Basic to the effective operation of any system of higher education is the acceptance of the concept of shared governance. The Bowie State University Staff Council (BSUSC) represents the interests and concerns of staff employees who are excluded from collective bargaining/union membership. The Staff Council participates in an advocacy and advisory capacity, in the review and implementation of university policies and procedures; and provides a forum for discussion and recommendation on matters involving this constituency with consideration of the welfare of the entire BSU community. This advocacy also includes an advisory role in administrative areas; as well as in the functional support of academic matters.
The BSU Staff Council has committee structures and utilizes them as a vehicle to serve the entire membership and to provide representation to the Bowie State University Council. These structures also inform employees of the University System of Maryland's (USM) related actions and provides a liaison to the USM Council of University System Staff (CUSS) and Bowie State University. The USM CUSS Organization is the State of Maryland System-wide Governing Body from which all USM Staff Council and/or Staff Senate Shared Governance Organizations are constitutionally established and governed.
The herein stated BSUSC Constitution and By-Laws do not apply to or presume to represent any Bowie State University Staff Members who are covered by a Memorandum of Understanding between either the AFSCME Collective Bargaining Unit/Union or MCEA Collective Bargaining Unit/Union and Bowie State University; as determined by the Bowie State University Office of Human Resources.
ARTICLE I - NAME
The name of this body shall be the Bowie State University Staff Council (BSUSC), hereafter referred to as the Staff Council. ..
ARTICLE II - PURPOSE
The purpose of the Staff Council shall be:
- To represent the interests and concerns of Bowie State University (BSU) Exempt, NonExempt, and Contingent II Employees ( except those who are covered by a Collective Bargaining Unit Agreement and those who are Members of the University President's Cabinet) ...
- To keep non-union staff informed and to provide a forum for discussion and recommendations on matters affecting staff and the welfare of BSU ...
- To provide representation to the Bowie State University Council and the Council of University System Staff (CUSS) ...
- To formulate, recommend, and review university policies as they affect staff and to provide equal representation of staff on policy-making boards and committees at BSU, USM, and other agencies as appropriate ...
- To inform staff of Staff Council and University System of Maryland (USM) related activities ...
- To develop and certify composition of Standing Committees and Ad-Hoc Committees and utilize those committees as a vehicle to serve the membership ...
ARTICLE III - CONSTITUENCIES
The Staff Council shall be comprised of and represent all Exempt, Non-exempt and Contingent II Staff Employees as designated by the BSU Office of Human Resources. These employees cannot be designated as Bargaining Unit/ Union Staff Employees ....
This representation does not include any the following groups or categories of BSU Employees:
- BSU Employees who are covered by a Collective Bargaining Unit/ Union Membership Agreement or Memorandum of Understanding ...
- BSU Students ...
- BSU Academic Deans ...
- Members of the BSU President's Cabinet...
ARTICLE IV - GENERAL MEMBERSHIP
General MembershipThe General Membership of the BS USC shall consist of all Exempt, Non-exempt and Contingent II Staff Employees as designated by the BSU Office of Human Resources. These employees cannot be designated as Bargaining Unit/ Union Staff Employees. General Members have the right to vote during elections for Staff Council Officers, Divisional Voting Representatives/ Alternates, and CUSS Representatives ...
ARTICLE V - VOTING MEMBERS
The number of voting representatives shall be equal to five percent (5%) of the total number of staff within each of the seven (7) Presidential and Vice Presidential Divisions (except those staff covered by collective bargaining units/unions and those who are members of the University President's Cabinet). The BSU Voting Representative Divisions are as follows:
- Division of the President
- Division of Academic Affairs
- Division of Administration and Finance
- Division of Enrollment Management
- Division of Institutional Advancement
- Division of Information Technology
- Division of Student Affairs
Assistant/ Associate Vice Presidents will not vote on final versions of University policies considered.
ARTICLE I NAME
SECTION 1. NAME
The name of this council shall be the Bowie State University Staff Council (BSUSC), hereafter referred to as the Council.
ARTICLE II PURPOSE
SECTION 1. PURPOSE
The purpose of the Council shall be:
A. To represent the interests and concerns of the staff who are not represented by an exclusive bargaining agent at Bowie State University (BSU);
B. To review University policy as it affects the staff;
C. To provide a forum for discussion and recommendations on matters involving staff and the welfare of BSU; and
D. To certify composition of standing committees.
ARTICLE III MEMBERSHIP
SECTION 1. VOTING MEMBERS
The number of voting members of the Council will be equal to five percent (5%) of total staff who are not represented by an exclusive bargaining agent. The number of voting members will be further defined by proportion of staff employees within each Presidential or Vice Presidential area. The number of staff employees and the proportion of the Presidential or Vice Presidential area will be reviewed biennially and revised, if needed.
Staff shall elect an alternate per division who shall substitute for a voting representative of the Council. Alternates should be elected at the same time and in the same manner as regular voting representatives. The representative needs to contact the alternate when he or she cannot attend a meeting. An alternate may vote for an absent voting representative provided the representative has given prior notification to the Chair.
If any elected representative is absent from three consecutive Council meetings or a total of three Council meetings, without prior notification to the Chair, and without sending an alternate, the Executive Committee will notify the staff of the Presidential or Vice Presidential area with recommendation for replacement.
The BSUSC Nominating Committee shall develop a voting ballot for each Presidential or Vice Presidential area. The ballot shall be distributed to all staff in the corresponding area.
New representatives of the Council shall begin their term at the September Staff Council meeting and serve a two-year term.
SECTION 2. NON-VOTING MEMBERS
Divisional Representatives are the only voting members of the council. Non-voting members are all other staff employees who are not represented by an exclusive bargaining agent and who may also participate in deliberations of the council without a vote.
SECTION 3. EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS
The non-voting ex-officio members will include the following: President, Provost, and area Vice Presidents.
ARTICLE IV ORGANIZATION
SECTION 1. OFFICERS
There shall be eight officers of the Council. The Chair, Vice Chair, and two CUSS representatives will be elected biennially from and by the body of staff. The Past Chair will serve as an officer immediately following their term of office. The other three officers, Secretary, Treasurer, and Parliamentarian, will be selected from the voting representatives.
SECTION 2. PAST CHAIR
The Past Chair shall serve on the Executive Committee of the Council as a Representative-at-large immediately following their term as Chair. The Past Chair shall have voting privileges.
SECTION 3. CUSS REPRESENTATIVES
There shall be two members elected from the Council to serve as CUSS representatives for Bowie State University. These two members shall also serve on the Executive Committee of the Council and have voting privileges. One representative will be exempt and the other non-exempt. In the event that no person is nominated or elected from either one of these groups, an institution may elect all members from the same group (all exempt or all nonexempt). There should be two alternates (one non-exempt and one exempt, if possible) who may attend the meetings and who can only vote if the representative is not able to attend and prior notification has been given to the Chair of CUSS.
SECTION 4. VOTING MEMBERS
There shall be five percent (5%) staff representation, based on total number of staff, divided proportionately by the number of staff in each of the following areas: President's Office, Academic Affairs, Administration and Finance, Institutional Advancement, Information Technology, and Student Affairs. Each area shall have at a minimum one representative.
SECTION 5. STANDING COMMITTEES
Each Standing Committee is charged with electing a chair who is responsible for reporting committee activities to the Council. Standing Committees may add to their membership as needed to accomplish goals of the committee. Each Standing Committee shall be required to submit a written report at the end of the academic year. Standing Committees of the Council shall include the following.
A. Constitution and By-laws Committee
1. The Constitution and By-laws Committee shall be composed of one Voting and two Non-voting Members. The committee shall elect one chairperson and one secretary.
2. The Constitution and By-laws Committee shall review and make recommendations, revisions, and clarifications to the Constitution and By-laws as necessary.
3. The Constitution and By-laws Committee shall monitor the By-laws and ensure that the Council is adhering to this document.
B. Staff Review Committee
1. The Staff Review Committee shall be composed of one Voting and two Non-voting Members. The Committee shall elect one chairperson and one secretary.
2. The Staff Review Committee shall review; make recommendations, revisions, and clarifications of University policies concerning conditions of employment of the staff.
C. Staff Development, Recognition and Morale
1. The Staff Development, Recognition and Morale Committee shall be composed of one Voting and two Non-voting Members. The Committee shall elect one chairperson and one secretary.
2. The Staff Development, Recognition and Morale Committee shall be charged with providing staff development, recognition and morale activities for the staff.
D. Nominating Committee
1. The Nominating Committee shall be chaired by the immediate past Staff Council Chair and will be composed of one Voting and two Non-voting Members.
2. The Nominating Committee shall develop the ballot and conduct elections for Voting Representatives of the Council.
SECTION 6. AD-HOC COMMITTEES
Ad-hoc Committees may be selected by the Council to consider particular concerns. Ad-hoc committees shall exist for the term of the appointing Council. The Chairperson of each ad-hoc committee shall be appointed by the Chair of the Council.
SECTION 7. UNIVERSITY COMMITTEES
The Council shall have representation on all University committees as provided in the University Council By-Laws.
ARTICLE V ELECTIONS
SECTION 1. VOTING
All members of the BSUSC are eligible to vote in Staff Council elections. Each staff person may vote for the number of eligible candidates from their division. For example, if the division is allowed two representatives, they may elect to vote for two different people on the one ballot.
SECTION 2. ELECTION OF VOTING REPRESENTATIVES
The Nominating Committee shall coordinate with Human Resources to determine the
number of staff positions by the six units (President, Academic Affairs, Administration
and Finance, Information Technology, Institutional Advancement, and Student Affairs).
1) The total number of staff will be multiplied by five percent (5%) to determine how many voting representatives there will be on the Council.
2) If this result is less than one, it will be rounded up to one.
A. Nominees for voting representatives shall be solicited at least one month prior to the election (immediately following the March meeting).
B. The voting and alternate representatives shall be chosen by written ballot immediately following the April meeting of each year and shall be selected from the membership within each unit as specified in Section 1.
C. The term of office for officers, voting representatives and alternates shall be two years.
SECTION 3. OFFICERS
A. Chair, Vice Chair, and CUSS Representatives must be elected by the body for each term. The Chair and Vice Chair shall not serve more than two consecutive terms in each respective office. The Secretary, Treasurer, and Parliamentarian shall be elected from among the Council's voting representatives at the May meeting. Term of office starts at the end of the May meeting.
B. An officer may request to be relieved of office due to job change, extended illness, or other extenuating circumstances. If an officer is not fulfilling the obligations of the office, BSUSC may require an officer to step down by a simple majority vote at any meeting where a quorum is established.
C. In the event that an office is vacated, voluntarily or involuntarily, the Executive Committee shall convene at a special call meeting to select the appropriate officer to fill the vacancy for the remainder of the term. If the Past Chair position is vacated for whatever reason, the position shall not be filled that term.
ARTICLE VI DUTIES
SECTION 1. CHAIRPERSON
The duties of the Chairperson shall include presiding over general meetings, serving on the University Council, preparing agendas for the Council meetings, chairing the Nominating Committee, serving as spokesperson for the Council, and performing other duties as necessary. The Chairperson shall call the monthly Staff Council meetings. In the case of a tie vote, the Chairperson will vote.
SECTION 2. VICE CHAIRPERSON
The duties of the Vice Chairperson shall include substituting for the Chairperson when that officer is absent, serving on the University Council, serving as a member of the Nominating Committee, and other duties as necessary.
SECTION 3. SECRETARY
The duties of the Secretary shall include taking minutes, sending them to the BSUSC membership at least three working days prior to the next scheduled meeting, archiving them in the University Library, and serving as a member of the University Council.
SECTION 4. TREASURER DUTIES
The duties of the Treasurer shall be defined as the official custodian of the budget and trustee of BSUSC fiscal accounts and must be able to explain the budget to members if needed. The specific duties of the treasurer will include but are not limited to the following:
1. Properly manage, receive and disburse funds in accordance with BSU policy and guidelines.
2. Keep an accurate record of all funds received and disbursed.
3. Deposit all funds collected and or received in the proper budget account in an approved bank (where applicable) as soon as possible.
4. Ensure the bank signature card includes at least one other officer's name.
5. Never deposit funds received by the organization into a personal account.
6. Issue a receipt for all funds donated or received.
7. Provide updates for the regular monthly meetings (or as needed).
8. Prepare an annual report which is audited before it is presented.
9. Keep all receipts, bank statements, cancelled checks, etc. for auditing purposes.
10. Complete required PeopleSoft paperwork for the role of Requestor and attend the mandatory training within 30 days of being sworn into office.
SECTION 5. PAST CHAIR
Serving as a Representative-at-large, the duties of the Past Chair shall include advising the Council, providing historical rationale for decisions, attending University Council meetings, and serving on any other committee deemed necessary by the Chair.
SECTION 6. CUSS REPRESENTATIVES
The duties of the CUSS representatives shall include representing Bowie State University at monthly meetings of CUSS, presenting CUSS reports at the Staff Council meetings, and serving on the Executive Committee of the Council. CUSS members represent the views of the body regarding a staff sanctioned position. If the CUSS member cannot carry out the view of the body then the alternate must vote the wishes of the body in place of the voting representative.
SECTION 7. PARLIAMENTARIAN
The duties of the Parliamentarian shall include making sure that "Robert's Rules of Order" are followed during all Staff Council meetings, ensuring that a quorum is present for all official meetings and making certain that time is used efficiently during meetings.
SECTION 8. VOTING REPRESENTATIVES
The duties of the voting representatives shall include presenting matters concerning their constituents to the attention of the appropriate unit and in general, representing the staff members in the Council.
SECTION 9. ALTERNATE REPRESENTATIVES
The duties of the alternate representatives shall include presenting matters concerning their constituents to the attention of the appropriate unit and in general, representing the staff members in the Council when called upon.
SECTION 10. NON-VOTING MEMBERS
The duties of the non-voting members shall include voicing concerns to their voting representatives for presentation to the Council and serving on committees as assigned.
SECTION 11. BSUSC STANDING COMMITTEE CHAIRPERSONS
The duties of Council Committee Chairpersons shall include submitting a report at the end of the academic year to the Council and performing the duties designated by their respective committee charters.
SECTION 12. BSUSC UNIVERSITY COMMITTEE REPRESENTATIVES
The duties of the BSUSC representatives on University Committees shall include attending monthly meetings, submitting reports to the Council as requested by the Chair or designee and representing Council concerns to those committees.
SECTION 13. EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS
The duty of ex-officio members shall be informing the Council of relevant issues, which concern the Council.
ARTICLE VII MEETINGS
SECTION 1. GENERAL MEETINGS
General meetings shall be held at least once a month throughout the academic year and as needed during the summer. Attendance at Council and committee meetings is highly desirable to represent units effectively. The notice of the meeting shall be sent to the membership no later than three working days prior to each regular meeting unless otherwise approved by the Executive Committee. Bargaining unit employees shall be allowed to attend open meetings and receive general university information.
SECTION 2. EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETINGS
Executive Committee meetings shall be held at least once a month throughout the academic year and as needed during the summer. These meetings should occur at least one week prior to the General Meeting and be convened to formulate the agenda for that meeting. The Executive Committee meeting shall be called by the Chair of Staff Council or designee. Attendance at Executive Committee meetings by voting representatives is expected in order to represent their units effectively.
SECTION 3. CALL OR EMERGENCY MEETINGS
Call meetings or emergency meetings may only be convened by the Chair or other Executive Committee members in the absence of the Chair.
SECTION 4. ALL BSUSC STAFF MEETINGS
Meetings or assemblies of all staff who are not represented by an exclusive bargaining unit on campus may only be convened by the Staff Council Chair and designated liaison of the President to the Staff Council. No one person shall convene this body without the other's knowledge. However, the President of the University has the authority to convene this body at any time.
SECTION 5. QUORUM
A quorum shall consist of a simple majority of Voting Representatives. Voting by proxy or assignment shall not be permitted.
SECTION 6. MEETING WITH UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT
The Staff Council Executive Committee shall meet with the President of the University on an as needed basis to discuss shared governance issues as they relate to staff.
Section 7. Absences
Three unexcused absences of voting representatives will be cause for removal from the Council. A petition for reinstatement may be made to the Executive Committee of the Council within one week of notification of removal.
SECTION 8. TRAVEL
Overnight travel may only be approved in advance, budget permitting, if the destination is in excess of 50 miles from the employee's home. Please refer to the most current BSU Travel Policy for procedures and forms for making travel requests and specific details on reimbursement rates. All budget, finance and travel related documents will require two (2) signatures for approval and/or authority that shall be comprised of Chair, Vice Chair or Treasurer.
ARTICLE VIII INFORMATION
SECTION 1. MEETING MINUTES
A set of minutes shall be distributed at least three working days prior to each general meeting and archived in the University Library.
ARTICLE IX PARLIAMENTARY AUTHORITY
SECTION 1. PARLIAMENTARY AUTHORITY
The rules contained in the current edition of "Robert's Rules of Order" shall govern the organization in all cases in which they are applicable.
ARTICLE X BSUSC CONSTITUTION AND BY-LAWS AMENDMENT
SECTION 1. AMENDMENTS
These By-laws can be amended at any regular meeting of the Council at which quorum is established. The procedures for adoption of an amendment are:
(1) initial agreement by a simple majority vote of the BSUSC Voting Representatives to refer the proposed amendment, for some specified time, to the staff for consideration and comments;
(2) final approval by a simple majority vote of the BSU Staff Council;
(3) approval by the President.
ARTICLE XI SUPERSESSION
This Constitution shall supersede all previous Plans of Organization of the Bowie State University Staff Council.
Date of Ratification by Referendum: March 29, 2011
Current BSUSC Officers
Trenita Johnson, Chair
Jerry Isaac, Vice Chair
Barbara Mansfield, Secretary
Jabari Walker, Parliamentarian
Cynthia Coleman, Immediate Past Chair
Trenita Johnson, Chair of BSU Staff Council
Dr. Mickey L. Burnim, President, Bowie State University