Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 52.53
Liaison Jim Vecchione
Submission Date June 6, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Bryant University
PA-3: Participatory Governance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.25 / 3.00 Sierra Flanigan
Campus Sustainability Coordinator
EcoMotion/Coalesce
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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:

Representative bodies of governance include:
1. Student Government (student council)
This body is made up of 25 representatives, which include 5 senators for each of the 4 classes and 5 executive board members. All members serve a one year term and are elected by members of their class (senators) or the entire student body (e-board). The Student Government's ability to govern on behalf of the student body is enhanced further through several campus wide committees that allow them to connect with various members of the faculty, staff, and administration in order to address ongoing concerns from their peers. This body engages the overall student population in their governing practices through weekly open meetings (in person and via Facebook live stream), digital communication, and a transparent and widely advertised election process. 42% of the student body (highest recorded for Bryant) participated in the 2019 e-board elections.

2. Ways and Means Commission
The elected members of Student Government also vote in a Ways and Means Commission, which is charged with governing a percentage of the University's Student Involvement Fee and distributing these funds out to eligible recognized student organizations.

3. Greek Life
The Greek community at Bryant elects members to 2 governing bodies; the Interfraternity Council (fraternity governance) and the Panhellenic Council (sorority governance). These bodies are made up of elected e-board members that are selected by fellow members of the Greek community. Members of the 8 fraternity and sorority chapters are eligible to hold positions on these bodies. Additionally, each chapter is required to provide at least one non e-board delegate to participate in activities associated with these governing organizations.


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?:
No

A copy of the written policies and procedures:
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The policies and procedures:
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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 No
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):
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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