ARTICLE I. Name
The name of the organization is the SUNY Fredonia College Council.
ARTICLE II. Purpose
- The purpose for which the Council is formed are set forth in the Education law §356
(b), as from time to time may be amended, and generally, to promote the welfare of
SUNY Fredonia, its students, faculty, administration and employees.
- Recognizing that SUNY Fredonia is a university college in the State
University system, the purpose of the Council is to promote the University’s mission
in providing quality education which is accessible; promote the University’s goal
of enhancing the quality of undergraduate and graduate education; promote the development
of the local, regional and state economies; and work with the State University of
New York, its Trustees, Governor, state and local legislators and community leaders
in meeting the goals and missions of SUNY Fredonia.
ARTICLE III. Basic Policies
- The Council shall be noncommercial, nonsectarian, and nonpartisan.
- The name of the Council or the names of any members in their official
capacities shall not be used in any connection with any purpose not appropriately
related to promotion of the objectives of the Council.
- The Council works with the Administration to support the improvement of education
in ways that will assist and enhance the administration of the campus.
- The Council may cooperate with other organizations and agencies concerned with public
higher education. Persons representing the Council in such matters shall represent
only those policies on which the Council has taken a position of record and shall
bring to Council for action any proposals for policies or courses of action.
ARTICLE IV. Membership
- Only members in good standing of the Council shall be eligible to participate in its
business meetings, or to serve in any of its positions. To be in good standing, a
member shall make every effort to be present at each meeting of the Council. Excused
absences of Council members shall be noted in the minutes of the meetings of said
ARTICLE V. Officers
(a) The officers of the Council shall consist of a Chair and a Vice Chair. The Chair
shall be appointed by the Governor of the State of New York pursuant to the provisions
of the Education Law.
(b) The Vice Chair shall be appointed by the Chair, with the prior consent of the
(d) The Vice Chair shall serve two year terms, with the term expiring at the end of
a calendar year.
ARTICLE VI. DUTIES OF OFFICERS
- The Chair shall:
(a) preside at meetings of the Council (at which he or she is present);
(b) sign documents on behalf of the Council;
(c) act as spokesperson for the Council;
(d) appoint members to committees;
(e) resolve tie votes of the Council;
(f) represent the Council at graduation exercises and other official functions;
(g) ensure that agenda are prepared and minutes are kept in accordance with legal
(h) ensure that qualified candidates are recommended for appointment to fill Council
(i) ensure that the annual report of the Council is submitted to the Trustees.
- The Vice Chair shall perform the duties of the Chair in the event of absence or the
inability of that officer to act.
- The officers shall:
(a) Perform the duties prescribed in the parliamentary authority in addition to those
outlined by these Bylaws and those assigned from time to time.
(b) Deliver to their successors all official material not later than thirty (30) days
following the appointment of their successors.
ARTICLE VII. SUNY Fredonia Council Members
- The duties of the SUNY Fredonia Council members shall be:
(a) to transact necessary business at all meetings and in the intervals between meetings
of the Council and such other business as deemed necessary by the Council and consistent
with the Education Law;
(b) to create standing and special committees;
(c) to approve the plans of work of the standing committees;
(d) to meet all obligations established by the Education Law §356 as amended.
- Regular meetings of the Council shall be held at least four times each year at times
specified by the Chair. A majority of the Council shall constitute a quorum. Special
meetings of the Council may be called by the Chair or by a majority of the members
of the Council.
ARTICLE VIII. Standing and Special Committees
- The Council may create such standing committees as it may deem necessary to promote
the purposes and carry on the work of the Council.
- The Chair of each standing committee shall present a plan of work to the Council for
approval. Committees shall recommend action or policies to the Council and shall
have no independent authority to act except as specifically authorized by the Council.
- The Chair shall be a member ex-officio of all committees.
ARTICLE IX. Roberts Rules
Roberts Rules of Order, latest edition, shall be the authority on all questions of
parliamentary procedure in which they are applicable and in which they are not inconsistent
with New York State law or these Bylaws.
ARTICLE X. Amendments
These Bylaws may be amended, replicated, or altered in whole or in part by a majority
vote at any regular or special meeting of the Council. Proposed amendments must be
made available to all Council members at least 10 days prior to the Council meeting.