How much time will a senator be away from work?
Senators are obligated to attend the main body session and committee meeting each month. The main body session is approximately three hours and meets on the second Thursday of each month. Committee meetings are held once a month for an hour - they are scheduled depending on the committee's availability. These hours are considered a normal part of the employee's working time - they should not take vacation leave, TDL, or other forms of leave to attend these required meetings.
How does having a Staff Senate representative benefit your department?
Senators are representatives of the university employee population that they serve. Having a senator from your department gives your team a voice and access to information about issues that are in the works. While they represent the university staff at large, the information they learn can help inform your departmental decision-making.
Is Staff Senate beneficial to your employee’s professional development and goals?
Staff Senate is an opportunity to create inter-departmental contacts, participate in large-scale projects, and pursue leadership opportunities in the body. There are many opportunities to pursue professional development and gain leadership experience in the body, its committees, and its university workgroups.
Does the department need to pay anything for an employee who is on Staff Senate?
Regularly scheduled main body sessions and committee meetings are paid like normal working hours. There is no cost for membership in Staff Senate.
Will my employee need to leave work to participate in Staff Senate?
Senators can attend meetings either in-person or online via zoom. It is expected that participants joining on zoom set aside the time specifically for Staff Senate and try to avoid stepping away from the meeting if possible, even if they remain in their normal work location.
Is there somewhere I can get more information about supervising a Staff Senator?
Yes, you may join any of our meet and greets, submit a contact us form question, or reach out to our current senators and leadership to chat one on one.