The Professional Employees Council (PEC) shall exist to contribute
to the success of Binghamton University and to the growth and welfare
of its professional employees. The Council shall seek an active
role in the policy decisions of the University. The Council shall
be a fact-finding, deliberative, and consultative body, with authority
to make studies, reports, and recommendations on all governance
matters which have a significant bearing on professional employees.
PEC shall operate, in accordance with the policies set forth by
the Board of Trustees of the State University of New York, as a
recognized part of the University's governance system, and shall,
as appropriate, work jointly with all the other component parts
of this system.
1. The constituency of PEC shall consist of all professional staff holding permanent, term, administrative or temporary appointment, with the exception of a. The President and Vice Presidents b. Those with academic or qualified academic rank whose primary responsibility is teaching, research, or the Library. c. Those with voting faculty privileges. Constituents with temporary appointment must complete one (1) year of service before they can vote or hold elected office.
2. The membership of PEC shall consist of twenty-six (26) elected representatives and the past Chair of the Council.
3. The composition of PEC shall follow those guidelines established in the Standard Operating Procedures and shall be designed to ensure the highest degree of representation.
4. The status of any member or constituent shall be determined
by the Council in accordance with the prescribed eligibility and
retention criteria, as set forth in the By-Laws.
1. PEC shall consist of twenty-six (26) elected representative and the past Chair of PEC, each with one and only one vote.
2. PEC shall provide for such officers, agents, and committees as are deemed necessary to carry out the business of PEC.
3. The business of PEC shall be to act as the responsible, representative voice of the concerns and needs of our constituents and to investigate, discuss, report, and make recommendations on those issues that are consistent with the purpose of the Council.
4. PEC shall establish a calendar of regular meetings and forums for the purpose of conducting its business. These meetings will be conducted in a manner which allows access to interested constituents and guests.
5. PEC shall provide for the recording of all business; the documentation
of all official meetings of the Council as a whole or in committee;
and the retention, safekeeping, and accessibility of these records
to the constituents or those permitted by the Council. No constituent
shall be denied access to the record of the PEC's business.
1. PEC shall be the officially recognized representative of professional employees within the University governance system. PEC does not claim to be, nor does it desire to be, the collective bargaining agent for professional employees and disclaims any individual's intent to identify it as such.
2. PEC shall act in those areas outlined in the purpose of its
existence. It shall work within the University governance system
to clarify and define its areas of influence and shall strive to
remain within the confines of its purpose. The Council may, however,
express support or non-support of governance issues outside its
area of influence.
1. PEC shall establish By-Laws for the effective and efficient conduct of its business.
2. PEC shall provide for Standard Operating Procedures, to be reviewed each academic year by the newly elected Council.
3. PEC shall establish its internal organization through its By-Laws
and Standard Operating Procedures.
1. Request for Revision
A request for a revision of the Constitution or By-Laws may come either from the Council itself or from the constituency. Requests from the Council shall be submitted to the Executive Committee by any member of the Council, with a second of at least one-quarter of the members present at any regular business meeting of PEC. Requests from the constituency may be submitted to the Executive Committee in the form of a petition bearing the valid signatures of a number of constituents equal to or greater than one-quarter of the number voting in the most recent general election for PEC representatives.
2. Certification of Amendment
The Executive Committee shall review the proposed amendment, obtain certification of any petition from the constituency, and make recommendation for further action.
3. Recommendation for Action
If the sponsoring member or constituent is not satisfied with the
recommendation of the Executive Committee, the recommended action
may be challenged in the following manner: within the Council, the
proposed amendment may be brought to the floor with an appropriate
motion and may be discussed in full session, if a majority of members
present approve the motion to do so. The constituent may, upon petition
of at least one-third of the number of constituents voting in the
most recent general election, bring the proposed amendment directly
to the ballot. All proposed amendments recommended favorably by
the Council or by petition of the constituency shall be voted upon
by the eligible constituents in a timely fashion. A majority vote
of those casting ballots will determine the outcome.
This Constitution, and any amendments to it, shall be considered
to be in effect when ratified by a majority vote of those constituents
participating in a referendum and when approved by the President
of the University.