Governing Body for Staff at the University of Kansas

Executive Committee 06/14/2017

Executive Committee Minutes, Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Noon-1:30 p.m.,

Watston Library, Room 455

Absent: Andy Jackson, Melody Stratton, Robert Waller, Michael Chavez, Leland Wilson


Call to Order

President Brian Moss called the meeting to order at 12:00 p.m.


Approval of Minutes – May 10, 2017

One slight correction noted in President Report’s section


            Motion: To approve the May 10, 2017 Executive Committee minutes, with the correction noted. Motion made by Chris Wallace. Motion seconded by Michelle Ginavan Hayes. Motion passed.


President – Brian Moss

A new laptop has been ordered for Staff Senate, all annual budget money has been spent. Any year-end reports not already submitted need to be, even if it’s a submission of “no report.” Moss asked if anyone on Staff Senate indicated they needed a folder/binder; Ginavan Hayes indicated everyone was had what they needed. Moss indicated he had delivered on May 22 a thank you letter on behalf of Staff Senate to outgoing Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little. He asked if the Executive Committee wanted to move the meeting location for the July Executive Committee meeting to another location instead of Watson Library, but it was decided the location would remain the same.

Secretary – Holly Shriner

Nothing to report

Treasurer – Huili Yao

The final invoice for the Mini Wheat State Tour transportation was $1971. As approved by the full senate, the remaining funds were allocated to the purchase of a new laptop. With some additional funds contributed from Kathy Reed, the laptop cost of $1107.32 has been paid, and all the FY2017 funds have been spent. Huili Yao will begin treasurer reporting with the new budget. Yao thanked outgoing treasurer Ginavan Hayes for finishing out the fiscal year and indicated she was eager to assume duties once new fiscal year budget money was provided. Ginavan Hayes said travel awards made to two employees mentioned previously as potentially ineligible were ultimately deemed eligible.


            Motion: To accept the Treasurer’s Report. Motion made by Annette Delaney. Motion seconded by Holly Shriner. Motion passed.


Diversity/Equity – Michael Chavez

No report; no recent meeting

Legislative Affairs – Robert Waller

See report at end of minutes.

Professional Development – Melody Stratton

No report. Ginavan Hayes provided some information about the Mini Wheat State Tour as a member of the committee. She indicated the tour went well and attendee surveys had been sent. There were about 15 empty seats as everyone from the wait list had been invited to attend as initial attendees cancelled; the committee discussed potentially keeping the tour sign-up open longer next year to allow for a greater wait list.

Personnel Affairs – Annette Delaney

Delaney indicated the committee would provide policy feedback to Human Resources soon and that she was working to coordinate a meeting with the committee about the virtual handbook project.

Public Relations – Chris Wallace

No report. President Moss asked about a newsletter, and suggested there be a goal to produce one, potentially at the beginning of the new academic year to share information about Staff Senate efforts.

Elections – Andy Jackson

No report; it was noted in email that an Operations senate space remains vacant; Moss indicated he would follow up with Operations.

HRM – Ola Faucher

Faucher shared that the University awaits guidance regarding salary increases passed by the Kansas Legislature for state employees from both the Kansas Board of Regents and the State of Kansas. As those bodies interpret the legislation they will provide information to KU for potential implementation; a formal announcement or explanation will be released to the University when decisions have been finalized. Faucher said new policies for which Staff Senate feedback had been provided were soon to be posted to the Policy Library (subjects included employment conditions, annual evaluations, appeals and interns). She mentioned that efforts remained underway to make campus tobacco-free effective Fall 2018. She was asked about working after retirement tax, and Faucher indicated the university awaited KPER’s guidance. Moss asked about guns on campus effective July 1; Faucher indicated she wasn’t directly involved with the issue and a brief conversation occurred about the issue, including the availability of training/presentations from campus safety for offices or organizations.

Faculty – Kirk McClure

No report.

Student – To be named in new academic year

Unfinished Business


New Business
Update technology officer requirements in Staff Senate code. It was decided to move this to Unfinished Business for the July meeting.

Call to Adjourn


            Motion: At 12:36 p.m., to adjourn the meeting. Motion made by Michelle Ginavan Hayes. Motion seconded by Annette Delaney. Motion approved.

Next Meeting Schedule


Wednesday, July 12, 2017, 12:00 PM ‐ 1:30 PM, Watson Library, Room 455


Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, 12:00 PM ‐ 1:30 PM, LEEP 2, Room 2014


Staff Senate Legislative Affairs Report to Staff Senate

The Legislative Affairs Committee met briefly (limited attendance), and directed the chairman to begin the process of reviewing and submitting the Tuition Assistance proposal to the various departments within the University of Kansas.  The chairman stated along with Human resources, Enrollment Management, taxation, other Departments (not mentioned) would be involved.  He would also reach out to the Faculty senate for review.

With the proposal completed, the Committee canceled its meeting in June and July.  It will next meet August 30, 2017.

Call to Adjourn

The Committee adjourned at 1:25 p.m.

*a roster of those in attendance are available upon request

(Brian/Michelle, this did not take place during the Committee meeting on May 25.  See below)

Legislative Update

SB 30 (Tax Bill)

  •  Removes LLC provision
  •  Sets up, beginning in tax year 2017, a three-bracket system of 2.9 percent, 4.9 percent, and 5.2 percent. For tax year 2018 and all years after, a three bracket system of 3.1 percent, 5.25 percent, and 5.7 percent
  •  Moody’s (credit rating agency) upgraded the States credit rating



HB 2002 (FY 2018/FY 2019 Budget)


  •  Restores funding cuts made in FY 2017 to FY 2018 and FY 2019
  •  No expenditure limitation as directed in FY 2017
  •  A 2.5 percent adjustment for all State employees with less than five years of Service. A 5.0 percent adjustment for State Employees who have not had a pay adjustment in five years. A 2.5 percent adjustment for Judges and Non-Judicial Staff in FY 2018;


HB 2278 (Conceal Carry on campus).  Further exempts the following (KU is NOT included in any exemption)

  •  State or municipal-owned medical care facility
  •  State or municipal-owned adult care home
  •  A community mental health center
  •  An indigent health care clinic
  •  Any building owned or leased by the authority created under the university of Kansas hospital authority act, any building located within the health care district, as defined in the unified government of Wyandotte county and Kansas City, Kansas City-wide master plan, Rosedale master plan and traffic study or similar master plan or comprehensive planning or zoning document approved by the unified government of Wyandotte county and Kansas City, Kansas in effect on January 12, 2017.


SB 19.  School Finance

  •  Creates the Kansas School Equity and Enhancement Act
  • Passed
  • Two year provision
  •  Lawsuit is still pending, Court will decide if funding is adequate.



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