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Welcome to Faculty Senate

When does the Senate meet?

The Senate meets every teaching Monday at 2:30 p.m. in SU-30. Senate meetings are open to the public. Anyone is welcome and encouraged to attend. The meeting is held in a building east of the Career Center near the old library building. Here is a link to the latest agenda.

What should come to the Senate?

The Senate is responsible for Academic and Professional matters.

Academic & Professional Matters Board Policy 2510

A.  Pursuant to rules adopted by the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges, the Governing Board elects to rely primarily on the advice and judgment of the Faculty Senate on academic and professional matters.

B.  Also called 10+1+1, the term “academic and professional matters” means the following 12 policy and procedures matters. Click here to learn more.

How do items come to the Senate?

Any student, staff, or faculty member may ask any Senator to put an item on the Faculty Senate Agenda. The Senator will then contact the Senate President to request that the item be placed on the agenda. Anyone may also contact the Faculty Senate President directly. Request for agenda items must be received by noon each Wednesday.

Timeline for Senate Decision Making

Like all other representative bodies, the Faculty Senate needs time to conduct its business in an orderly manner.

  • Items for the Faculty Senate Agenda must be submitted one week prior to the meeting at which the item will be an Information Item.
  • All items will be placed on the next available agenda as Information Items. It is helpful to the Senate if persons bringing Information Items to the Senate make copies of relevant materials to distribute to the Senators preferably before, or at least, during the information meeting. The individual who has requested that an information item be placed on the agenda needs to be present or have a representative attend the senate meeting when the item is discussed.
  • Information items which the Senate wishes to further discuss/address will be placed on the following weeks agenda, or the next available agenda, as action items. Faculty are asked to read their Senate minutes and agendas carefully and contact their Senators if they have any concerns. All faculty are always encouraged to attend Senate meetings to speak to the issues personally. Action items may have motions made about them, and to be acted on during the meeting by Senate representatives.

Note: For the Faculty Senate to have adequate time for consultation and decision making, most issues brought to the Senate will require about four weeks to deliberate and adopt (or not adopt, as the case may be).