Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 52.46
Liaison Andrew DeMelia
Submission Date May 11, 2022

STARS v2.2

Bryant University
PA-3: Inclusive and Participatory Governance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.75 / 3.00 Andrew DeMelia
Asst. Vice President of Facilities
Facilities
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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 No

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

The Faculty governance body is the Bryant Faculty Federation, an elected body that oversees all faculty matters and maintains an elected Committee structure to advise administrative decision makers on all faculty matters (see Section 1.1A of the Agreement):
"The University recognizes the Federation as the exclusive representative
of all full-time faculty members, including department chairs, excluding all other employees, faculty members who assume full-time administration responsibilities, and newly-hired administrators who are granted faculty status."
Section 1.1B assures inclusiveness: "Neither the University nor the Federation will discriminate unlawfully against faculty members covered by this agreement because of race, religion, creed, color, national or ethnic origin, gender, gender identity or gender expression, age, disability, sexual orientation, or marital status." Section 1.1C assures academic freedom, and Section 1.1D sets forth a collaborative model for mutual consideration and respect:
"Bryant University is an educationally purposeful community – a place where faculty, administrators, staff, and students work together to strengthen teaching and learning on campus. In this spirit, the University and the Federation agree to maintain the academic character of the University as an institution
of higher education for business, arts and sciences, and pre-professional programs in both the private and the public sector." The Faculty Federation elected committee structure oversees and recommends action on all matters regarding curriculum, university organization, reappointment, promotion and tenure, and faculty development matters.

The student government at Bryant University is the Student Senate, very active in developing policy that meets the needs of the students. Student government, led by an elected body of student representatives and overseen by the Office of Student Life, the student government put forth a resolution during this reporting period to enhance the sustainability profile at Bryant University. This resolution has been presented to President Gittell for his review and comments.
Student Government is funded by Student Involvement Fees that are part of tuition. Funding has been used for a Bryant Community Garden in 2021 and there is plans to replace concrete paths with permeable pavers in front of the student campus center.
The Student Government is comprised of 20 members, 11 of which are female. A minimum of 50% female representation is now written into the by-laws of the group.
https://engaged.bryant.edu/organization/bryant-university-student-government


Total number of individuals on the institution’s highest governing body:
33

Number of students representing their peers as official members of the institution’s highest governing body:
1

Number of academic staff representing their peers as official members of the institution’s highest governing body:
0

Number of non-academic staff representing their peers as official members of the institution’s highest governing body:
1

Number of women serving as official members of the institution’s highest governing body:
14

Percentage of official members of the highest governing body that are women:
42.42

Website URL where information about the institution’s highest governing body may be found:
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?:
No

A brief description of the campus-community council or equivalent body that gives external stakeholders a regular voice in institutional decisions that affect them:
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Number of people from underrepresented groups serving as official members of the institution’s highest governing body.:
11

Website URL where information about the institution’s governance structure is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

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