Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 72.63
Liaison Karen Oberer
Submission Date Aug. 22, 2016
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

McGill University
PA-3: Participatory Governance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Edyta Rogowska
Associate Director
Secretariat
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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?:
Yes

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

Students elect representatives to the Senate and the Board of Governors of the University. Students also appoint student representatives to various Committees of the Board and of Senate, as well as to Committees arising out of University regulations.


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?:
Yes

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

Administrative and support staff elect representatives to the Senate and the Board of Governors of the University.


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:

Faculty at large elect representatives to the Senate and the Board of Governors of the University. Full-time academic staff at large of McGill University, including contract academic staff (clinical) holding an appointment in a McGill University Teaching Hospital are eligible to be elected to serve on the Board of Governors. In addition, full time academic staff at large of McGill University, including ranked contract academic staff, who hold the rank of
full professor, associate professor, assistant professor and faculty lecturer are eligible for election to Senate.


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:
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The policies and procedures:

Since 1995, McGill has consulted and engaged with stakeholders before construction and/or demolition projects are undertaken in accordance with the agreement set between the City of Montreal and the University ("Entente Cadre").


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 Joint Board Senate Committee on Equity is mandated to recommend University policy regarding under-represented groups, including women, visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities and persons of minority sexual orientation or minority gender identity. To this end, the Committee reviews the recruitment and status of the under-represented groups at the University and recommend ameliorations to Senate and the Board of Governors.
In an effort to allow students the opportunity to learn more about the Board and for the Board to learn more about student activities, the Board, in collaboration with the Secretariat and student leaders, organized 3 Board-student forums that were held within the last three years. In addition, in its most recent review of the terms of reference of the Committee to Advise on Matters of Social Responsibility (CAMSR), the Board of Governors has conducted a series of consultations, in 2014, in order to obtain input from the community on proposed revisions to the CAMSR terms of reference. In addition, members of the McGill community are regularly invited to provide input to Advisory Selection Committees that are established for senior positions at the University. Members of the McGill community are also regularly invited to attend Board meetings in order to speak to the Board about research activities, plans and initiatives.

The framework of Senate and the Board of Governors is provided for by the Statutes of McGill University. The Statutes allow for the appointment or election of various stakeholders of the McGill community to the Board of Governors and to the Senate, as well as to their respective Committees.
Statutes of McGill of McGill University and the Terms of Reference of all Board and Senate Committees set out the composition of governance bodies that intends to ensure that various community stakeholders are able to serve on governance bodies.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Information about McGill’s governance structure -
Board of Governors: https://www.mcgill.ca/boardofgovernors/board-governors
Senate:https://www.mcgill.ca/senate/senate

Contact Brian Karasick for more information regarding the institution's written policies and procedures to identify and engage eternal stakeholders in land use planning, capital investment projects, and other institutional decisions that affect the community (Part 2)

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