Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.91
Liaison Elizabeth Swiman
Submission Date Dec. 19, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Florida State University
PA-3: Participatory Governance

Status Score Responsible Party
2.75 / 3.00 David Thayer
Assistant Director
Facilities Planning
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

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?:
Yes

A brief description of the bodies and mechanisms through which students are engaged in governance, including information to support each affirmative response above:

All FSU students are eligible to vote during fall and spring elections. The Student Government Association has a plethora of documents, Statutes, and guides for student voting on campus.
FSU students have various ways to engage in governance as representatives serving on one of many university groups including:
• Student Government Association
- Executive Branch
- Legislative Branch
- Judicial Branch
- Senate Officers
• Congress of Graduate Students
• Campus Recreation Board
• Union Board
• Homecoming
• Agencies/Bureaus
The Florida State University Board of Trustees is the public body corporate and highest governing body of the university. It sets policy for the institution and serves as the institution's legal owner and governing board. The Board of Trustees is responsible for high quality education programs within the laws of the State of Florida and Regulations of the Florida Board of Governors. The Board of Trustees holds the institution's resources in trust and is responsible for their efficient and effective use. The thirteen-member Board of Trustees is composed of six members appointed by the Governor, five members appointed by the Florida Board of Governors, the Chair of the Faculty Senate, and the President of the Student Body.
http://sga.fsu.edu/legislative-branch.shtml


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:

FSU staff members have a Collective Bargaining Unit to represent themselves over wages, hours, and terms of employment.
• AFSCME Admin Clerical
• AFSCME Operational Services
• AFSCME Other Professional
• FNA Health Care Unit
• PBA Law Enforcement Unit
• UFF Faculty Bargaining Unit
• UFF FSUS Bargaining Unit
• UFF GAU Bargaining Unit
http://hr.fsu.edu/?page=elr/collective_bargaining/collective_bargaining_home


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? :
Yes

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 Faculty Senate is composed of 100 Senators, who are elected to the Faculty Senate as representatives of a college, including a representative from the Developmental Research School (the Florida State University School) and a representative from the Libraries. [Art. IV, Section A, (1.)(a)] Senators are elected for two-year terms, which begin with the regular April meeting of the election year. [Art. IV, Section A, 1(d)(1)] Representation is proportional, based on the number of eligible faculty in each college, except that each college is entitled to at least one Senator. [Art. IV, Section A, 1(a)]
The jurisdiction of the Faculty Senate is defined in Article IV, section B of the FSU Constitution. Recognizing the Faculty Senate as the “basic legislative body of the University,” Article IV, section B sets forth five jurisdictional directives charting its authority. [Art. IV, Section B, (1)-(5)] The first three jurisdictional directives describe three core Senate powers:
- “formulate measures for the maintenance of a comprehensive educational policy and for the maximum utilization of the intellectual resources of the University;” [Art. IV, Section B, (1)]
- “determine and define university-wide policies on academic matters, including Liberal Studies policy, admission, grading standards, and the requirements within which the several degrees may be granted;” [Art. IV, Section B, (2)]
- “formulate its opinion on any subject of interest to the University and adopt resolutions thereon.”
The FSU Faculty Senate is one of the constituent bodies of the Advisory Council of Faculty Senates for the Florida State University System, The Chair of the Advisory Council of Faculty Senates is a member of the Board of Governors of the State University System.
The Florida State University Board of Trustees is the public body corporate and highest governing body of the university. It sets policy for the institution and serves as the institution's legal owner and governing board. The Board of Trustees is responsible for high quality education programs within the laws of the State of Florida and Regulations of the Florida Board of Governors. The Board of Trustees holds the institution's resources in trust and is responsible for their efficient and effective use. The thirteen-member Board of Trustees is composed of six members appointed by the Governor, five members appointed by the Florida Board of Governors, the Chair of the Faculty Senate and the President of the Student Body.
https://facultyhandbook.fsu.edu/sites/g/files/upcbnu471/files/FacultyHandbook2017.pdf
https://facsenate.fsu.edu/


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?:
Yes

A copy of the written policies and procedures:
---

The policies and procedures:

Policy 1A-1
Upon adoption of the updated Campus Master Plan, the University's Facilities Department shall arrange a series of meetings with City of Tallahassee and Leon County, and City of Panama City planning officials for the purpose of negotiating the appropriate terms and conditions of this reciprocal review process.

Policy 1A-6
University planning officials shall meet with officials from the City of Tallahassee and
Leon County on a regular (at least quarterly) basis, or as the need arises, for the purpose of coordinating planning activities. Other local, regional, state, and federal agencies shall be invited to participate in these meetings as the need arises. Annual meetings shall be held with the Panama City Commission and the Bay County Commission to review issues of mutual interest to the Panama City Campus.

Policy 1B-5
When it has been determined that proposed development on campus would have an adverse impact on State or local facilities, services or natural resources, University officials shall participate and cooperate with local officials in the identification of appropriate strategies to mitigate the impacts of campus development on local, regional, and state resources, consistent with the terms and conditions of the inter-local agreement.

Objective 1F
The University shall continue to discuss issues associated with the provision of affordable off-campus student housing as needed, with interested campus and community constituents, including participants from:
- Local government agencies;
- Citizen interest groups;
- Private real estate interests; and
- Other interested parties.
Policy 1F-1
The Off-Campus Student Housing Office will continue to work with local realtors and real
estate information sources to obtain information about off-campus housing and provide
that information to students.
Policy 1F-2
The University Housing Department will continue to work with local government agencies,private developers, or committees to provide information on student enrollment and housing.

https://www.facilities.fsu.edu/depts/planningMan/Documents/MP_docs/GOP/2018/12.%20Intergovernmental%20Coordination.pdf


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 Yes
Private sector organizations Yes
Civil society (e.g. NGOs, NPOs) Yes

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):

The Intergovernmental Coordination element of the FSU Master Plan states that all above mentioned groups are to be included in advisory groups.
Objective 1G
Ensure adequate infrastructure services coordinated with local government providers to support University functions and facilities.
Policy 1G-1: The University shall seek membership to local government advisory groups, citizens’ committees, task forces, local regulatory authorities, and similar groups where issues relating to general infrastructure (stormwater management, potable water, sanitary sewer, solid waste, and any other elements) are considered in order to ensure that University interests are coordinated with local entities.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
---

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.