Constitution of the

Pomona Chapter of the California

Faculty Association


Article I. Name

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

Article II. Purpose

The purpose 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 academic professionals; to promote the standards, ideals, usefulness, and welfare of the profession; and to facilitate the purpose, objectives, and programs of the California Faculty Association at the local level.

Article III. Membership

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

 

Section 1. Active Membership. Any academic employee of a California institution of public higher education shall be eligible for Active membership in CFA.

 

Members in good standing who are participating in early retirement programs shall be classified as Active members for the purpose of governance.

 

Lecturers shall remain Active members upon direct payment of dues as long as they are employed in the CSU for at least one semester/two quarters during the year, or are in the process of grieving non-reappointment.

 

Active members who are not members of CSU bargaining unit 3 shall not have rights with respect to decisions affecting the CFA-CSU collective bargaining agreement.

 

Section 2. 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 members. Upon payment of full dues, Associate members shall have the same membership rights as Active members for governance purposes, but shall have no rights with respect to decisions affecting the CFA-CSU collective bargaining agreement.

 

Section 3. Retired Membership. Any person who is a Retired member of CSU Unit 3, not participating in an early retirement program, can qualify for CFA Retired membership. Retired members may not vote at the state or chapter level except as representatives to chapter executive committees, as representatives to the Assembly or as Retired members of the Board of Directors.

 

Section 4. Membership in Good Standing. A member shall be in good standing upon the receipt of the first month's dues at the CFA Headquarters.

 

Section 5. Staff. CFA staff shall be considered CFA members for purposes of affiliate benefit rights but shall have no other rights of membership.


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 officers shall be in conformity with the bylaws, Articles of Incorporation, and other policy documents of the CFA.

Article V. Officers

The officers of this Chapter shall be a President, Vice-president, Secretary, and Treasurer.

Section 1. Terms of Office.

Each full term of office shall be for two years,[ beginning not earlier than the start of Spring Quarter or one week after the completion of elections, whichever occurs later, during even-numbered years].

Section 2. Duties of Officers.

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

B. Vice-president. The duties of the vice-president shall include assuming the duties of President at the request of or in the absence of the president, and assisting the President in performing executive duties.

C. Secretary. The secretary is responsible for minutes of all meetings and for the newsletter.

D. Treasurer. The treasurer shall keep an accurate record of all monies received and of all disbursements, prepare an annual report of finance, prepare and submit for approval an annual budget, and present a Monthly statement that is distributed to members of the Executive Committee.

 

Article VI. Governance

Section 1. Authority. Authority for the governance of the Chapter is ultimately vested in the membership. Officers, committee members and staff are responsible to the membership. The Chapter shall be governed by the General Meetings of the statewide CFA.

 

Section 2. Actions. Any action taken by the Chapter, or its officers, shall be in conformity with the Bylaws, Articles of Incorporations, and other policy documents of the statewide CFA.

Article VII. Voting and Quorum

All active members of the Chapter shall have the right to vote. A quorum at a Chapter meeting shall consist of at least 5% of the total membership of the Chapter, but not fewer than 10 members. The Executive Committee is empowered to conduct a mail ballot when deemed necessary.

Article VIII. Committees

Section 1. Executive Committee.

A. Membership. The Executive Committee shall consist of the President, Vice-president, Secretary, Treasurer, representatives to the CFA Delegate Assembly, the immediate past president, all chairpersons of standing committees, one member representing retired faculty to be appointed by the Executive Committee.

 

B. Quorum. One-third of the Executive Committee shall constitute a quorum.

C. Duties. The committee shall meet at least once per quarter. The Executive Committee shall be vested with the authority to conduct the business of the Chapter, establish policy for the Chapter subject to the policies of the CFA and the local Chapter, and the instructions 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 and

2. schedule and prepare agenda for Chapter meetings.

Section 2. Elections Committee.

A. Membership and Selection. An Election Committee, comprised of three members, shall be elected every two years. Members of the Elections Committee will not be eligible for nomination for other elective office. Vacancies on the Committee due to resignation or disqualification shall be filled by appointment of the Executive Committee.

B. Duties. The elections Committee shall supervise the election of Chapter officers and representatives to the CFA Delegate Assembly, and supervise voting on constitutional amendments and other Chapter referenda.

Section 3. Membership Committee.

A. Membership and Selection. The chair shall be elected at a regular election. The Committee, in addition to the chair, shall consist of one representative from each of the university's colleges, schools, and library.

In addition, there shall be a lecturer and a retired faculty member on the Committee. Members of the Committee shall be appointed by the Executive Committee. Members shall serve at the pleasure of the  Executive Committee.

B. Duties. The duty of the Committee  is the recruitment of new members. The committee shall meet at least once per quarter.

 Section 4. Faculty Rights Committee.

A. Membership. The chair shall be appointed by and serve at the pleasure of the Executive Committee. The Committee shall consist of a minimum of five members appointed by and serving at the pleasure of the Executive Committee. The Executive Board may choose to act as the faculty rights committee.

B. Duties. This Committee shall counsel faculty on grievance matters, receive notices of intent to grieve, develop and apply screening procedures for assessing the merits of proposed grievances, and participate with the grievants throughout the grievance process.

 

In addition, the Committee shall monitor and maintain records on the campus policies concerning the employment, retention, tenure, and promotion of faculty, since these matters are frequently the subject of grievance. The committee shall endeavor to train additional members as advocates in the grievance process. The Committee shall meet at least once per quarter.

Section 5. Political Action Committee.

A. Membership. The chair shall be appointed by and serve at the pleasure of the Executive Committee. The Committee shall consist of a minimum of five members appointed by and serving at the pleasure of the Executive Committee.

B. Duties. The Committee shall promote the goals of the Chapter and CFA by establishing contacts with local legislators, affiliate organizations, and supportive labor organizations. The goal shall be to aid the understanding of CFA goals among these potentially supportive groups and to enlist their assistance in achieving those goals. The Committee shall meet at least once per quarter.

 

Section 6. Affirmative Action Committee.

 

A. Membership and Selection. The chair shall be elected at a regular election. The Committee, in addition to the chair, shall consist of one representative from each of the university's colleges, schools, and library.

 

Members of the Committee shall be appointed by the Executive Committee. Members shall serve at the pleasure of the Executive Committee.

 

B. Duties. The Affirmative Action Committee shall monitor campus practices regarding equal employment opportunities, discrimination in the workplace, PTR and other related matters.  The Committee will also advocate for members of historically underrepresented groups including racial, ethnic and religious minorities, women, gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender, and the disabled on the campus.

Section 7. Other Standing and ad hoc Committees.

The Executive Committee may create additional standing and ad hoc Committees as are necessary to promote the welfare of the Chapter's programs.

Article IX. CFA Delegates

The Chapter is obligated to send delegates to the CFA legislative assembly.

Section 1. Legislative Assembly Delegates.

The number of delegates is determined by the statewide CFA constitution. The President of the Chapter shall be one of these delegates. Delegates shall consist of one tenure-track member and one lecturer member. The delegates other than the President shall be elected at in the Spring of even-numbered years.
 

Article X. Elections

Section 1. Offices.

The positions to be elected are President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, CFA Delegates, and Chairs of the Affirmative Action, Elections, and Membership Committees. All terms shall be for two years.

Section 2. Timing.

 Elections shall be conducted in the Spring of even-numbered years. Special elections shall be held as soon as practical after an office has been vacated, if the position is vacated in the second year of the term.

 

Section 3. Call for Nomination.

Nomination suggestions shall be solicited from all members of the chapter.

Section 4. Slate of Nominees.

A slate of nominees shall be developed by the Election Committee, preferably containing two persons for each position. There will be no election if there are less than two candidates. The slate developed by the Election Committee shall be designated as the official slate on the ballot. 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 5 members of the Chapter. No person shall be a candidate simultaneously for more than one elective office. The exception is if one of the two offices is that of assembly delegate.


Section 5. Notification.          

The Elections Committee shall notify all members of the Chapter of the Committee's nominees at least two weeks prior to balloting.

Section 6. 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. The length of each brief biographical sketch should be no longer than a half page. Each election shall be conducted by a secret ballot distributed to all members. A majority of the votes cast will be required to win. If no candidate receives a majority, a run-off election between the two candidates receiving the most votes shall be held as soon as possible.

 

Section 7. Vacancy for President.

The vice-president shall automatically succeed to president and complete the terms of office as president, when the position of president is vacated. A new vice-president shall be elected at the earliest opportunity. If less than a year remains, a new vice-president will be appointed by the Executive Committee.

Section 8. 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 one 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 Committees.

 

Article XI. Meetings

 

Regular Chapter meetings shall be held not less than once each quarter, 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 10% 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 XII. Amendment of this Constitution

Section 1. Initiation.

Constitutional amendments can 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 thereof, 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.

Article XIII. 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


California Faculty Association, Pomona Chapter

 

April 2006