Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 46.18
Liaison Suzanne Wood
Submission Date April 3, 2020
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STARS v2.1

University of Massachusetts Medical School
PA-3: Participatory Governance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.25 / 3.00 Suzanne Wood
Sustainability & Energy Manager
Facilities Managment
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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:

Every year, students from each class are given the opportunity to run for positions on the Student Body Committee (SBC). Each medical school class has five student representatives, with five members selected from within to hold executive board positions.

Student representatives are tasked with the responsibility of communicating important school-related information to their classmates as well as being involved in initiatives that advance student interests.

Additionally, at the UMass System level, there is student representation on the Board of Trustees as two students are voting members including Peter Cruz-Gordillo from the Medical School.


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 on campus have the ability to participate in their unions which provide opportunities for establishing new policies, programs, or initiatives; budgeting, staffing and financial planning; and communications processes and transparency practices.

Additionally, though the diversity and inclusion office, staff have the ability to participate in a variety of Employee Resource groups and committees on equal opportunity and diversity.


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? :
No

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:

Article V.B of the UMMS Governance Document describes membership of the Faculty Council: Voting membership of the Faculty Council shall consist of: Representatives of the Faculty elected by each School or Department (for Schools with Departments) in a number related to its complement of Faculty-at-large


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 Yes
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):

Private Sector Organizations: The UMass Board of Trustees counts a number of high ranking executives from Massachusetts' private sector organizations among its membership. Per Massachusetts Legislature's General Laws "No more than one-third of the voting members of the board of trustees shall be principally employed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts".


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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