Staff Council Mission Statement
The Staff Council shall function as an advisory group and policy-referral body to the University Administration and to the staff it represents by providing an operational framework for discussions and communication of issues, policies, and activities relating to the staff of the University.
The Council shall promote interaction and communication among all levels of employees in the enhancement of the goals, purposes, and functions of the University community by promoting excellence in service.
Staff Council Composition and Meetings
The Staff Council is composed of 13 elected representatives who serve on a voluntary basis. Fifty percent of the Council representatives are of nonexempt status. The ratio of representation to staff is approximately 1:50. We are elected by our peers within our own apportionment category. There are one representative from the Atlanta Academic category, two from Atlanta Administrative, four from Macon Academic, five from Macon Administrative, and one from MERC.
Council representatives are staff employees with at least two years of full-time employment at Mercer. Representatives may not hold a faculty rank or titles of Director, Assistant Vice President or higher, Assistant Dean or higher, and cannot have served on the Council within the past 12 months. Each representative serves a term of three years beginning July 1st.
The Council meets once a month unless additional meetings are necessary.
When staff issues are presented to the Staff Council, they are communicated with the entire council members. If there is merit to the request/suggestion, an ad-hoc committee may be formed to investigate further and bring recommendations back to the council for further action. If staff bring problems or issues to the attention of Staff Council that fall within another department’s area, such as Benefits or Human Resources (i.e., sexual harassment) those issues will be forwarded to the appropriate department for resolution, with appropriate feedback as needed.