Becoming a Member Senate
Article II, Section 1 of the ASCCC Bylaws states that any academic senate of a college, district, or recognized center recognized by its local governing board, according to Title 5 §53202, as representing its faculty in academic and professional matters may apply for status as a member senate. Once the governing board of a district recognizes the local academic senate, the local senate may be recognized as a member senate of the ASCCC.
To become a member senate of the ASCCC, the local senate must submit to the ASCCC Executive Director a request to become a member senate that includes the following required information:
- Verification that the provisions of Title 5 §53202 have been fulfilled, including the approved constitution and/or bylaws,
- A copy of the official minutes from the meeting at which the local governing board recognized the academic senate. The required information may be submitted electronically or by mail. Upon verification of the submitted information, the ASCCC Executive Committee at one of its meetings certifies the applicant senate as a member senate.
Member senates pay annual dues to the ASCCC based on their reported FTES to the Chancellor’s Office each year . These dues fund services that directly benefit local academic senates such as representation on numerous task forces, advisory groups, committees, and initiatives as well as other constituent group meetings including the Faculty Association of California Community Colleges, the Council of Faculty Organizations, the Community College League of California, and the Intersegmental Committee of Academic Senates. The dues also directly fund local senate and technical assistance visits, publications such as the Rostrum, adopted position papers, event publications, all senate websites, and other costs associated with providing service to local senates.
All member senates that pay their dues are considered active members and are entitled to full membership privileges. Membership privileges include the following:
- Having a recognized voting delegate at ASCCC plenary sessions;
- Consideration of faculty from that college or district for service on the ASCCC Executive Committee, for service on other ASCCC standing committees, work groups, and task forces, and for service on other state-level bodies as representatives of the ASCCC;
- All of the services described earlier in this policy that are supported by dues and provided by the ASCCC to member senates.
Given the significant support that the ASCCC provides to local senates, if a member senate does not pay its dues to the ASCCC, the Executive Committee will review the reasons for nonpayment. Based on this review, the Executive Committee may declare the member senate an inactive member and suspend any or all of the membership privileges of that member senate as deemed appropriate. In the event that a member senate is declared to be an inactive member, the ASCCC will continue to represent that member senate at the state level on all academic and professional matters.
Before any action is taken to declare a member senate as inactive, the ASCCC will make every effort to work with the member senate to seek resolution of the nonpayment of dues. The active status of an inactive member senate and all associated membership privileges will be reinstated upon the payment of dues to the ASCCC.
Approved by ASCCC Executive Committee April 2021