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SECS Constitution

SECS Constitution

OAKLAND UNIVERSITY
CONSTITUTION OF THE SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND COMPUTER SCIENCE

ARTICLE I. THE SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND COMPUTER SCIENCE

  1. The School of Engineering and Computer Science comprises the faculty of Engineering and Computer Science and those students pursuing degrees under its authority.
  2. All faculty members in the School shall hold primary appointments in the School of Engineering and Computer Science. They shall exercise all powers accorded to an organized faculty by the Constitution of the Oakland University Senate, explicitly including authority (a) to provide educational programs placed under the jurisdiction of the School of Engineering and Computer Science and (b) to present candidates for degrees to the University Senate and the Graduate Council, as appropriate.
  3. The Dean of the School of Engineering and Computer Science is the principal academic and administrative officer of the School of Engineering and Computer Science.
    1. The Dean shall be a tenured member of the faculty of the School of Engineering and Computer Science.
    2. The Dean shall be appointed by the Board of Trustees after consideration of the recommendation of the President and Vice President for Academic Affairs. Before recommending the initial appointment of a Dean, the President, or Vice President for Academic Affairs if designated by the President, shall consult with the Committee on Appointment and Promotion of the School of Engineering and Computer Science. The President may review the Dean's appointment at any time, but shall do so at least once every five years. Tenured faculty members in residence in the School of Engineering and Computer Science shall be provided the option of submitting written comments or meeting individually with the President, or Vice President for Academic Affairs if designated by the President, as part of the review process.
  4. The Dean may propose establishment or elimination of Assistant or Associate Dean positions.
    1. Assistant or Associate Deans shall be tenured members of the faculty of the School of Engineering and Computer Science.
    2. Assistant or Associate Deans shall be appointed by the Board of Trustees after consideration of the recommendation of the President, the Vice President for Academic Affairs and the Dean of Engineering and Computer Science. Before recommending an Assistant or Associate Dean, the Dean shall consult with the Committee on Appointment and Promotion and the department chairpersons of the School of Engineering and Computer Science. The Dean may review an Assistant or Associate Dean's appointment with the Committee on Appointment and Promotion and the department chairpersons at any time, but shall do so at least once every three years.
  5. With the advice of the Assembly of the School of Engineering and Computer Science, the Dean shall propose to the Vice President for Academic Affairs and the President any and all departments and other administrative or instructional units within the School. Departments are entrusted with planning, evaluation, instruction, research and service in one or more of the academic disciplines.
    1. The Chairperson is the principal academic and administrative officer of a department.
    2. The Chairperson shall be a tenured member of the faculty of that department, appointed by the Board of Trustees, upon recommendation of the President, the Vice President for Academic Affairs and the Dean. The term of office shall be three years, which term may be renewable. When required, an Acting Chairperson may be appointed for a one year term, which may be renewable. An Acting chairperson shall be a member of the faculty of that department, with rank of assistant professor or higher.
    3. Before recommending appointment or reappointment of the Chairperson or an Acting Chairperson, the Dean shall consult with the Committee on Appointment and Promotion and all tenured members of the department. Where the department includes fewer than five faculty members with tenure, the Dean shall consult with the five highest ranking members of the department, or with all members if there are fewer than five members. An Acting Chairperson appointed to serve during the temporary absence of a regularly appointed chairperson is not subject to the appointment procedures of this paragraph.
    4. The Dean may recommend to the Vice President for Academic Affairs and President the appointment of a temporary Executive Officer for a department for a term up to one year. If the total appointment period is to exceed one year, approval of the Board of Trustees is required. Such action shall be taken only in unusual circumstances and after consultation with all tenured faculty members in residence of the department and with other departmental chairpersons in the School of Engineering and Computer Science.
    5. A chairperson may be suspended immediately for cause by the Dean and the Board of Trustees may withdraw the appointment of a chairperson. Such withdrawal may occur only after the President, or Vice President for Academic Affairs if so designated by the President, consults with all tenured faculty members in the department who are in residence, and with other departmental chairpersons in the School of Engineering and Computer Science.
  6. The Dean shall consult with the Committee on Appointment and Promotion on all administrative appointments and reappointments specified in this Constitution.

ARTICLE II. THE ASSEMBLY: FUNCTIONS

  1. The Assembly of the School of Engineering and Computer Science shall exercise all powers assigned to the organized faculty of the School of Engineering and Computer Science by the Constitution of the Oakland University Senate. In addition, the Assembly shall have the following rights:
    1. to initiate proposals on all matters relevant to the general welfare of the School;
    2. to be consulted on all academic matters of importance to the School;
    3. to advise the Dean on all matters he/she wishes to bring before it;
    4. to take such actions as are necessary to exercise responsibilities stated elsewhere in this Constitution.
  2. The Assembly shall adopt By-Laws as required for the conduct of its business.

ARTICLE III. THE ASSEMBLY: MEMBERSHIP AND ORGANIZATION

  1. The membership of the Assembly shall consist of:
    1. those members of the organized faculty of the School of Engineering and Computer Science as defined by the Constitution of the Oakland University Senate who have academic rank of Special Instructor, Instructor, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor or Professor;
    2. full-time visiting faculty of the School of Engineering and Computer Science who have the rank of Visiting Assistant Professor or higher;
    3. other members of the University Community appointed for renewable terms, each not exceeding three years, by the Vice President for Academic Affairs or the Dean upon request of the Assembly;
    4. one undergraduate and one graduate student member, selected in accordance with the provisions of the By-Laws.
  2. The Assembly shall meet at least twice during each of the Fall and Winter semesters. The Executive Committee of the Assembly shall call all Fall and Winter meetings of the Assembly, and must call a meeting within thirty days upon written request of twenty percent of the Assembly members.
  3. Meetings of the Assembly at all times other than during the Fall and Winter semesters shall be called by the Dean. At such meetings, the agenda shall be limited to the nomination of candidates for degrees and honors, unless the Assembly during the preceding Winter semester explicitly authorizes additional items for the agenda.
  4. The presiding officer of the Assembly shall be the Dean or his/her designated representative. The Dean shall appoint a secretary and a parliamentarian.
  5. At the start of each meeting of the Assembly a period of one-half hour shall be devoted to informal reports from, and questions addressed to, the presiding officer. This period may be shortened or waived in the absence of reports from the presiding officer or questions from the floor.
  6. Forty percent of those members of the Assembly not on leave shall constitute a quorum. This quorum rule shall be suspended for those meetings stipulated under Article III, 3 of this Constitution.
  7. Ordinary substantive motions are those placed on the agenda by the Executive Committee. Such motions shall be considered on each of two meeting days of the Assembly at least three days apart. Amendments are in order during both readings; final votes may be taken only during the second reading, at which time a simple majority of those present and voting shall suffice for a decision. By affirmative vote of three-fourths of those present and voting, and provided that the number of affirmative votes exceeds 50 percent of the Assembly membership, the Assembly may proceed directly from the first to the second reading and take formal action on the motion in which case a simple majority suffices for adoption.
  8. Ordinary substantive motions shall be circulated in writing to all members of the Assembly at least two days before these motions receive their first reading. Committee recommendations and other materials deemed appropriate by the Executive Committee shall accompany the text of the motions.
  9. Extraordinary substantive motions may be introduced from the floor at any meeting of the Assembly. After the regular agenda has been completed, the presiding officer shall call for and recognize such motions. By simple majority of those present and voting, the Assembly may authorize immediate debate of an extraordinary motion, but votes on the motion may not be taken at that meeting. The Executive Committee may place the motion on the agenda of the next meeting. Should the Committee fail to do so, the Assembly, by a simple majority of those present and voting, may at that time place the motion on the agenda of the same meeting. When placed on the agenda by either of the above procedures, the motion shall be treated as an ordinary substantive motion in its first reading.
  10. Procedural motions may be introduced by any member of the Assembly and shall be decided in the order of precedence and according to the rules contained in the current Robert's Rules of Order.
  11. The Assembly may pass resolutions in accordance with the authority granted organized faculties by the Constitution of the Oakland University Senate. Such resolutions may be moved from the floor and adopted on first reading by affirmative vote of three-fourths of those present and voting. By simple majority vote, a resolution may be held over for consideration at a second meeting, at which time a simple majority vote shall suffice to adopt the resolution.

ARTICLE IV. THE ASSEMBLY: STANDING COMMITTEES

  1. All full-time faculty members who are members of the Assembly and hold primary appointments in the School of Engineering and Computer Science shall be eligible to serve on its standing committees.
  2. All standing committees of the School shall report to the Executive Committee of the Assembly.
  3. The School shall have an Executive Committee chaired by the Dean with additional membership consisting of one member elected by each department and one assistant professor or non-tenured associate professor elected at-large. Should the faculty member filling the non-tenured seat receive tenure, then the seat shall be declared vacant effective the date of tenure. An election to fill the seat for the remainder of the term shall be held prior to the effective date. The Executive Committee shall:
    1. call all meetings of the Assembly in the Fall and Winter semesters;
    2. prepare the agenda for the Assembly, including the call of all matters from committees;
    3. serve as an election committee for the School of Engineering and Computer Science;
    4. recommend to the Assembly creation of standing committees;
    5. create such ad hoc committees as it judges necessary and designate the membership and fix the term of such committees;
    6. refer measures to the standing and ad hoc committees;
    7. receive reports and recommendations from committees to be placed on the agenda of the Assembly, with authority to request one reconsideration; after reconsideration, a second recommendation from a committee must be placed on a subsequent Assembly agenda;
    8. have authority to originate ordinary substantive motions for consideration by the Assembly;
    9. appoint replacements for vacated seats on all standing and ad hoc committees of the Assembly and the committee on Appointment and Promotion; all such replacements shall serve until the next regular election;
    10. transmit to the University Senate such matters as concern it; and receive communications from the University Senate;
    11. advise the Dean on all matters he/she wishes to bring before it; place before the Dean such matters as it deems necessary.

ARTICLE V. AMENDMENT

  1. Amendments to this Constitution shall originate as substantive motions of the Assembly, except on the second reading a mail referendum shall be conducted and a simple majority of the Assembly members shall be required for ratification.
  2. All amendments must be approved by the University Senate and the Board of Trustees.

ARTICLE VI. REVISION

  1. This Constitution shall remain in effect until superseded by a revised Constitution ratified by the Assembly, the University Senate and the Board of Trustees.
  2. Within five years of the adoption of the Constitution by the Board of Trustees a Constitutional Committee shall be convened by the Executive Committee to present a revised version of this Constitution for adoption. Ratification shall be by the same rules as amendments.
SECS Assembly Actions
Adopted: March 9, 1990
Amended: April 24, 1991
Amended: December 9, 1992
Board of Trustees Actions
Ratified: October 13, 1978
Revisions Approved: February 25, 1981
Ratified: May 6, 1993