Staff Council

Staff Council

Staff Council exists to advocate for and advance the interests of nonunion staff members across Adelphi University while providing opportunities for professional development.

Staff Council Overview

Staff Council was established in fall 2021 and is delegated the responsibility to bring to the attention of the administration and Executive Leadership matters of concern for Adelphi University’s at-will employees.

Adelphi University Staff Council is an elected group of nonunion staff tasked with listening to concerns to support a positive working environment for nonunion employees. This includes voicing staff input into decision-making processes and any issues that directly affect staff, as well as advocating for continued professional and personal growth.

The Council will act as a mediator in bringing to light not only issues of concern, but common interests and possibilities for improvement. Information will flow between the Council and Executive Leadership, President and/or Office of Human Resources.

Staff Council is not a substitute for already established conflict and concern resolution and/or whistleblowing processes at Adelphi University. While the Council welcomes confidential feedback from staff, complaints or concerns that involve harassment, discrimination, or sexual misconduct will be routed to the proper channels for investigation and issue resolution.

Staff Council is not an extension of the Office of Human Resources.

Purpose and Scope


  • Speak on behalf of staff on committees and task forces, and in the community, as deemed appropriate
  • Stand for nonunion voices when issues are considered by Executive Leadership and Human Resources which affect staff
  • Will work to inform staff members in the matters of the University that have a direct impact on employees and any actions taken by the Council on their behalf

Concerns and Grievances

  • Act as a safe and confidential space to provide grievances as they pertain to nonunion staff interests
  • Consider and make recommendations to the University leadership, and other University officials regarding procedures, policies, and other general issues and concerns
  • Route concerns that are outside the purview of the Staff Council to our campus partners for resolution and investigation.

Respect and Growth

  • Advocate for the interests of nonunion employees to ensure a positive and supportive work environment
  • Align our approach to concerns of the electorate in order to promote diversity, inclusion, equity, and respect
  • Create networking opportunities for staff across the University as a vehicle for the continued professional and personal development of staff
  • Encourage professional development opportunities for staff


Staff Council members are appointed by their peers to represent nonunion staff interests across campus.

  • Nonunion full-time employee
  • Must have 2 years of continuous service at Adelphi University
  • Able to denote up to three hours per month to participate in Council matters
  • An employee shall be considered eligible for election to the Council provided they are not currently on a Performance Improvement Plan (PIP), and received a rating of “A Job Well Done” or higher on their most recent Performance Management appraisal
  • Each member’s term shall last for two (2) years, with members alternately rotating off the Council. No Council member may serve more than four (4) consecutive years on the Council
  • After one (1) year off the Council, a past member may run for an open seat
  • Representatives will attend all regular, monthly meetings as well as special or called meetings
  • Be available to their constituents to hear concerns and ideas, and communicate these effectively to the Council
  • Keep their constituents informed of relevant Council work and matters that University administration communicates to the Council that may be relevant to their constituents
  • Council members will collaborate with Executive Leadership and the University’s Human Resources Working Group to support a positive working environment for all Adelphi employees
  • Members will have access and routinely monitor received input, recommendations and/or grievances from their electorate
  • Complaints submitted that are outside the operational scope of the Council will be directed to the Office of Community Concerns and Resolution
  • Human Resources will communicate information about the Council to all nonunion employees
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Human Resources will oversee elections and ensure nominee eligibility
  • A candidate may be nominated by a fellow staff member or may nominate themselves

2021 Members

Staff Council

Share Your Ideas with the Staff Council

Express concerns that affect work/life balance or professional growth at Adelphi University. Including your contact information is optional and individuals can submit input to Staff Council for consideration anonymously.
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