The following shall be the rules which govern election to the Senate, with the exception that in any year in which a college is reorganized in such a manner as to affect the ability to adhere to these rules, the Senate shall have the authority to allow exceptions to these rules as it may deem necessary.
1. Senators shall be elected for a term of three (3) years from the General Faculty, excluding the Officers of Administration named in Article III. Academic department chairs, however, shall be eligible for election. Terms shall be staggered with one-third elected each year. Senators may be re-elected; however, no senator shall be eligible for re-election until at least one (1) year after completion of his or her second consecutive full (three-year) term.
2. In case of a temporary vacancy of at least one semester, a replacement shall be elected by the unit of the absent senator to serve during his or her absence.