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About Employee Councils

The Employee Communication Councils are designed to facilitate two-way communication between senior administration and staff that allow employees to voice concerns and hear from senior administration regarding those issues.

How Does the Council Work?

Staff Senate - During the summer of 2014, the three former academic employee communication councils voted to merge into one body and call themselves the Staff Senate, which now represents all University and Classified staff who work in the Academic Division of the University. It is the representative and deliberative voice for staff in matters relating to the University. It aspires to advance University excellence, to cultivate a positive and productive work environment for all, to support each staff member in the realization of his or her full potential, and to foster the highest possible quality of work life at the University.

Medical Center Employee Council - Medical Center employees are represented by their Employee Communication Council.

Executive Council - Comprised of chairs, vice chairs, and secretaries of each council, the executive council meets quarterly with the Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer to discuss issues from all four vice presidential communications councils.

What Do Employee Councils Do?

  • Serve as another means of communication between employees and senior administration.
  • Provide senior administration a means for becoming aware of employee issues.
  • Provide a medium for communication for staff across vice-presidential areas.
  • Provide senior administration the opportunity to explain rationale for existing policies and hear reactions to policies and procedures being considered/developed.

A Statement of the Employee Communication Councils Against Intolerance

On behalf of the Employee Communication Councils at the University of Virginia and those we represent, we affirm our commitment to the values of diversity, equity, inclusion, tolerance, and respect for all persons. We condemn discrimination — whether based on race, religion, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, age, or disability — and state unequivocally that the mistreatment of any person or group has no place at the University of Virginia.