2.393 Staff Senate
STAFF SENATE PURPOSE AND CONSTITUTION
Date Adopted/Most Recent Revision: 02/13/15
The Staff Senate shall serve as an advisory body to the president regarding matters affecting staff employees.
Membership on the Staff Senate is limited to regular full-time employees who have served in benefits-eligible, non-faculty positions at Midwestern State University for at least 12 continuous months immediately preceding January 1 of the year in which they are nominated.
A. Membership Representation
The number of senate seats shall be allocated according to the number of funded budgeted staff positions within each EEO job classification category on record with and provided by the Director of Human Resources.
1. EEO Job Classification Categories:
a. EEO1 Officials and Administrators (Excluding president, vice presidents, provost, and associate vice presidents)
b. EEO3 Non-faculty Professional
c. EEO4 Administrative Support
d. EEO5 Technicians and Paraprofessionals
e. EEO6 Skilled Craft Workers
f. EEO7 Service and Maintenance
2. Allocation Chart
Number of Funded, Budgeted Number of Staff
Staff Positions Within EEO Classification Senate Representatives
29 or less 1
120 + 5
Members shall serve two-year terms beginning September 1. The terms will be staggered in such a manner to ensure that no less than one-half of the terms will expire each year. Members will be limited to two consecutive terms and may be re-elected after an absence from the senate of one year. In order to initially establish the staggered terms, the forming committee shall, as evenly as possible, allocate one and two-year terms to each EEO job classification with the stipulation that a seat in a representative classification having only one senate seat shall initially be filled by a two-year term. In the event that two or more new seats are added, the initial terms should be set so that the fifty-fifty balance of the Senate is maintained, with an odd seat, if it exists, elected for a two-year term.
Elections will be held each April to fill seats which will be vacant on the following September 1. The nomination process will be held during the month of March. Eligible staff may self-nominate if they have an interest and desire to serve. The senate will determine the deadline for nominations, conduct the election through secret ballot, and notify the nominees. All benefits-eligible, non-faculty staff members are eligible to vote for nominees within their respective EEO classification. In the event of a tie, a run-off election will be held. The election results will be published within ten working days after the election. In the event of a vacancy occurring prior to a regular election, and an alternate is not available, a special election may be called.
Senate seats which become vacant prior to a regular election shall be filled by alternates from the respective EEO job classification, in succession beginning with the alternate receiving the highest number of votes in the most recent election. Alternates will serve until the next regular election and time served as an alternate will not be counted against the term limits. If no alternate from the respective classification is available to serve at the time the vacancy occurs, the seat will remain unfilled until the next regular election. If no alternate from the respective classification is available to serve at the time the vacancy occurs, the seat may be filled through a special election or the seat may remain unfilled until the next regular election.