What is the purpose of the University Staff Council (USC)?

The purpose of creating a University Staff Council is to provide an opportunity for University staff employees to contribute to the furtherance of the UW-Whitewater mission and the overall mission of the University of Wisconsin System. This would be achieved through active participation in decision-making for University Staff (the new classification for classified staff upon the initiation of the new personnel system) including: making recommendations, considering proposals, and raising concerns to institutional leadership.

Does the USC take the place of what was formerly the union?

No. The activity of the USC will not involve collective bargaining or result in a labor agreement or contract. The goal of the USC is to provide a governance body representing University staff employees on the same level as the Faculty Senate and Academic Staff Assembly, serving in an advisory role to the Chancellor and University administration.

Who is eligible to serve on the USC?

The USC will consist of twelve members. Ten will be elected from the three main divisions on campus - Administrative Affairs, Student Affairs, and Academic Affairs. There will also be one liaison to the Chancellor's Office (appointed by the Chancellor) and one liaison to Human Resources & Diversity (appointed by the HR&D Director). Representatives must be permanent employees, due to the term commitment required.

Are only permanent employees represented by the USC?

No. This council will represent all University staff staff (full-time, part-time, LTE, and project appointment).

How long does each individual serve on the USC?

All appointed or elected members will serve a two-year term. Elections will be conducted on a staggered basis so that only half of the members will be up for election at any given election period.

What is the Human Resources chain of command both on campus and off campus, up to and including Rep. Nass?

UW-Whitewater Human Resources staff chain of command begins with Connie Putland, HR Manager; then Judi Trampf, HR Director. Next is Jeff Arnold, Vice Chancellor of Administrative Affairs; then Dr. Richard Telfer, Chancellor. Next is Kevin Reilly, UW System President; and finally Board of Regents. Chancellor Telfer is likened to the "CEO" of an organization. The Board of Regents, by statute, is the governing body for the UW System, appointed by the governor.


Effective December 2012 the Board of Regents has established a new Criminal Background Check Policy: https://www.wisconsin.edu/regents/policies/university-of-wisconsin-system-criminal-background-check-policy/ indicating that employees in positions of trust, i.e. dealing with keys, cash or minor children, are required to have a Criminal Background check within the last year. Going forward the Board of Regents is requiring updated background checks on employees in positions of trust every four (4) years. HR&D will email you when this will need to be performed again. If you are asked to complete this form, and have any questions, please contact hr@uww.edu or (262) 472-1024.

The Classified Connection Archives are for historical reference only, and is the repository of Spotlights and Awards pre-dating the existence of shared governance for civil service employees at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.  You may access this information here.


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