Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 64.43
Liaison Jessica Davis
Submission Date Nov. 4, 2016
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)
PA-3: Governance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.80 / 3.00 Carol Mullins
Sustainability Assessment Coordinator
Office of Sustainability
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Do all enrolled students, regardless of type or status, have an avenue to participate in one or more governance bodies (through direct participation or the election of representatives)?:
Yes

A brief description of the mechanisms through which students have an avenue to participate in one or more governance bodies:

The Undergraduate Student Government at IUPUI is dedicated to empowering students, challenging traditional thinking, and advocating for progress. USG is a conglomerate representative body in which school councils and student organizations are both allotted voting members. School councils who represent multiple organizations have two voting senators and student organizations have one voting senator. This merged body of the previous Council of Organizations and Senate form the legislative branch of today’s USG.

USG has three branches:
1) Executive
2) Legislative
3) Judicial

IUPUI USG: http://usgiupui.squarespace.com/


Is there at least one student representative on the institution’s governing body who was elected by peers or appointed by a representative student body or organization?:
Yes

A brief description of student representation on the governing body, including how the representatives are selected:

The IU student trustee is a fully vested member of the IU Board of Trustees, with all rights, responsibilities and privileges accorded to all trustees. The student trustee participates in at least six board meetings each year, serves on board committees, takes part in various university functions and ceremonies, and completes assigned projects. The only difference between the student trustee and all other trustees is the length of term—student trustees serve two years, and other trustees serve three years.

All full-time undergraduate and graduate Indiana University students on all IU campuses are eligible to apply for the student trustee position on the IU Board of Trustees. Nonresident and international students may apply for the position.

Appointment of the Student Trustee is a several step process.
1. Interested students submit applications during the semester by posted deadlines.
2. The Student Trustee Search and Screen Committee selects applicants to interview.
3. Selected student trustee candidates are invited for interviews with the committee, which take place in the spring before the term begins. Interviews are mandatory for consideration.
4. After the interviews, in accordance with state law, the search committee forwards 10 candidate names to the governor of Indiana.
5. The governor of Indiana appoints the student trustee.

http://trustees.iu.edu/student-trustee/index.shtml


Do students have a formal role in decision-making in regard to the following?:
Yes or No
Establishing organizational mission, vision, and/or goals ---
Establishing new policies, programs, or initiatives Yes
Strategic and long-term planning ---
Existing or prospective physical resources ---
Budgeting, staffing and financial planning ---
Communications processes and transparency practices Yes
Prioritization of programs and projects Yes

A brief description of the formal student role in regard to each area indicated, including examples from the previous three years:

In 1975, the Indiana General Assembly amended the statutes (IC 21-20-3-13), enabling the Indiana governor to appoint a full-time student to the IU Board of Trustees. As one of nine trustees of Indiana University, the student trustee serves a two-year term as a fully vested member of the board. As a member of the governing body of Indiana University, the student trustee has a voice in all decisions made by the board. Recently, the board has approved the Bicentennial Strategic Plan for Indiana University, the creation of 8 schools over the last 7 years, and the addition of many buildings to the 8 regional campuses.


Do all staff, regardless of type or status, have an avenue to participate in one or more governance bodies (through direct participation or the election of representatives)?:
Yes

A brief description of the mechanisms through which all staff have an avenue to participate in one or more governance bodies:

The purpose of the Staff Council at IUPUI shall be to represent the staff in the communication processes and the decision making of the university and
- to increase the sense of identity, recognition and worth of each staff member in his/her relationship to the university,
- to identify concerns relating to staff and to seek their solutions,
- to provide a channel of communication for staff with administration and faculty,
- to promote staff development and to recommend policies which aid in retaining highly-qualified personnel,
- to integrate the staff into campus governance and existing university affairs,
- to establish and promote university-wide activities, publications, workshops, and seminars,
- to serve as a resource for other schools or units in the development of school of unit Staff Councils.

IUPUI Staff Council: http://www.iupui.edu/~scouncil/

Each Staff Council representative will:
- Attend and participate in the monthly meetings of the council which are held on the third Wednesday of each month (August-June) from 2:00-4:00 p.m.
- Solicit feedback from his/her constituents (colleagues in your unit/school) and staff members, in general, on policies and issues being discussed by the council.
- Receive suggestions, feedback, or concerns IUPUI from his/her constituents (colleagues in your unit/school) and staff members, in general, about working conditions and the IUPUI community.
- Serve on one of the Staff Council standing or ad hoc committees ( [Ad Hoc] Academic Affairs, Bylaws, Communications, [Ad Hoc] Community Outreach, [Ad Hoc] Diversity, Faculty Relations, Membership, Rewards & Recognition, Special Events, Staff Affairs, [Ad Hoc] Staff Development, [Ad Hoc] Sustainability, [Ad Hoc] Technology, or [Ad Hoc] Web), some of which meet monthly, others of which meet according to projects received. NOTE: All chairs are your staff peers and, therefore, are very sensitive to the time constraints faced by IUPUI staff.
- Forward the Staff Council Newsletter to your constituents. The Newsletter contains important news to keep everyone updated.


Is there at least one non-supervisory staff representative on the institution’s governing body who was elected by peers or appointed by a representative staff body or organization?:
No

A brief description of non-supervisory staff representation on the governing body, including how the representatives are selected:

No, but the Staff Council president (elected) meets monthly with the Chancellor of IUPUI.


Do non-supervisory staff have a formal role in decision-making in regard to the following? :
Yes or No
Establishing organizational mission, vision, and/or goals ---
Establishing new policies, programs, or initiatives Yes
Strategic and long-term planning ---
Existing or prospective physical resources ---
Budgeting, staffing and financial planning ---
Communications processes and transparency practices Yes
Prioritization of programs and projects Yes

A brief description of the formal staff role in regard to each area indicated, including examples from the previous three years:

The purpose of the Staff Council at IUPUI shall be to represent the staff in the communication processes and the decision making of the university and
- to increase the sense of identity, recognition and worth of each staff member in his/her relationship to the university,
- to identify concerns relating to staff and to seek their solutions,
- to provide a channel of communication for staff with administration and faculty,
- to promote staff development and to recommend policies which aid in retaining highly-qualified personnel,
- to integrate the staff into campus governance and existing university affairs,
- to establish and promote university-wide activities, publications, workshops, and seminars,
- to serve as a resource for other schools or units in the development of school of unit Staff Councils.

IUPUI Staff Council: http://www.iupui.edu/~scouncil/


Do all faculty, regardless of type or status, have an avenue to participate in one or more governance bodies (through direct participation or the election of representatives)?:
Yes

A brief description of the mechanisms through which all faculty (including adjunct faculty) have an avenue to participate in one or more governance bodies:

IUPUI Faculty Council
"We, the faculty members of Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, in recognition of our common goal to better human conditions through the process of education, and in recognition and appreciation of the rights and responsibilities bestowed upon us by the State of Indiana through the Indiana University and the Purdue University Boards of Trustees for the accomplishment of this goal, do establish this Constitution for the purpose of creating a system which will aid in the identification, definition, and accomplishments of major specific objectives of this faculty."
-- Preamble of the Constitution of the IUPUI Faculty

http://www.iupui.edu/~fcouncil/about.html


Is there at least one teaching or research faculty representative on the institution’s governing body who was elected by peers or appointed by a representative faculty body or organization?:
No

A brief description of faculty representation on the governing body, including how the representatives are selected:
---

Do faculty have a formal role in decision-making in regard to the following?:
Yes or No
Establishing organizational mission, vision, and/or goals Yes
Establishing new policies, programs, or initiatives Yes
Strategic and long-term planning Yes
Existing or prospective physical resources ---
Budgeting, staffing and financial planning ---
Communications processes and transparency practices Yes
Prioritization of programs and projects Yes

A brief description of the formal faculty role in regard to each area indicated, including examples from the previous three years:

"We, the faculty members of Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, in recognition of our common goal to better human conditions through the process of education, and in recognition and appreciation of the rights and responsibilities bestowed upon us by the State of Indiana through the Indiana University and the Purdue University Boards of Trustees for the accomplishment of this goal, do establish this Constitution for the purpose of creating a system which will aid in the identification, definition, and accomplishments of major specific objectives of this faculty."
-- Preamble of the Constitution of the IUPUI Faculty

Annual reports can be viewed here: http://www.iupui.edu/~fcouncil/who/annreport.html


The website URL where information about the institution’s governance structure is available:

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