Please note: The 4CS Bylaws are available on this Web site as either a PDF file or can be view on this page. Last Amended November 17, 2021
Adopted: June 19, 2001
Revised & Approved: November 17, 2021
Revised, Approved July 29, 2023 and Ratified October 4, 2023
California Community Colleges Classified Senate (4CS) Bylaws
Table of Contents
- ARTICLE I – ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION
- Section 1. Name
- Section 2. Address
- Section 3. Fiscal Year
- ARTICLE II – PURPOSE AND MISSION STATEMENT
- Section 1. Representation
- Section 2. Electorate
- ARTICLE III – REPRESENTATION AND ELECTORATE
- Section 1. General Membership
- Section 2. Electorate
- ARTICLE IV – BOARD OF DIRECTORS
- Section 1. Board of Directors Qualifications
- Section 2. Board Composition
- Section 3. Terms
- Section 4. Election
- Section 5. Appointment
- Section 6. Removal
- Section 7. Resignation
- Section 8. Leave of Absence
- Section 9. Recall
- Section 10. Vacancies on the Executive Board
- ARTICLE V – POWERS AND DUTIES
- Section 1: Powers
- Section 2: Duties
- ARTICLE VI – MEETINGS
- Section 1. Notice and Place of Meeting
- Section 2. Frequency
- Section 3. Quorum
- Section 4. Parliamentary Authority
- Section 5. Special Meetings
- ARTICLE VII – COMMITTEES
- Section 1. Committees and Task Forces
- Section 2. Assignments
- ARTICLE VIII – BYLAWS ESTABLISHMENT AND AMENDMENT
- Section 1. 4CS Bylaws
- Section 2. Amendment of Bylaws
- Section 3. Dissolution Clause
- ARTICLE IX – INDEMNIFICATION AND INSURANCE
- Classified Staff (Classified Professionals as per Resolution 20190615)
- ARTICLE X – DEFINITIONS
- Classified Staff (Classified Professionals as per Resolution 20190615)
ARTICLE I – ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION
Section 1. Name
The official name of the organization shall be California Community Colleges Classified Senate, hereinafter referred to as 4CS.
Section 2. Address
The Corporate address has been established to be: California Community Colleges Classified Senate, 2017 O Street, Sacramento, California, 95814.
Section 3. Fiscal Year
The Fiscal Year of the Corporation shall begin on July 1 and end on June 30 of each year.
ARTICLE II – PURPOSE AND MISSION STATEMENTS
Section 1. Purpose
The specific purpose of the non-profit Corporation shall be to represent the Classified Professionals of the California Community College System for participation in governance and to support the mission of the California Community College System.
Section 2. Mission Statement
California Community Colleges Classified Senate recognize and values the insight of Classified Professionals, and advocate for their inclusion in decision making through participatory governance and active participation in professional development, and leadership in student success.
ARTICLE III – REPRESENTATION AND ELECTORATE
Section 1. Representation
All classified professionals, as defined in Article X, are represented by 4CS.
Section 2. Electorate
The Electorate has voting rights and are defined as voting members of the Board of Directors and certified local senates. Certified local senates are those that have a constitution/bylaws on file with, and certified by, the 4CS.
ARTICLE IV – BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Section 1. Board of Directors Qualifications
The 4CS Board of Directors shall meet the qualifications outlined in Board Policy 3100, Board of Directors Qualifications.
Section 2. Board Composition
The Board of Directors shall consist of no more than 25 members. The minimum composition must include the president, treasurer, and secretary.
- A. Executive Officers – Executive Officers shall include the President, President-Elect, Region1 Vice President, Region 2 Vice President, Region 3 Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, Communication Officer and Past President as voting members. Additional executive officers may be added at the approval of the Board of Directors.
- B. Region Representatives – Region Representatives shall consist of voting members of the board within designated areas. These areas may be subject to change at the discretion and approval of the Board of Directors.
- C. Associates – Associates are classified professionals who express interest in participating on the 4CS board. Associates are non-voting members and are assigned specific responsibilities by the Executive Officers.
- D. Board Advisors – Board Advisors consist of former board members who shall operate in an advisory capacity to the board as non-voting members..
Section 3. Terms
A term of office is two years for all board of director positions except the President-Elect.
The President-Elect is a one-year position, and is selected at the beginning of the second year of the president’s term. Members of the Board of Directors except the president, president-elect, and past-president may serve consecutive terms. Exceptions can be made to the president and past president term limits due to unforeseen circumstances with approval of the Board of
Section 4. Election
Members of the board of directors shall be elected annually as determined by the election schedule outlined in the Policies and Procedures manual
Section 5. Appointment
Appointed members of the board of directors shall hold office until completion of the term in process or until their successor has been elected, unless they sooner resign, are removed, or become ineligible to continue to serve in such capacity.
Section 6. Removal
An elected member of the Board of Directors may be removed from office for cause following the process outlined in the Policies and Procedures manuals
Section 7. Resignation
Any member of the Board of Directors may resign by written notice to the President.
Section 8. Leave of Absence
Any member of the Board of Directors may request a leave of absence by written notice to the President.
Section 9. Recall
Recall of a member of the Board of Directors shall follow procedures outlined in the Policies and Procedures manual.
Section 10. Vacancies on the Executive Board
A vacancy in office shall be filled in accordance with the Policies and Procedures manual.
ARTICLE V – POWERS AND DUTIES
Section 1. Powers
All the business and affairs of the 4CS shall be managed and controlled by the Board of Directors.
Section 2. Duties
The Board of Directors will adopt rules of procedure and implement policies consistent with the intent, purposes and provisions of the 4CS bylaws.
Provides leadership and organizational oversight, supports the overall
mission, upholds the finances, and supervises the Board of Directors roles and
responsibilities as it relates to the interests of the organization, along with fulfilling the duties outlined in the Policies and Procedures manuals.
Works closely with the current President and assists in providing
overall leadership, organizational oversight, and support of vision and mission, finances, policies and procedures, goals, and direction for actions for the organization. The President-Elect will be assigned to make important decisions in the absence of the 4CS President, along with fulfilling the duties outlined in the Policies and Procedures manuals.
C. Vice President
Provides support, mentorship, and training to Region Representatives.
The Vice President holds leadership roles within the strategic goals of the organization and will make decisions in the absence of the 4CS President, 4CS President-Elect and 4CS Past-President, along with fulfilling the duties outlined in the Policies and Procedures manuals
Perform the function of general secretary and may provide administrative support for the Board of Directors, along with fulfilling the duties outlined in the Policies and Procedures manual
Perform the function of maintaining all records pertaining to the organization’s financial status. Along with fulfilling the duties outlined in the Policies and Procedures manual
F. Director, Communications
Responsible for managing the communication activities of
the organization, under the direction of the Board of Directors. This includes
communication and marketing strategies and content, along with fulfilling the duties outlined in the Policies and Procedures manuals.
G. Director, Government Relations
epresents the 4CS on the CCLC Advisory Committee
on Legislation, participates in legislative visits, attends the annual CCLC Legislative Conference, coordinates resolutions and works with chair of elections committee on the voting process for resolutions, along with fulfilling the duties outlined in the Policies and Procedures manuals.
H. Director, Professional Development
Coordinates events including Speakers’ Bureau,
Leadership Series, Classified Leadership Plan. Serves as a liaison with the CLI and Caring
Campus Coordinators, along with fulfilling the duties outlined in the Policies and
I. Past President
Ensures continuity during governance transitions and organizational
change, helps ensure the appropriate succession of the Board of Directors, supports the President in their role, and provides mentorship to the Board, along with fulfilling duties outlined in the Policies and Procedures manuals.
J. Region Representatives
Provides resources and support for their regional classified
professionals including dissemination and collection of information, mentoring, and training. Region Representatives hold leadership roles within the strategic planning of the organization and are assigned duties by the 4CS President and/or designee, along with fulfilling the duties outlined in the Policies and Procedures manuals.
Provides support to the success of the organization by taking on special
assignments and participating in meetings as non-voting members.
L. Board Advisors
Former board members who operate in an advisory capacity to the
board as non-voting members.
ARTICLE VI – MEETINGS
Section 1. Notice and Place of Meeting
All meetings shall be scheduled in advance by the Board of Directors except for special circumstances provided for within these bylaws. Notice of all meetings must be sent at least seventy-two hours (72) prior to the date of the proposed meeting to the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors will determine the place and times for each meeting. Meeting times and places shall be made available to the 4CS membership.
Section 2. Frequency
The Board of Directors shall meet no fewer than four times each fiscal year. All meetings of the Board of Directors will be held according to the Policies and Procedures manual.
Section 3. Quorum
In order to conduct business, the Board of Directors shall consist of a simple majority (50%+1) of Executive Officers and Area Representatives (not including vacancies).
Section 4. Parliamentary Authority
The Board of Directors reserves the right to establish meeting procedures for all 4CS meetings. In the absence of specific action by the Board of Directors, Robert’s Rules of Order (latest edition) shall be the designated parliamentary authority for reference at all 4CS meetings.
Section 5. Special Meetings
Special meetings may be called by the President, or by an executive officer to be held at such place and time when needed.
Section 1. Committees and Task Forces
Committees and task forces shall be designated in the Policies and Procedures manual.
Section 2. Assignments
Subject to the approval of the Board of Directors, the President shall make assignments to all committees/task forces.
ARTICLE VIII – BYLAWS ESTABLISHMENT AND AMENDMENT
Section 1. 4CS bylaws
The Board of Directors shall adopt bylaws to establish rules and other provisions for implementing the intent and purpose of the non-profit Corporation. The Board of Directors is charged with the responsibility to update and change the bylaws as necessary per Corporation Code.
Section 2. Amendment of Bylaws
Bylaws consistent with and necessary to implement the organization’s mission may be adopted or amended by the 4CS Board of Directors as outlined in the Policies and Procedures manuals. Any local member senate or 4CS Board of Directors member may propose bylaw changes to the President. Approval of proposed changes to the bylaws shall require a two-thirds (2/3) majority
vote of those present. If passed, the amendments will move to the Electorate for approval. The amendments must be approved by the Electorate by a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote of those present. All changes shall be implemented immediately and shall be made available to all Classified Professionals.
Section 3: Dissolution Clause
The 4CS may be dissolved only with the authorization of its Board of Directors given at a special meeting called for that purpose with approval by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the full board. If passed, the dissolution clause will move to the Electorate for approval. This must be approved by the Electorate by a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote of those present. Upon dissolution or other termination of 4CS, all remaining assets of the 4CS, after payment in full of all its debts, obligations, and necessary final expenses, or after the making of adequate provision therefore, shall be distributed to such tax-exempt organizations with purposes similar to those of the 4CS, which shall be chosen by the then existing Board of Directors of 4CS.
ARTICLE IX – INDEMNIFICATION AND INSURANCE
Section 1. Indemnification of Directors, Officers, and Other Agents
A. Right of Indemnity. To the fullest extent permitted by law this Corporation shall indemnity its Directors, Officers, employees, and other persons as described in section 5238(a) of the California Corporations Code, including persons formerly occupying any such position, against all expenses, judgments, fines, settlements and other amounts actually and reasonably incurred by them in connection with any “proceeding,” as that term is used in that Section, and including an action by or in the right of the corporation, by reason of the fact that the person is or was a person described in that section. “Expenses,” as used in this Bylaw, shall have the same meaning as in Section 5238(a) of the California Corporations Code.
B. Approval of Indemnity. On written request to the Board by any person seeking indemnification under Section 5238(b) or Section 5238(c) of the California Corporations Code, the Board shall promptly determine under Section 5238(e) of the California Corporations Code whether the applicable standard of conduct set forth in Section 5238(b) or Section 5238(c) has been met and, if so, the Board shall authorize indemnification. If the Board cannot authorize indemnification because the number of Directors who are parties to the proceeding with respect to which indemnification is sought prevents the formation of a quorum of directors who are no parties to that proceeding, the Board shall promptly call a meeting of members. At that meeting, the members shall determine under Section 5238(c) of the California Corporations Code whether the applicable standard of conduct set forth in Section 5238(b) or Section 5238(c) has been met and, if so the members present at the meeting in person shall authorize indemnification.
C. Advancement of Expenses. To the fullest extent permitted by law and except as otherwise determined by the Board in a specific instance, expenses incurred by a person seeking indemnification under these bylaws in defending any proceeding covered by those Sections shall be advanced by the Corporation before final disposition of the proceeding, on receipt by the Corporation of an undertaking by or on behalf of that person that the advance will be repaid unless it is ultimately determined that the person is entitled to be indemnified by the Corporation for those expenses.
D. Insurance. The Corporation shall have the right to purchase and maintain insurance to the full extent permitted by law on behalf of its Officers, Directors, employees, and other agents, against any liability asserted against or incurred by any Officer, Director, employee, or agent in such capacity or arising out of the Officer’s, Director’s, employee’s or agent’s status as such.
Classified Staff (Classified Professionals as per Resolution 20190615)
As defined by Article 1, Section 88003(a) of the California Education Code.
“The governing board of any community college district shall employ persons for positions that are not academic positions. The governing board, except where Article 3 (commencing with Section 88060) or Section 88137 applies, shall classify all those employees and positions. The employees and positions shall be known as the classified service…”
Each local senate shall appoint a representative, hereinafter called “Delegate,” who shall represent that senate during each fiscal year. Delegates must be an active California Community College Classified Professional. Delegates shall have full voting rights and shall have the responsibility of being a liaison between the local senate, the Region Representative, and the 4CS.
Senates are defined as the elected body for Classified Professionals whose primary purpose is non-collective bargaining issues, professional development and participation in shared governance (i.e., associations, councils, classified organizations, committees).