Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 69.70
Liaison Kevin Kirsche
Submission Date June 22, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of Georgia
PA-3: Inclusive and Participatory Governance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.88 / 3.00 Nate Shear
Sustainability Metrics Intern
Office of Sustainability
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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:

Any current UGA undergraduate student is considered a member of Student Government Association (SGA). Membership and all privileges, including voting and officer positions, must be extended to all students without regard to age, ethnicity, gender, disability, color, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, or sex and gender identity. All full-time students with a minimum 2.75 GPA are eligible to run for President, Vice President, or Treasurer of the SGA. Elections are held annually by secret ballot and all current students are eligible to vote to elect student representatives. Various other SGA positions are elected or appointed.

The Graduate Student Association (GSA) is a similar organization for graduate students at UGA.

University Council: The University Council is comprised of faculty, staff, and student representatives and is charged in the University Council bylaws with establishing policies and enacting rules and regulations as it deems appropriate for the interests and welfare of the University of Georgia and its academic community. Additionally, the Council acts in advisory capacity to the President and serves as an outlet through which the campus community can voice an opinion regarding University policies and initiatives.
Each meeting of the Council is presided over by the President and is supported by the University Council Executive Committee Chair, the University Registrar who serves as the Council’s secretary, and the Parliamentarian who provides guidance on rules of order. Six Council meetings are scheduled in an academic year, three in the fall and three in the spring. A term of the Council runs July 1 through June 30.

Ex officio members of the Council shall consist of the President of the University, who shall be the chair and presiding officer of the Council; no more than seven Senior Vice Presidents and Presidents; the Deans of the schools and colleges; the Associate Provost and University Librarian; the Registrar, who shall be the Secretary of the Council; the President and Vice President of Student Government Association; the President of the Graduate Student Association; the President of the UGA Staff Council; the President of the UGA Postdoctoral Association; and the President of the UGA Alumni Association. Elected faculty, staff and students shall constitute the remainder of the Council.


Total number of individuals on the institution’s highest governing body:
19

Number of students representing their peers as official members of the institution’s highest governing body:
0

Number of academic staff representing their peers as official members of the institution’s highest governing body:
0

Number of non-academic staff representing their peers as official members of the institution’s highest governing body:
0

Number of women serving as official members of the institution’s highest governing body:
5

Percentage of official members of the highest governing body that are women:
26.32

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?:
Yes

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

The Office of Community Relations at UGA functions to build strong partnerships and links between the University and the Athens-Clarke County community, government, businesses, neighborhoods, non-profit organizations and community leaders and individuals. The University works with the Athens community through active participation in discussions, coalitions, meetings and outreach projects to build and maintain relationships, while making a positive difference in the Athens area. The office also serves as a resource for faculty, staff and students who are seeking information or assistance with local government matters or issues.
https://govt.relations.uga.edu/about-community-relations/


Number of people from underrepresented groups serving as official members of the institution’s highest governing body.:
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Website URL where information about the institution’s governance structure is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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