Wright State University Staff Council Minutes

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

 

 

The WSU Staff Council met on Wednesday, January 10, 2007, at 2:30 pm, in Room 267 University Hall.

 

Present:  Council Members:  Mendy Beverly, Linda Dunbar, Barbara Bullock, Diane Hamilton, Fran Keeley, John Sheidler, Tami Smith, and Micki Stamps

 

Others:  Bill Rickert, Allan Boggs

 

1.  WSU Staff Council Procedures 

Bill Rickert raised the issue of WSU Staff Council procedures.  He asked if the council would prefer to have the chairs of CSAC and USAC chair the meetings and/or set the agenda.  The Council agreed that Bill Rickert should continue to convene the meetings; but they would like to set the agenda, so they can add items that might come up at the CSAC and USAC meetings. 

2.  Parking

The primary problem with parking is the spaces lost to construction on campus.  A study has been commissioned to determine whether constructing additional parking lots will create water run-off problems.  If not, new parking may be developed next to Colonel Glenn Highway, restoring spaces lost to construction plus a few more.  The university has no plans to separate faculty and staff parking.  Construction of a parking garage is not currently being discussed, because it is so expensive. 

Other concerns noted were:

a.   There is no new parking for the Joshi Center.

b.  Special events at Joshi or the Student Union further tax parking on that side of campus.

c.  Parents are concerned about safety in the parking lots after reports that students were held up in Lot 4 during two consecutive       

     quarters.

 

3.  Parental Leave

Cabinet approved the Staff Parental Leave policy with a minor change (see attached policy).  The policy will be effective February or March 2007. 

4.  Time Off

For Staff Development Day in December 2006, the Provost had written a letter to supervisors to encourage them to allow their employees to attend.  Bill Rickert asked what else can be done to encourage supervisors to permit their employees to participate in various professional development events. 

Since some staff members are reluctant to complain to their supervisor’s supervisor or to go to Human Resources with problems about their supervisor, Bill said for them to come to him or go to USAC or CSAC.

Mendy Beverly suggested that a criterion for annual evaluations might be whether supervisors encourage their staff to participate in staff development and other campus activities.

The CSAC survey shows dissatisfaction with supervisors that may be addressed by training sessions.  Human Resources has been receiving applications for the new organizational development/training person, who will be in charge of organizing a program to train supervisors as well as staff.  This new person will meet with the WSU Staff Council and possibly with CSAC and USAC to learn more about employee concerns and needs.

Bill Rickert suggested that a policy or procedures might be written for staff participating in various activities.  Maybe the Council could come up with guidelines for staff participation: 1) campus social activities; 2) employee development opportunities; and 3) service to the university such as USAC, CSAC, and other committee membership.

5.  Legislative Changes

Allan Boggs, Assistant Vice President for Human Resources, distributed copies of an email (attached) from a representative of the Inter-University Council (IUC) in Columbus. He said that House Bill 187 on Civil Service Reform had passed. This legislation gives our Board of Trustees authority over governance issues as outlined in the email. The Board may develop policy that amends the Classified Civil Service regulations.

Part of the legislation requires campus presidents (or designees), as a group, to develop “guidelines and standards that are to be used by the boards of trustees of these colleges and universities in adopting the rules concerning matters of governance.”  The chief Human Resource Officers of each university campus comprise an existing IUC group and along with assistance from legal counsel, expects to develop guidelines by June, 2007.  Allan is an active member of the IUC and will have input into developing the guidelines.

Allan Boggs also noted that nothing will change unless out Board takes action, and that no actions will be taken without careful thought and input from WSU Staff Council. The legislation suggests that changes are to be incremental and will not diminish classified staff property rights of employment. While universities are generally satisfied with civil service, the regulations are antiquated and do not allow the flexibility needed to address significant governance issues.

Allan will keep us updated on progress. Bill also asked that Council members think about elements of civil service that are positive and those that we should be looking at as opportunities for change.

 

The meeting was adjourned at 4:10 pm.

The next meeting of the WSU Staff Council will be held on Wednesday, March 14, 2007, at 2:30 pm, in Room 267 University Hall.  The agenda will be Facilities and Capital Planning.  Vicky Davidson, Associate Vice-President for Facilities Planning and Development, will attend.