Bylaws of the Faculty Senate
Article I. Name
Article II. Purpose, Function & Duties
Article III. Membership
Article IV. Elections
Article V. Organization
Article VI. Meetings
Article VII. Transaction of BusinessArticle VIII. Amendments
Printable PDF: Bylaws of the Montana Tech Faculty Senate
(Revised according to faculty action 11/01/01)
To promote the stable growth and continued improvement of higher education
at Montana Tech of The University of Montana and in the State of Montana; to
facilitate communication and cooperation among administrative and faculty
personnel; and to insure the continued development of our educational
programs and policies: We the Faculty, do hereby establish and subscribe to
this Constitution of the Faculty Senate of Montana Tech of The University of
The name of this organization shall be the Faculty Senate of Montana Tech of
The University of Montana (the Faculty Senate) at Butte, Montana.
SECTION 1: Purpose
The purpose of this organization shall be:
To participate as an advisory body in the formulation, implementation, and
review of institutional policy and to provide the means for the faculty to
initiate action on matters with which it is directly concerned.
SECTION 2: Functions
Within the framework of rules and regulations set forth by the State Board
of Regents, the functions of this organization shall be:
a. To study and discuss institutional problems referred to it and, where
appropriate, to make recommendations to the administration.
b. To initiate suggestions for changes in the area of institutional policies
affecting the instructional program of the college.
c. To serve as a channel of communication between faculty and the
administration and, through the administration, to the State Board of
d. To aid the students, the faculty, the administration, and the State Board
of Regents in developing policies coordinating the total college
e. To consider policies concerning admissions, curricula, granting of
degrees, and comparable academic concerns.
f. To consider policies concerning faculty selection, promotion, tenure,
leaves, and termination of employment.
g. To advise, with the Chancellor, in the selection of administrative
personnel when vacancies exist.
h. To advise, with the State Board of Regents, in the selection of a
Chancellor when a vacancy exists.
i. To seek means for raising the level of all aspects of professional
SECTION 3: Duties
The duties of the organization shall be:
a. To examine all matters under consideration from the point of view of the
welfare and best professional interests of the college and in the light of
its total educational objectives.
b. To acknowledge each recommendation or request submitted and, upon
completion of its considerations, state the action recommended.
In the performance of its duties, the Faculty Senate is not to interfere
with or infringe upon the academic freedom of individual faculty
SECTION 4: Channels and Procedures
a. To accept for consideration from the faculty or the administration any
projects which fall within the scope of Article II, Sections 1 and 2
b. To initiate projects which fall within the scope of Article II, Sections 1
and 2 above.
c. To submit recommendations to the faculty or the administration of the
College concerning matters which have been considered.
d. To submit to conference with the entire faculty if necessary any
differences of opinion which arise as a result of disagreement between
the Faculty Senate and the administration concerning
e. To refer questions still unsolved after conference to the Chancellor or
final reference to the proper agency, such as Faculty Service
Committee, Attorney General, State Board of Regents, etc.
The Faculty Senate shall consist of 10 members -- one which is selected
from the Bureau of Mines and Geology, one which is selected from the
South Campus faculty at large, one which is selected from the North Campus
part-time (e.g., non-tenure track) instructional faculty, and seven which are
selected from the North Campus faculty at large who hold faculty rank.
As needed, the size and composition of the Faculty Senate shall be re-
evaluated to account for changes in faculty and department structure
of the College.
Membership in the Faculty Senate shall be determined by annual election
held in March. Only persons holding faculty rank are eligible to vote.
Members shall be elected to two-year terms. No more than three-
quarters of the entire membership of the Faculty Senate shall have
terms which expire in the same academic year. Vacancies created
by unexpired terms shall be filled by special election.
SECTION 1: Officers
The officers shall consist of a Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson, and
Secretary. These officers shall be elected from the total membership
of the Faculty Senate at the initial meeting after its annual election.
SECTION 2: Duties of Officers
The Chairperson shall be the principal executive officer and shall have such
powers as are appropriate to the office. The Chairperson shall appoint
committees and shall be an ex-officio member of all committees
except the Nominating Committee.
The Vice-Chairperson shall fulfill the duties of the Chairperson in the
Chairperson's absence and shall, otherwise, serve as an assistant to
The Secretary is responsible for the usual functions of the office, such as:
a. Keeping the minutes of all regular meetings of the Faculty Senate and
making available copies to the entire professional staff and the
b. Maintaining archives of important papers of the Faculty Senate.
c. Furnishing notification of all Faculty Senate meetings to all faculty
d. Carrying on pertinent correspondence relative to the Faculty Senate and
SECTION 3: Committees
The duties of all committees shall be determined by the Faculty Senate.
Committees shall be appointed by the Chairperson, when necessary, with
the approval of the Faculty Senate body.
SECTION 1: Regular Meetings (Open)
Regular meetings of the Faculty Senate shall be held monthly or as needed
during the regular academic year) with additional meetings or
cancellations of the scheduled meeting at the option of the
chairperson. It shall be understood that at all open meetings an
invitation to attend is extended to all of the administrative staff, all
faculty members, and to a student representative. It shall be further
understood that this invitation includes both the right to engage in the
discussions of the committee and the right to introduce motions.
It does not include, however, the right to second nor amend motions, nor
the right to vote upon them when they are placed before the Faculty
Senate for final action.
SECTION 2: Special Meetings (Closed)
A special closed meeting of the Faculty Senate may be called at a
designated time by the officers of the Faculty Senate or by a petition
signed by one-third of the total membership of the Faculty Senate, or
by a petition of ten percent of the total membership of the faculty.
SECTION 1: Initiation of Action
The Faculty Senate shall receive written suggestions for agenda items from
any member of the faculty or from the administration. In the case of
delicate matters, at the discretion of the Faculty Senate, the referral
items can be received by oral communication at a meeting.
Any member of the Faculty Senate may initiate debate.
Where appropriate, the agenda item shall be referred to a committee for
SECTION 2: Nature of Sessions
A quorum for the transaction of business shall be privileged to call
members of the college community as advisors when information
concerning a matter under consideration is required.
The minutes shall be as complete as the nature of the problem requires.
SECTION 3: Transmittal of Recommendations
The Chairperson shall direct the Secretary to transmit to the appropriate
individual or body a written statement of actions and recommendations
of the Faculty Senate when approved at a regularly constituted
SECTION 1: Proposed Amendments
Proposed amendments shall be submitted in writing to the Chairperson of
the Faculty Senate who shall submit them to the faculty for action.
SECTION 2: Notification of Amendments
The text of the proposed amendments must be circulated among the
members of the faculty at least one week prior to action by the faculty.
SECTION 3: Ratification of Amendments
Ratification of amendments shall require a simple majority vote of all
members of the faculty.
SECTION 4: Submission of Amendments
In keeping with Article 2, Section 2, all amendments will be submitted to
the administration for review and appropriate action.