Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 50.41
Liaison David Tedder
Submission Date Sept. 30, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of Kentucky
PA-3: Participatory Governance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.50 / 3.00 Shane Tedder
Sustainability 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:

There is a student government association which consists of elected representatives from all colleges as well as at large members. Officers of this organization are elected during spring student body elections. The President of the Student Government serves as a student representative to 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?:
Yes

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

The UK Staff Senate represents the interests of staff to strengthen relationships at the University of Kentucky and foster a climate that promotes and empowers all university employees and students to participate in the decision making process.

One member of the staff senate is elected to serve on the UK Board of Trustees.


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 University Senate Council is charged with providing leadership to enable the Senate to perform effectively its primary role of formulating and implementing educational policies of the University as described in the Governing Regulations. The Board of Trustees in its Governing Regulations has also delegated responsibility to the Senate Council to act on behalf of the University Senate in particular advisory roles (GR II.B.5.a; GR VIII.B; GR X.B,C).

The Senate Council is specifically charged with continuously reviewing the University's academic policies and may call to the attention of the appropriate administrative officer any need for compliance with the University Senate Rules, Governing Regulations, or Administrative Regulations that relate to University Senate function.

Two members of the University Senate elected to serve on the University's 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?:
No

A copy of the written policies and procedures:
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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 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):

UNAC, the University of Kentucky's Neighborhood Advisory Council, focuses its attention on the impact of the University (UK) on the neighborhoods near it. UNAC serves as an intermediary body between UK and its near neighbors to assist in the development and implementation of plans for mutual benefit. UNAC contributes to improved quality of life in neighborhoods near the University by involving University decision-makers and neighbors in conversations that yield action, aligning problem-solving techniques to address issues. In all efforts to address the needs of the University and its surrounding neighborhoods, UNAC encourages transparency in order to build mutual respect and trust.

UNAC develops and tracks recommendations about ways to make progress on the set of issues that have been at the heart of discussions about and among the near neighborhoods for years. At present, UNAC has narrowed its focus to issues of housing and related physical improvements, the creation of a process for effective communication with neighbors on UNAC activities, and ways to identify and measure change related to UNAC activities. http://www.uky.edu/UNAC/


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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