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Staff Senate


USC Staff Senate serves as a critical voice for Columbia-campus staff members. In collaboration with faculty members, administrators and students, the Staff Senate will advise the president and inform key university decisions.

Staff Senate Elections Timeline

Date Event
3/13/2023 Nomination/application period begins


Nomination/application period concludes
4/7/2023 Senator candidates announced for each unit/college/division
4/11/2023 Election Voting Opens
4/24/2023 Election Voting closes/concludes
5/9/2023 Newly elected senators announced
5/10/2023 Election results notification to University
6/22/2023 New Staff Senator Orientation


Our Mission

The Staff Senate represents all classified and unclassified, temporary, temporary grant and time-limited staff employees at the University of South Carolina Columbia. The Staff Senate serves in an advisory capacity to the president of the university and his or her designee(s). The Staff Senate accepts and shares responsibility with the administration, faculty and students for attaining the stated goals of the university and to foster a spirit of community.

I became a staff senator to be a part of the change I wanted to see as it relates to staff and how they are such a valuable asset to the university. Our contributions and expertise are impeccable, the staff is one of the most important stakeholders, and our opinions count!

Beverly Johnson, College of Pharmacy
Staff Senator Beverly Johnson

Our Purpose

The Staff Senate serves as an advisory board to the university president and seeks to do the following:

  • Create an open forum to facilitate communication among staff members and the administration.
  • Engage staff members, and bring their interests and concerns before the administration.
  • Explore solutions for more efficient and effective university operations.
  • Promote a positive campus climate, and strengthen the sense of community among the staff.
  • Participate in service work that supports the university and surrounding community.
  • Propose and support programs to enhance and encourage professional development.

The Staff Senate is not intended as a vehicle to address individual issues, grievances or complaints nor to circumvent regular administrative channels. It is intended to be a group gathered in the meaningful purpose of providing a voice to the many individuals that compose the staff of the university.

The Staff Senate of the university, having been created by the direction of the university staff to act by and for that body, is endowed with all the powers and authority of the university staff except for those powers specifically reserved by that body to itself, provided that the university staff may amend or repeal any general policy decisions adopted by the Staff Senate.

Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.