CALIFORNIA FACULTY ASSOCIATION
Article I. NAME
The name of this organization shall be the California State University,
Stanislaus 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 the California State University, Stanislaus faculty;
to promote the standards, ideals, usefulness, and welfare of the profession; and
to support the goals and implement the policies of the California Faculty Association
at the local level.
Article III. RELATIONSHIP WITH THE
CFA AND AFFILIATED ORGANIZATIONS
This chapter shall serve as the local academic professional chapter/subchapter of the
State-wide California Faculty Association, the American Association of University Professors,
the California State Employees Association, the California Teachers Association,
and the National Education Association within the California State University,
The Constitution and other policy documents of the Chapter and any actions
taken by the Chapter or its officers shall be in conformity with the Bylaws,
Articles of Incorporation, and other policy documents of the
Article IV. MEMBERSHIP
The membership in this Chapter shall be all persons at this University who
are members of the California Faculty Association, and who have satisfied dues
Active Membership. Any person who is employed by California State
University, Stanislaus for the purpose of instruction as defined by the
policies of CFA (including, but not limited to department chairpersons,
librarians, counselors, coaches and other instructional faculty) shall be
eligible for Active Membership in CFA. Active members shall have all the
customary rights of membership, including the right to vote, to hold office,
and otherwise to exercise the privileges of membership. Persons participating
in faculty early retirement programs shall be classified as Active Members for
the purpose of governance.
Associate Membership. CFA Active members on full leave without pay, on
temporary layoff, or on layoff for reasons of financial exigency shall be
reclassified to Associate Membership. Associate Members shall have the same
membership rights as Active Members.
Retired Membership. Any person who is retired (except a member in a
faculty early retirement program) can qualify for CFA Retired Membership if he
or she was a member of CFA at the time of retirement. Retired Members may not
vote or hold office at the State or Chapter level except within Councils of
Retired Members, as Chapter retired member council representatives to the
Chapter Executive Committee, as State Retired Council Representatives to the
CFA Assembly, or as members of the Board of Directors. Retired members may
exercise all other rights of membership.
Exercising Rights of Membership. Only members of CFA may exercise the
customary rights of CFA membership at the Chapter and
including the right to vote in CFA elections and referenda and the right to
hold office within CFA.
Article V. OFFICERS
The Officers of this Chapter shall be a president, vice president, secretary, treasurer,
tenure-track faculty delegate to the CFA Assembly, lecturer faculty
delegate to the CFA Assembly, . and affirmative action delegate
to the CFA Assembly
Terms of Office. Each full term of office shall be two years,
beginning on the last day of the Spring semester of even-numbered years.
Duties of Officers.
- 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 membership and the Executive Committee,
serve as spokesperson for the Chapter, certify elected Chapter
delegates/representatives and alternates to the
bodies of the CFA,
serve as one of the Chapter's representatives to the CFA Assembly and as a
member of the Council of Chapter Presidents.
- Vice President. The Vice President shall serve as a member of the
Chapter's Membership Committee, assume the duties of the President in the
absence or at the request of the latter, and assume additional duties as
assigned by the President. The Vice President shall automatically succeed to
the office of President for the balance of the unexpired term when the
position of President becomes vacant.
- Secretary. The secretary shall keep the roll of Chapter members,
keep a record of all proceedings and correspondence of the Chapter and of the
Executive committee, send such notices as may be required, supervise the
distribution of information to members and serve as a member of the
- Treasurer. The treasurer shall keep an accurate record of all
monies received and disbursed, prepare an annual report of finances, prepare
and submit for approval an annual budget, and present a statement of Chapter
finances at each general meeting of the membership and whenever requested to
do so at Executive Committee meetings. The treasurer shall expend
organizational funds only upon the approval of the Executive Committee. Also,
the treasurer shall be bonded and shall initiate an annual audit.
Tenure-Track Faculty Delegate to the CFA Assembly.
The tenure-track faculty delegate shall serve as a Chapter representative
to the CFA Assembly.
- Lecturer Faculty Delegate to the CFA Assembly.
The lecturer faculty delegate shall serve as a Chapter representative to
the CFA Assembly, advocate for CSU Stanislaus lecturers, report to the Chapter
Executive Committee on lecturer issues, and represent CSU Stanislaus on the
statewide CFA Lecturers' Council.
Affirmative Action Delegate to the CFA Assembly.
The affirmative action delegate shall serve as a Chapter representative
to the CFA Assembly and as a member of the Affirmative Action Council.
Article VI. GOVERNANCE
This Chapter shall be governed by general meetings of the membership. An
action of the membership in regular or special meetings shall take precedence
over actions of the Executive Committee. In order to facilitate the
transaction of Chapter business, the Executive Committee shall be empowered to
take action on behalf of, but remain subject to the instruction of the
membership. Similarly, the President shall be empowered to act on behalf of,
but remain subject to the instruction of the Executive Committee and
Article VII. MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS
Regular membership meetings of the Chapter shall be held not less than
twice 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 at least fifteen percent of the Chapter
membership. A meeting shall be held within three weeks of receiving such a
Notice: Written notice of each Chapter meeting shall be sent to each
Chapter member no less than one week in advance of the date selected for the
meeting. Notice shall include time, place, and purposes of the meeting.
Quorum: Ten percent of the total Chapter membership, but not fewer
than ten members, shall constitute a quorum.
Mail Ballot: The Executive Committee is empowered to conduct a mail
ballot when it is deemed necessary.
Article VIII. COMMITTEES
Membership: The Executive Committee shall consist of the President,
Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, the elected Chapter delegates to the CFA
Assembly, and the immediate past-President.
- Quorum. A majority of the Executive Committee shall constitute a
- 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 instructions of the membership. In addition, the Executive
- be responsible for the Chapter's continuing and effective presence on
campus and for implementing efforts to promote CFA goals;
- schedule, and prepare agenda for general meetings of the Chapter
- make temporary appointments to fill vacant Executive Committee
positions (except President and immediate past-President) until new
elections have been held to fill the positions for the unexpired terms
- appoint delegates to the CFA Assembly when the elected delegate or
alternate are unable to attend a meeting;
- make appointments to all standing and ad hoc committees of the
- exercise prudent fiscal responsibility in approving the expenditure of
- Membership and Selection. Each Fall, at a general meeting of the
Chapter membership, the presiding officer shall supervise the election of an
Elections Committee, comprised of three members. The chairperson of the
Committee shall be determined from and by the elected members. Elections
Committee members shall not be eligible for nomination for elective office.
Vacancies on the Committee due to resignation or disqualification shall be
filled by appointment of the Executive Committee. Members of the Elections
Committee shall continue to serve until a new Committee has been
- Duties. The Elections Committee shall nominate, and solicit from
the membership nominations of, candidates for elective offices. The Committee
shall conduct all Chapter elections, including constitutional amendments and
other Chapter referenda.
- Membership. The Membership Committee shall consist of the Vice
President and at least two other members to be appointed by the Executive
Committee. The Vice President shall serve as the chairperson for the
Committee. The terms of office of appointed members shall be two years and
- Duties. The Committee shall actively recruit new members, serve as
a liaison between the Chapter leadership and the membership, and be
responsible for coordinating the CFA membership benefits program on
- Membership. The Publications Committee shall consist of the
Secretary, the elected Chapter Delegates to the CFA Assembly, and at least two
other members to be appointed by the Executive Committee. The Secretary shall
serve as chairperson for the Committee. The terms of office of appointed
members shall be two years and staggered.
- Duties. The Committee shall be responsible for keeping the campus
and local CFA activities and issues through appropriate
Chapter publications and distribution of CFA informational
Professional Rights Committee
- Membership. The Professional Rights Committee shall consist of
four members, appointed by the Executive Committee. The chairperson for the
Committee shall be appointed by the Executive Committee. The terms of office
shall be two years and staggered.
- Duties. The Committee shall counsel faculty on grievance matters,
receive notices of intent to grieve, and assist grievants throughout the
grievance process. In addition, the Committee shall monitor and maintain
records on campus policies concerning the recruitment, retention, tenure, and
promotion of faculty, and other personnel matters.
Political Action Committee
- Membership. The Political Action Committee shall consist of the
Treasurer and four members appointed by the Executive Committee. The
chairperson for the Committee shall be appointed by the Executive Committee.
The terms of office shall be two years, and staggered.
- Duties. This committee shall handle all PAC activities of the
Chapter. It shall create grass-roots support for legislation and candidates
endorsed by CFA, make recommendations concerning the expenditure of PAC funds,
and disseminate to the membership information on candidates, potential
legislation, and/or legislative bills. In all activities it shall work
closely with the Publications Committee.
Special Services Committee
- Membership. The Special Services Committee shall consist of at
least three members. One member shall be an appointed representative of the
Chapter Retired Membership, and at least two shall be appointed by the
Executive Committee. The chairperson for the Committee shall be appointed by
the Executive Committee. The terms of office shall be two years.
- Duties. This committee shall concern itself with providing
information to the Chapter membership regarding insurance benefits, medical
and legal services and like special services available through the Chapter,
State and National affiliates. Also, the committee shall address equitable
application of legislation concerning retirement and shall support efforts to
improve the retirement system. The committee shall counsel faculty who desire
information and assistance.
Other Standing and Ad Hoc Committees. Other standing and ad hoc
committees shall be established as necessary to promote the goals and welfare
of the Chapter. Such committees shall consist of at least three members
appointed by the Executive Committee. The terms of office of standing
committee members shall be two years, unless designated otherwise by the
Executive Committee. Members of ad hoc committees shall serve such terms as
are deemed appropriate in each case.
Committee Membership Vacancies. Replacements for vacated committee
positions shall be chosen by the same process as for initial selection.
Committee Chairs. All standing and ad hoc committees shall elect
their own chairperson, except for those standing committees specified in this
Confirmation of Committee Members. All appointed members of
standing and ad hoc committees shall be confirmed by the Chapter membership at
a general membership meeting.
Article IX. CHAPTER DELEGATES TO THE
CFA ASSEMBLY AND ALTERNATES
In addition to the Chapter President, the Chapter shall be represented
at the CFA Assembly by an elected campus delegate
of the tenure-track faculty ,
an elected campus delegate of the lecturer faculty,
and an elected affirmative action delegate.
Term of Office.
The term of office of the elected campus delegates
shall be two years.
The elected campus delegates shall attend all meetings of
the CFA Assembly, report to the Chapter membership about the Assembly's
actions and proceedings, and serve as members of the Publications
The tenure-track faculty members of
the Chapter shall elect an alternate delegate to the CFA Assembly for a
two-year term. The lecturer faculty members of the Chapter shall elect an
alternate delegate to the CFA Assembly for a two-year term. The general
membership of the Chapter shall elect an alternate affirmative action delegate
to the CFA assembly for a two-year term. Each respective alternate shall
attend meetings of the CFA Assembly whenever the elected representative is
unable to attend.
Article X. ELECTIONS
All members of the Chapter shall have the right to
vote in general Chapter elections. In elections for tenure-track faculty
delegate and lecturer faculty delegate to the General Assembly, only those
members who belong to the appropriate faculty group within the bargaining unit
have the right to vote.
Timing. Annual elections shall be conducted during the months
of March and April. Special elections shall be held as soon as practicable
after an office has become vacant.
Nominations and Notification. After soliciting nomination suggestions
from the Executive Committee and the Chapter membership, the Elections Committee
shall develop a slate of nominees containing preferably two names for each position.
No person shall be a candidate simultaneously for more than one elective office.
Additional nominations may be submitted by petition, signed by at least ten members
of the Chapter. Such petitions must be received by the Elections Committee
by the deadline established by the Committee. The Elections Committee shall notify
all members of the Chapter of its nominees at least seven working days
prior to balloting.
Balloting. All elections shall be conducted by secret ballot.
The Elections Committee shall prepare, distribute, receive, and count ballots
and announce and certify the results. For each office, a ballot shall contain entries
for the nominees and space for a write-in candidate. Provisions may be
made for attaching brief biographical sketches and statements by the candidates
to the ballots. Ballots shall be distributed at least seven days
before the ballot return deadline. A majority of the votes cast shall
be required to win.
Vacancy of the Office of President. When the position of President
becomes vacant, the Vice President shall automatically succeed to that position
and complete the term of office of President. A new Vice President shall be elected
at the earliest opportunity.
Recall. All members of the Executive Committee are subject to recall.
- A two-thirds vote by the members at a regularly-scheduled meeting,
or a petition signed by twenty percent of the members of the Chapter,
shall cause a recall election to be conducted within one month.
- Upon a sixty percent vote of the Chapter members casting ballots,
the person shall be recalled and shall vacate his or her position
on the Executive Committee.
Election of Delegates and Alternates to the CFA Assembly.
Delegates and alternates to the CFA Assembly shall be elected
by the same procedures as apply to elections of Chapter officers.
CFA Delegates and Alternates shall serve for a two-year term.
Article XI. AMENDMENT OF THIS CONSTITUTION
Initiation. Constitutional amendments shall be initiated either
by petition from any ten members of the Chapter or by the Executive Committee.
Notice setting forth each proposed amendment, with reasons thereof,
shall be sent to each member at least fourteen days prior to distribution
of the ballots. At least seven days shall be allowed for the return of ballots.
Approval by 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 State-wide
CFA Board of Directors. Approval by the Board is required before a constitutional
amendment becomes effective.
Amendment by the Assembly. Substantive amendments to the Constitution
may be made by the CFA Assembly in accordance with the provisions of the
Bylaws of the CFA, to bring this constitution into harmony with the
provisions of the bylaws of the CFA.
Article XII. PARLIAMENTARY AUTHORITY
The rules contained in the current edition of Robert's Rules of Order,
Newly Revised, shall govern the Chapter in all cases to which they are applicable,
and in which they are not inconsistent with this Constitution or with any special rules
of order adopted by the Chapter.
Article XIII. RATIFICATION
This Constitution shall be ratified by a majority vote of the campus CFA members
responding to a secret ballot. All members shall be sent a notice of the election
at least fourteen days in advance of ballot distribution. At least seven days shall
be allowed for the return of ballots. The election shall be supervised by the
Chapter Executive Committee and conducted by the Elections Committee.
Article XIV. EFFECTIVE DATE
This Chapter Constitution shall become effective on December 31, 1988.
LIST OF AMENDMENTS
Amendments to this Constitution have been approved, in accordance with
Article XI, on the following dates:
March 11, 2006: "Amendment by Assembly"