Absent: Kenneth Clark, Ginny Davis, Helen Johnson, Scott McClain, Karen Thurmond,
and Gloria Wyatt
Excused: Glenda Barton, Colis Chambers, John Farrell, Russell Hunt, David Medlock,
Janet Mitchell, and Paul Stanford
Minutes respectfully submitted by Harry Flowers
- The meeting was called to order and roll was called.
- The minutes for the September meeting were approved as written.
- Question and Answer session with Anne Carter of Human Resources and Michelle Banks
of Affirmative Action
- The question of advertising and filling positions internally prior to a public offering
is being evaluated. This had been in practice some years past, but there were complaints
from those with the positions to fill because of the one week delay in advertising
them, esp. when there were no internal applicants. There are many issues to weigh
to satisfy all the regulatory bodies. For example, there's a current court order for
hiring minorities in professional positions, so outside advertising might be required
if there are too few qualified internal minority applicants. Also, the Office for
Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) just completed an extensive audit of
the last two years hiring practices. They also had recommendations in this regard.
- A question was raised about the 6 month minimum employment in one position before
being eligible to move to another. Basically, the six months is to satisfy the supervisor
that the person will be there long enough to make use of any training done, and the
6 month probationary period inherent in all newly-filled positions.
- The issue of current employees having additional salary restrictions when being hired
in new positions was referred to Wage and Salary. Charlotte Knowles will be invited
to come speak about this issue at a future meeting.
- Committee reports:
- Finance Committee:
- Dr. Goldberg requested detailed budget information for the Senate, which is being
compiled and forwarded to him. Our budget consists of money for copying and mailing
the minutes, agenda, and election materials.
- Election Committee:
- Nothing to report.
- Issues/Review Committee:
- The campus school issue regarding staff consideration looks promising. Apparently,
custodial and grounds staff are already covered. A letter is being drafted with the
aid of the appropriate parties, and a resolution should be reached soon. A new issue
has been raised about annual leave for non-exempt staff. Currently, it takes 20 years
for a non-exempt employee to work up to the two days a month accorded to exempt employees
from the start of their employment. The policy will be researched, and any actions
taken from there.
- Ad-Hoc Bylaws Committee:
- Nothing to report.
- Standing Committee Reports:
- (Senate members serve as staff representatives on many standing committees. They are
asked to report back from meetings they attend.)
The Staff Senate Officers will be invited to the Administrative Retreat on November
14 and 15. A report from that retreat will be made to the Senate at it's meeting November
- Information Technology Policy Council (Jim Lippy): there is currently a Telecommunications
procedure before the Council as well as the hardware and software standards reported
at the last meeting. No decisions have been reached on either of these as yet. They
are still being discussed.
- Administrative Council (Jim Lippy): there is a one million dollar budget shortage
this year. The money will possibly come from salary for open positions.
- Old Business: None not already addressed in Questions and Answers and Issues/Review
- New Business:
- The old issue of salary caps was brought up, but this time an inquiry was made as
to what affect the Mercer study might have on the existing policy. This will be added
to the issues to ask Charlotte Knowles to address.
- Handicap parking in gated lots costs $76/semester. The issue of fairness for charging
handicapped persons that much was raised. Jim Lippy, who is on the Parking Authority
Committee, requested that a letter be sent to Dr. Wade Jackson, who is the chair of
that committee, so that it may be addressed at their next meeting.
- President's Remarks: This meeting signals the end of our first year. President Lippy
is writing a report for President Rawlins of the Senate accomplishments for the year.
We've had quite a bit of positive feedback about the issues we've addressed.
- The meeting was adjourned. The next meeting is scheduled for November 21, 1996.