Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 51.50
Liaison Elaine Durr
Submission Date Feb. 27, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Elon University
PA-3: Participatory Governance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.75 / 3.00 Elaine Durr
Director of Sustainability
Office of Sustainability
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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 purpose of the Student Government Association, authorized by the Elon University Administration, shall be to represent the rights and opinions of the student body in a manner consistent with the mission of Elon University, to provide for appropriate student activities, and to join with the faculty and administrators of the university in building a stronger, more effective educational community. Members of SGA are elected by the undergraduate student body.
There is also a Graduate Student Council, made up of elected graduate students, that represents the graduate student body.


Do the institution’s staff members have a representative body through which they can participate in governance (e.g. a staff council)?:
Yes

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:

The mission of the Staff Advisory Council is to facilitate active and direct communication between staff employees and the President and to provide a forum for input and discussion of issues important to the staff and the University.
To achieve this mission, the Staff Advisory Council will:
-Participate in the shared governance of the university
-Serve as an advocate for staff and provide input in university initiatives and decisions
-Review and make recommendations on appropriate issues, policies and procedures
-Promote a positive and collaborative campus environment by strengthening communication between staff, faculty, students and administration
-Contribute to the university’s culture of community and recognition

The Staff Advisory Council (SAC) represents all non-faculty employees of Elon University. Collectively, the university describes this group as staff.
The Staff Advisory Council consists of fifteen representative seats and 2 non-voting members of Senior Staff. Each of the staff classifications control a predetermined number of representative seats as described below.
• Administrative Staff (6 seats)
• Office/Support Personnel (5 seats)
• Physical Plant (4 seats)
The President annually appoints the two non-voting members from the Senior Staff.
The Chair of the Staff Advisory Council attends Board of Trustees meetings.


Do the institution’s teaching and research faculty have a representative body through which they can participate in governance (e.g. a faculty senate)?:
Yes

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:

The Academic Council is the coordinating committee of the faculty and deliberates on any matter within the province of the faculty for the purpose of formulating general policy for approval or disapproval of the faculty. Those matters which are the responsibility of standing committees are referred to the appropriate committee.

The Academic Council consists of 19 elected members, the chair of the University Curriculum Committee (without vote), the President (without vote) and/or the Provost/Executive Vice President (without vote).

Eligibility to Serve. To serve as a voting member of the Academic Council, a faculty member must be a voting member under the terms of the faculty bylaws, and must have 2 years of service on the faculty. Divisional and school representatives must hold the rank of senior lecturer, associate professor, or above; at-large members must hold the rank of lecturer, assistant professor, or above. No more than two members of the faculty whose principal duties are administrative may serve on Academic Council at any one time.
Eligibility to Vote for Members. All faculty members who have voting privileges under the terms of the faculty bylaws are eligible to vote for members of Academic Council. The only exception to this is for the part-time representative who is elected by part-time faculty.


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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