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Constitution of the Slippery Rock University Forum 

ARTICLE I. NAME AND MISSION

 

Section 1.  Name.  The name of this organization shall be the Slippery Rock University Forum.

 

Section 2.  Mission.  The mission of the University Forum is to promote the welfare of Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania and to enhance the sense of community among students, staff, faculty, and administration through direct communication and interaction.  The Forum will unite these diverse constituencies as common stakeholders in the future of an institution in which we are all invested.  The Forum will actively construct, critique, and recommend policies for the enhancement, development, and growth of the University.

 

Section 3. Functions.  The functions of the University Forum are:

 

A.      To be a representative, deliberate body which participates in the governance of the University through its meetings and through the work of its standing and special committees,

B.      To discuss and express its views about any matter affecting the University,

C.      To review and evaluate the educational policies and practices of the University in order to make specific recommendations concerning them to any individual, administrative office, University official, or any group within the University,

D.      To facilitate and encourage communication within the University among students, faculty, staff and administration,

E.       To assist in defining policies and procedures to be applied in cases involving conscience and academic freedom,

F.       To formulate and recommend to the University President acceptance of the resolutions, reports or results of the Committees of the Forum for the implementations throughout the University,

G.      To encourage a friendly atmosphere and fellowship among University students, faculty, staff and administration.

 

 

ARTICLE II.  MEMBERSHIP

 

Section 1.  The University Forum shall be chosen in the following manner.

 

A.      Each Academic Department (or its equivalent) shall elect one representative for every fifteen full-time equivalent members, calculated as of February 1st each year.  (1-15 members = 1 representative, 16-30 = 2, 31-45 = 3, and so on).  Faculty representatives shall be elected for one-year terms and may be elected for additional terms.

B.      Each Academic Department (or its equivalent) shall select one student representative for up to fifty majors or two representatives for each department whose major exceed fifty, calculated as of February 1st each year. (1-50 majors = 1 student representative, 51 or more = 2 student representatives).  Student representatives shall be selected by the student majors and/or the faculty in that department.  They shall be selected for one-year terms and may be re-selected.

C.      Each staff union or representative organization (i.e. AFSCME, PNA, SPFPA, SCUPA, Coaches) shall elect one representative for every fifteen full-time members, calculated as of February 1st each year. (1-15 members = 1 representative, 16-30 = 2, 31-45 = 3, and so on).  Staff representatives shall be elected for one-year terms and may be elected for additional terms.

D.      There shall be one graduate student representative elected by the Association of Graduate students.

E.       The officers of APSCUF shall serve ex-officio.  (President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, and two Executive Committee members-at-large.)

F.       The executive officers of SGA shall serve as voting members of the Forum.

G.      The Administration of the University shall be represented by any or all of the following: the President, Vice-President, the Deans and Associate Deans, the Associate Vice-President of Academic Affairs and the Director of the Library.

H.      An Additional 8 faculty representatives shall be elected “at large” each year for 3-year terms and from the entire Faculty.

I.         Vacancies occurring in Student or Faculty departmental representation shall be filled immediately by the students or faculty of that department.

 

 

ARTICLE III.  OFFICERS OF THE UNIVERSITY FORUM

 

Section 1.  Officers.  The Forum shall elect a Chairperson, a Vice-Chairperson, a Secretary, and a Vice-Secretary.

 

A.      All officers of the Forum shall serve for one year.

B.      All officers shall be elected by and from the membership of the Forum after May 1st of each year.

C.      A slate of officers shall be presented by the Nominations and Elections Committee at the May meeting, and additional nominations may be made from the floor with the permission of those nominated from the floor.

Section 2.  Duties of the Officers.  The officers of the Forum shall have these duties.

 

A.      The Chairperson of the Forum shall preside at all Forum and Executive Committee meetings and shall appoint a parliamentarian who shall serve for one year.  The Chairperson shall oversee the creation of the agendas for each Forum meeting.

B.      The Vice-Chairperson of the Forum shall preside at the Forum meetings in the absence of the Chairperson.  The Vice-Chairperson shall oversee issues of Forum promotion and publicity.

C.      The secretary shall keep the minutes of the Forum and Executive Committee which are to be published and distributed one week following each meeting; maintain a permanent file of all correspondence and business of the Forum, publish the minutes of the previous meeting; and prepare, publish and distribute an agenda one week prior to each meeting.

D.      The Vice-Secretary shall assist the Secretary of the Forum, provide an up-to-date roll of all members and committees (maintained in conjunction with the Nominations and Elections Committee), and take roll call at all meetings.

 

 

ARTICLE IV.  ORGANIZATION OF THE FORUM

 

Section 1.  Meetings of the Forum

 

A.      The first meeting of each year shall occur in May at the call of the retiring Chairperson of the Forum for the purpose of transferring records and for the election of new officers and committees.

B.      Meetings shall occur on a regular basis as determined by the University Common Hour schedule.  Locations shall be determined by the Executive Committee.  The Executive Committee may postpone or cancel any regularly scheduled meeting whenever there is insufficient business to be brought to the attention of the Forum.

C.      Meetings shall be open except when in executive session.

D.      A quorum of the Forum shall be a majority of the voting members of the Forum present at any meeting at which a vote is taken.

E.       Meetings may be held in executive session at the discretion of the Executive Committee or by majority vote of the Forum in order to discuss matters of a confidential nature.

F.       Special meetings shall be convened at the discretion of the Executive Committee, the President of the University, or upon the written request of twenty percent of the members of the Forum.  Notice must be received by members twenty-four hours prior to the meeting.

G.      The Secretary of the Forum shall distribute an agenda in advance of all regularly scheduled open meetings of the Forum to all members of the Forum.  The Secretary shall also distribute minutes of each open meeting of the Forum to all members of the Forum and to the Academic Departments.

 

Section 2.  Committees.  The Forum Chair shall be responsible for coordinating the duties and activities of all Forum committees.  The Forum shall have the authority to request special committees.  All committees shall have the authority to create subcommittees and to call upon consultants as they deem necessary in carrying out their assigned functions.  Committee members shall be elected from the Forum and shall serve for one year, although reassignment to a committee is highly desirable.  The members of the Committees shall elect their own Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson, and Secretary unless otherwise stipulated.  Where vacancies on Committees occur, the Executive Chairperson shall appoint replacements with ratification by the Forum.  The Committee shall appoint replacements with ratification by the Forum.  The Chairpersons of all committees shall be expected to report on their committee activities at each monthly meeting of the Forum.  The following committees are hereby created:

 

A.      The Executive Committee

(1)    The functions of the Executive Committee shall be

a.        To coordinate the activities and duties of the Forum,

b.       To fix the agenda for Forum meetings,

c.        To consult with the President of the University as needed to inquire about matters which require the attention of the Forum.

(2)     The Committee shall consist of the Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson, Secretary, and Vice-Secretary of the Forum.  The previous chairperson shall serve in an advisory capacity is she/he is no longer a member of the Forum.  If the previous Chairperson is not available, the previous Vice-Chairperson, Secretary, or Vice-Secretary, taken in order, shall serve.

(3)     The Chairperson and Secretary of the Forum shall perform the same offices on this committee.

(4)     The meetings of the Executive Committee shall be limited to those officers listed above and such other as the committee may choose to invite.

 

B.  Committee on Academic Environment

(1)     The function of this committee shall be to consider all matters pertaining to the academic environment at Slippery Rock University.

(2)     Membership

a.        The voting membership of this committee shall consist of two Faculty members, two Student members, two Staff members of the Forum and the SGA Vice-President for Academic Affairs or his/her representative.

b.       The Vice-President for Academic Affairs or his/her representative shall serve as an ex-officio member.

 

C.  Committee on Nominations and Elections

(1)     The functions of the committee are

a.        To supervise the election of members of the Forum by

[1]  Determining the number of faculty and student Forum members to which each department is entitled, notifying Department Chairpersons of those numbers, and assuring that departmental members are selected by the time of the department meeting nearest to April 1,

[2]  Soliciting self-nominations from faculty who wish to be elected at-large by April 15,

[3]  Conducting by mail a secret ballot election for at-large vacancies on the Forum.  At least seven school days must be allowed for return of ballot.  Counting of ballots is to take place prior to April 30th,

[4]  Submitting to the secretary and all Forum members within three school days following April 30th a list of those elected,

[5]  Encouraging that departments fill vacancies that occur between elections.

b.  The membership of the Committee on Nominations and Elections shall consist of two Faculty, two Staff, and two Students Forum members as well as the President and Vice President of Academic Affairs for SGA.

 

D.  Recommendations Committee

 

(1)     The function of this committee shall be to draft recommendations to appropriate student, staff, faculty and administrative groups based upon Forum discussions, debates and resolutions.

(2)     Membership

a.        The voting membership of this committee shall consist of two faculty, two staff and two student members of the Forum.

 

 

ARTICLE V.  AMENDMENTS TO THE CONSTITUTION

 

Section 1.  Amendments to this Constitution may be proposed at any regular or special meeting of the University Forum providing

 

  1. They are presented first in writing to the Executive Committee, signed by at least fifteen members of the Forum and voted upon at the following meeting.

  2. That voting shall be by written ballot with a two-thirds majority of those present necessary for passage.

 

 

 

 

 

Revised 11/2/00


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