Overall Rating Reporter
Overall Score
Liaison Jennifer Foley
Submission Date March 2, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Boston College
PA-3: Participatory Governance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Reporter Bruce Dixon
Sustainability and Energy Specialist
Facilities
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Do the institution’s students have a representative body through which they can participate in governance (e.g. a student council)? :
Yes

Do the institution’s students have an elected representative on the institution’s highest governing body?:
Yes

A brief description of the bodies and mechanisms through which students are engaged in governance, including information to support each affirmative response above:

The Undergraduate Government of Boston College serving as an advocate, a unified voice for students’ interests and a representative body to the larger Boston College community, to lead the student body by providing social, cultural, formational and educational programs and activities that expand the scope of the educational experience— by providing the most effective use of student money and effort, by informing students of issues which are their concern and to eliminate confusion about those issues, by representing the General Student Body to the surrounding community, the Board of Trustees, the President, the Administration and any other appropriate body or organization and to give input to those bodies relating to student opinion, by encouraging student participation and input; and to be more worthy of the Motto of Boston College, "Ever to Excel".


Do the institution’s staff members have a representative body through which they can participate in governance (e.g. a staff council)?:
No

Do the institution’s non-supervisory staff members have an elected representative on the institution’s highest governing body?:
No

A brief description of the bodies and mechanisms through which staff are engaged in governance, including information to support each affirmative response above:
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Do the institution’s teaching and research faculty have a representative body through which they can participate in governance (e.g. a faculty senate)?:
No

Do the institution’s teaching and research faculty have an elected representative on the institution’s highest governing body? :
No

A brief description of the bodies and mechanisms through which teaching and research faculty are engaged in governance, including information to support each affirmative response above:
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Does the institution have written policies and procedures to identify and engage external stakeholders (i.e. local residents) in land use planning, capital investment projects, and other institutional decisions that affect the community?:
Yes

A copy of the written policies and procedures:
The policies and procedures:

On June 20, 2008, Boston College submitted its Institutional Master Plan (IMP) to the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) describing plans to develop the Boston College campus over the next ten years. A copy of the IMP is also available at the O’Neill Library at BC and at the local branch libraries in Allston and Brighton


Does the institution have formal participatory or shared governance bodies through which community members representing the interests of the following stakeholder groups can regularly participate in institutional governance?:
Yes or No
Local government and/or educational organizations Yes
Private sector organizations No
Civil society (e.g. NGOs, NPOs) No

A brief description of the bodies and mechanisms through which external stakeholders are engaged in institutional governance (including information about each stakeholder group selected above):

Boston College is committed to engaging the community in an open dialogue and inclusive process that gathers input from interested stakeholders in the neighborhoods surrounding our campus. The University’s goal is to establish ongoing communication with the community and identify areas where we can agree on resolutions to shared issues.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Information for the master plan document and community outreach is from the Boston College webpage.

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