Staff Council Contributions to RIT Governance
- Worked with Human Resources to ensure that employees who move to a higher tier for medical benefits deductions due to a salary increase are not negatively impacted by the increased deduction.
- Continued Staff Council’s customer service initiative with “Focus & Feedback” sessions. Held during Staff Council meetings, important topics concerning staff are discussed and all staff have opportunity to provide direct feedback and ask questions. For fall 2019, we welcomed Kate Mason, Director of Parking & Transportation, and Judy Bender, AVP Human Resources.
- Held third annual RIT FoodShare Donation Drive.
- Held Staff Council Open House, encouraging RIT staff members to learn more about what Staff Council does and what it means to be a Staff Council representative.
- Endorsed C00.0 Compliance Policy and Code of Ethical Conduct.
- Enabled an information sharing opportunity for staff at the outset of the COVID-19 epidemic, bringing together the RIT Provost, AVP Human Resources, AVP Global Risk Management, and AVP Wellness to answer questions and provide guidance.
- Established an ad-hoc committee on Budget and Resource Allocation to learn more about these processes at RIT. The group met with the RIT Budget office and attended training, met with Dr. Watters, and scheduled informational meetings with key areas on campus to discuss their budget/resource allocation processes.
- Continued regular blog posts featuring staff members of RIT.
- Updated RSC email template with new RIT branding.
- RSC voting blocks were redistributed and elections were successfully conducted for blocks 1, 3, and 5, as well as a special election for Block 4.
- The Presidential Staff Awards were held on October 3. President Munson announced a new award, the Albert J. Simone Legacy Award.
- Held the 2nd annual RIT FoodShare Donation Drive, collecting more than 1,200 pounds of food for the RIT FoodShare as well as monetary donations.
- The Staff Appreciation Day and Community Picnic was held in May, featuring a menu by RIT Catering and Staff Council notepads as a giveaway item.
- RSC held nine “It Starts with Us” events. Each event featured an RIT service provider or administrator discussing the work performed in their area and how that contributes to service excellence at RIT.
- Proposed a series of CPD training related to enhancing service excellence to the President’s Office
- Conducted a survey of all RIT staff in May.
- Introduced new voting procedures for Staff Council meetings. Policies are presented, and will be voted on at the following SC meeting, giving representatives time to solicit feedback from constituents.
- Developed a new Representative Expectations document and revised the Constituent Concern Guide.
- Conducted survey of Staff Council representatives.
- Conducted search for Staff Council Coordinator to replace Peg Meyers after her retirement in Fall 2019.
- Provided input on and endorsed “Greatness Through Difference” – revised Strategic Plan
- E30.0 Staff Grievance Policy put in place in Fall 2018. Accompanying procedures document written and approved in Spring 2019.
- Provided input on and endorsed C23.0 Policy on Consensual Romantic or Sexual Relationships, including participation in Academic Senate ad-hoc committee to recommend revisions to interim policy.
- Staff Council’s first presentation to the RIT Board of Trustees.
- Pedestrian safety task force
President Destler formed the Pedestrian Safety Task Force as a result of Staff Council constituent concerns regarding use of bikes and longboards on the Quarter Mile. The task force recommendations resulted in increased enforcement of pedestrian zones, and proposed a modification to policy C 14: Use of Skateboards[...]
- Accelerated implementation of smoking policy
Staff Council worked with other governance groups including Academic Senate and Student Government to eliminate the 3-year waiting period for implementation proposed in the revised version of C 16.0 Tobacco-Restricted University Policy. Designated smoking areas were constructed at six locations and as of August 17, 2015, RIT was a Tobacco-Restricted University.
- Change in staff benefits for religious holidays
As a result of Staff Council advocacy and continued dialogue with Human Resources, employees may now use vacation or personal days for observation of a religious holiday.
- Change in policy regarding States of Emergency
Staff no longer need to use a vacation or personal day if the county in which they live has declared a State of Emergency. The previous policy was only applicable to staff who resided in Monroe County.
- Employee Suggestion Program
Staff Council was instrumental in keeping this cost containment measure on the university’s agenda. This popular program continues to receive numerous suggestions which are reviewed on a monthly basis.
- Staff perspective on cost containment suggestions
Staff Council played a significant role in providing staff perspective to the president regarding proposed cost containment measures.
- Career development for staff assistants and related positions
Staff Council responded to concerns about the lack of a ‘career ladder’ or clear career path for staff assistants throughout the university. Collaboration with Human Resources resulted in several professional development workshops and a competencies matrix for staff assistants seeking to broaden their skills.
- Strategic Plan: Greatness through Difference
Staff Council maintained representation on working groups involved in the drafting of the strategic plan, and provided input regarding priorities and direction through steering committees
- Graduated rates for paid parking
When paid parking was implemented at RIT, Staff Council successfully advocated for the cost of parking permits to be based on salary tiers, rather than a flat rate for all staff.
- Policy feedback
Staff Council also gathered staff feedback on the following proposals and policies:
- Energy Policy - noting the need for a process to apply for medical exemption
- Tobacco-Restricted University Policy
- RIT’s 2015-2025 Strategic Plan