BY-LAWS OF THE FACULTY ASSEMBLY NORTH IDAHO COLLEGE
 
 
PREAMBLE
These By-Laws are adopted for the internal governance of the Faculty Assembly and to facilitate faculty participation in the College Senate and in College affairs as may be appropriate pursuant to rules and regulations of the College Board of Trustees.
 
Neither approval of the By-Laws by the Board of Trustees nor anything contained herein shall be construed as a limitation or restriction on the statutory powers of the Board of Trustees or its rules and regulations from time to time adopted pursuant thereto.
 
ARTICLE 1: PURPOSE
 
To facilitate faculty participation in the affairs of the College and to advance faculty welfare, the Faculty Assembly shall meet regularly to conduct business on matters of concern to the faculty.
 
ARTICLE II: MEMBERSHIP
Section 1. The membership of the Faculty Assembly is provided for in the Constitution of the Faculty Assembly.
 
Section 2. Those Assembly members who do not qualify for voting participation under this section may be appointed by the Executive Committee, upon mutual consent, to serve with vote on Senate Committees.
ARTICLE III: OFFICERS
Section 1. The Assembly chairperson, vice chairperson, corresponding secretary, and treasurer are the officers of the Faculty Assembly and shall be elected from the voting membership by the Faculty Assembly at the last regular meeting of the academic year (typically May). The newly elected officers shall begin their terms of office at the first regular meeting of the next academic year (typically August). Members of the Senate are not eligible to serve concurrent terms as Faculty Assembly Officers.
 
Section 2. The Executive Committee shall be composed of the Assembly Officers and the three immediate past chairpersons, and is empowered to act for the Assembly in matters pertaining to the immediate governance of the Assembly. The Committee is responsible to and reports to the Assembly, which retains the authority to review actions taken by the Committee.
    1. The executive Committee shall provide continuity for the Faculty Assembly from year to year.
    2. The Executive Committee shall provide a member to represent the Faculty Assembly at meetings or other functions when the chair is unable to do so.
    3. The Executive Committee shall assist the chair in preparing the agenda for each Faculty Assembly meeting.
    4. The Executive Committee shall nominate faculty representatives for all Senate and Assembly Standing Committees. The nominations shall become effective upon the affirmative vote of a majority of Faculty members present and voting at the next Assembly meeting.
    5. The Executive Committee shall appoint a recording secretary and a parliamentarian for the Faculty Assembly meetings.
    6. The Treasurer has the responsibility for the collection and deposit of all monies donated to the Assembly.
    7. The Assembly Chairperson will have the sole authority for withdrawal of funds from any Assembly account.
Section 3. The duties of the elected and appointed officers shall be defined in Robert’s Rules of Order, Revised, unless otherwise specified in the constitution or by-laws.
ARTICLE IV: MEETINGS
Section 1. The first regular meeting of the Faculty Assembly shall be held the first week the faculty are required to be on campus at the beginning of the Fall Semester.
 
Section 2. Regular meetings of the Faculty Assembly shall be scheduled by the Executive Committee. A minimum of two regular meetings shall be held each semester.
 
Section 3. Notice of all meetings must be given to the Assembly members in writing specifying time, place, and proposed agenda at least three working days prior to the meeting.
 
Section 4. Special meetings of the Faculty Assembly may be called (1) by the chairperson of the Faculty Assembly, (2) by a signed petition of three members of the Executive Committee, or (3) by a signed petition of 15 percent of the Faculty Assembly. Only agenda items will be considered at a special meeting.
 
Section 5. A quorum consists of one-fourth of the total eligible voting membership of the Assembly. In the absence of a quorum, Executive Committee actions reported in the agenda for that meeting shall have Assembly approval and move forward.
ARTICLE V: DUTIES OF THE ASSEMBLY
Section 1. The Assembly shall be a forum for faculty discussion of matters of general faculty interest. It may, at the request of the College senate, standing committees, or on its own initiative, undertake advisory votes on matters of policy and procedure of concern to the faculty. These Assembly advisory recommendations will then be taken to the appropriate committees, to the College Senate, and/or to the President of the College, and, following standard procedure, to the Board of Trustees.
 
Section 2. It shall be a specific duty of the Faculty Assembly to elect faculty representatives to the College Senate.
 
Section 3. The Assembly shall be the confirming body for Executive Committee nominations to standing committees.
 
Section 4. The Assembly may elect or appoint ad hoc committees which it deems necessary or useful in the conduct of Assembly business.
ARTICLE VI: FACULTY SENATORS
Section 1. Elections
  1. Faculty senators shall be elected during the last regularly scheduled Faculty Assembly meeting of the academic year by secret ballot with nominations coming from the entire Assembly.
  2. Half of the faculty representatives to the Senate shall be elected on even years, half on odd years.
  3. Two alternate Senators shall be elected. They shall attend each Senate meeting and vote in place of absent faculty Senators.
  4. In the event of a vacancy in the Senate, a member shall be election by and from the Faculty Assembly to serve the remainder of the unexpired term. In the interest of continuity, preference shall be given to current alternatives.
Section 2. Duties and Responsibilities
  1. The Faculty Senators shall represent the Faculty on all matters before the College Senate. No Senator shall speak for nor obligate the Assembly without a full discussion of the issue with the Assembly, except when the Assembly will not be in regular session for a period of more than two weeks and a quorum cannot easily be convened in the interim. The Assembly retains the authority to review the actions of the Senators.
  2. Faculty Senators are expected to attend Senate and Faculty Assembly meetings regularly. Any faculty Senator who cannot attend a Senate meeting should arrange for an alternate to represent the Faculty as a voting senator.
  3. The Executive committee will meet with the Faculty Senators regularly to provide communication and coordination between the Faculty Assembly and its Senators.

Section 3. Recall

  1. A petition of 25% of the voting membership of the Faculty Assembly submitted to the chairperson of the Assembly shall be sufficient for the calling of an election to determine whether one or more faculty members of the Senate should be recalled. The petition must identify the Senate members affected and list the reasons for recall.
  2. If the petition signatures are sufficient, the Chair of the Faculty Assembly shall call a special meeting within ten working days of the receipt of the petition. Removal from office will occur only when a majority of the voting membership of the Faculty Assembly, as polled by secret ballot, supports recall.
  3. A new Senator shall be elected to fill the unexpired term.
ARTICLE VII: AMENDMENTS TO THE BY-LAWS
Section 1. Proposed amendments to the Faculty Assembly By-Laws must be submitted in writing to the Faculty Assembly and the Administration five (5) working days in advance of the first reading.
 
Section 2. Requirements for amendment passage include the following:
  1. Reading of proposed amendment must take place at two(2) consecutive, regularly scheduled meetings of the Faculty Assembly.
  2. The amendment must be considered for approval at the meeting of the second reading.
  3. Approval by 60% of the voting membership of the Faculty Assembly shall be required.
  4. The amendment to the By-Laws is subject to ratification by the Board of Trustees.
ARTICLE VIII: STANDING COMMITTEES
Section 1: Faculty Instructional Development Committee
Function
Faculty Development is a program of planned learning experiences to promote the achievement of the broad professional goals of faculty, collectively and as individuals, through the enhancement of their knowledge of instructional methodology and their respective content area. By helping faculty to become better instructors, the ultimate faculty development goal of improving the quality of teaching and learning is achieved. In order to effect this goal, the College appropriately allocates resources, monetary and human, to the program to provide education opportunities not readily available to NIC instructors.
 
Structure
Faculty membership shall be one member from each division selected by the Assembly Executive Committee. Any division members, with the exception of the division chairperson, may represent the division. In the case of an individual being assigned to two divisions, s/he may represent only one. To the extent practical, committee members shall serve two-year staggered terms. Two non-voting administrative members shall also serve on FIDC: the Vice President of Instruction, or appointed representative, and the Director of Professional Development.
Section 2: Faculty Tenure Committee
While Tenure policy falls within the jurisdiction of the College Senate, decisions regarding the tenure of individual faculty members lie within the jurisdiction of the Faculty Tenure Committee.
Function
This committee shall assume faculty responsibilities as outlined in the official policy established by the Board of Trustees.
 
Structure
Members and alternates of the Tenure Committee shall be elected by the Executive Committee from among the tenured members of the faculty. This committee shall consist of five members and three alternates, designated in order. At least three members must be retained from the previous year. It is recommended that voting members be selected from the previous year’s alternates.
Section 3: Meet and Confer
Function
The Meet and Confer Committee is to represent the faculty in negotiating with the administration in matters concerning salaries and working conditions.
 
Structure
There shall be six members of the Meet and Confer Committee, each of whom shall serve for two years. To assure continuity, only two members will be replaced each year. Committee members may succeed themselves.
Section 4: Sabbatical Leave Committee
Function
The Sabbatical Leave Committee shall rate and recommend applicants for sabbatical leave in accordance with the Sabbatical Leave Policy.
 
Structure
The Sabbatical Leave Committee shall consist of five members and an alternate appointed by the Executive Committee of the Faculty Assembly. Should any of the Committee members apply for sabbatical, alternates shall replace those members on the committee.
Section 5: Faculty Handbook Committee
Function
The Faculty Handbook Committee shall review the Faculty Handbook annually and provide a forum to seek consensus regarding any proposed amendments or revisions.
 
Structure
The Faculty Handbook Committee shall consist of up to six members: up to three representatives from the College Administration, appointed by the President of the College or his/her designee and three representatives from the faculty, selected by the Faculty Assembly from its own membership in the following manner:
  • Two positions will be elected from the Faculty Assembly at large to three-year rotating terms. To begin rotation, one member will be elected for two years and the other member for three years.
  • The third member will be appointed by the Faculty Assembly Executive Committee from the membership of the Executive Committee itself.
  • Committee members shall be limited to two consecutive terms.