The Staff Senate is the elected, representative body of the Staff. The President of the Staff Senate is a non-voting member of the Board of Trustees. Representatives of the Staff or Staff Senate should be present on all major University-wide committees. One senator is selected every other year to a two-year term to represent each unit. An important role of a Staff Senator is having the responsibility and authority to deliberate issues of staff members. The most important role of the Staff Senate is ensuring the participation of Staff in shared governance at all levels of the institution.