Overall Rating Expired
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Liaison Megan Litke
Submission Date March 30, 2016
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STARS v2.0

American University
PA-9: Employee Compensation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Megan Litke
Sustainability Manager
Office of Sustainability
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Number of employees:
3350

Number of staff and faculty covered by sustainable compensation standards, guidelines, or policies; and/or collective bargaining agreements:
3083

Does the institution have employees of contractors working on-site as part of regular and ongoing campus operations?:
Yes

Number of employees of contractors working on campus:
357

Number of employees of contractors covered by sustainable compensation standards, guidelines, or policies and/or collective bargaining agreements:
296

A brief description of the sustainable compensation standards, guidelines, or policies; and/or collective bargaining agreements covering staff, faculty and/or employees of contractors:

All full-time faculty and staff (2459) are covered by AU Wage policy and adjunct faculty (624) are covered by union contract.


Does the institution wish to pursue Part 2 of this credit (assessing employee compensation)?:
Yes

Number of staff and faculty that receive sustainable compensation:
3083

Number of employees of contractors that receive sustainable compensation:
357

A brief description of the standard(s) against which compensation was assessed:

For university employees, the wage policy assures that the lowest paid employees of our campus community can live decently within the economic structure of the greater Washington geographic region. http://www.american.edu/loader.cfm?csModule=security/getfile&pageid=2011053


A brief description of the compensation (wages and benefits) provided to the institution’s lowest paid regular, full-time employees:

In addition current base wage under AU Wage Policy (currently $14,70/hour), in 2015 staff paid below $50,000 per year received additional 1/2 percent merit lump sum. Also, employees earning less than $35,000 per year with single health insurance coverage receive an additional subsidy from the university. For those employees, the university pays 95% of the insurance premium.


A brief description of the compensation (wages and benefits) provided to the institution’s lowest paid regular, part-time employees:

Most part time staff are paid at least the DC Minimum wage. Those paid on grants and contracts, or subcontracts from the DC government are paid at least the DC Living Wage which is currently $13,85 per hour.


A brief description of the compensation (wages and benefits) provided to the institution’s lowest paid temporary (non-regular) staff:

Temporary FT staff receive same compensation and benefits that regular FT staff receive.


A brief description of the compensation (wages and benefits) provided to the institution’s lowest paid temporary (non-regular, adjunct or contingent) faculty:

Temporary PT staff receive the same compensation and benefits that regular PT staff receive.


A brief description of the compensation (wages and benefits) provided to the institution’s lowest paid student employees (graduate and/or undergraduate, as applicable):

Student employees receive the same compensation and benefits that are provided to the university's part-time employees. For student employees who are FT students, they must work more than 25 hours per week in order to accrue sick leave under the Sick and Safe Leave policy.


The local legal minimum hourly wage for regular employees:
10.50 US/Canadian $

Does the institution have an on-site child care facility, partner with a local facility, and/or provide subsidies or financial support to help meet the child care needs of faculty and staff?:
Yes

Does the institution offer a socially responsible investment option for retirement plans?:
Yes

The website URL where information about the institution’s sustainable compensation policies and practices is available:

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