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UTCE-MnSCU Master Agreement 1999-2001
Section 1. Purpose.
The purpose of the Senate is to provide a forum for campus faculty to
act in full partnership with campus administration in determination of
campus operations, policy and planning prior to decision making. Nothing
contained in this Article shall be construed to prevent the Employer from
having discussions with any individual or organization provided such discussions
do not conflict with P.E.L.R.A. or other provisions of this agreement.
Section 2. Membership.
The membership of the Senate at each campus shall consist of the UTCE
chapter leadership team and the elected UTCE members in good standing
representing a cross-section of disciplines. (The term discipline(s) may
mean division, department, or program and will be defined according to
other provisions of this agreement.)
Subd. 1. Senate Size.
The number of members of the Senate shall be determined by the Senate.
Subd. 2. Senate Liaison.
The College President or designee shall serve as an administrative liaison
to the Senate.
Subd. 3. Senate Appointees.
The College President or designee may appoint up to three (3) Administrators
or employees from outside the UTCE Bargaining Unit as non-voting participants
in the faculty senate. Additionally, the Senate President and/or College
President or designee may invite subject area experts as needed to address
specific agenda items.
Subd. 4. Senate Location.
The Senate will be campus-based unless mutually agreed upon by the College
President and UTCE chapter leadership team.
Section 3. Senate Leadership.
Senate leadership shall consist of UTCE members in good standing elected
according to procedures adopted by the Senate.
Section 4. Procedures of the Senate.
The Senate shall establish election and operating procedures and committees
Subd. 1. Meeting Schedule.
Meetings shall be scheduled monthly during the academic year. The president
of the Senate or College President or designee may call additional meetings
Subd. 2. Meeting Agendas.
The agenda for each meeting shall be prepared and distributed by the
Senate President or designee at least one (1) week before the meeting
and shall contain all items submitted by the President of the Senate or
designee, or the College President or designee.
Subd. 3. Clerical Support.
The College shall provide clerical support:
- to assist in the preparation and distribution of the agenda.
- to assist in the preparation and distribution of the minutes to
the faculty within two weeks of the meeting after they have been reviewed
and approved by the senate leadership and the campus President.
Subd. 4. Meeting Leadership.
The President of the Senate or designee shall preside over all meetings
of the Senate.
Subd. 5. Reports.
Within two (2) weeks of each meeting, the College President or designee
will report to the Senate in writing actions taken or decisions made accompanied
by written rationale.
Subd. 6. Relationship to Other Campus Committees.
The Campus Administration may establish, appoint members to, and utilize
instructor/management participation groups or other groups of a similar
nature. Any recommendations of these groups affecting College operations,
policy, or planning shall be submitted to the Senate for review prior
to decision making.
Section 5. Appeals.
While it is recognized that the Campus Administration reserves the ultimate
decision-making authority, sincere efforts shall be made to reach mutual
agreement. If the Senate or Campus Administration feels that sincere efforts
to reach a mutual agreement or understanding have not been made, either
party may move the issue to the state Meet and Confer and/or Joint Labor/Management
Section 6. Alternative Committee Structure.
As an alternative to the above at consolidated colleges, a different
system of local UTCE involvement in campus governance may be agreed to
between local UTCE and the College President. Such agreement shall not
in any way regulate or control the right of selection or participation
by the local UTCE but shall be confined to the design of the structure
and its operational mode. Any alternative system of local UTCE involvement
in campus governance must be approved by the state UTCE and the Employer.