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Staff Senate Meeting Overview - July 2011

by UofL Today last modified Jul 14, 2011 09:44 AM

The Staff Senate is part of UofL's shared governance system, which also includes the Faculty Senate and the Student Government Association. Senators are elected by their peers.

The full body met in regular session July 11 at Ekstrom Library. Chair David James presided. The following are highlights from the meeting:


Staff senate named committee chairs and vice chairs for the new year.

Credentials and Nominations

  • Ginger Brown, chair
  • Bob Cochran, vice chair

Policy, Economics and Development

  • Angela Lewis-Klein, chair
  • Sandra Kelly, vice chair

Staff Grievance

  • Christian Gamm, chair
  • Sandy Russell, vice chair

Services and Facilities

  • Skip Hurley, chair
  • Robert Klein, vice chair

The Assistance, Morale and Outreach committee has not yet selected a new chair.

Reports to the Senate

Sam Connally, vice president for human resources: Connally reminded senators that the comment period for proposed changes to the Discipline, Grievance, & Appeal Policy has been extended to Aug. 15. The deadline was extended as many new staff senators who would vote on the changes are new and may not have had time to examine the policy before voting. The final staff senate review is expected to be Sept. 12.

The proposed changes can be viewed at

Some of the proposed changes to the Disciplinary Policy are listed below.

  • Defines the purpose of disciplinary policy
  • Distinguishes between job performance and personal conduct
  • Establishes commitment to Progressive Discipline
  • Defines Disciplinary Standard and Disciplinary Authority
  • Creates Pre-Disciplinary conference
  • Adopts and publishes guidelines for pre-termination conferences.

Some of the proposed changes to the Grievance Policy include:

  • Provides examples of grievable and non-grievable issues
  • Reduces the number of steps in the grievance process to a maximum of three.
  • Provides that human resources notify managers of Step 2 & 3 grievances.
  • Requires supervisors and managers to respond in writing to grievances within a specified time frame.
  • Describes role of grievance committee and hearing guidelines.

Some of the proposed changes to the Appeal Policy include:

  • Move suspension without pay from appeal policy to grievance policy
  • Clarifies the role of personal advisors in appeals process
  • Codify delegation of responsibility from president to VPHR to review hearing officer reports and adopt final decisions on behalf of the university.


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