University Staff Council

FAQs and Comments

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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.

The USC will consist of twelve members. Ten will be elected from the three main divisions on campus - Division of Finance and 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.

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

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.

UW-Whitewater Human Resources staff chain of command begins with Connie Putland, HR Manager; then Janelle Crowley, HR Director. Next is Grace Crickette, Vice Chancellor of Administrative Affairs; then Dr. Dwight Watson, Chancellor. Next is Ray Cross, UW System President; and finally Board of Regents. Chancellor Watson 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: 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 or (262) 472-1024.

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