The electorate shall be comprised of all staff employees of California State University, Long Beach and its auxiliaries who are employed on at least a half-time basis for six months or more.
Elected members who are unable to attend a regular or special meeting may appoint a staff pro tem person from their area who will have full voting and speaking privileges. If no staff person from the area is available, the Staff Council member may appoint an at-large pro tem university staff person who will not have full voting and speaking privileges. At-large pro tem members will not be counted in computation of a quorum.
When a Staff Council officer, or committee chair, moves from the division or department where he/she was elected to the Council, that individual shall become a member-at-large to the Staff Council with full floor privileges and shall retain any voting privileges previously held.
Each representative shall be elected for three years, with the term beginning in September; Representatives may succeed themselves if properly re-elected.
Representative shall be elected in spring each year, by secret ballot, by a plurality of the votes cast by the electorate in each area. New representatives shall be seated on the Council at the September Council meeting. Nominees shall be solicited from each area prior to the election. Nominees must have their supervisor’s approval to run and to serve.
Should the seat of a representative on the Council become vacant, the staff person with the next highest number of votes shall have first right of refusal to serve for the balance of the term. The Vice-Chair of the Staff Council shall be notified immediately by the representative when a vacancy occurs.
An election for the recall of a council member shall be held upon petition of at least 25% of the electorate in the area concerned. Notification of intention to hold a recall election shall be given to the Chair of the Council by presentation of the said petition. A recall election shall be supervised by a five-member Ad Hoc Elections Committee (none of whom shall be from the constituency concerned). A majority of the electorate in the area concerned must have voted or such recall election shall be declared null and void, and recall of the Council member shall be effected only if at least 75% of those voting in the election favor his/her recall.
The area of responsibility of each Council member shall extend to include attendance at Council meetings, service as liaison officer between the Council and area represented and by example, promotion of the good and welfare of the University.
In the event any Staff Council officer other than chair should become vacant prior to the expiration of the term of office, the Council shall conduct a special election during the meeting at which the vacancy is declared. Special elections shall be conducted by the Nominating Committee of the Staff Council.
An election for the recall of an officer shall be held upon petition of 51% of the electorate. The recall of the officer shall be affected only if 75% of the Council representatives vote in favor of his/her recall.
The parliamentarian(s) of the SC shall be appointed by the Chair with the approval of the Staff Council. The term shall be for one year. The Parliamentarian(s) does not have to be a university employee.
The staff Academic Senators shall choose from among themselves who will serve as a staff representative to university budget and financial (currently the RPP and FAC) committees, as well as administrative review committees; the Nominating Committee of the SC shall nominate staff, subject to the approval of the SC, to serve on such other standing and ad hoc university committees as need may arise.
Meetings of the Staff Council and Executive Committees shall be open to visitors; floor privileges shall be extended to visitors by a two-thirds (2/3) favorable vote of the voting members present, or by special invitation given prior to the meeting—either by previous action of the Council, or by the Executive Committee. Such floor privileges shall be extended for purposes of presenting material germane to a specific agenda item or items.
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