Staff Council By-laws
as Adopted May 18, 1993 and Amended
April 5, 1994
May 1, 1997
May 6, 1998
May 19, 1998
July 20, 1999
March 9, 2001 &
April 21, 2009
By-Laws of the West Texas A&M University Staff Council
Article I. Name
This organization shall be known as the West Texas A&M University Staff Council.
Article II. Mission
The WTAMU Staff Council, a collective voice for one of the largest constituencies on the West Texas A&M University campus (second only to students), represents a highly diverse group of individuals whose performance levels are critical to the quality, integrity, credibility and continued growth of the University. With this in mind and so that we may better serve the University's internal and external constituents, the council is committed to a guiding mission that provides WTAMU staff with policy-effecting, decision-making representation. Further, we are committed to assessing, prioritizing and communicating staff needs and to responding to those needs through the implementation of developmental programs and job-enhancing initiatives.
Article III. Responsibilities and Objectives
A. The Staff Council shall develop and maintain communication channels for interchange between itself and staff members, faculty, student body, the University administrative staff and the University president.
B. The Staff Council may, where staff interests are concerned, nominate staff members to serve on University committees. Such members will be appointed by the president.
C. The Staff Council shall prepare and submit to the University president an annual summary of all activities and reports. In addition, the Staff Council shall prepare and submit to the University president proposals and position papers on staff concerns as determined by a majority of the Staff Council.
All full benefits-eligible, non-faculty University employees -- with the exception of the president, provost, vice presidents, deans, the executive assistant to the president and those whose employment depends in whole or in part upon their status as a currently enrolled student -- shall be eligible for membership and/or representation by this council.
This general membership body may serve as a forum for discussion and for informational votes on matters for consideration and action by council representatives.
Section 2. Staff Council Membership
Classifications for representation are based on the following EEO Occupational Categories:
Each classification shall receive one representative for each 30 eligible employees, as defined in Article IV Section 1, within the classification. Method of calculation shall be "number of eligible employees within classification divided by 30" Results of less that .5, when carried to two decimal places, will be rounded down to the next lowest whole number and results of .5 or greater, when carried to two decimal places, will be rounded up to the next highest whole number (Example: A result of 2.49 will authorize 2 representatives. A result of 2.50 will authorize 3 representatives).
On February 1 of each year ending with a five or zero (i.e., 2005, 2010, 2015, etc.), a listing from the official university personnel database will be printed and analyzed to determine the number of representatives each classification is to receive for the next five-year period. All ineligible employees, as defined in Article IV Section 1, will be removed from the list prior to making the determination. It is the responsibility of the Election Committee to complete this process prior to annual elections. Should a classification's number of representatives decline as a result of this process, the next position to expire or resign will not be replaced. No position with time remaining on their term will be immediately removed. Each classification will continue to have a minimum of one representative regardless of the number of eligible employees within the classification.
The immediate past president shall continue to serve as a representative for one year after the expiration of his or her term as president. If he or she has unexpired time on his or her elected term as a representative, he or she will continue as a full-participating voting member. If his or her elected term as a representative has expired, he or she will serve as an ex-officio, non-voting representative and a new representative will be elected into his or her vacated representative position.
A. General Elections
1. Elections for vacant positions on the Staff Council will be conducted annually no earlier than April I and no later than May I of each year by secret ballot. The election shall be carried out by the Election Committee in accordance with election procedures as established by the Election Committee and approved by the Staff Council.
2. Nominations of candidates may be made by eligible members in their representative classification. Results of an election will be determined by candidates receiving the most votes within their classification.
3. In order to be eligible for nomination and election, an employee must have been employed by the University, in an eligible position, for at least one year as of April 1 of the current year.B. Term of Office
1. Representatives shall serve a two-year term to begin the first day of June and to end on the last day of May.C. Attendance
1. Any member whose attendance rate falls below 75 percent of the regular and special Staff Council meetings during a single semester or summer shall be removed. The unexpired term will be filled from among those nominated but not elected at the last election in the order of the highest number of votes received. The new member will serve the remainder of the term.Article V. Staff Council Officers
Section 1. Duties
Officers of the Staff Council shall consist of a president, vice president, treasurer, recorder, and past president.
All actions of these officers taken as a result of their official positions within the council shall be subject to confirmation by the council. Officers may not take a public stand or voice an opinion on an issue in the name of the council without prior approval by a majority vote of the Staff Council.
Article VI. Committees
Section 1. Election Committee
The Election Committee, a standing committee, shall conduct an annual, campus-wide election to the Staff Council. The past president will serve as chair of this committee. Should the past president not be available to serve, the chair of this committee shall be appointed by the president and shall not be a candidate for re-election during the year of his or her service as chair. The Election Committee will establish operating procedures for the nomination and election of members to the Staff Council. Procedures are subject to approval by the Staff Council.
Section 2. Special-Interest Committees
Additional committees shall be designated as deemed necessary by the Staff Council. Appointment to special interest committees is open to any eligible staff member of the University as defined in Article IV, Section I.
Article VII. Meetings
Section 1. General Staff Meeting Schedule and Notification
The Staff Council shall conduct a general staff meeting at least once per year at a time and place determined by members of the Staff Council and as stated in the Standing Rules of Order. The recorder shall notify members of the general staff of the time and location of meetings. Such notification shall be by written correspondence at least seven days in advance of the meeting if possible.
Section 2. Staff Council Meeting Schedule and Notification
The Staff Council shall meet once a month at a time and place determined by members of the Staff Council and as stated in the Standing Rules of Order. The recorder shall notify all council members of the time and location of all council meetings. Such notification shall be by written correspondence at least seven days in advance of the meeting if possible and shall include a tentative agenda when possible.
A. The order of business shall include, but need not be limited to, the following items, which shall be covered in sequence as far as circumstances permit: call to order, determination of members present, disposition of minutes of previous membership meeting, president's report, treasurer's report, reports of standing committees, reports of special-interest committees, unfinished business, new business, and adjournment.
B. One or more members of any group identified in Article IV, Section I may present a suggestion for council consideration to one or more members of the Staff Council. If in the judgment of the council, the proposal is one of merit, a recommendation will be formulated and communicated to appropriate decision-making personnel. The individual(s) initiating the proposal shall be notified of the council's action.Section 3. Executive Session
Staff Council meetings shall be open to all interested parties. A majority vote of the council membership present and voting may, however, determine that a meeting shall in whole or in part be conducted in executive session during which time only voting delegates, as well as others designated by the council membership, shall be present.
Section 4. Voting
Voting on motions and issues brought before the Staff Council shall be by voice or show of hands unless a roll call or vote by secret ballot is requested by a voting member (roll-call votes shall be recorded in the minutes of the meeting). A simple majority vote of council members present and voting shall decide a question.
Article VIII. Parliamentary Authority
Robert's Rules of Order shall govern the conduct of Staff Council meetings and all committee meetings except where these rules are in conflict with the By-Laws of the Staff Council.
Article IX. Adoption of By-Laws
Section 1. Method of Adoption
These By-Laws shall be adopted based on an affirmative vote by a majority of those voting at a meeting open to all individuals represented by the Staff Council.
This constitution shall be in operation immediately upon its adoption.
Article X. Amendments to the By-Laws
Amendments to the By-Laws may be initiated in two ways: