Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 66.30
Liaison Stephen Ellis
Submission Date May 31, 2024

STARS v2.2

Boston University
PA-3: Inclusive and Participatory Governance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.50 / 3.00 Stephen Ellis
Director, Data Analytics
BU Sustainability
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Does the institution have formal participatory or shared governance bodies through which the following stakeholders can regularly participate in the governance of the institution?:
Yes or No
Students Yes
Academic staff Yes
Non-academic staff Yes

A brief description of the institution’s formal participatory or shared governance bodies:

  • Students: The Boston University Student Government (commonly known as “StuGov”) has a history dating back to the 1930s. Originally known as the Student Union, Student Government has been founded and reformed multiple times throughout the 20th century. Its current incarnation traces its origins to the late 1980s. Student Government has acted as the premier organization representing students’ interests with the Boston University administration. Notable accomplishments of Student Government can be seen across campus. Initiatives such as refillable water bottle fountains, the Boston University Shuttle, and the official Student Government office have all come from Student Government's advocacy. Today, Boston University’s Student Government consists of the Executive Board, the Cabinet, the Senate, the Senate Committees, the Executive Advisory Committee, and the Student Election Commission.

  • Academic Staff: The Faculty Assembly is the representative body of faculty who are of professorial rank (excluding adjunct, visiting, emeritus) or lecturer rank, with at least half-time appointment. The Faculty Assembly meets at least twice during the academic year. The Faculty Council is the representative body of the Faculty Assembly at Boston University. The Faculty Council members are members of the Faculty Assembly who are elected to represent their individual school or college, either as a representative or as an alternate. Each school or college is responsible for holding its own election for representatives and alternates. As a Representative on the Faculty Council, you also are a member of the University Council, which is comprised of the President, the Provosts, the deans, and senior academic administrators. Subsets of certain Faculty Council Committees also serve with administrators on University Council Committees, where the substantive topics of the University Council are formulated. Faculty probably have their greatest input to important legislation in this setting.

  • Non-Academic Staff: The BU Staff Advisory Council (BU-SAC) was created on April 28, 2023 to foster direct, regular communication between staff and University leadership to address issues that impact workplace culture and to identify opportunities for improvement. Benefits-eligible full- or part-time staff members with at least 12 months of continuous employment at BU can serve on the BU-SAC. The BU-SAC members will serve as advisors to the chair and University leadership to improve workplace culture and environment, recommend staff members that reflect the institutional values related to diversity and equity to serve on institutional committees, provide constructive feedback on University policies and procedures that affect staff or workplace culture, and more. 

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Number of non-academic staff representing their peers as official members of the institution’s highest governing body:

Number of women serving as official members of the institution’s highest governing body:

Percentage of official members of the highest governing body that are women:

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Does the institution host or support one or more formal bodies through which external stakeholders have a regular voice in institutional decisions that affect them?:

A brief description of the campus-community council or equivalent body that gives external stakeholders a regular voice in institutional decisions that affect them:

BU works with the Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA), the planning and economic development agency for the City of Boston. The BPDA Planning Division works closely with community members and other local stakeholders to create plans that create an appropriate context for new development while respecting the City of Boston's historic character and its future aspirations. The Division aims to create places that are livable, ecologically sensitive, and economically thriving. In the case of BU, the BPDA sets up opportunities for public comments on BU's Institutional Master Plan (IMP), when it is in development, and any large-scale projects that occur in the neighborhoods of one of our three campuses (CRC, MED, and Fenway). A recent example includes BU's Center for Computing and Data Sciences (CCDS), two open public meetings were held and public comments were collected while CCDS was under review. Please see the project development page for more details: http://www.bostonplans.org/projects/development-projects/boston-university-data-sciences-center Below are each of BU's campuses planning pages: CRC: http://www.bostonplans.org/planning/institutional-planning/higher-ed/boston-university-charles-river-campus MED: http://www.bostonplans.org/planning/institutional-planning/higher-ed/boston-university-medical-campus-imp Fenway: http://www.bostonplans.org/planning/institutional-planning/higher-ed/boston-university-fenway-campus

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