Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 67.77
Liaison Andrew Porter
Submission Date March 6, 2020

STARS v2.2

University of Cincinnati
PA-3: Inclusive and Participatory Governance

Status Score Responsible Party
2.50 / 3.00 Andrew Porter
Planning + Design + Constuction
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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:

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 information - https://www.ucstudentgov.org/.

The Faculty Senate is the representative body through which all faculty can participate in governance. https://www.uc.edu/facultysenate.html 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

UC also has a newly-established Staff Senate (for non-academic staff) which is an advisory body to the President of the University and University administration. Staff Senate endeavors to have a duly representative and diverse membership with equitable representation among various colleges, divisions and departments.. More information on the staff senate can be found here: https://www.uc.edu/employees/staff-senate.html

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

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:

UC engages with the community surrounding the university through the surrounding community neighborhood associations and community development councils. UC sits on the board of CHCURC, BGCURC, CCDC, UHCURC, FOC and MOC along with community members, business owners, Greek affairs, and neighboring institutions (Children's Hospital, UC Health, Tr-Health, and the Cincinnati Zoo. A UC representative attends neighborhood association meetings for the 4 surrounding neighborhoods which allows them to present to the community the University's plans and also allows them to ask questions and provide feedback. This representative also encounters community members asking for the University's assistance with different events/issues, in which they respond accordingly.

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. https://www.alumni.uc.edu/ArtSci/Boards

UC engages with local NGO's and nonprofit organizations through the Community Advisory Council. The Community Advisory Council (CAC) was initially created in October 2015 by the University of Cincinnati’s Office for Safety and Reform to provide community input and guidance regarding reform efforts of the University of Cincinnati Police Division (UCPD). Chaired by prominent community leader, the Honorable Judge John A. West, representatives of this group also included: UC students, faculty, staff and alumni; neighborhood community groups; civic, faith and business leaders; and law enforcement officials. Following the completion of numerous police reforms, in January 2019 the CAC was renamed the Community Compliance Council (CCC). The diverse membership of the CCC will continue to promote diversity of thought and information exchange. The role of the CCC, however, has transitioned from advisory to compliance. https://www.uc.edu/about/publicsafety/reform/cac.html

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:

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