Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 68.21
Liaison Jeremy King
Submission Date Sept. 19, 2022

STARS v2.2

Denison University
IN-47: Innovation A

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Jeremy King
Campus Sustainability Coordinator
Office of the President
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Name or title of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Employment and wage increases during the pandemic

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome that outlines how credit criteria are met and any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation:

In March 2020, the campus completely closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The college continued to pay all employees (including student workers) their regular wage regardless of whether they could work remotely or work at all. This was continued through the summer of 2020.

At the end of the 2019-2020 fiscal year, the college did not give salary increases because of financial uncertainty. However, in March 2021, the college announced it would give a 2.5% raise to everyone and backdate it to July 2020 so that everyone would receive the normal compensation as though a regular raise had occurred.

In June 2021, the college announced that it would give all full-time regular employees a $1,000 bonus and all part-time regular employees a $500 bonus. The is the first time bonuses had been given out by the college.

In July 2021, the college authorized a 3.5% pool for raises.

In July 2022, the college authorized a 5% pool for raises and the college committed to making $17.25/hour the lowest starting salary for employees.

A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise or a press release or publication featuring the innovation :

The website URL where information about the innovation is available :

Additional documentation to support the submission:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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