Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 28.41
Liaison Katharine Glenn
Submission Date March 7, 2019
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STARS v2.1

Paul Smith's College of Arts & Sciences
PA-3: Participatory Governance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.75 / 3.00 Katharine Glenn
Sustainability Coordinator
Center for Campus 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:

Students have a collective voice within the college governance system through an elected Student Government Association (SGA). The purpose of SGA is to promote cooperation both within the student body and among students, faculty and administration, and to act as a channel for the expression and resolution of student concerns.The officers of the Student Government Association (SGA) will be the President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Freshmen Class President, Sophomore Class President, Junior Class President, and Senior Class President. These officers make up the executive council of SGA. The student body will elect the positions of President, Vice President, Secretary, and
Treasurer at large. The respective classes will elect the class presidents.
https://www.paulsmiths.edu/live/student-activities-2/


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:

Staff Council
The primary purpose of Staff Council will be to serve as an ongoing means of communication between the College’s staff and administration. The Council’s goals are to help the Paul Smith’s College educational community be an efficient, fulfilling, and attractive environment for employment and to support the College’s formal mission statement as defined by the institution. Staff Council By-Laws

The Staff Council meets on the third Thursday of each month throughout the academic year. Accomplishments of the Staff Council include the Flexible Workplace Policy, Mentor Program, Sick Bank. In collaboration with Sodexo Campus Dining the Staff Council hosts two Spirit Days each year offering free lunch for those employees that wear their Smitty Gear and make a small donation towards student scholarship. If you would like to be involved or have questions please feel free to reach out a Staff Council Member.https://cpb-us-w2.wpmucdn.com/www.paulsmiths.edu/dist/2/51/files/2018/11/Staff-Council-Bylaws-Amended-2018-16x1fih.pdf


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:

In March of each year, the chair of the Faculty Senate will solicit volunteers to serve on campus committees. The President and/or Provost may also submit suggestions for faculty membership on the standing committees to the Faculty Senate. At the first Faculty Congress meeting of the fall semester, elections will be held in the Faculty Congress for all elected faculty positions on the standing committees.Following receipt of the results of the Faculty Congress elections, the Faculty Senate shall appoint faculty to the standing committees. The appointments are normally for a three-year term with appointments staggered to provide new members annually. When committee vacancies occur after the above election/appointment process due to a resignation or other cause, the Faculty Senate shall take appropriate action to fill the position. Summer elections, if necessary, may be conducted via mailed ballots. Faculty Congress Constitution can be made available upon request.


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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