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April Staff Senate Overview

by UofL Today last modified Apr 14, 2011 05:02 PM

The Staff Senate is part of UofL's shared governance system, which also includes the Faculty Senate and Student Government Association.

Senators are elected by their peers.

The full body met in regular session April 11 in Chao Auditorium Ekstrom Library. Chair Brent Fryrear presided. Here is what happened:

Action Item:

The senate voted to approve several changes to the Staff Grievance Policy.

Changes included:

  • Providing examples of grievable and non-grievable offenses
  • Reducing the number of steps in the grievance process to a maximum of three
  • Shifting responsibility from the employee to Human Resources to notify second line supervisor or directors of Step 2 and Step 3 grievances.
  • Requiring supervisors and managers to respond in writing to grievances within a specified time.
  • Properly describing respective roles of HR and Ombuds representatives to "honest broker" roles that may not take on advocacy or serve as personal representative.

The policy needs to be reviewed by the deans and vice presidents before being provided to the president and provost for final consideration.  

Read the full document outlining the proposed changes.

Reports to the Senate

President James Ramsey updated the senate on several ongoing issues:

  • The exit interview after the Phi Beta Kappa membership team visit went well. Ramsey said the university received a lot of positive feedback.
  • UofL's Charting Our Course fundraising campaign is gaining momentum and has passed the $415 million mark. The goal is $750 million by 2013.
  • The due diligence process continues on merger of UofL Hospital with Saint Joseph Health Systems and St. Mary's HealthCare/Jewish Hospital HealthCare Services.

The next Staff Senate meeting is May 9 at Chao Auditorium, Ekstrom Library.

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