Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 54.34
Liaison Elaine Goetz
Submission Date March 11, 2015
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Ohio University
PA-3: Governance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.70 / 3.00 Elaine Goetz
Director of Energy Management & Sustainability
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:

"All students of Ohio University, Athens campus, shall be eligible to vote in a [Student] Senate election. No student shall vote more than one time during any Senate election... All students of Ohio University, Athens campus, in good academic standing and enrolled full time, may serve as an Executive Officer or Senator. There shall be at least one meeting held each calendar month, excepting June, July, August, and December. Students of Ohio University, Athens campus wishing to have an item placed on the agenda shall make such request to the President before the meeting is called to order." https://docs.google.com/document/d/1do18bPxCVxvd2TKxb-Gs_y8vCSFbp5xHViiVBU35iDo/edit?pli=1


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:

"Student trustees are appointed by the governor of Ohio from a group of five candidates suggested to the governor. A committee of student leaders annually reviews applications and forwards its nominations to the Office of the President for referral to the Governor's Office." http://www.ohio.edu/trustees/selection/index.cfm

"The two student trustees ... may not vote on Board matters but their opinions and advice will be actively solicited and welcomed in Board deliberations." http://www.ohio.edu/trustees/governance/upload/BylawsAug2014.pdf


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 ---
Strategic and long-term planning ---
Existing or prospective physical resources Yes
Budgeting, staffing and financial planning Yes
Communications processes and transparency practices ---
Prioritization of programs and projects ---

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

Students serve on the Budget Planning Council, which is an "advisory body that is a key component of the established governance mechanisms of Ohio University... The Budget Planning Council is charged with serving an advisory role to the President regarding current and multi-year budget issues, long-term financial policies and funding priorities." http://www.ohio.edu/finance/bpa/upload/092112-BPC-Charge.pdf

Students serve on the Ecology and Energy Conservation Committee (EECC) which "fulfills two roles:
1. Preserving and enhancing the physical environment at Ohio University
2. Promoting energy conservation on the campus and in the lifestyle of Ohio University faculty, students and staff." http://www.ohio.edu/standingcommittees/committee.cfm?customel_datapageid_1748687=1749799
EECC is responsible for the implementation of the Ohio University Sustainability Plan and Climate Action Plan and has influenced the policies of Ohio University with regards to fracking in the past three years.


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 Ohio University Administrative Senate is an elected body representing administrators at Ohio University.

The Ohio University Classified Senate serves as "an advisory board for the discussion of
policies, procedures, benefits, and services affecting classified employees...
All permanent full-time and permanent part-time classified employees of Ohio University beyond the initial probationary period, are eligible for membership on Classified Senate." http://www.ohio.edu/csen/upload/Bylaws.pdf


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:
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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 ---
Strategic and long-term planning ---
Existing or prospective physical resources Yes
Budgeting, staffing and financial planning Yes
Communications processes and transparency practices ---
Prioritization of programs and projects ---

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

Classified and administrative senate members serve on the Budget Planning Council, which is an "advisory body that is a key component of the established governance mechanisms of Ohio University... The Budget Planning Council is charged with serving an advisory role to the President regarding current and multi-year budget issues, long-term financial policies and funding priorities." http://www.ohio.edu/finance/bpa/upload/092112-BPC-Charge.pdf

Staff serve on the Ecology and Energy Conservation Committee (EECC) which "fulfills two roles:
1. Preserving and enhancing the physical environment at Ohio University
2. Promoting energy conservation on the campus and in the lifestyle of Ohio University faculty, students and staff." http://www.ohio.edu/standingcommittees/committee.cfm?customel_datapageid_1748687=1749799
EECC is responsible for the implementation of the Ohio University Sustainability Plan and Climate Action Plan and has influenced the policies of Ohio University with regards to fracking in the past three years.


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:

"The Ohio University Faculty Senate is an elected representative body that acts on behalf of all Ohio University faculty. All Faculty Senate meetings are open, and all faculty members are welcome to participate in discussions at meetings." http://www.ohio.edu/facultysenate/
"As a key partner in University governance, the Senate provides representatives to all relevant University committees, boards, and task forces. " http://www.ohio.edu/facultysenate/about/index.cfm


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?:
Yes

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

"The chair of the Faculty Senate Finance and Facilities Committee is invited by the Board to serve as an ex-officio non-voting faculty representative to the [Board of Trustee's] University Resources Committee and chair of the Faculty Senate Curriculum Council is invited to serve as an ex-officio non-voting faculty representative to the [Board of Trustee's] University Academics Committee." http://www.ohio.edu/trustees/selection/index.cfm


Do faculty 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 ---
Strategic and long-term planning ---
Existing or prospective physical resources Yes
Budgeting, staffing and financial planning Yes
Communications processes and transparency practices ---
Prioritization of programs and projects ---

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

Faculty members serve on the Budget Planning Council, which is an "advisory body that is a key component of the established governance mechanisms of Ohio University... The Budget Planning Council is charged with serving an advisory role to the President regarding current and multi-year budget issues, long-term financial policies and funding priorities." http://www.ohio.edu/finance/bpa/upload/092112-BPC-Charge.pdf

Faculty serve on the Ecology and Energy Conservation Committee (EECC) which "fulfills two roles:
1. Preserving and enhancing the physical environment at Ohio University
2. Promoting energy conservation on the campus and in the lifestyle of Ohio University faculty, students and staff." http://www.ohio.edu/standingcommittees/committee.cfm?customel_datapageid_1748687=1749799
EECC is responsible for the implementation of the Ohio University Sustainability Plan and Climate Action Plan and has influenced the policies of Ohio University with regards to fracking in the past three years.


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

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