Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 48.09
Liaison Andrew Riley
Submission Date April 18, 2024

STARS v2.2

State University of New York at Morrisville
PA-3: Inclusive and Participatory Governance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.88 / 3.00 Bill Mitchell
Energy & Sustainability Manager
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Does the institution have formal participatory or shared governance bodies through which the following stakeholders can regularly participate in the governance of the institution?:
Yes or No
Students Yes
Academic staff Yes
Non-academic staff Yes

A brief description of the institution’s formal participatory or shared governance bodies:

1) The College Senate is the faculty/staff governance organization at SUNY Morrisville.


Its mission is:

  • to formulate and recommend to the President of the College policies concerning academic standards, curriculum, student conduct and activities, and other matters of concern;

  • to promote communication among its membership and between its membership, the college administration and students; and,

  • to promote the professional growth of the faculty and staff, with a focus on serving teaching and learning.

2) The College Council


Established by Section 356 of the New York State Education Law, the College Council of SUNY Morrisville consists of ten members – eight appointed by the Governor for seven-year terms (to serve without compensation) and the others are elected by and from the college’s students for a one-year term (at SUNY Morrisville, the President of the Student Government Organization and the President of the College Senate).

As provided in New York State law and by SUNY Board of Trustees policies, duties of the College Council include reviewing all major plans of the college, its budgets, administration of physical plant and grounds, rules governing student behavior and conduct, naming of buildings and grounds and recommending candidates for appointment as president of the college. In accordance with New York State law, regular meetings of the council occur at least four times annually and all meetings of the College Council must be open to the public, other than the portion of the meeting that may be held in executive session under the provisions of the same law.

3) Student Government Organization


The Student Government Organization (SGO) is an integral part of Student Activities at SUNY Morrisville, serving the entire student body. SGO’s goals are to promote the general welfare of the student body, to stimulate interest in and support activities contributing to cultural, social, educational and physical improvement, and to establish a just college community.

SGO supports dozens of programs and events on campus including the Music and Theatre Departments, Arcadian student yearbook, Mustang Radio Media, Campus Activities Board (CAB), and Open Recreation in STUAC and Hamilton Hall.

SGO also funds many educational and social activities during the year such as dances, intramurals, and performers. They achieve this with funds gathered through the Mandatory Student Activity Fee.

SGO also maintains an off-campus housing list as an alternative to living in the residence halls.

4) Collective Bargaining Units




SUNY Morrisville has three collective bargaining units, including units that represent faculty and professional staff, civil service and non-professional staff, as well as campus university police. These unions routinely engage with campus leadership and influence governance at the college. 

5) The SUNY Board of Trustees


The Board of Trustees is the governing body of the State University of New York. It consists of 18 members, 15 of whom are appointed by the Governor, by and with consent of the New York State Senate. In addition, the president of the Student Assembly serves as student trustee and the presidents of the University Faculty Senate and Faculty Council of Community Colleges serve as ex-officio trustees.


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Number of academic staff representing their peers as official members of the institution’s highest governing body:

Number of non-academic staff representing their peers as official members of the institution’s highest governing body:

Number of women serving as official members of the institution’s highest governing body:

Percentage of official members of the highest governing body that are women:

Website URL where information about the institution’s highest governing body may be found:
Does the institution host or support one or more formal bodies through which external stakeholders have a regular voice in institutional decisions that affect them?:

A brief description of the campus-community council or equivalent body that gives external stakeholders a regular voice in institutional decisions that affect them:

Number of people from underrepresented groups serving as official members of the institution’s highest governing body.:

Website URL where information about the institution’s governance structure is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

Information and data for this AASHE framework section was gathered via interview with
the Immediate Past-President of the SUNY Morrisville College Senate
(an Associate Professor at SUNY Morrisville). 


Current Performance Year FY-2022-2023: July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023. 

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