The Current | February 8, 1999
Clarification for the last campus senate meeting
In The Current's January 25 article on the proposal to grant Senate voting rights to non-regular faculty, Prof. Joseph Martinich was quoted as saying at the Senate meeting on January 19, that " a secret ballot was requested and was denied." I would like to offer a clarification of this matter.
According to University Rules and Regulations, the Senate follows Robert's Rules of Order, and those rules state that a ballot procedure must be "ordered by the assembly." The request for a ballot was put to a vote, and a strong majority of the Senators present were opposed to a ballot. Therefore, the motion under debate was decided by the normal procedure, i.e., a voice vote. The motion in favor of voting rights was passed, also by a strong majority.
-Dr. Jeanne Zarucchi
Chair, University Senate
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