Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 27.06
Liaison Taylor Myers
Submission Date March 8, 2019
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STARS v2.1

University of Alabama in Huntsville
PA-3: Participatory Governance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.75 / 3.00 Taylor Myers
Sustainability Coordinator
Facilities and Operations
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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:

We have a fully represented Student Government Association and executive board for the SGA. Also, our Student Government President has regular meetings with the administration so as to help serve the student body as well as he/she can.


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:

The Staff Senate serves in an advisory and consultative role with the University Administration to promote understanding, cooperation, and communication within the UAH campus community. The Staff Senate comprises 24 voting members who represent the entire UAH staff workforce, either as Staff Senate Representatives of a particular division or as at-large members.


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:

The University of Alabama in Huntsville Faculty Senate is the permanent body representing the faculty for the formulation of university policy and procedures in matters pertaining to institutional purpose, general academic considerations, curricular matters, university resources, and faculty personnel (appointments, promotion, and tenure).


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:

No. However, all campus projects must be presented to the University of Alabama System Board of Trustees in accordance with Board Rule 415. These presentations are part of a four stage approval process. These meetings are open to the public — anyone can attend. There is opportunity for comment from stakeholders during these meetings.
In addition, UAH Master Plans are developed with input from the City of Huntsville. The Master Planning team meets with the Economic Development Office, the Chamber of Commerce, and the city’s planning department. There are also “open dialogue” meetings for major projects such as the UAH Executive Plaza Development, where students, faculty, staff, and the community can learn about project plans and ask questions.
In addition, before new buildings are built on campus, plans are taken to the Location, Character, and Extent (LCE) sub committee of the Huntsville Planning Commission. Here, feedback is gathered regarding the planned project and questions are answered.


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:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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