Constitution of the Academic Senate


We, the faculty of Indiana University South Bend, in order to provide a governmental structure for our membership and a forum for the exchange of ideas, to promote excellence in scholastic and professional attainment, and to maximize the participation, the influence, and the effectiveness of the faculty in the operation and growth of Indiana University South Bend, do hereby constitute ourselves as the Academic Senate, Indiana University South Bend, and adopt this Constitution as our instrument of government. Subject to the limitation imposed by the laws of the State of Indiana and the Board of Trustees of Indiana University, and the Indiana University Faculty Constitution, this Constitution establishes the powers and the duties herein provided for and confers them upon the Academic Senate, Indiana University South Bend. The Constitution is to be construed and implemented in the spirit of affirmative action principles and of civil rights legislation.

The Academic Senate, or the Executive Committee at its own discretion, may decide that any specific question shall be voted on by mail or electronic (5/2016) ballot of all members of the Senate. (4/1986)

The election of IU South Bend’s elected representatives to the IU University Faculty Council shall follow the provisions as described for the election of Senate officers, except that plurality vote will prevail. The representatives shall serve two year staggered terms, or otherwise as may be determined by the Senate’s Executive Committee. An IU South Bend UFC representative shall report periodically to the Academic Senate on matters of interest and/or importance. (1/1996)

In years with five positions to be filled on the Promotion, Tenure and Reappointment Committee, the lowest winning vote will be considered a one-year term. (2/1998)

Senate meetings are open. A meeting can be closed by a simple majority of members present. (3/1999)

Selection of Associate faculty to serve as voting members of the Academic Senate.

In the first week of classes, the Academic Senate Vice President will request the email addresses of all Associate Faculty from Academic Affairs.

By the third week of classes, the Academic Senate Vice President will email these faculty members asking whether they would like to serve as voting members of the Academic Senate, with the understanding that only up to fifteen faculty can serve. The email would indicate that voting would require regular attendance at Academic Senate.

If more than fifteen faculty members volunteer, the Academic Senate Vice President will stage an election via email. The ballots will list all the Associate faculty members who have volunteered to serve. All eligible Associate faculty will vote in this election (eligibility is determined by the IU South Bend Constitution: “faculty who are scheduled to teach at least one credit course in the fall of the current academic year or who taught at least one credit course in the preceding academic year”).

At the second Academic Senate meeting of the semester, or the earliest possible Academic Senate meeting, the elected voting Associate faculty members will be announced. (1/2016)