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RESOLUTION ON PROPOSED NEW CHARTER AND BYLAWS FOR THE ALL CAMPUS COUNCIL OF FACULTY SENATE CHAIRS (ACCFSC)


Approved by the Mānoa Faculty Senate on April 20, 2005
unanimous

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Resolution on Proposed New Charter & Bylaws for the All Campus Council of Faculty Senate Chairs (ACCFSC)

Ratification of the Charter and Bylaws for the All-Campus Council of Faculty Senate Chairs

Proposed by the Manoa Senate Executive

Manoa Faculty Senate meeting of April 20, 2005

WHEREAS the present Charter and Bylaws of the All-Campus Council of Faculty Senate Chairs are obsolete, not reflecting the function of the Council in the University of Hawai'i System as currently organized; and

WHEREAS the present Charter and Bylaws are defective and internally contradictory; and

WHEREAS a new Charter and Bylaws have been drafted that correct these difficulties and respond to current realities; and

WHEREAS these new proposed governance documents were the subject of extensive discussion within the Council; and

WHEREAS the proposed governance documents respond to concerns raised by representatives of the Manoa Faculty Senate, in particular the need of the Manoa Faculty Senate to be able to send two representatives to the Council, for the sake of maintaining continuity and sharing workload; and

WHEREAS the proposed governance documents explicitly stipulate that the All-Campus Council is not a body that speaks with an authority that supersedes that of individual senates;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Manoa Faculty Senate ratifies the proposed new Charter and Bylaws of the All-Campus Council of Faculty Senate Chairs, as attached to and forming a part of this resolution.


Proposed new Charter and Bylaws for the All-Campus Council of Faculty Senate Chairs

Presented by the Manoa Senate Executive Committee for consideration at the Senate meeting of April 20, 2005.

BACKGROUND

The All-Campus Council of Faculty Senate Chairs is a System-level organization of representatives of all the senates in the System--not just the campus-level senates (Manoa Faculty Senate, for example), but also the senates of units within campuses (the senates of college-level units within Manoa, for example). The System organization charts show an an advisory line to the President's office.

The All-Campus Council provides a venue for faculty leaders from throughout the System to share matters of mutual concern. It is a place where the President and System administrators can bring matters for discussion: often the members of the Council will then take these matters back to their individual senates, especially if some sort of official approval is required. The Council is not an authoritative body. It is not a System-level senate. The Manoa representatives have insisted on an important and very useful, but limited role for the Council.

The former Charter and Bylaws reflected an earlier structure of the System. For example, they assumed the existence of a formal Community College faculty council. Also, because of various changes and accretions to the documents, including a set of "working procedures" of dubious validity, documents had become self-contradictory, to the extent that it was unclear that a legitimate election of officers could take place.

This year, an ad hoc committee of the Council drafted a new Charter and Bylaws. The governance documents describe a more-or-less standard "vanilla" structure for a this type of body. Features of proposal that are of interest to Manoa are these: First, Manoa wanted to have the ability to send two representatives to the Council, not just the Senate Chair; this was incorporated into the documents; second, Manoa wanted to make sure that the Council explicitly said that its actions could not supersede those of an individual senate; this was done. Third, Manoa was interested in ensuring that it would be possible for a Manoa Senate representative to be elected co-chair of the Council. The proposed Bylaws do specify that one co-chair must be from a community college; the other co-chair might be from Manoa (or Hilo or West O'ahu); this is acceptable.