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Article I. Organization

Section 1. Name

This organization shall be know as the Merritt College Classified Senate, hereafter referred to as the MCCS.

Section 2. Charter

The charter of the MCCS shall be to:

2.1. Represent all non-management classified staff of Merritt College on all non-collective bargaining issues.

2.2. Provide classified staff with formal representation and voting rights in the formulation and application of policy and practice related, but not limited to the following:

2.2.1. Processes for institutional/district planning and budget development.

2.2.2. Processes for policies and operations of administrative, instructional, and student services.

2.2.3. Standards or policies regarding student preparation and success.

2.2.4. College governance structures as related to classified roles.

2.2.5. Classified roles and involvement in accreditation processes, including self-study and annual reports.

2.2.6. Policies for classified professional development activities.

2.2.7. Selection and evaluation of administrators.

2.2.8. Policies and operations relating to facilities development, maintenance, and security.

2.2.9. Planning and implementation of technology in operational and instructional programs.

2.2.10. Other support services and operational matters as mutually agreed upon between the President, College Council, and the MCCS.

2.3. Provide a means through which the classified staff will coordinate with administration, faculty, and students to assure opportunities for input from classified staff regarding MCCS business and classified staff representation on MCCS committees, thus assisting in the shared governance process.

2.4. Communicate to the President and the College Council the needs, concerns, viewpoints, and recommendations developed by the MCCS.

2.5. Select representatives from its membership to serve on appropriate standing committees, and all other committees, task forces, or groups deemed necessary by the MCCS and its membership.

2.6. Promote and facilitate the sharing of ideas, techniques, and experiences of its members by publishing and distributing newsletters, minutes, and other appropriate materials as needed.

2.7. Strengthen the unity of the Merritt College Classified Staff through networking activities and other informational forums.

2.8. Promote and support activities that develop or increase the skills, productivity, and professionalism of the classified staff, including education and leadership opportunities.

Article II. Membership

Section 1.

The constituent body of the MCCS shall consist of all (non-management) permanent, full-time, and hourly classified employees assigned to and employed by Merritt College and its outreach centers.

1.1. These employees are eligible voters in elections and are beneficiaries of the Classified Senate.

Section 2.

The following powers, privileges, and rights shall be accorded the membership.

2.1. The right to candidacy in MCCS elections, to hold any appointive position or to be a committee member within the MCCS governance structure (per eligibility requirements in the MCCS By-Laws).

2.2. The right to speak before the MCCS.

2.3. The right to create initiatives submitted to the MCCS.

Section 3. Assessments

Dues shall be recommended at the first general meeting after regular elections annually.

Article III. Governance

Section 1.

The government of the MCCS shall consist of two branches, the Executive and Legislative.

1.1. The Executive Branch shall consist of the President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Public Information Officer.

1.2. The order of succession shall be as follows for the Presidency: (1) Vice President, (2) Secretary, and (3) Treasurer.

1.3. The Legislative Branch shall consist of the remaining four (4) members and shall be called the Merritt College Classified Senate.

Section 2.

The MCCS will follow the policies and procedures as described in its By-Laws. The members of the MCCS shall review the By-Laws annually.

Article IV. Adoption and Amendments

Section 1.

This Constitution was ratified by the Merritt College Classified Staff in June 1992 and approved by the Peralta Community College District Board of Trustees on July 28, 1992.

Section 2.

Amendments to this Constitution may be proposed by two-thirds vote of the MCCS prior to adoption and must be ratified by a simple majority of the classified body, voting during normal elections or by special referendum.