University of Hawai'i
All Campus Council of Faculty Senate Chairs
Proposed Charter Revision
(Approved by ACCFSC for Ratification Process on March 18, 2005)
In recognition of the importance of Faculty Senates throughout the
University of Hawai'i System in promoting shared governance and
cooperative relationships among the faculty, students, administration,
and Board of Regents, the Faculty Senates hereby establish the
University of Hawai'i All Campus Council of Faculty Senate Chairs.
PURPOSE & FUNCTIONS OF THE COUNCIL
The purpose of the University of Hawai'i All Campus Council of
Faculty Senate Chairs (ACCFSC) is to provide a formal, independent
voice and organization through which the faculty of the University of
Hawai'i System can participate in the development and interpretation
of system-wide policy, and to promote and improve coordination,
communication, and understanding among the faculty, students,
community, administration, and Board of Regents. Specifically, the
Council should endeavor:
- To advise the President of the University and the Faculty
Senates or equivalent organizations on system-wide academic and
- To share information regarding the various campuses and programs
of the University of Hawai'i System;
- To promote an open, democratic, and collegial discussion of
issues of system-wide concern;
- To promote the involvement of faculty at all levels of the
University in matters of shared governance and academic policy and
The Council may discuss matters that are of general concern to the
University, not subject to collective bargaining, and which are placed
before it by members of the Council, the constituent University of
Hawai'i Faculty Senates, the student governments, the University of
Hawai'i President, other administrative officers of the University of
Hawai'i, or the Board of Regents.
The primary responsibility for academic policy resides in
individual Senates; therefore, policy recommendations of the All
Campus Council of Faculty Senate Chairs shall not supersede academic
policies of the individual Senates.
COMPOSITION OF THE COUNCIL
- The Council shall consist of one Senate Chair from each of the
Faculty Senates or equivalent faculty governance organizations from
each campus, school, and college of the University of Hawai'i
- Each faculty organization may send a second representative. The
second representative is a member of the Council, but each faculty
organization has only one vote in the Council.
- The term faculty as used herein shall refer to those employees
of the University of Hawai'i System designated as members of
Collective Bargaining Unit 7 as determined by the Hawai'i Labor
The officers of the Council shall be two Council Co-Chairs and one
Council Secretary elected from among the members of the Council.
The Co-Chairs of the Council must be Faculty Senate Chairs and
elected in consideration of diversity in types and locations of the
System's institutions and campuses.
The Co-Chairs shall call meetings of the Council, set the agenda,
and preside at those meetings.
The Secretary of the Council shall be responsible for keeping
written minutes of Council meetings and for distributing the minutes
to the Council members.
AMENDMENTS & RATIFICATION
Ratification of and subsequent amendments to this Charter shall
require a two-thirds approval of the Faculty Senates or equivalent
organizations, and approval of the Board of Regents.
BYLAWS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAI'I ALL CAMPUS COUNCIL OF FACULTY
Section I: Meetings of the Council
- The Council will meet monthly during the academic year on dates
that coincide with the regular meetings of the Board of Regents.
- A quorum shall consist of those members of the Council present
at each meeting, in person, by electronic media, or by proxy,
provided, however, that each member shall be given reasonable advance
notice of each meeting date and location.
- At the last meeting of each academic year, each constituent
Faculty Senate will send both their outgoing and incoming
representatives to that Council meeting.
- At the first Council meeting of the academic year, the Council
members will elect its officers from among its members.
Section II: Elections & Voting
- Each Faculty Senate officially represented at a Council meeting
will have one vote.
- One Co-Chair will be from a community college, the other from
either UH West Oahu, UH Hilo or UH Manoa.
Section III: Agenda & Business
- The All Campus Council of Faculty Senate Chairs (ACCFSC) will
discuss those issues it believes are necessary to carry out its
purpose and functions as described in its Charter. It will determine
which issues require consultation with its constituent Senates and
which require ACCFSC action. In the latter case, the Council shall
articulate those positions it believes best represent the views and
best interests of faculty throughout the University of Hawai'i
- The Co-Chairs, after consulting with the Council membership,
shall annually submit a request for operational funds to the office of
the President of the University of Hawai'i. The budget shall include
adequate funds for travel, clerical support, and other costs
associated with each meeting of the ACCFSC.
Section IV: Committees
- The Council shall appoint from among its members (and/or from
other Faculty Senators as it deems appropriate) sufficient committee
members to fill the following standing committees:
- Academic Affairs;
- System Budget.
- Ad hoc committees may be formed and appointed by the Co-Chairs
from among its members (and/or from other Faculty Senators as it deems
Section V: Ratification & Amendments
Ratification of and amendments to these Bylaws, not inconsistent
with the Charter, may be made at any council meeting by a two-thirds
vote of the attending members or their proxies.
Section VI: Rules
The rules contained in the most current edition of Robert's Rules
of Order Newly Revised shall govern the Council in all cases to which
they are applicable, and in which they are not inconsistent with the
Charter and Bylaws of the Council.