The University Senate shall consist of the President, who shall be the presiding officer, the Provost and Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs, the vice presidents, the deans of the several Faculties and HODs, the Directors, Head of the library and, on the recommendation of the Provost and Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs, the President may appoint eleven (7) additional faculty, student representatives or officers of administration after consultation with the Executive Committee of the Senate.
The Senate membership lasts for five years and shall cease to exist in the event of ceasing to be a full-time member of staff of the University and provided further that member may resign his/her office or the President may terminate his/her service by one month notice in writing. The conditions of appointment of the Senate shall be as pointed out in this Article
The University Senate shall, in keeping with the bylaws and policies of the Board of Trustees, exercise legislative functions dealing with the general educational policy of the University, the discipline of students, and all other student activities and affairs, including all matters where the President determines there is a need for uniform policy throughout the University. The University Senate shall not adopt any regulations affecting curricula, or the internal affairs of a Faculty, school, or institute except insofar as such action may be necessary to protect the interests of the University as a whole, but it may make recommendations to the faculty or department, or institute concerning matters within the jurisdiction of that faculty. A legislative action of the University Senate is subject to veto by the University by the
The University Senate shall meet at least twice each semester as per SIU academic calendar during the academic year. The Chair of the Senate Executive Committee shall have the option of canceling a maximum of one of these four meetings should he/she determine that there is insufficient business for the meeting. Special meetings may be called by the presiding officer; upon petition of twenty (20) percent of the membership of the University Senate, a meeting must be called. A majority of the membership shall constitute a quorum. Adequate notice shall be given of any senate meeting. Meetings of the University Senate and its committees, except the Executive Committee at its own discretion The minutes of the University Senate and its committees, including the Executive Committee, shall be open to inspection by the university community. Exceptions shall be made in cases where confidential information about particular individuals would be otherwise revealed. The responsibility for the determination of confidentiality shall rest with the Executive Committee, who shall secure consent of the individual affected before making this information available in the minutes.
The University Senate shall have the power to make its own bylaws and policies consistent with the policies of the Board of Trustees and with these Statutes, and through its bylaws shall establish appropriate committees as may be needed for the orderly and efficient handling of its business.
The President shall have the right to veto any action of the University Senate within a period of forty-five (45) days after receipt by returning said action to the University Senate with a written statement of objections and by requesting that the matter be reconsidered. The University Senate may (a) accept the veto; (b) construct a compromise action and send it to the President; or (c) reject the veto with the request that the President reconsider. If either the University Senate or the President refuses to recede and if arrangement cannot be reached, the matter shall be referred to the Board of Trustees through the President for review pursuant to pertinent policies of the Board.