Apportionment of Senate Seats

AS-2589-02/Floor - November 7-8, 2002

RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate of the California State University create a 9th Bylaw, as follows:

  1. The Executive Committee shall be responsible for recommending the apportionment and reapportionment of Senate seats using the formula listed in Article II Section 1 of the Constitution. Each year it shall conduct a "census" using the most recent and reliable Fall FTEF data to determine whether reapportionment of seats among campuses is necessary. The results shall be presented to the Senate for its approval at its first meeting in the calendar year for its approval.


  2. When new seats are added to the Senate due to the addition of campuses or constitutional revisions, these seats shall be filled in the next spring election cycle following the Executive Committee's completion of the census.


  3. Whenever reapportionment results in a campus losing a seat, the seat lost shall be the first seat to complete its three-year term following the announcement of the reapportionment, and the seat shall not be lost until the three-year term expires.


  4. Whenever a campus is entitled to a new seat, the Executive Committee shall determine whether the length of the first term for that seat shall be 1, 2, or 3 years. In making this determination, the Executive Committee shall attempt to stagger the years in which that campus's seats expire, so as to maximize continuity in representation from that campus.

RATIONALE: This Bylaw concerns apportionment of Senate seats, prepared by the special committee appointed for this task. The purpose of this bylaw is to give the Senate a transparent procedure for implementation of the new constitutional amendment and for keeping apportionment up to date in the future.

APPROVED UNANIMOUSLY - January 23-24, 2003



 
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