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ARTICLE VI. Disposition of Business.


Section 1. The agenda shall be prepared by the Executive Committee and distributed to Senators at least two days prior to any meeting. Items may be placed on the agenda pursuant to The Faculty Constitution, Article V, Section 3.

Section 2. The agenda will normally consist of approval of the minutes, reports of officers, committee reports, old business, new business, adjournment. Reports should be presented in writing whenever possible. The Senate may discuss any item on the agenda.

Section 3. A motion on an item of business added to the agenda less than 24 hours before a meeting shall not come to a vote unless the Senate votes by a two-thirds majority to suspend the rules and to act on that motion.

Section 4. Every bill presented for Senate action should consist of two parts: the Rationale and the Action. The Rationale should consist of a concise presentation of reasons supporting the action. The Action should be restricted to a presentation of the Senate actions proposed by the bill's author(s). Although both parts may be debated, only the Action may be amended or otherwise modified, and only the Action shall be subject to a vote.

Section 5. When a bill is passed, its Action becomes a Resolution and receives a standardized identification which shall include an indication of the academic year in which it was passed. All Resolutions will be numbered consecutively from the beginning of each academic year, and this number will also be included in the standardized identification. Only substantive as opposed to procedural motions approved by the Senate will become Resolutions.

Section 6. Bills will normally be taken up in the order of their presentation to the Senate, unless the Executive Committee reorders the agenda, or the Senate votes to re-order the agenda.

Section 7. Senate Resolutions requiring the attention of the Chancellor shall be sent to her/him by the Executive Committee, accompanied by a cover sheet prepared by the Executive Committee for the purpose of keeping a record of the further disposition of the matter.

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