FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Who can be a member of Staff Council?

A. The UAF Staff Council of the University of Alaska Fairbanks shall be composed of representative members of exempt and non-exempt, non-union, UAF staff who are elected for two year staggered terms by permanent full-time and permanent part-time non-faculty, non-student employees. University employees who hold executive appointments shall be excluded from representation by the UAF Staff Council.

 Q. What can Staff Council do for me?

A.  The members of Staff Council are the voice for non-represented staff across the UAF community. Staff Council acts as a change agent and brings concerns and issues up for consideration. Staff Council is an opportunity to get to know fellow employees across the campus through Staff Council committees that you might not work with otherwise.

Q. What is Staff Council?
A. The UAF Staff Council is a representative organization for all exempt and non-exempt, regular and extended temporary employees of the University of Alaska Fairbanks in accordance with Article I of the UAF Staff Council Constitution. The UAF Staff Council's structure provides a means of addressing issues concerning the welfare of employees and facilitates the role of UAF staff in UA's governance process.  

Q. How much time commitment is expected?

A.  Staff Council meets once a month for approximately 2.5 hours. Members are required to serve on at least one Staff Council permanent committee. Staff Council strongly encourages members to serve as a primary means of communication and as a link between Staff Council and those they represent.

Q. What is the term limit for a Council member?

A.  Elected representatives shall serve two-year terms*, ** beginning January 1 and ending December 31 of the following year. There are no term limits for representatives. Representatives whose units are up for re-election in the fall of the current year must submit a nomination form and go through the election process in order to remain on Staff Council.  
*Mid-term appointments to fill vacant unit representative seats and my serve a term that is less than 2 years.  
**Those elected, through a special election process, to fill a term vacated by an At-Large representative during the first year of their term may serve a one year term.   

Q. How often does Staff Council meet?
A.  Staff Council typically meets once a month, typically excluding January and July.  The Staff Council meeting schedule is approved annually by Staff Council during the fall semester.  This sets the dates and times of meetings for the following year, except in cases where amendments are made to the schedule by an official motion approved by Staff Council.  

Q. Do all Staff Council members serve on a committee?
A.  Yes, all Council Representatives are required to serve on one permanent committee.

Q. What does the Constitution and Bylaws entail?
A.  You can access these official documents using the following links:

Q.Can anyone listen or attend Staff Council Meetings?
A.  These meetings are open to the public. All university employees are encouraged to attend and share their input.  Visit the Staff Council homepage for more information on the next Staff Council meeting or contact Staff Council at uaf-staff-council@alaska.edu.

Q. When is the Staff Council calendar distributed? What do the old calendars look like?
A.  As of 2017, Staff Council's annual calendar is no longer being produced due to severe budget cuts to the UAF Governance budget.  Staff Council archives older calendars, they can be viewed here.
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