SEAC Issues

SEAC continues to discuss issues with the administration in an attempt to better the working environment for all non bargaining unit staff members at the University of Akron. This page is designed to help both staff and administration keep track of issues that have been presented and the current understanding that SEAC has of the state of those issues.

Date Issue Generated Issue Title Issue Description Currents Status

Fall 15

Cell Coverage at Wayne College Request to work with Verizon to improve Cell service at wayne college Issue has been referred to CFO for review.

Spring 14

Sick Leave Bank Revisited Requesting a sick leave bank policy for staff and contract professionals Has been reviewed by HR, Finance, and Legal.  Currently at Ohio Attorney General's Office for review

Spring 12

Part-time faculty Fee Remission Part-time faculty have fee remission for their families and part-time staff do not. General Council stated that in 2002 the Board voted for the part-time faculty family fee remission.  SEAC would have to begin by making a recommendation through the University Council.

Spring 12

Part-time faculty get OBEN Part-time faculty are eligible for OBEN (discounted Time Warner internet service) and part-time staff are not. ITS is currently discussing the new contract with Time Warner and will bring this up in the meetings.  It may take awhile before anything is known.  OBEN is no longer available to UA.

Spring 09

Revision of SEAC Bylaws Past bylaws were obsolete. Have approved a rough draft and are in final discussions on just a couple of key issues. Should be complete very soon. Update: Based on HLC recommendations, new bylaws are being discussed at University Counsel (Spring 2015)
Fall 07 University Council Exploratory Committee Campus Wide Shared Leadership Iniative Participated in discussions for the last two + years on the formation of a Global Decision making entity. Wrapped up bylaws in March which have been submitted to the Faculty Senate. Updated:University Council is a recognized entity with pending bylaws
Unknown - at least for last five years. Sick Leave Bank Sick leave bank for employees that would allow for employees to share sick leave with others who do not have any. Denied - Administration believes that it is not legal even though other institutions are doing it. A.G. Monaco (Human Resources AVP) indicated that in exigent circumstances, the board has made allowances to employees.
Summer of 06 Staff Service Awards Service Awards should be every 5 years, increasing in worth. Approved - Service awards now are given every five years.
Fall of 07 Fee Remission Update Complaints by staff members on how fee remission is applied(i.e. Legal Custody, dependent etc.) In Holding - Made informal recommendation to the president during fall 08 meeting with him that perhaps some type of discount system could be employed if fee remission is not able to be changed due to federal guidelines. Note, The Ohio Staff Council of Higher Education (quasi parent organization to SEAC) also is looking into fee remission as an issue of how to collaborate with other institutions. (I.E. Staff from UA could take classes at Kent etc.)