The mission of the Council of University System Staff (CUSS) is to provide a voice for Staff employee concerns in reference to basic decisions that affect the welfare of the University System of Maryland (USM) and its employees. CUSS speaks for all Nonexempt and Exempt Staff employees on Regular and Contingent II Status, who are not represented by a union under collective bargaining. CUSS is comprised of Staff employees with representatives from each of the 12 USM institutions and the USMO. Institution membership is proportionate to the number of Staff employees at the individual institutions with a minimum of two primary members and two alternate members per institution.

CUSS was established by the USM Board of Regents in June 1992 and began meeting in October 1992 to provide advice on matters relating to the development and maintenance of the new USM Pay Program for Staff employees. In 1995, CUSS presented SB 528 to the Maryland Senate and House, asking for the codification of CUSS. The Senate and House voted unanimously in favor of the codification, the General Assembly codified CUSS into law, and CUSS joined the Council of University System Presidents, the Council of University System Faculty and the University System Student Council as a permanent advisory council to the Chancellor and the BOR.

CUSS has direct communications with the Chancellor, the Board of Regents, and the Chancellor's Council. Its responsibility is to consider and make recommendations on issues affecting Staff employees. It is also responsible for keeping Staff employees informed on CUSS activities and Systemwide related issues. The Chair and Past Chair of CUSS attend Board of Regents meetings, with the Chair providing a report to the Regents and the Past Chair serving as a non-voting Staff advisor to the Board of Regents. The CUSS Executive Committee meets with the Chancellor as often as needed. CUSS representatives also meet with legislators in Annapolis once a year in February during the Legislative Session.

CUSS has been actively involved on technical advisory groups (TAGs) and other advisory committees concerning issues such as Nonexempt pay program, early retirement, domestic partners and contingent employment, the most recent UMB-UMCP merger discussions, and during the last two legislative sessions promoting the letter writing campaign using Cap-Wiz to address budget concerns with the legislators. CUSS is committed to representing staff concerns by continuing to actively participate on all levels within and beyond the University System of Maryland.

Links -

New Member Packet

Senate Bill 528

Attorney General's Office Memorandum - Role of the Council of University System Staff