STAFF SENATE ELECTIONS
STAFF SENATOR ELIGIBILITY
To be eligible for the Staff Senate you must be a regular, full time staff member (FTE of 0.50 or greater).
REQUIREMENTS OF SENATORS (3 Year Term)
- Monthly Senate Meeting (2nd Thursday of each month)
- Monthly Committee Meeting (as needed by your assigned committee)
- Participation in other various events based on availability
The nomination period runs from April 1-30, 2021. All prospective candidates must self-nominate by completing the online nomination form. Nominations must be received no later than 4:30 p.m. EST on April 30, 2021.
You may begin to campaign for office following an e-mail verification of eligibility from the Staff Senate confirming receipt of all required materials. Platform statements will be available on the Staff Senate Website beginning May 3, 2021.
- Nomination Period – April 1-30, 2021
- Elections – May 10-21, 2021
- Election Results – Announced via UKNow June 7, 2021
- Annual Report
Do Staff Senators need to be paid for attending Senate meetings and committee meetings?
A note from T. Lynn Williamson, Deputy General Counsel, University of Kentucky Office of Legal Counsel:
"It continues to be my interpretation of University policy that attendance at meetings of the Staff Senate and committees of the Staff Senate is work time; therefore, that time is paid work time.
The Staff Senate is a creation of a Governing Regulation (GR V). In that sense, it is no different than the University Assembly or the University Senate (GR IV). It is unquestionable to me that meetings of the University Senate are (paid) work time. All faculty who attend the University Senate meetings, as well as Senate Council meetings, are on paid time.
Similarly, meetings of committees of the Staff Senate (and the University Senate) are paid work time.
With that said, all aspects of employment, and, in particular, the job responsibilities and the flexibility of staff employees and faculty employees are quite different. Faculty employees decide to run for election to the University Senate without seeking permission of the department chair or the dean. Faculty employees freely decide their schedules and attend University Senate meetings and Senate committee meetings without seeking approval from their department chair or dean. However, Staff Senators are required to have the permission of their supervisor to run for or serve on the Staff Senate.
GR V.B.6. states as follows:
“A Senator who serves as an officer or serves on University and campus wide committees has additional responsibilities that may require additional release time from normal work duties. In advance of assuming such duties, Senators must discuss with his or her supervisor the impact on the unit’s ability to meet service responsibilities.”
I think that section of the GR further verifies the opinion noted above. By giving a staff employee permission to serve, the supervisor is acknowledging that attendance at Staff Senate meetings is paid time. It is IMPORTANT to highlight the GR’s provision that a Staff Senator MUST “…discuss with her/his supervisor the impact on the unit’s ability to meet service responsibilities.”
Staff Senate meetings are set weeks (perhaps months) in advance. It is the Staff Senator’s responsibility to inform her/his supervisor as far in advance as possible the schedule of the Staff Senate meetings. Committee meetings are more problematic and there may be occasions in which a particular Staff Senator cannot serve on a particular Staff Senate committee because that committee’s meetings are inconsistent with the responsibilities of the unit.
There may be different levels of supervisor’s approval depending on whether the employee is exempt or non-exempt. If there is a possibility that a non-exempt employee, while performing her/his regular duties and performing duties of a Staff Senator, e.g., Senate and committee meetings, will be in a pay status for over 40 hours in any week, the non-exempt employee MUST also have approval of the unit supervisor/administrator who is authorized to approve over-time pay. The unit official who is authorized to approve over-time may or may not be the employee’s immediate supervisor. Thus if overtime hours/pay may be needed in order for the non-exempt employee to serve on the Staff Senate, an employee may need approval/permission from two University officials.
Advance notice is the responsibility of the Staff Senator.
An attempt to accommodate and to be flexible are the responsibility of the supervisor of the Staff Senator."