Frequently Asked Questions

If I want to be a staff senator, what do I do? 

Staff Senators are elected for two year terms.  Nominations are held each June, elections are in July, and terms begin in August.  Learn more about the process on the Join the Staff Senate page.

What are the benefits to me of being a staff senator?

The benefits to being a Staff Senator are numerous.  Most notably:

  • Broader knowledge of university operations
  • Greater involvement in the Mason community
  • Networking opportunities
  • The chance to make a difference for Mason staff, faculty, and students

How can the Staff Senate help me?

Staff Senators have a thorough knowledge of university policies and procedures, as well as departments and operating units. If you’ve ever been at work and asked the question, “Whom do I talk to about this?” most likely a Staff Senator will be able to help or refer you to someone who can.

How can I get involved if I am not a senator?

Talk with us! Give us information about concerns you may have by contacting any staff senator, completing our on-line form (you may remain anonymous if you wish), or come to a staff senate general meeting,  which has time set aside to hear from our constituents.

Volunteer! If you would like to serve on a university advisory or search committee, please let us know.  Many hands make light work.  Complete the form here to volunteer.

Attend an event! Come to a staff appreciation event, a general meeting, a town hall gathering or any of the other activities sponsored or supported by the Staff Senate.  Our events list and calendar are great resources to learn more about upcoming events and activities.

What does Staff Senate do?

The mission of the Staff Senate is to:

  1. Remain open to all staff comments and recommendations.
  2. Represent all classified and non-student wage employees.
  3. Promote honest and open communication between the administration and staff.
  4. Serve as advisors in the governance of the University by encouraging actions that address current and future needs of the entire University community.

Whom do I contact if I have a concern?

Contact any staff senator by phone or email, come to a general meeting or complete this form.  For specific concerns, refer to the university advisory committee lists for the relevant member, You may also call the staff senate office at 703.993.4141 or email staffsenate@gmu.edu.

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