Regent Law, as amended in September 2004, permits the creation of a staff council within system administration. The CU System Staff Council was established by the president of the university in March 2005.
SSC serves as a representative body for communicating the ideas and concerns of system employees to the system administration. SSC represents classified and university staff.
The name of the organization shall be the "University of Colorado System Administration Staff Council," and referred to in these Bylaws as the System Staff Council (SSC).
Pursuant to Regent Law, as amended in September 2004, permitting the creation of a system staff council within system administration, the SSC was ordered and established by the President of the University in March 2005.
System administration shall provide adequate funding for the operation of SSC.
SSC serves as a representative body to provide communication between university officers and system administration employees, and act as an advocate on behalf of system administration employees.
System administration employees who hold regular appointments of at least 50% time are eligible for representation on SSC. Officers of CU System Administration are not eligible to be SSC representatives. In the event an SSC representative becomes ineligible, they will be given the option to resign immediately or finish out the fiscal year. SSC shall consist of elected and appointed representatives; elections and appointments shall be conducted in accordance with these Bylaws.
SSC representation shall be limited to fifteen (15) representative positions, held by employees. The vice president for Employee and Information Services shall appoint a Human Resources department representative to serve as an ex officio member (HR ex officio) of SSC and shall not be counted as one of the fifteen representative positions. The HR ex officio will not have a vote on SSC business matters unless otherwise specified in these Bylaws.
Representatives are elected to serve terms of three years, and may be elected for an unlimited number of consecutive or non-consecutive terms. Terms shall commence on July 1, unless otherwise agreed upon by majority vote. In the event of a representative being appointed, his/her term shall commence on the effective date of such appointment, and end on June 30 of the current fiscal year.
Elected SSC officers shall serve for terms of one year, from July 1 through June 30 of any given year. Elected or appointed officers who assume their offices anytime after July1 shall serve in that capacity for the remainder of such yearly term, through June 30 of the current fiscal year. The chair and vice chair (or co-chairs) may serve up to three consecutive terms and must then step down from the position for one year before being eligible to be elected to the same position for additional terms. If there are no nominations for the chair position the HR ex officio may appoint a current representative or the immediate past chair to serve that one year term.
Representatives (including SSC officers) shall be provided with a reasonable amount of time away from their regular university positions to adequately fulfill their SSC responsibilities. Upon the successful election or appointment of a representative, the president’s office shall provide notice of the representative’s service on SSC to the appropriate supervisor and/or manager of the representative’s department. This notice will include a request to provide the representative with a reasonable amount of time away from his or her regular duties for the purpose of serving on SSC.
Section 1 – Requirements
The chair and vice chair (or co-chairs) must be current representatives of SSC and have served on SSC for at least one year.
Officers shall be elected or appointed in accordance with the provisions of these Bylaws.
Section 2 – Titles
There shall be a chair, vice chair, treasurer, and secretary, all of whom shall be officers of SSC. Two member representatives may serve as “co-chairs” if such arrangement is approved by a two-thirds majority vote of SSC.
Section 3 – Duties
Officers shall carry out their respective duties as follows:
Chair: The chair shall carry out the following duties:
Vice Chair: The vice chair shall carry out the following duties:
Secretary: The secretary shall carry out the following duties:
Treasurer: The treasurer shall carry out the following duties:
Section 1 – Standing Committees
SSC may create such committees as are determined to be necessary to the furtherance of SSC's purposes.
The SSC shall appoint committee members and committee chairs.
Committee membership shall be open to all interested employees within system administration.
Committee chairs must be current representatives of SSC.
All SSC representatives shall serve on at least one committee.
Each committee shall be composed of a chair and such additional members as are required to achieve its designated purpose.
In consultation with committee members, committee chairs shall be responsible for working within the budget designated annually for their respective committees.
Committees may act for or on behalf of SSC only with the prior consent of SSC or the executive committee.
Committees shall maintain records of their activities, and the committee chair shall transfer all committee records to the secretary of SSC upon completion or termination of its purpose or activities as determined by SSC or the executive committee.
A quorum for each committee shall be two committee members.
Committee chairs shall provide to SSC and executive committee reports of their activities as requested.
The following are the standing committees of the SSC. The primary purview of each standing committee is listed herein.
The SSC may establish ad hoc committees as necessary to carry out the work of SSC.
There shall be delegates to represent SSC on administrative committees, working groups, task forces, and such other official bodies of the university, or external to the university, (collectively, external constituencies). Delegates shall be appointed in accordance with these Bylaws. The organizations to which delegates will be assigned will be determined by the executive committee.
Delegates shall carry out their respective duties as follows:
There shall be three delegates, and one alternative delegate to the system-wide University of Colorado Staff Council (UCSC). Such delegates shall serve as representatives on the UCSC, pursuant to its bylaws.
The HR ex officio shall coordinate all general election activities and communications.
General elections for representative positions whose terms are set to expire shall be held annually each year. Candidates for representation shall be established by nominations made to SSC.
An eligible system administration employee may nominate and vote for him or herself.
On the first business day in February, a call for nominations shall be published, and made available to all system administration employees. Nominations will be accepted for a minimum of ten business days.
The HR ex officio shall verify nominees' availability and willingness to serve as SSC representatives.
Ballots with the names of verified nominees shall be distributed to system administration employees no later than March 15. The voting period shall extend for a minimum of ten business days, and each employee may vote once for each verified candidate listed on the ballot.
Available SSC representation vacancies shall be filled according to a priority based upon the number of votes placed for each respective verified candidate. The verified candidate who receives the most votes shall be given first priority. Successively lower levels of priority shall be given to verified candidates who receive successively fewer votes until all available vacancies have been filled. In the event of a tie, when there is only one remaining available vacancy, a majority of disinterested representatives will determine the winner.
At the next regularly scheduled SSC meeting, the results of the election shall be communicated to the SSC. Notice of the election results will also be made to system administration employees immediately following that SSC meeting.
Elections for officer positions shall be held annually each July.
Candidates for officer positions shall be established by nominations made by SSC representatives. A representative may nominate and vote for him or herself for an officer position.
At the regularly scheduled June SSC meeting, a call for nominations shall be made to representatives.
At the regularly scheduled July SSC meeting or during a special called meeting earlier in July, a second call for nominations shall be made to representatives. After the second call for nominations, ballots with the names of the nominees shall be distributed to representatives. The HR ex officio will appoint a disinterested SSC representative and together they will be responsible for tabulating the results during the meeting.
Each representative may vote once for each officer position listed on the ballot.
In the event of a tie for any officer position, a majority vote of disinterested representatives will determine the winner. After a total of three votes, if there is still a tie the HR ex officio will act as the tie breaker.
The executive committee may appoint a requisite number of committee members and committee chairs as are necessary to fulfill the purposes of SSC.
The executive committee may appoint a requisite number of delegates to serve on external constituencies as are necessary to fulfill the purposes of SSC.
A representative or SSC officer may be removed from office by a two-thirds majority vote of the SSC.
In the event of a representative’s resignation, removal, or long-term inability to participate on SSC, SSC may declare such representative’s position to be vacant. In such event, SSC may appoint, by a majority vote, another system administration employee to fill such vacancy.
In the event of the vice chair, treasurer, or secretary’s resignation, removal, or long-term inability to perform the duties of their respective offices, SSC may declare such respective officer’s position to be vacant. In such event, the chair may make such appointments as are necessary to fill such vacancies.
In the event of the chair’s resignation, removal, or long-term inability to perform the duties of the office, the vice chair (or co-chair) shall assume the duties of the chair. In the event that the vice chair is unable to fulfill the chair duties, a special officer election will be held at the next regularly scheduled SSC meeting at which time a chair will be elected.
In the event of a committee member, or a committee chair’s resignation, removal, or long-term inability to perform the committee’s associated duties, the chair may declare such positions to be vacant. In such event, the chair may make such appointments as are necessary to fill such vacancies.
In the event of a delegate’s resignation, removal, or long-term inability to participate in the required activities of external constituencies, the chair may declare such position to be vacant. In such event, the chair may appoint a current representative to fill the vacancy.
Long-term inability to participate on SSC may include: failure to perform the duties of an officer, committee member, committee chair, or delegate; or failure to attend regular meetings, executive committee meetings, committee meetings, or the meetings of an external constituencies for a period of three months or more.
Regular meetings of SSC shall be held once a month.
A quorum of SSC shall consist of at least one-half of its voting representation.
Regular meetings of SSC shall be open to the university community.
Any person who is not a representative of SSC shall be allowed to address the Council during all regularly scheduled meetings of SSC.
The chair shall establish time limits for speakers as required.
Special SSC meetings may be called by the written request of three representatives or by request of the executive committee.
The most recent revision of Robert’s Rules of Order shall govern the proceedings of SSC and the executive committee in all matters to which they apply. In the event of a conflict between the Rules of Order and these Bylaws, the provisions of these Bylaws shall control.
Proposed amendments to these Bylaws must be made in writing to the executive committee at least ten business days before a regularly scheduled meeting of the SSC.
The secretary shall ensure that timely submitted proposed amendments are made available to representatives at least five business days before the next regularly scheduled SSC meeting.
Such proposed amendments shall be placed on the agendas for the next regularly scheduled SSC meetings and a full and fair opportunity for discussion of such proposed amendments shall be provided at such meetings.
Amendments to these Bylaws shall be adopted upon by a two-thirds majority vote of the general representation of SSC.
Voting by proxy shall not be allowed.
These Bylaws shall be interpreted to provide the maximum flexibility for SSC to carry out its purposes. Substantial compliance with the provisions of these Bylaws shall constitute proper execution of its requirements.
Bylaws amended as of March 10, 2015
Created December 5, 2006
Amended May 8, 2009
Amended March 12, 2013
Amended December 10, 2013
Amended March 10, 2015