standing and ad hoc committees shall be selected by the Executive Committee, except the chair of the Affirmative Action Committee shall be elected by the chapter members. Replacements for vacated committee positions shall be chosen by the same process as for initial selection.

B. Term of Office. The terms of office for standing committee members shall end with the terms of the other chapter officers.  The terms of office for ad hoc committees shall be as established at the time of appointment and shall end no later than when the terms of the appointing officers end.

Article IX. Elections

Section 1. Timing. Regular elections shall be conducted during the spring term of odd-numbered years. Special elections shall be held as soon as practical after an office has been vacated.

Section 2. Call for Nominations. Nomination suggestions shall be solicited from all members of the Chapter.

Section 3. Slate of Nominees. A slate of nominees shall be developed by the committee, containing preferably at least two persons for each of the following positions:

a. President

b. Vice-president

c. Secretary

d. Treasurer

e. Lecturer Representative(s)

f. Delegate Assembly Member(s) at Large (number to be determined by state CFA rules).

g. Affirmative Action Committee Chair

Additional nominations may be submitted by petition. A valid petition must be received by the Elections Committee within the deadline established and be signed by at least 10 members of the Chapter. No person shall be a candidate simultaneously for more than one elective office, except the Vice-president, Secretary, Treasurer, and one of two Lecturer Representatives may also serve as Delegate Assembly Member at Large

Section 4. Notification. The Elections Committee shall notify all members of the Chapter of the committee’s nominees at least two weeks prior to balloting.

Section 5. Balloting. The Elections Committee shall prepare and distribute ballots, receive and count ballots, and announce and certify the results. A ballot for each office shall contain entries for all nominees and space for a write-in candidate. Provisions may be made for including brief biographical sketches and statements by the candidates with the ballots. Each election shall be conducted by a secret ballot (which may be electronic) distributed to all members. A majority of the votes cast will be required to win.

Section 6. Vacancy for President. The Vice-president shall automatically succeed to president and complete the term of office as president when the position for president is vacated. A new vice-president shall be elected at the earliest opportunity.

Section 7. Recall. All members of the Executive Committee are subject to recall.

A. A two-thirds vote by the members at a regularly scheduled meeting, or a petition

signed by 20% of the members of the Chapter, shall cause a recall election to be conducted within a month.

B. Upon a 60% vote of the chapter members casting ballots, the person shall be recalled and shall vacate his or her position on the Executive Committee.

Section 8. Election of Representatives to the CFA Delegate Assembly. CFA Representatives shall be elected by the same procedures as for Chapter officers.

Article X. Meetings of the Membership

Regular Chapter meetings shall be held not less than once each year, as determined by the Executive Committee. Special meetings may be called by the President. The President shall call a special meeting when so directed by petition of more than 20% of the members in the chapter. A meeting shall be held within three weeks of receiving such a petition.

Section 1. Notice. Written notice of each Chapter meeting shall be sent to each member of the Chapter no less than one week in advance of the date selected for the meeting. Notice shall include time, place, and purpose of the meeting.

Article XI. Amendment of this Constitution

Section 1. Initiation. Constitutional amendments may be initiated either by petition from any ten members of the Chapter or by recommendation of the Executive Committee.

Section 2. Approval. Notice setting forth each proposed amendment, with reasons therefor, shall be sent to each member at least 14 days prior to distribution of the ballots. At least 7 days shall be allowed for the return of ballots. Approval of two-thirds of the membership responding to the secret ballot shall constitute approval by the Chapter.

After approval by the Chapter, amendments to the Constitution shall be submitted to the CFA Board of Directors. Approval by the Board is required before a constitutional amendment becomes operative.

Section 3. Amendment bv the CFA Delegate Assembly. Substantive amendments to this Constitution mav be made bv the CFA Delegate Assembly in accordance with the provisions of the Bv-Laws of the CF A to bring this constitution into harmony with the provisions of the By-laws of the CFA.

Article XII. Parliamentary Authority

The chapter and any chapter committees may follow parliamentary procedures of their choosing from time to time as long as they are not inconsistent with this Constitution or with any special rules of order adopted by the Chapter and are in accordance with the will of a majority of members present.

Article XIII. Release Time

Authorization for release time in connection with CFA elected or appointed positions shall be established annually by the Executive Committee.  Individuals who receive release time for CFA activities shall provide quarterly reports to CFA’s state office, via the chapter secretary, of their activities on behalf of CFA.