Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 80.84
Liaison Teddy Lhoutellier
Submission Date April 26, 2024

STARS v2.2

University of Miami
PA-3: Inclusive and Participatory Governance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.12 / 3.00 Teddy Lhoutellier
Sustainability Manager
Environmental Health and Safety
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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 No

A brief description of the institution’s formal participatory or shared governance bodies:

  1. Student Government: UM's Student Government leads and represents the entire student body to administration while completing projects and initiatives. It is composed of three branches: the executive, legislative, and judicial; and four agencies: Category 5 (Cat 5) works with UM Athletics, ECO Agency builds an environmentally friendly campus, Elections Commission coordinates and officiates free and fair Student Government elections, and What Matters to U develops and executes events. 

    The mission of the 2023-2024 Student Government Executive Board is to advocate for all undergraduate students by cultivating productive relationships and creating a culture of justice and equity through inclusive collaboration, effective communication, environmental consciousness, and school spirit.


  2. Faculty Senate: The Faculty Senate is the vehicle by which the Faculty is authorized to share in planning and governance of the university. Through its committees and as a deliberative and legislative body, the Senate plays an important role in dealing with academic policies, proposals for developing new programs and degree approvals, compensation and the annual budgets, reviews of chairs and deans, and countless other matters of collegial concern and interest. 

    It is also the vehicle for hearing faculty grievances regarding rank, salary and conditions of employment, as well as appeals on tenure decisions. Senate meetings are held monthly during the academic year. Senators  are elected from each school for three year terms and Senate officers are elected annually.


Total number of individuals on the institution’s highest governing body:
48

Number of students representing their peers as official members of the institution’s highest governing body:
1

Number of academic staff representing their peers as official members of the institution’s highest governing body:
1

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:
14

Percentage of official members of the highest governing body that are women:
29.17

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:

Here are two boards that are examples of external community stakeholders having a regular voice in institutional decisions that affect the institution: 1) The Coral Gables Community Relations Board https://coralgables.granicus.com/boards/w/a2d677a566a5fce0/boards/7021 ; 2) Citizens Board https://development.miami.edu/page.aspx?pid=314


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:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

The total number of individuals on the Board of Trustees indicated here differs from the number listed on the Board of Trustee's website because we are only counting voting trustees. The number we have listed in our STARS report is an updated number provided by the Secretary of the Board of Trustee's.


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