Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 54.99
Liaison Denice Koljonen
Submission Date Feb. 6, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Boston College
PA-3: Participatory Governance

Status Score Responsible Party
1.25 / 3.00 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?:
No

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:

Boston College remains committed to engaging the community in an open dialogue and inclusive process that gathers input from interested stakeholders in the neighborhood surrounding the campus. The University has established ongoing communications with the community and has identified areas where the University and its neighbors can agree on ways to resolve issues.
Attached is an example of this Planning Process for the development of the 10-year Institutional Master Plan (IMP), including a more recent amendment to it that was worked on with the Allston-Brighton-Boston College Community Task Force (link: https://www.bc.edu/content/dam/files/sites/imp/pdf/BC%20FH%202016-10-25_FINAL_2.pdf). The University consults and works collaboratively with officials from Boston and Newton, the Boston Redevelopment Authority and the Newton Planning and Development Department, as well as appropriate state agencies.
Boston College's Institutional Master Plan expires in 2021. A copy of the IMP is publicly 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):

The Newton Boston College Neighborhood Council formed in 1993. Their primary function is to discuss issues and provide input to Boston College regarding ongoing campus construction and renovation, future plans, changes in policies that affect construction and renovation, traffic and traffic management, parking and parking management, busses, student behavior, special events and other activities that affect surrounding neighborhoods.
The group meets four times a year and includes 2 members appointed by the Newton City Council, 1 member from Newton Center neighborhood, 1 from Newton Planning & Development, 2 City Councilors from Wards 2 and 7 as well as multiple Boston College representatives. See link: http://www.newtonma.gov/gov/planning/bc/bc_neighborhood.asp


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 Institutional Master Plan website: https://www.bc.edu/sites/imp/

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