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    College of Micronesia – FSM

    Faculty/Staff Senate Bylaws





    Section 1. All COM-FSM employees, including full-time and part-time, are members of the COM-FSM Faculty/Staff Senate (hereafter referred to as the Senate), with the exception of the President of COM-FSM, provided such employee has paid the corresponding membership fee as required in Section 1 of Article II.



    Section 1. Each member at the National Campus shall pay ten dollars ($10.00) annual membership fee, payable on or before September 30 of each year. Imposition of membership fees and amount thereof shall be at the discretion of the Faculty/Staff Senate at all other campuses.

    Section 2.  The annual membership fees shall be deposited in the Faculty/Staff Senate bank account at each campus. Such fund may be used for the following purposes: (1) forwarding the causes for which the faculty-staff senate was established, and (2) fostering fellowship among all members.

    Section 3. Collection and disbursement of funds from the membership dues shall be administered by the elected officers/representatives at the respective campuses.




    Section 1. The Senate serves as a forum to discuss and debate new and existing policies with respect to all issues affecting the College, especially those affecting faculty and staff.

    Section 2. Through its appointments of faculty and staff representatives to the College’s standing committees and other decision-making bodies, the Senate makes recommendations to the President and/or the Board of Regents. The Senate also can communicate directly to the President and/or Board of Regents.

    Section 3. The Senate receives all information that affects the College from the President and the Board of Regents to fulfill its obligations as an active participant in the decision making process. In particular, the Senate receives information about and is involved in issues discussed in standing committees.

    Section 4. The Senate empowers its President or other designated representative to represent the Senate on matters affecting its membership at meetings with the Board of Regents, administrative offices, external agencies, political entities and other groups.

    Section 5. The Senate encourages professional development at COM-FSM by identifying areas and developing plans to promote such professional development and by presenting such plans to appropriate authorities.

    Section 6. The Senate is committed to fair grievance procedures and will support Senate members in the event that administrators fail to implement a decision resulting from a grievance procedure.



    Section 1. Executive Committee and Officers. The officers of the Senate are the President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, who shall all be based at the national campus, and twelve members at-large made up of one faculty and one staff from each of the campuses. These officers comprise the Executive Committee which is elected by the voting membership of the Senate. Only full-time employees of the College of Micronesia – FSM are eligible to hold the offices of the Senate.

    Section 2. Elections of Executive Committee and Officers. Elections are held on the last Friday of April every other year. Nomination and voting for officers are by secret ballot. Vacancies are filled by special elections. The Executive Committee elects the officers of the Senate.

    Section 3. Term of Office. Each term of office is for two consecutive years. Officers cannot serve more than three consecutive terms on the executive committee.

    Section 4. Duties of Officers. The duties of the COM-FSM Faculty/Staff Senate Officers are as follows:

    1. President. The President presides over the general meetings; chairs the senate Executive Committee; represents the senate at meetings with the Board of Regents and the college Executive Committee, administrative agencies, political bodies and other groups unless another representative is designated by the Senate; approves, in conjunction with the Executive Committee the expenditure of the Senate funds; and performs other duties as authorized by the Senate.
    2. Vice President. The Vice President serves on the Council of Chairs, presides over meetings in the absence of the President, and performs other duties of the President in his or her absence.
    3. Secretary. The Secretary records, publishes, posts on the wiki or other online venues, distributes and keeps a file of the minutes of each meeting, and is responsible for the correspondence of the Senate.
    4. Treasurer. The Treasurer is responsible for the timely collection and custody of Senate funds, keeps accurate records of funds generated by the Senate, gives an accurate report of the Senate financial standing at every meeting, as well as an Annual Treasurer Report. At the state campuses, this function shall be the responsibility of the duly designated representative.


    1. At-large Members. Two representatives from each campus will serve as at-large members. At the National Campus, a faculty at-large and a staff at-large are elected by the Executive Committee.

    o      Faculty and Staff subcommittees shall have the following mandate:

    §    Gather opinions and feedback from the faculty/staff and speak on their behalf on matters of concern.

    §    The at-large members may speak on behalf of the faculty/staff without prior approval of the Senate president.

    §    Whenever there is a need to address or act on academic or administrative concerns, the Senate may form a faculty or staff subcommittee. The faculty-at-large shall serve as chair of this subcommittee.

    Section 4. The Executive Committee. The Executive Committee is responsible for the administrative affairs of the Senate. The Executive Committee draws up an agenda for each meeting based upon the requests of the members and in response to reports and information coming to its attention. The Executive Committee can act for the Senate between meetings. This includes the power to recommend policies and speak for the Senate. If no policy exists, the Executive Committee may take action as it deems in the best interest of the Senate.

    Section 5. Executive Committee Membership. The Executive Committee consists of the President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and twelve at-large elected members from the voting membership.

    Section 6. Removal from Office. An Executive Committee member may be removed from office for cause by a vote of not less than 2/3 of the executive committee members present at a meeting called for that purpose. The notice of such a meeting must specify the purpose for which it is being called. If a member is thus removed, the members shall fill the vacancy at the same meeting.Groundsfor removal from office shall include, among others, three consecutive absences, neglect of duty, and unprofessional conduct.

    Section 7. Five Campuses. In addition to the six members from the National Campus, one staff member and one faculty member from each campus shall be elected by the Senate members of their respective campuses in accordance with Article IV, Section 2 of these bylaws to serve as members of the Executive Committee.



    Section 1. The policy regarding meetings for Executive Committee is as follows:

    1. Regular meetings are held monthly. Notice of regular meetings, including an agenda, is publicly posted at least one week in advance. All meetings are open to the public.

    The policy regarding Faculty/Staff Senate general meetings is as follows:

    a.          Regular meetings of the Senate are held at least once per semester. Notice of meetings, including an agenda, is publicly posted at least one week in advance. All meetings are open to the public.

    b.         Special meetings may be called by the President or upon demand of two or more members. Notice of special meetings, including an agenda, is to be publicly posted at least 48 hours in advance.

    c.          At-Large Members shall conduct quarterly meetings with their respective constituents consistent with Article IV Section 4 Number 6.

    Section 2. Quorum. Twenty-five percent (25%) of the total number of members based on Human Resources Office records at the time of meeting shall constitute a quorum at any annual or special meeting of members. Every member shall be entitled to vote in person and shall have one vote. Proxy voting is prohibited.



    The President may propose to the membership of the Senate the creation of standing and ad hoc committees from time to time. Members for these committees are to be selected by the President subject to the approval of the Executive Committee.



    These Bylaws can be amended by two-thirds of those voting in any meeting. Public notice is to be posted at least one week in advance of any impending vote on a proposed amendment. Copies of the proposed amendment shall be posted on the senate wiki and the college news feed online.



    Section 1. These Bylaws are ratified if two-thirds of the members present vote in favor of adoption. One week’s notice of the ratification vote must be given. The proposed Bylaws shall be made available on the senate wiki and the college news feed online for the members to study one week prior to the vote.

    Section 2. Effective Date. These Bylaws take effect immediately upon approval.

    Approved by:

    ___________________________ _________________________ ______________________

    Senate President Senate                  Vice-President                        Senate At-Large



    Authors of this draft revised bylaws:


    Ringlen Ringlen

    Francisco Mendiola

    Rafael Pulmano


    Revision Dates: November 13, 2013; January 9, 2014

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