Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 67.83
Liaison Mary Beth McGrew
Submission Date March 10, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of Cincinnati
PA-3: Participatory Governance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.50 / 3.00 Daniel Hart
Sustainability Coordinator
Planning + Design + Construction
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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:

The UC Student Government is the official representative of all undergraduate students attending the University of Cincinnati. It consists of an elected Student Senate, a cabinet and an executive staff. The Student Government has several standing boards: the Student Activities, University Funding and Student Safety boards. It also has several standing committees: Campus Life, Student Rights and Interests, Academic Affairs, Governmental Affairs and Strategic Planning. For more in for - https://www.uc.edu/sg/who-is-sg/committees.html
In terms of the Board of Trustees, the undergraduate and graduate student body presidents both serve as representatives (in addition to two additional student Trustees. See http://www.uc.edu/trustees/trustees.html


Do the institution’s staff members have a representative body through which they can participate in governance (e.g. a staff council)?:
No

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:
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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:

The Faculty Senate is the representative body through which all faculty can participate in governance. There are also three Faculty representatives--including the head of the Faculty Senate, who is elected-who serve on the Board of Trustees. See http://www.uc.edu/trustees/trustees.html


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:
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 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):

UC engages closely and often with stakeholders from local government and educational institutions to get their input on UC decisions that impact them. An example of this is the Green Partnership for Greater Cincinnati, where Cincinnati Public Schools, Hamilton County, the University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati State College, Duke Energy, and the City of Cincinnati have joined forces to increase environmental performance. http://www.green-cincinnati.org/about/

UC engages the Private sector and seeks their input on institutional planning and operations through the College Advisory Board, which is a volunteer body that provides counsel to the Dean and senior college administrators, these people work to build private support for the college’s students and programs. http://www.artsci.uc.edu/alumni-friends/college-advisory-board.html

UC engages local NGO’s and nonprofit organizations and seeks their input on institutional planning and operational decisions through the Community Advisory Council. The Community Advisory Council (CAC) was formed in October 2015 to provide community input regarding reform efforts of the University of Cincinnati Police Department (UCPD). https://www.uc.edu/safety-reform/cac.html


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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