The purpose of the Classified Staff Senate is to serve as a forum and act as a resource for the expression of views on non-bargaining issues that affect all classified staff members. The CSS supports all classified staff by serving as a liaison on various University committees. It promotes and encourages programs that provide support for the growth and development of classified staff.
Participation: The Classified Staff Senate is comprised of 16 classified staff members. Senators can be full-time or part-time, as long as they have worked for USM for at least 6-months. Senators are elected to 2-year terms, with 8 senators being up for election each year.
Representation: The Senate is the voice of the classified staff and it’s our responsibility to bring the concerns of the classified staff to President Cummings and his staff. We assist by serving, and/or finding classified staff members to serve, on university committees where President Cummings feels that input from the classified staff is important. We also serve on committees at the request of other university groups.
Education: The Senate also sponsors events and workshops that assist in the personal and professional development of classified staff members. Each year we organize and sponsor the “Classified Staff General Meeting” which takes place in the Fall. With the Professional Staff, we also organize the “Annual Recognition Event” which the President sponsors for the classified staff. We offer our popular "Classified Staff Scholarship Program" to help provide personal and professional enrichment to classified staff members. This is made possible by several fundraising events we hold throughout the year.
Information: Through improved communication and participation with the classified staff, President Cummings and his staff, and the university as a whole, we hope to have a positive impact on the professional lives of all classified staff members. If you have concerns that you would like the senate to address, please let us know.
The Classified Staff Senate wants to encourage you to consider joining the Senate and/or participating in one of the many events and projects that we sponsor. The Senate is a great way to improve your understanding of the university, develop and improve leadership skills, and help improve the working environment for your peers.