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Frequently Asked Questions


  • What will be different with the UB Staff Senate bylaws as compared to those of the former Administrative Council?

    We've put together this handy chart outlining the differences, and we encourage you to reference the old bylaws as you review the chart.
  • Why is UB's shared governance approach changing?

    The new structure of the University of Baltimore Staff Senate is a result of the new Plan of Organization for Shared Governance of the University of Baltimore supported by the former shared governance bodies of the University Council, Faculty Senate and Administrative Council. President Robert L. Bogomolny charged the University community with reorganizing shared governance at UB to make it more inclusive and effective. He stated this charge in his May 2011 e-mail update to all employees:

    "This summer, Debra Stanley, chair of the University Council, will lead a task force to review thoroughly our campus' shared governance organization and practices. The objective of this initiative is to recommend and implement a more efficient governance structure with clearly understood roles and responsibilities through which meaningful dialogue can occur. I wholeheartedly support this endeavor and see it as an integral component of our future success."

  • Why Staff Senate instead of Administrative Council?

    The term senate is typically used to describe governance bodies within universities. The name change recognizes the equal significance of the staff governance body among the faculty and student governance bodies.
  • How does the UB Staff Senate fit into shared governance within the University System of Maryland?

    Staff will be elected to represent the University of Baltimore in the Council of University System Staff, which addresses system-wide issues that pertain to staff.

    Learn more:
    Constitution for the Council of University System Staff

    Policy on Shared Governance in the University System Of Maryland

  • How do I know if I am a member of the UB Staff Senate?

    If you are a regular exempt, nonexempt-nonunion or Contingent 2 staff employee at UB, you are automatically a member of the UB Staff Senate and are represented by the senate in all staff-related matters.

    If you are unsure if you fall within one of these employment categories, contact the Office of Human Resources.

  • What does this mean to me?

    As a member of the Staff Senate, you are entitled under USM policy to participate in shared governance, as appropriate to skills and knowledge, regarding decisions that affect the overall welfare of UB and of the University System of Maryland. This entitlement also comes with the responsibility to provide informed, collaborative and respectful support to the collective members of the governance bodies and to the processes by which they are managed.
  • How do I get involved in the UB Staff Senate?

    As stated in USM Policy I-6.00, II. C., you are responsible for "... informed participation and collaboration ..."

    You also may:
    • be nominated or nominate yourself as a candidate for senator
    • nominate staff colleagues as candidates for senator
    • provide your expertise and input regarding items of interest to shared governance, or voice your concerns to your senator or at any open meeting
    • encourage your colleagues to get involved
    • spread the word among your colleagues about shared governance and about the UB Staff Senate
    • ask your senator how you can participate.