ARTICLE VI: THE UNIVERSITY SENATE
Section 1. Members.
A. The University Senate shall consist of the President, who shall be the presiding officer, the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, the vice presidents, the deans of the several colleges and schools, the Dean of Libararies, chief administrative officers of the academic units (as defined in Article VIII, Section 1 of the Statutes) and, on the recommendation of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, the President may appoint eleven (11) additional faculty or officers of administration after consultation with the Executive Committee of the Senate; a faculty member for each ten (10) members of the university faculty, or fraction thereof, for each academic department, discipline (in Perimeter College), school, and institute within the several colleges and schools; a representative for each ten (10) members of the university faculty, or fraction thereof for the University Library, fifteen (15) staff representatives, and twelve (12) students. The President, the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, the Dean of Libraries, and the deans of the colleges and schools shall be permanent members. The additional members from general administration or faculty shall be appointed annually. The GSU Emeriti Coordinating Committee will designate annually a member of the Emeriti Association to serve as a non-voting member of the University Senate.
B. Student members of the Senate shall be elected for one-year terms through the annual student government election process. Staff members, who need not be members of the Staff Council but must have at least three (3) years of service at one of the college, schools, divisions, or departments of Georgia State University as of the time they would take office, shall be elected for two (2) year terms by the membership of the Staff Council. The faculty members, who must have at least three (3) years of service at one of the colleges or schools at Georgia State University as of the time they would take office, shall be elected for two (2) year terms. If a department or equivalent unit does not have any faculty members with three (3) years of service, then any faculty member of that department or unit is eligible for election to the Senate. Faculty elections shall be held at the beginning of the spring semester and shall take place in each department or equivalent unit by secret ballot after open nominations. The number to be elected in any one year by such department or unit shall be one-half, or its nearest practical equivalent, of the senators authorized for that department or unit as of the fall term of the academic year in which the elections are held. When the number authorized is an odd number of more than one, the department or unit shall determine how the total number authorized to be elected shall be divided over the two-year period. The term of an elected faculty member shall not be terminated by reason of a diminution in the total number of representatives authorized that department or unit. Adjustments in numbers of representatives shall be made at the time of the first election after any increase or diminution in number of representatives authorized. Terms of service shall begin with the call to order of the last Senate meeting of the academic year. Faculty vacancies which occur during a term of service shall be filled for the remainder of that term in the same manner as the original election. Any student vacancy occurring during an elected term of office shall be filled by the Senate of the Student Government Association, with the concurrence of the academic dean of the college concerned.
Subject to Article XVI of these Statutes, the Executive Committee shall have responsibility for initiating and maintaining the system of overlapping terms, for verifying the number of representatives authorized each department or equivalent unit, and for resolving questions related to the faculty election process.
C. The President of the Student Government Association shall be a member. The remaining eleven (11) student representatives shall be elected annually during the spring term by secret ballot by the Senate of the Student Government Association, with two (2) representatives each from the colleges of Arts and Sciences, the J. Mack Robinson College of Business, the College of Education and Human Development; Perimeter College; and one (1) representative each from the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, the School of Public Health, and the Byrdine F. Lewis School of Nursing and Health Professions.
D. The chair and vice chair of the Staff Council shall be members. The remaining thirteen (13) staff senators shall be elected by the Staff Council to two-year (2) terms.
Section 2. Duties and Functions. The University Senate shall, in keeping with the bylaws and policies of the Board of Regents, exercise legislative functions dealing with the general educational policy of the University, the discipline of students, and all other student activities and affairs, including all matters where the President determines there is a need for uniform policy throughout the University. The University Senate shall not adopt any regulations affecting curricula, or the internal affairs of a college, school, or institute except insofar as such action may be necessary to protect the interests of the University as a whole, but it may make recommendations to the faculty of a college, school, or institute concerning matters within the jurisdiction of that college, school, or institute. Since the creation or abolition of a college or school necessarily affects the educational interests of the entire University, any proposal for the creation or abolition of a college or school shall be presented to the University Senate for its recommendation to the President. A legislative action of the University Senate is subject to veto by the University faculty and/or by the President (see Section 5, below).
Section 3. Meetings. The University Senate shall hold four regularly-appointed meetings during each academic year. The Chair of the Senate Executive Committee shall have the option of canceling a maximum of one of these four meetings should s/he determine that there is insufficient business for the meeting. Special meetings may be called by the presiding officer; upon petition of twenty (20) percent of the membership of the University Senate, a meeting must be called. A majority of the membership shall constitute a quorum. Adequate notice shall be given of any senate meeting. Meetings of the University Senate and its committees, except the Executive Committee at its own discretion, shall be open to the university community, provided that only members have the privilege of voting, and non-members shall have the privilege of the floor only when specifically provided by the University Senate, or the committees. The minutes of the University Senate and its committees, including the Executive Committee, shall be open to inspection by the university community. Exceptions shall be made in cases where confidential information about particular individuals would be otherwise revealed. The responsibility for the determination of confidentiality shall rest with the Executive Committee, who shall secure consent of the individual affected before making this information available in the minutes. In the first three academic years following the consolidation of Georgia State University and Georgia Perimeter College , one Senate meeting per academic year will be held at a campus that was part of Georgia Perimeter College.
Section 4. Organization.A. The University Senate shall have the power to make its own bylaws and policies consistent with the policies of the Board of Regents and with these Statutes, and through its bylaws shall establish appropriate committees as may be needed for the orderly and efficient handling of its business. Faculty members, staff, and students who are not members of the Senate may be included on all Senate committees except the Executive Committee and where otherwise specified. The majority of every committee shall be members of the University Senate. With the exception of the Fiscal Advisory Committee to the President, no more than twenty-five (25) percent of any designated standing committee shall be non-elected senators who serve by virtue of office or are presidential appointees unless a temporary special case is deemed to exist and the exception is approved by the Executive Committee of the Senate.
B. An Executive Committee of the University Senate shall be established consisting of the President, the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, and seven (7) elected members who are also elected members of the University Senate. These seven (7) members shall be elected by secret ballot by the University Senate annually immediately following the election of members of the University Senate. In the first three academic years following the consolidation of Georgia State University and Georgia Perimeter College, at least one Perimeter College senator will be a member of the Executive Committee of the University Senate. In those three academic years, if no Perimeter College senator is among the top seven (7) vote getters, then the Perimeter College senator with the most votes will replace the senator who receives the seventh most votes. All other matters of internal organization shall be as provided in the Bylaws adopted by the University Senate.
Section 5. The President shall have the right to veto any action of the University Senate within a period of forty-five (45) days after receipt by returning said action to the University Senate with a written statement of objections and by requesting that the matter be reconsidered. The University Senate may (a) accept the veto; (b) construct a compromise action and send it to the President; or (c) reject the veto with the request that the President reconsider. If either the University Senate or the President refuses to recede and if arrangement cannot be reached, the matter shall be referred to the Board of Regents through the Chancellor for review pursuant to pertinent policies of the Board.