STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
The University Staff Assembly (the “Staff Assembly”) shall represent Marquette University staff so that their views and interests may be considered, alongside those of faculty and students, in the conduct of institutional affairs that affect life in the workplace and in the advancement of the university’s mission. The Staff Assembly will provide nominations for staff appointments to administrative committees, and task forces and initiatives, as requested and as appropriate.
Any full-time or regular part-time employee whose primary designation is staff rather than faculty or student, who has been employed by Marquette University for at least one year, and who is not represented by a collective bargaining unit, may be elected to the Staff Assembly.
Membership on the University Staff Assembly shall consist of:
- One Associate or Assistant Vice President
- Nine Members-At-Large elected from the entire staff with an equal number of exempt/non-exempt employees included in the slate of candidates.
- Seven Area Representatives elected from the three consolidated areas of the University as follows:
- Three Office of the Provost*
- Two Office of Finance/Office of General Counsel/Office of the President/Mission and Ministry/Athletics
- Two University Advancement/Office of Marketing and Communication/Public Affairs
*All areas under the Office of the Provost
Annual University Staff Assembly elections will take place in April. The slate of canidates will be designed to maximize the balance between exempt and non-exempt employees.
Terms of Office:
Representatives shall be elected to the Staff Assembly for terms of three years. Members may be re-elected without limit. The term of service shall begin at the annual organizational meeting held in August.
Officer positions will be held by a fair balance of exempt and non-exempt staff on an annual basis, e.g. if the Chair is an exempt staff member, the Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect will be a non-exempt staff member, and vice versa. Officers will be elected at the August organizational meeting. The positions are:
- Chair: The Chair shall call and preside over meetings and will be the Staff Assembly representative on the University Leadership Council (ULC).
- Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect: The Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect shall preside over meetings in the absence of the Chair and will represent the Staff Assembly at a ULC meeting should the Chair be unable to do so.
- Secretary: The Secretary will record meeting minutes and ensure distribution of the agenda and meeting materials.
- Treasurer: The Treasurer will keep record of funds appropriated to the Staff Assembly by the University.
The Standing Subcommittees of the Staff Assembly shall be:
- Bylaws Committee: This committee will advise Staff Assembly members of bylaws and ensure that current bylaws are posted on the Staff Assembly website.
- Nominating and Election Committee: This committee will coordinate the annual Staff Assembly election process, including but not limited to publicity, ballots, tabulation of votes, and announcement of elected representatives. This committee will also coordinate the process of filling subcommittee vacancies.
- Work Environment Committee: This committee will serve as a review board for any concerns that a staff member may submit to a Staff Assembly representative. The Work Environment Committee will determine whether or not to present the concern to the entire Staff Assembly for action or information.
- Communication Committee: This committee will maintain the Staff Assembly website and oversee communication between the Staff Assembly and its constituents as well as the greater campus community.
- Staff Development and Service Committee: This committee will recommend to the Staff Assembly programs for the continuing professional development of staff relating, but not limited to: a) skills or knowledge valuable to administrative/academic units; b) enhancement of interpersonal relationships in the workplace; c) training which supports and encourages workplace innovation and career mobility; and d) opportunities which provide access to serving others, as stated in the University’s mission.
The Staff Assembly may on occasion create such other subcommittees or ad-hoc committees as it deems necessary.
Change of Bylaws
The Bylaws of the Staff Assembly may be changed as necessary from time to time as determined by a two-thirds vote of the elected members.