The University of Arizona Staff Advisory Council
represents and advocates for staff concerns within the University community
and statewide; works to improve communications between the classified staff
and the University community; serves as a resource for inquires and
requests; advises and makes recommendations on existing and proposed
University policies and procedures; provides forums for discussing and
defining the role of classified staff in the University; and, ensures
inclusion of classified staff on University committees.
Evaluate and recommend modifications to existing and proposed University policies and
procedures affecting classified staff.
Keep salary issues before the University Administration, Arizona Board of Regents, the
State legislature and the Governor.
Monitor benefits and retirement issues and their impact on classified staff.
Assist Employee Services/Human Resources to maintain an effective, efficient and
equitable personnel management system.
Closely monitor University reorganization plans, and The University Strategic Plan and
their impact on classified staff.
Promote the participation of classified staff in University decision-making by
nominating staff members to serve on University-wide committees and task forces.
Strengthen communication among the classified staff, appointed professionals, faculty,
administrative and student communities.
Strengthen communication between the classified staff councils of the UA,
ASU, and NAU; through the participation as a member of the Arizona
Tri-University Executive Council.
Section 1. Members and Terms
Each year, up to 14 new members will be appointed to three-year terms, (not to exceed
The Membership Committee of the Council shall invite all eligible members of the
classified staff to apply or to nominate colleagues for membership.
A concerted effort will be made to ensure diversity of staff employees.
After reviewing all applications and nominations, the Membership Committee shall
forward a list of nominations to the Executive Board for review.
The Executive Board will approve/disapprove the recommendations, request additional
nominees if necessary, then forward the approved nominations through the Director of Human
Resources to verify eligibility, then to the President of the University for appointment
as new members.
When a mid-term vacancy occurs, for whatever reason, the Membership Committee shall
compile a list of candidates to be forwarded to the President of the University for
Section 2. Responsibilities of Members
Council members are expected to attend all General Meeting's and to participate in one
or more committees or task forces.
A seat on the Council shall be considered vacant if a member is absent for any reason
from General Meetings four times in a given calendar year. The vacancy will then be filled
by the Membership Committee from the most recent application list.
Section 3. Resignation from Membership
Membership may be vacated by written resignation addressed to the President of the
University with a copy sent to the President of the Council, and a copy to the membership
committee chair. The President of the Council, on announcing the resignation, shall assume
a motion to accept it.
Section 4. Removal from Membership
Repeated failure to meet the responsibilities of membership will be discussed with the
member before being brought to the Council by the Executive Board for vote. If in
agreement by quorum of the Council, the Council President will submit request for
resignation of the individual's membership. The University President will be advised of
Section 1. Election of Officers
Election of officers shall be held during, the
March General Meeting.
The nominations shall be made known to the Council membership at least one month prior
to the election.
Election for the different offices shall take place in the order in which they are
listed in the Constitution. (Article IV, Section
After the nominations are presented, and prior to voting, any SAC member can call for
further nominations from the floor.
Votes will be cast for each office and the result announced before nominations are
taken from the floor and voting begins for the next office.
Section 2. Terms of Office
All officers of the Council shall be elected to one year terms at the June General
Meeting, to be effective July 1st. No officer shall serve more than two consecutive
terms in the same office. Past-President candidates should be prepared to extend for one year
Section 3. Vacancy or Removal from Office
Should vacancy occur in the office of
Executive Vice President, Administrative Vice President, Recording
Secretary, Parliamentarian-/Historian, or Treasurer, election shall be held by majority vote
of the council.
Repeated failure to meet the responsibilities of office may result in the request that
the individual resign. If the request does not result in that officer's voluntary
resignation, the Executive Board may propose a Council vote to end the individual's term
in office. Removal from the Executive Board does not constitute removal from membership.
Meetings of the Council
A minimum of 1/2 of current membership + 1 shall be the quorum
required to conduct business at all meetings of the Council. In order to carry a motion,
affirmative votes must be cast by a majority of those present and voting.
Section 2. General Meetings
General Meetings shall be held the first Tuesday of each month at a time and place
scheduled by the Council.
General Meetings are open to all University employees.
In the event the General meeting falls on a University Holiday, the general meeting
defaults to the following regular business day.
A quorum vote by the Council at a General Meeting can change the meeting date as
Section 3. Special Meetings
Special Meetings may be called as needed by the Executive Board or at the request of a
majority of the Council.
Special Meetings are held in executive session unless specified otherwise by the SAC
Section 1. Standing Committees
Tri-University Classified Staff Executive Board
Emily Krauz Staff Endowment Fund
A new body of committee members is appointed by the committee chairs at the beginning
of each fiscal year.
At the July Meeting, the SAC President shall call for nominations or
volunteers, if none, Committee Chairs shall appointed by the SAC President.
Standing Committees perform the following, functions:
Tri-University Classified Staff Executive Board (Tri-U Board) - a group
comprised of the Executive Boards of the classified staff councils of the three state universities: ASU, NAU, and the UA. The purpose of the Tri-U Board organization is to work together on mutual concerns and present a united front on those issues.
The Staff Advisory Council, as
a member council of the Tri-U Board, accepts as Bylaws the covenants and conventions of the Tri-University Classified Staff Executive Board Policies
- This committee hosts various events
at which Staff can network with other staff.
Communications - This committee fosters and enhances communication between the
classified Staff and administrative communities. Members are responsible for the
coordination of publication efforts utilizing newsletters, brochures, individual letters,
Emily Krauz Staff Endowment Fund - (formerly the Staff Endowment Fund.) This committee
organizes the distribution of scholarship awards to qualified and selected classified
staff. Awards are distributed according to decisions made by an independent selection committee.
Employee Recognition - This committee coordinates the events of Employee
Recognition Week, including the soliciting, evaluating, and selecting of recipients for
the Staff Awards for Excellence and the Billy Joe Varney Award for Excellence. This committee also assists Human Resources in
developing, university-wide departmental employee recognition programs.
Human Resources - This committee, working with a member from The University of Arizona
Human Resources, is directed toward researching and proposing, programs, services,
and special activities dealing with employee benefits and retirement issues. The
committee's goal is to have a comprehensive equitable, viable, responsive, and efficient
Legislative - This committee reviews current legislative proposals to keep the Council
apprised of issues pertinent to classified staff and makes recommendations for action.
Membership/Liaisons - This committee solicits and recommends the appointment of new
Council members and the reappointment of existing or former members. This committee also
makes recommendations from the currently approved nomination list to fill vacancies during
the year. Members have voting status, Liaisons do not.
Marketing: To market the Staff Advisory Council with the purpose of
recruiting new members. To encourage, strengthen support and promote the Staff Advisory Council for the University of Arizona's new and current