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CONSTITUTION OF THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF UNIVERSITY PROFESSORS
KENT STATE CHAPTER

Article I   Name and Affiliation

      The name of this Association shall be the Kent State Chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP-KSU).  AAUP-KSU represents two bargaining units. One consists of tenured and tenure-track faculty (TT Unit), the other consists of full-time non-tenure track faculty (NTT Unit).  AAUP-KSU may, by majority vote of its active members, affiliate with or disaffiliate from any local, regional, state or national organization. Such a vote of affiliation or disaffiliation may be initiated by a petition signed by at least thirty percent of the active members of the Association and would be carried out under the Collective Bargaining Law of the State of Ohio.

Article II   Membership

1.   There shall be four classes of membership: Active, Graduate Student, Emeritus, and Associate.

A.   Active Members: members of either bargaining unit qualify for active membership in their respective Unit of AAUP-KSU.

B.   Graduate Student Members: any graduate student at Kent State University is eligible for graduate student membership in the Chapter.

C.   Emeritus Members: any Active Member retiring from either Unit may be transferred to Emeritus Membership at the member's request after the member has been an Active Member for at least one year.

D.   Associate Members: other members of the university community are eligible for Associate Membership.

E.   Members, to be in good standing, must be current in payment of their dues.

2.   Rights of Members

A.   Active Members in good standing shall have the right to participate fully in the affairs of their respective Unit as described in the Governing Document of the TT Unit and the Governing Document of the NTT Unit attached hereto as Appendix A and Appendix B respectively.

B.   Graduate Student Members in good standing shall have the right to attend meetings and to be elected or appointed to committees of the Association.

C.   Emeritus Members in good standing shall have the right to participate fully in the affairs of their respective Unit as described in the Governing Document of the TT Unit and the Governing Document of the NTT Unit attached hereto as Appendix A and B respectively.

D.   Associate Members in good standing shall have the right to attend meetings, except meetings at which collective bargaining matters are discussed. They do not have the right to vote in elections, on referenda, dues, or ratification of collective bargaining agreements.

Article III   Basis of Chapter Governance

1.   The President of the TT Unit is the Chapter President and shall speak for the Chapter. On issues of concern to both Units, the President of the TT Unit shall speak for the Chapter after consultation with the President of the NTT Unit. On issues of specific concern to each Unit, that Unit’s President shall speak for that Unit.

2.   The members of the Association are represented by their respective Unit on the Joint Coordinating Board (JCB). The JCB is chaired by the President of the TT Unit.

3.   Voting members of the JCB include the President of the NTT Unit, the First Vice President of the TT Unit, the Treasurers of both Units, the Secretaries of both Units, and the Grievance Committee Chairs of both Units. In the event of a tie, the President of the TT Unit will cast the deciding vote.

4.   The JCB will make decisions on issues of common interest referred to it by the Executive Committee of either Unit. The JCB will develop an annual Chapter budget which shall be submitted for approval to the governing bodies of both Units. If either Unit does not approve a proposed budget it will be returned to the JCB for revision and resubmission. If either Unit still does not approve, the JCB will make the final decision. Decisions to carry grievances to arbitration will be made as specified in the Governing Document of the appropriate Unit, except when such a decision involves the hiring of outside counsel to handle the arbitration. In such instances, the final decision will be made by the JCB. The JCB shall make decisions on all personnel matters after consulting with the Executive Committees of the two Units.

5.   The JCB will meet at least two times per year or at the request of the President of either Unit or three JCB members.

Article IV   Basis of Unit Governance

1.   Each Unit retains the exclusive right to develop and amend its Governing Document. Only members of each respective Unit may be involved in the development and approval of that Unit’s Governing Document. Both Governing Documents shall respect any and all rights of membership as provided by this Constitution and the Governing Document of each Unit. Should either Governing Document conflict with this Constitution, the provisions of this Constitution will control.

2.   The Governing Document of the TT Unit is attached hereto as Appendix A.

3.   The Governing Document of the NTT Unit is attached hereto as Appendix B.

Article V    Amendments to the Constitution

      A Constitution Committee will review the Constitution at times deemed appropriate by the JCB or at the request of the Executive Committee of either Unit. The Constitution Committee, which will include representatives appointed by the Executive Committees of both Units, a majority of whom will be from the TT Unit. It will make recommendations for modification or amendment of the AAUP-KSU Constitution to the JCB. The JCB will submit any recommended changes to the governing bodies of both Units for approval. Proposed amendments approved by a two-thirds vote of the total membership of either governing body will be submitted to the entire active membership of the Chapter. This shall only be done after both governing bodies have considered the proposed amendment and it will be accompanied by the recommendations and votes of both governing bodies. Passage requires an affirmative vote of either a majority of the total number of active members or sixty percent of the active members voting. All votes on constitutional amendments must take place during the regular academic year.

Article VI   Association Dues

      Dues shall be recommended by the JCB for the approval of the governing bodies of both Units.

Article VII   Affirmative Action

      AAUP-KSU is committed to Affirmative Action and pledges itself to support the elimination from AAUP-KSU and the entire academic environment of all discrimination based on race, sex or sexual orientation, age, religion, national origin, political views, residence, and family or marital status.

Article VIII   By-laws

      By-laws shall be established and amended as recommended by the JCB and approved by the governing bodies of both Units. By-laws serve to establish rules and procedures for the general operation of AAUP-KSU and may elaborate and clarify, but not alter, add to or rescind this Constitution or the Governing Document of either Unit.

1.   The JCB shall approve all personnel expenditures. Any non-personnel, non-routine expenditure exceeding $1,000 shall be submitted to the JCB for approval after it has been approved by the Unit requesting the expenditure.

2.   Officers and employees of the Chapter who handle funds or other property of the Association shall be bonded.

3.   The Officers of the TT Unit shall be listed as the Officers of the Chapter for the purposes of Chapter filings with the State Employment Relations Board, the Internal Revenue Service, and other appropriate agencies.

4.   If any loans are made available to officers or agents of the Association, they shall also be made available on the same terms and conditions to all members.

5.   Officers and agents of the Chapter as well as their spouses, domestic partners, children, parents and other relatives, shall not have any business or financial interests which conflict with the fiduciary obligations of such persons to the organization.

6.   All elections of both Units shall be conducted by secret ballot, as shall votes on referenda and the ratification of contracts.

 Approved:  May 14, 2002

 


 

APPENDIX A

 

GOVERNING DOCUMENT OF THE TENURE TRACK UNIT OF THE AMERICAN
ASSOCIATION OF UNIVERSITY PROFESSORS KENT STATE CHAPTER

Article I   Name

      The name of this Unit of the Association shall be the American Association of University Professors Kent State Chapter, Tenure Track Unit (TT Unit).

Article II   Objectives

      The objectives of the TT Unit are to promote the interests of higher education, to advance the standards and ideals of the profession, to enhance the faculty's role and authority in university governance, to promote the welfare of its individual members, and to represent them before the various publics to whom the university is accountable.

 Article III   Membership

1.   There shall be four (4) classes of memberships: Active, Graduate student, Emeritus, and Associate as described in Article II of the Chapter Constitution.

2.   Rights of Members

A.   Active members in good standing of the TT Unit shall have the right to participate fully in the affairs of the TT Unit and the Association, to vote for Council delegates and in Presidential elections, on referenda, on constitutional amendments, and on ratification of the TT Unit’s collective bargaining agreement, to participate in nominating candidates for President and Council, to seek office, and to be elected or appointed to committees or other offices of the TT Unit and the Association.

B.   Graduate student members in good standing shall have the right to attend meetings and to be elected or appointed to committees of the TT Unit and the Association.

C.   Emeritus members in good standing shall have the right to participate in the affairs of the Association, to vote in the Council and Presidential elections, to participate in nominating candidates for President and Council, to seek office, and to be elected or appointed to committees or other offices of the TT Unit and the Association, but not the right to vote on dues, or on ratification of collective bargaining agreements.

D.   Associate members in good standing shall have the right to attend meetings, except meetings at which collective bargaining matters are discussed. They do not have the right to vote on referenda, dues, or ratification of collective bargaining agreements.

Article IV   Basis of TT Unit Governance

1.   The general membership of the TT Unit is represented on Council, the governing body of the TT Unit, through Delegates from their academic departments, schools or regional campuses and through delegates from emeritus members of the TT Unit.

2.   Active members in each department or school on the Kent Campus shall elect one (1) or more Delegates to Council. There shall be one (1) Delegate for every twenty (20) active members or part thereof in the department or school, but each such unit shall have a minimum of one (1) Delegate. Active members in each regional campus shall elect one (1) or more Delegates to Council. There shall be one (1) Delegate for every twenty (20) active members or part thereof at a regional campus, but each such regional campus shall have a minimum of one (1) Delegate. Emeritus members shall elect one (1) or more Delegates to Council. There shall be one (1) Delegate for every twenty (20) emeritus members or part thereof, but such unit shall have a minimum of one (1) Delegate. There shall be one (1) non-voting liaison from the Full-Time Non-Tenure Track Faculty Unit.

3.   For purposes of representation, regional campus members will be counted as part of their regional campus faculty, not as subject area faculty on the Kent Campus. For the purposes of representation, emeritus members will be counted separately, not as subject area or regional campus faculty.

4.   The Delegates are responsible for communicating the concerns of their constituents to the Council and its officers, and transmitting actions of the Council to their constituencies.

Article V   The Council and Its Election

1.   The Council is the governing body of the TT Unit and shall consist of the voting members of the Executive Committee, elected Delegates and others as enumerated below.

2.   Active members and emeritus members are eligible for election to President, as other officers of the TT Unit and of the Association, and as Delegates to Council if they have been members of the Association for one (1) year at any time prior to the time they take office.

3.   Delegates are elected for two (2) year terms on a staggered basis: approximately half of the Delegates to Council will be elected each year. In the case of departments, schools, regional campuses or emeritus members with two (2) or more Delegates, the terms shall be arranged so as to be overlapping.

4.   Elections will be held between the eighth (8th) and tenth (10th) weeks of the spring semester each year and will be supervised by the Nominations and Elections Committee, which shall advise each department, school or regional campus of the number of Delegates to be elected that year. The Committee will report the results of the election to the membership and to Council. All terms of office begin with the starting date of Faculty contracts in the fall semester.

5.   The President may appoint non-voting members to Council and/or the Executive Committee subject to the respective body's confirmation.

6.   Active members who also serve as Officers of state and national affiliates of the Association shall be non-voting, ex-officio members of the Council and Executive Committee and shall report at least annually on respective state and national activities.

7.   If a Delegate’s place on Council becomes vacant, or is anticipated to be vacant for an academic semester or more, the runner-up in the most recent election of Council delegates for that academic unit will be asked to serve as a designated alternate. Designated alternates will serve with full rights and responsibilities of an elected Delegate during the vacancy period, or until the completion of the Delegate’s term of service, whichever occurs first. In the case of an uncontested election, or in the event the runner-up is unwilling or unable to serve, the Nominations and Elections Committee shall initiate a special election to fill the unexpired term.

8.   A petition of at least thirty percent (30%) of the active membership of a department, school or regional campus will be required to institute a referendum on the question of that unit's Delegate(s) continuing in office. A negative vote of a majority of those voting on the named Delegate(s) will result in removal from office. In the case of removal, an election will be held to fill the resulting unexpired term within thirty (30) calendar days.

9.   Absentee ballots on a pre-determined question may be sent to the President of the Association prior to the meeting in which the vote on the question of Council is to occur. This ballot must be received by the President before the vote is taken. It must specify the question and the vote and be signed.

10.   A council member may give written proxy to another TT Unit member of his/her academic unit for a specific council meeting.

Article VI   Officers and Executive Committee

1.   Officers shall be the President, First Vice President, Second Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. Officers are elected to one (1) year terms.

2.   The Nominations and Elections Committee will present to the Council a nominee or nominees for President between the eighth (8th) and tenth (10th) weeks of the spring semester of each year. Council may add willing candidates to that slate. This slate will be circulated to the membership and then other willing candidates may be added by a petition of at least ten percent (10%) of the number of active members. The completed slate will then be submitted to the active members of the TT Unit so that they may elect the President. A majority of those voting is necessary for election. If no majority is achieved on the first ballot, a run-off election will be conducted between the two candidates who received the most votes. The President's term of office begins with the starting date of Faculty contracts in the fall semester.

3.   At the first meeting of the fall semester, the Council will elect the other officers of the TT Unit. In this process, the Nominations and Elections Committee will present to the Council a slate of nominees. The slate will then be submitted sequentially for vote by secret ballot by Council starting with First Vice President and continuing in like manner with Second Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. Council may add other willing candidates to the slate. A majority of those voting is necessary for election. If no majority is achieved on the first ballot, a run-off election will be conducted between the two candidates who received the most votes. In the event of a tie in the run-off, voting will continue until one candidate receives a majority. The new officers will take office immediately upon election.

4.   An officer, other than the President, may be removed by majority action of the whole Council. In the event of resignation or removal of an officer other than the president, the procedure as outlined in paragraph 3 of this article will be followed within thirty (30) calendar days. A petition of a majority of the whole Council or a petition by at least thirty percent (30%) of the total number of active members delivered to the Nominations and Elections Committee will require a referendum on the question of the President's continuance in office. A negative vote will cause the Council to repeat the process set forth in paragraph two of this article so that a new President may be elected within thirty (30) calendar days.

5.   The Executive Committee shall consist of the President, First Vice President, Second Vice President, Immediate Past President, Secretary, Treasurer, and the Chairpersons of the committees identified in Article VIII and one (1) non-voting liaison from the Full-Time Non-Tenure Track Faculty Unit.

Article VII   Functions of Officers and Executive Committee

1.   The President is the presiding officer of the Council, the TT Unit, and the Association. He or she is the executive officer of the TT Unit and the Association and can request and receive authorization through the Executive Committee of either Unit or the Council to act on the Association’s behalf.

2.   The First Vice President will preside in the President's absence or temporary incapacity. He or she will take up other duties as designated by the President. In the event of the resignation or removal of the President, as specified in Article VI. 4, the First Vice President will become the President until the election is held, at which time he or she returns to the position of First Vice President.

3.   The Second Vice President will preside in the President's and First Vice President's absence or temporary incapacity. He or she will take up other duties as designated by the President. In the event of the resignation or removal of the President, as specified in Article VI. 4, the Second Vice President will become the First Vice President until the election is held, at which time he or she returns to the position of Second Vice President.

4.   The Immediate Past President will have completed the last term of office for which he or she has been elected. He or she will be the Chairperson of the Review and Oversight Committee. In the event that the Past President has resigned or is unwilling to serve in this capacity, then a previous Past President will be appointed by the President.

5.   The Secretary is responsible for minutes. He or she will keep records of all publications of the TT Unit, and will perform other duties as may be delegated to the Secretary.

6.   The Treasurer will be responsible for the collection of all revenue, for the disbursement of funds as authorized by Council, the Executive Committee, the TT Unit President, for the maintenance of accurate accounts of income and expenses which will be made available for the inspection of any members, for the preparation of an annual budget as a member of the Joint Coordinating Board, for the preparation of an annual financial report, and will perform other duties as may be delegated to the Treasurer.

7.   The Executive Committee will act as the President's cabinet. It may act in the Council's behalf as so delegated by it. The Committee will direct negotiations subject to the approval of the Council, and develop the explicit positions of the TT Unit regarding priorities in connection with long range goals and policies, professional standards and conditions, faculty economic status and benefits. Among other duties the Committee may maintain liaison with other organizations which may have significance for its functioning.

Article VIII   Committees

1.   Standing Committees

A.   The standing committee chairpersons will be members of the Executive Committee: these are the chairpersons of the Negotiations Committee, the Membership Committee, the Grievance and Arbitration Committee, the Review and Oversight Committee, the Media Committee, the Nominations and Elections Committee, and Committee W. The President shall appoint chairpersons of all standing committees subject to the approval of Council, except that in the case of the Review and Oversight Committee the chairperson shall be the Immediate Past President of the TT Unit or a past president as appointed in accordance with Article VII. 4. Each committee chairperson, with the consultation of the Executive Committee, will appoint committee members.

B.   The Negotiations Committee, in consultation with the Executive Committee, will develop a contract proposal based upon policies, standards, and positions established by the Council.

C.   The Membership Committee will conduct an annual membership drive. It will evaluate the state of the TT Unit and the Association and recommend to the Council whatever actions will encourage and maintain membership in the TT Unit and the Association.

D.   The Grievance and Arbitration Committee is responsible for all grievance matters in which the TT Unit and the Association takes part. It will recommend to the Executive Committee actions regarding grievance and arbitration. It will also brief the Council regarding the disposition of the TT Unit and the Association relative to a specific instance.

E.   The Review and Oversight Committee is responsible for assessing the outcome of all actions taken by the Council and the TT Unit. It reviews the measure to which the TT Unit observes its resolutions and to which those with contractual agreements fulfill the stipulations of those agreements. It will bring departures to the attention of the President for his or her action. It will annually report its findings and recommendations to the Council.

F.   The Budget Committee advises the President in the preparation of the annual budget and revisions thereof. It will be chaired by the Treasurer of the TT Unit.

G.   The Media Committee is responsible for public relations.

H.   The Nominations and Elections Committee shall supervise and/or conduct all elections, referenda and ratification. It will give notice to departments of the manner and time for electing Delegates.

I.   Committee W on the Status of Women in the Academic Profession conducts studies in the areas of concern to women faculty members, works with Committee W at the National and State levels to develop policy with regard to women in the teaching profession, and addresses such issues as equity in pay, sexual harassment and affirmative action guidelines.

2.   Ad Hoc Committees

      The President may appoint as necessary ad hoc committees from the TT Unit and the Association membership and may exercise ex-officio membership on any committee.

Article IX:    Negotiations

1.   The Bargaining Team will be responsible for collective bargaining contract negotiations with the administration of the university or their representatives.

2.   The Chairperson of the Negotiations Committee will solicit from the membership suggestions for potential Bargaining Team members.

3.   The President will consider the names suggested and, subject to the approval of the Executive Committee, will recommend the Bargaining Team and the Chief Negotiator to Council.

4.   The Chief Negotiator will be an ex-officio member of the Executive Committee.

5.   The Chief Negotiator must meet with the Executive Committee at the next Executive Committee meeting immediately following any bargaining session or at the call of the President.

6.   The President with the approval of the Executive Committee may remove the Chief Negotiator or any member(s) of the Bargaining Team from that position.

7.   The Chief Negotiator may sign a tentative agreement only with a majority affirmative vote of the Bargaining Team.

8.   Any tentative collective bargaining agreement must be first submitted to the Executive Committee, who will then forward it to the Council with a recommendation to accept, reject, or with “no recommendation”. The Council may then forward it to the membership for ratification or rejection or may remand it to the Bargaining Team. The Council may include a recommendation to accept, reject or forward to the membership “no recommendation”.

9.   The tentative agreement must be ratified by a majority of the active members voting.

Article X   Meetings

1.   Council meetings will be open to TT Unit members and guests invited by the TT Unit President except when the Council elects to meet in Executive Session. A Council meeting may be called by petition of five (5) Council delegates. The President may call for a session of the Council at any time.

2.   For Council action to be valid, a quorum of the Council must be present.

3.   The Executive Committee will meet as often as called by the President or also upon petition of three (3) Executive Committee members.

4.   Standing committees will meet at least three (3) times annually.

Article XI   Referenda

1.   The Council may elect to refer any action to all of the active members for approval. The results of such referenda are final.

2.   Any modification to a collective bargaining agreement must be first submitted to the Executive Committee, who will then forward it to the Council, with a recommendation to accept, reject or with “no recommendation”. Council may vote to accept or reject the modification.

3.   Any action by the Council opposed by at least thirty per cent (30%) of the active members through petition will be referred to the total membership. The results of such referenda are final.

4.   At least thirty per cent (30%) of the active members may through petition initiate a referendum. To pass a referendum will require a majority vote of the active members voting. The results of such referenda are final.

Article XII   Amendments

      An Ad Hoc Committee will review the TT Unit’s Governing Document at times deemed appropriate by the Executive Committee and/or Council. It will make recommendations for modification or amendment to the Executive Committee. The Executive Committee will then bring forward changes to the TT Unit’s Governing Document to the Council which may amend it by at least a two-thirds (2/3) vote and either a majority of the total number of active members or by at least sixty percent (60%) of the active members voting.

 Approved by Council: 1979

 Revised: March 24, 1998; December 12, 2003

 


 

APPENDIX B

 

GOVERNING DOCUMENT OF THE NON-TENURE-TRACK UNIT OF THE AMERICAN
ASSOCIATION OF UNIVERSITY PROFESSORS KENT STATE CHAPTER

Article I.   Name and Affiliation

      The name of this unit shall be the American Association of University Professors, Non-Tenure-Track Unit (NTT Unit) of the Kent State Chapter.

Article II.   Objectives

      The objectives of the NTT Unit are to promote the interests of higher education, to advance the standards and ideals of the profession, to enhance the role and authority of faculty, particularly NTT faculty, in university governance, to promote the welfare of its members both individually and collectively, and to represent them before the various publics to whom the university is accountable.

Article III.   Membership

1.   There shall be three classes of membership: Active, Emeritus, and Associate as described in Article II of the Chapter Constitution.

2.   Rights of Members

A.   Active members in good standing of the NTT Unit shall have the right to participate fully in the affairs of the NTT Unit and the Association, to vote in elections, on referenda, on constitutional amendments and on ratification of the collective bargaining agreements of the NTT Unit, to participate in nominating candidates for the Executive Committee offices, to seek office, and to be elected or appointed to committees or other offices of the NTT Unit and the Association.

B.   NTT Emeritus members in good standing shall have the right to participate in the affairs of the Unit and the Association, to vote in the elections, to participate in nominating candidates for the Executive Committee, to seek office, and to be elected or appointed to the committees or other offices of the Unit and the Association, but not the right to vote on dues or ratification of collective bargaining agreements.

C.   Associate members in good standing shall have the right to attend meetings, except for meetings at which collective bargaining matters are discussed. They do not have the right to vote.

Article IV.   Basis of NTT Unit Governance

1.   The Executive Committee members are responsible for communicating with the membership.

2.   General membership meetings will be held as needed. The President of the Unit will preside over the general membership meetings.

Article V.   Officers and Executive Committee

1.   Officers shall be the President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and at-large representatives. The Executive Committee will consist of the officers and the chairs of standing committees (as identified in Article VII). Officers of the Executive Committee have one-year terms. The number of at-large representatives to the Executive Committee will be one for every fifty members or major part thereof of the collective bargaining unit.

2.   The Nominations and Elections Committee will circulate a call for nominations. This will be presented to the current Executive Committee between the eighth and tenth weeks of the spring term of each year. The Executive Committee may add willing candidates to that slate. The completed slate will then be submitted to the full membership of the unit so that they may elect the officers within two weeks after spring break. The Executive Committee members' term of office begins with the opening of fall semester.

3.   The Executive Committee may appoint members to fill all vacancies for unexpired terms except the President. A vacancy for an unexpired term of the President will cause an election for President to take place within thirty days.

4.   Two thirds of the whole Executive Committee or a petition by thirty percent of the full membership will require a referendum on the question of an elected Executive Committee member's continuance in office. The elected Executive Committee member may be removed from office by a majority of votes by the general membership. Removal of the President will cause an election for President to take place within thirty days.

5.   When the number of members of the collective bargaining unit becomes 400 or more, an ad hoc Constitution Committee (see Article XI) will be convened to consider creating a Council to better represent the membership.

Article VI.   Functions of Officers and the Executive Committee

1.   The President is presiding officer of the Executive Committee and the Unit. He or she is the executive officer of the Unit and will request and receive authorization from the Unit through the Executive Committee to act on behalf of the Unit.

2.   The Vice President will preside in the President's absence or temporary incapacity and will act for the President as so designated by him or her. In the event of the vacancy of the office of the President, the Vice President will become President until an election for President is held, at which time he or she returns to the position of Vice President.

3.   The Secretary shall see that the minutes are taken of the meetings of the Executive Committee and the general membership, and shall perform other duties as may be delegated to him or her.

4.   The Treasurer shall be responsible for the collection of all revenue, for the disbursement of funds as authorized by the Executive Committee or the Unit President, for the maintenance of accurate accounts of income and expenses which shall be made available for the inspection of any members, for the preparation of an annual budget as a member of the Joint Coordinating Board, for the preparation of an annual financial report, and shall perform other duties as may be delegated to the Treasurer.

5.   The At-Large Representatives will act to represent the interests of the general membership.

6.   Once the immediate Past President has completed his or her last term of office, he or she will be the Chairperson of the Review and Oversight Committee. In the event that the Past President has resigned or is unwilling to serve in this capacity, then a previous Past President will be appointed by the President.

7.   The Executive Committee will act as the President's cabinet and its members will communicate concerns of constituents to the Executive Committee and transmit actions of the Executive Committee to the constituents. The committee will direct negotiations, develop the explicit positions of the NTT Unit regarding priorities in connection with long-range goals and policies, professional standards and conditions, and faculty economic status and benefits. The committee may also maintain liaison with other organizations which may have significance for its functioning.

Article VII.   Committees

1.   Standing Committees. The standing committees shall be the Negotiations Committee, the Membership Committee, the Grievance and Arbitration Committee, the Nominations and Elections Committee, the Review and Oversight Committee and the Organizational Research and Media Committee. Other standing committees may be created by the Executive Committee as deemed necessary; however, elected members of the Executive Committee must remain a majority. The President shall appoint chairpersons of all standing committees subject to the approval of the Executive Committee except that in the case of a Review and Oversight Committee the chairperson shall be immediate Past President of the Unit in accordance with Article VI, Section 6. Each committee chairperson will appoint, in consultation with the Executive Committee, members of the respective committees.

A.   The Negotiations Committee, after calling for suggestions from the full membership and in consultation with the Executive Committee and the Bargaining Team, will develop a contract proposal based upon policies, standards, and positions established by the Executive Committee.

B.   The Review and Oversight Committee is responsible for assessing the outcome of all actions taken by the Executive Committee and the unit. It reviews the measure to which the unit observes its resolutions and to which those with contractual agreements fulfill the stipulations of those agreements. It will bring departures to the attention of the President for his or her action. It may report its findings and recommendations to the Executive Committee.

C.   The Membership Committee will conduct an annual membership drive. It will evaluate the state of the unit and recommend to the Executive Committee whatever actions will encourage and maintain membership in the unit.

D.   The Grievance and Arbitration Committee is responsible for all grievance matters in which the unit takes part. It will recommend to the Executive Committee actions regarding grievance and arbitration.

E.   The Nominations and Elections Committee shall supervise and/or conduct all elections, referenda, and ratifications. It will give notice to the general membership of the manner and time for electing members of the Executive Committee.

F.   The Organizational Research and Media Committee shall gather and disperse information, create a newsletter template and procedure for its publication and distribution, as well as other duties specified by the President in consultation with the Executive Committee.

2.   Ad Hoc Committees. The President may appoint ad hoc committees from the general unit membership and may exercise ex-officio membership on any committee.

3.   Representatives to other committees. The President in consultation with the Executive Committee may appoint representatives to Committee W and other Association and or University Committees.

Article VIII.   Negotiations

1.   The Bargaining Team, in consultation with the Executive Committee and the Negotiations Committee, will be responsible for collective bargaining contract negotiations with the administration of the University or their representatives.

2.   The Chairperson of the Negotiations Committee will solicit from the membership suggestions for potential Bargaining Team members.

3.   The President will consider the names suggested and, subject to the approval of the Executive Committee, appoint the team and the Chief Negotiator.

4.   The Chief Negotiator will be an ex-officio member of the Executive Committee.

5.   The Chief Negotiator and the Bargaining team are responsible to the membership. The Chief Negotiator must meet with the Executive Committee at the first scheduled Executive Committee meeting immediately following any bargaining session or at the call of the President.

6.   The President with the approval of the Executive Committee may remove the Chief Negotiator or any member(s) of the Bargaining Team from that position.

7.   The Chief Negotiator may sign a tentative agreement only with a majority affirmative vote of the Bargaining Team.

8.   Any tentative collective bargaining agreement must be submitted to the Executive Committee. The Executive Committee may then remand it to the Bargaining Team or forward it to the membership for ratification or rejection. The Executive Committee may also include a recommendation to accept, reject or “no recommendation”.

9.   The tentative agreement must be ratified by a majority of the active members voting.

Article IX.   Meetings

1.   The Executive Committee will meet at least three times annually, at least once each academic semester, subject to the call of the President. An Executive Committee meeting may be called by petition of two Executive Committee members, or the President may call for a session of the Executive Committee at any time.

2.   In order for the Executive Committee to take action, a quorum must be present. A quorum will be the majority of the Executive Committee.

3.   Standing Committees will meet at least three times annually.

Article X.   Ratification and Referenda

1.   The Executive Committee may elect to refer any action to all of the active members for approval. The results of such referenda are final.

2.   Any modification to a collective bargaining agreement must be approved by the Executive Committee.

3.   Any action by the Executive Committee opposed by thirty percent of the active members through petition will be referred to the total membership. The results of such referenda are final.

4.   Thirty percent of the active members may through petition initiate a referendum. To pass a referendum will require a majority of the members voting. The results of such referenda are final.

Article XI.   Amendments

      An ad hoc Constitution Committee will review the Governing Document at times deemed appropriate by the Executive Committee. (See Article V, section 5.) It will make recommendations for the modification or amendment to the Executive Committee. This governing document may be amended by two-thirds vote of the Executive Committee and either a majority of the total number of active members or at least sixty percent of those active members who vote.

Article XII.   Liaison

      The President shall appoint a member of the unit as a Liaison with the Tenure-Track Unit of the AAUP-KSU. The Liaison shall attend AAUP-KSU meetings of that division’s Executive Committee, the Council, and the general membership in an ex officio capacity. A Liaison from the Tenure-Track Unit of the AAUP-KSU may attend the meetings of the AAUP-KSU, Non-Tenure-Track Unit in an ex-officio capacity.

 Approved: NTT Unit Executive Committee 2/16/04

 Approved: NTT Unit Membership 3/12/04