Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 52.36
Liaison Matthew Williams
Submission Date Dec. 4, 2020
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STARS v2.1

University of Florida
PA-3: Participatory Governance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.25 / 3.00 Liz Storn
Program Coordinator
Office of 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?:
Yes

A brief description of the bodies and mechanisms through which students are engaged in governance, including information to support each affirmative response above:

Students are able to apply for positions in Student Government for Executive positions (Agency Heads, Executive Directorships, Cabinet Secretary/Under Secretary positions, Cabinet Director/Assistant Director positions, Assistant Supervisor of Elections and/or Election Commissioner), open Senate seats & Committee seats, as well as Staff positions under Agency heads & Executive Directors. Additionally, elections are held for the Executive Branch and Senators (by College) in the Spring and Senators (by living area) in the fall. Within Student Government there are opportunities to participate in Cabinets and Agencies. More information is available at: https://www.sg.ufl.edu/Branches

Students are also appointed to serve on Joint Faculty/Staff Standing committees, such as the Lakes, Vegetation and Landscaping committee, Sustainability committee, etc.

Finally the Student Body President serves on the Board of Trustees.


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 at UF are able to participate in the Academic and Professional Assembly, an official organization representing the University's academic and professional staff not represented in the Faculty Senate. The APA serves in an advisory capacity to the President and the Faculty Senate. Additionally, staff are appointed to serve on Joint Faculty/Staff Standing committees, which advise the administration.


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 number of elected members of the Senate will be apportioned among the
Academic Units based on the number of faculty in each unit with each Academic
Unit having at least two elected voting members. The remaining seats shall be
apportioned among the Academic Units based on the number of faculty members
in each unit, with the restriction that no Academic Unit will have a number of
voting elected members larger than one-sixth of the elected voting membership of
the Faculty Senate.

Faculty are also appointed to serve on various Joint Faculty/Staff advisory committees.

The Faculty Senate Chair is a member of the UF Board of Trustees.


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:

The Operating Memorandum for adoption of the Campus Master Plan includes the following requirements for engaging external stakeholders:
In addition to the public agency review process, a public participation process will be conducted to include an informal information session and two public hearings as set out herein. The information session and public hearings will constitute the formal public review process. However, the public and campus community will be engaged through informal workshops and forums from the start of
the plan development process. The informal information session will not be the first opportunity for public input into the campus master plan. The informal information session is held before the first public hearing and the first public hearing is held before the draft master plan is sent to the public agencies for review. The second public hearing is held in conjunction with the adoption of the draft master plan by the University’s board.


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 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):

Local Government: City of Gainesville and Alachua County planning officials are afforded the opportunity to review land use and development proposals on the University main campus and Alachua County satellite properties through their membership on the University’s Land Use and Facilities Planning Committee.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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