The Faculty Senate is the policy-recommending body of the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources acting on behalf of the College and its faculty. The Senate will evaluate and debate issues that impact the College. In the spirit of shared governance, the Senate must consider and make recommendations on all changes in the policies of the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources that are proposed by others, and, in addition, may recommend policy changes on its own initiative. The Senate alone is responsible for recommending policy changes to the Dean of the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources for consideration by the University of Hawaii at Manoa Senate, the President of the University and the Board of Regents. Under this Charter, policy is defined as any of the rules or regulations governing the activities of the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, its faculty, student body, and administration, to the extent that they affect any of the following:
(a) Missions or goals of the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources;
(b) Nature and scope of College curricula and programs;
(c) Standards of scholarship, teaching, research and extension.
On behalf of the faculty, the Senate will assume the responsibility for preserving academic freedom against abuse and misuse. In this respect, the Senate shall consider and make recommendations for correction or adjustment in any cases where the academic freedom of a faculty member is, or is likely to be, in danger from any source or cause whatsoever.
ARTICLE I. COMPOSITION of the SENATE
Section 1. Membership.
The Senate of the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources of the University of Hawaii at Manoa shall be composed of elected representatives of the College. The Dean of the College shall serve as ex officio without vote.
Section 2. Qualifications.
All faculty members of the College in the I, R, S, and A classifications, without regard to rank, who serve the College at least half time shall be eligible for election from their constituent groups. Visiting faculty will not count towards representation and are ineligible to vote.
Section 3. Constituencies.
Each individual department in the College shall be entitled to elect representatives to the Senate.
Section 4. Representation.
Each department in the College shall be entitled to elect one Senator for each six faculty or fraction thereof.
Section 5. Committees.
The Senate shall be organized into an Executive Committee; standing committees for Elections, Extension, Instruction, Personnel, and Research; and ad hoc committees as determined by the Executive Committee.
ARTICLE II. OBTAINING and TRANSMITTING ADVICE of the SENATE
Section 1. Referral of Policy Matters.
The Senate as a partner in shared governance shall advise the Dean on all policy matters that affect the faculty of the College. The Senate may accept such specific responsibilities as the University of Hawaii at Manoa Senate may assign to it, or as requested by the Board of Regents or other administrative body of the State of Hawaii.
Section 2. University-wide Policy Recommendations.
The Senate shall consider matters of University-wide policy and make recommendations for consideration and action by the University of Hawaii at Manoa Faculty Senate. Such recommendations shall be transmitted by the Secretary of the Senate to the Chairman of the University of Hawaii at Manoa Faculty Senate with copies to the Chancellor of the University at Manoa.
Section 3. Transmittal of Recommendations.
A recommendation or other formal communication of the Senate shall, upon adoption by the Senate, forthwith be put into writing, signed by the Chairperson and the Secretary of the Senate, and transmitted by the Secretary to the Dean of the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources. Copies shall be forwarded to the Chancellor of the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and the Secretary of the University of Hawaii at Manoa Faculty Senate at the direction of the Senate.
ARTICLE III. AMENDMENT of the CHARTER
Section 1. Proposing of Amendments.
Amendments to this Charter may be proposed by the unanimous action of the Senate Executive
Committee or by petition from members representing no less than ten percent of eligible faculty as defined in Article I, Section 2. Amendments proposed by petition shall be transmitted in writing to the Executive Committee. All proposed amendments shall be read at the next meeting of the Senate. Debate on the proposed amendment shall be at the meeting of the Senate which follows the first reading of that proposal.
Section 2. Faculty Approval of Amendments.
This Charter shall be amended by a two-thirds vote in favor of the amendment by eligible faculty. The Elections Committee shall poll eligible faculty of the College as defined in Article I, Section 2, by paper, electronic or other appropriate methods in a timely manner after the closing of debate on a proposed amendment. The poll will be closed two weeks after the opening of the poll. A return of a simple majority of valid ballots shall constitute an effective vote.
Section 3. Administrative Approval of Amendments.
All amendments of the Charter adopted by the Senate shall be sent to the Dean of the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources for transmittal to the Chancellor of the University for official approval. Amendments are effective when officially approved by the Chancellor.
APPROVED by the:
(1) Faculty Senate on October 6, 2006.
(2) Dean Andrew Hashimoto, College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources on February 15, 2007.
(3) Denise Konan, Chancellor, University of Hawai'i at Manoa on April 7, 2007.