The Gallaudet Staff Council (GSC) supports and partakes in the principles of shared governance, as stated in the first paragraph in the Preface of the University Faculty Bylaws. In addition, the staff has the primary responsibility of supporting the mission and goals of Gallaudet University (the University), including the Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center (Clerc Center).
The GSC should be involved across the range of institutional decision-making, because such decisions can significantly affect the daily operations of the University and staff morale. Examples of this involvement include, but are not limited to the following:
- Decisions about the long-range objectives of the University;
- Decisions about the physical and fiscal resources of the University;
- Decisions about the manner in which University funds are distributed among its various divisions; and
- Decisions about the Search and Selection of Gallaudet's President and Other Executives (i.e. Provost, Deans, Vice-Presidents, et cetera).
Offering engagement opportunities in institutional decision-making ensures that staff members at varying levels and positions are able to present for consideration a wide range of perspectives and experience.
The GSC recognizes the fiduciary responsibilities and that the ultimate authority rests with the Board of Trustees (the Board).
The GSC Election Guidelines and the Bylaws consist of governance documents for the GSC.
The GSC Election Guidelines is a statement of policies and procedures regarding election procedures. Responsibility for developing and proposing amendments as needed rests with the staff.
In the spirit of shared governance, GSC shall work with the University Administration (the Administration) to develop proposals for amendments to the GSC Bylaws.
The GSC Bylaws is primarily a statement on how the GSC shall operate and as such is a GSC document. The GSC has responsibility for initiating and acting on changes to the document. The GSC will keep the Administration and the Board informed of all changes it makes to the Bylaws.
(Adapted from University Faculty Bylaws, April 2013)