Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 36.72
Liaison Lindsey Abernathy
Submission Date July 17, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of Mississippi
PA-3: Participatory Governance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.75 / 3.00 Jade Chalkley
Sustainability Fellow
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?:
No

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

The University Standing Committees are appointed to bring together faculty, staff, alumni, students, and administrators for the purpose of collecting, exchanging, and weighing information and opinions and submitting to the Chancellor and /or Provost recommendations for changes that the committees deem necessary for the general good of the University. Each committee has the responsibility of continually reviewing practices and policies in its area of concern, as well as performing specifically designated duties. The University Standing Committees are advisory to the Chancellor and/or Provost and, as such, perform a significant role in the governance of the University. The Associated Student Body (ASB) acts as the governing body on behalf of students. The ASB Cabinet works under the president to create a bridge between the administration and the students in order to ensure that student initiatives are both created and enacted. Each Director oversees a board of students committed to aiding and fulfilling the programs and initiatives of the Executive office. The Senate serves as the representative elected body of the student government, which consists of elected members from different colleges and organizations on campus. Their duty is to write legislation that will address any problems on campus that directly or indirectly affect the student body. Senators research, write, debate, and vote on legislation.


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:

All permanent, full-time staff employed for a period of not less than one (1) year shall be eligible for membership in the Staff Council.

The thirty-eight (38) member Council shall be composed of elected representatives from six Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Division units and regional campuses

The purpose of the University of Mississippi Staff Council is to support the mission of the university by serving as an advisory group to the chancellor (or the chancellor’s representatives) in matters that affect the welfare of the institution and/or its staff.


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:

The Senate of the Faculty shall be empowered to make recommendations to the Chancellor and Academic Council on policies affecting the University and to advise on such matters as the Chancellor shall lay before it. It shall also keep the General Faculty fully informed of its recommendations.
The Senate membership shall be limited to Faculty who qualify as Eligible Faculty defined as full-time, budget-listed, or Full-time equivalent (defined as those teaching 4-or-more courses per semester) Regular, Support, or Research Faculty of The University of Mississippi


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):
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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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