Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 53.27
Liaison Prabhakar Shrestha
Submission Date Feb. 20, 2018
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STARS v2.1

University of Nebraska - Lincoln
PA-3: Participatory Governance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 3.00 Kellie Wasikowski
Kellie
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:

Residence Hall Association (RHA):
The General Elections of the Association shall be held on a date determined and publicized by the Electoral Commissioner. The date shall be made public thirty (30) days before the elections. On election day, the polls will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. when the hall’s dining hall is open. If the hall has no dining hall, then it will be open the full 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Any run-off elections shall be held within one week following the original election. Once again, the polls will be open during the same hours as a normal election day, at the necessary polling locations. More information can be found on the RHA website rha.unl.edu/const_bylaws.php

Association of Students of the University of Nebraska (ASUN)
Nearly 200 students each year are appointed to serve on the many committees, advisory boards and commissions that serve the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The ASUN President and the Appointments Board (a three member committee lead by the Appointments Secretary) are charged with appointing student representatives to campus-wide open positions. These vacancies are advertised in the Daily Nebraskan throughout the academic year. Applications are available in the ASUN office (136 Nebraska Union) and on this website. Students may run for a Senate position in the March election. The elected ASUN student body president serves as a member of the board of regents. For more information please visit asun.unl.edu.

Graduate Student Association:
Representatives from colleges can elected annually however there are many positions available throughout the year. More information can be found at http://www.unl.edu/gsa/openpositions.shtml


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:

University Association for Administrative Development (UAAD):
Staff can join the UAAD by filling out a membership application online at uaad.unl.edu/membership
With their membership staff would be able to participate in:
-Professional development seminars and workshops
-Monthly meetings (September through May) with programs of interest to the membership
-Monthly e-newsletter
-An opportunity to work on issues and have a voice in the decisions that concern your work life
-Network and get to know your colleagues from all over campus

University of Nebraska Office Professionals Association:
The purpose of UNOPA is to provide professional growth and promote high professional standards for educational office professionals with the University of Nebraska, as partners upholding the quality of service to the university educational system and the community.

Faculty Senate:
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln participates in shared governance between the faculty and administration through the Faculty Senate. Established in 1974 the Faculty Senate is a representative body of members elected by the faculty of the various academic departments and units of UNL. The Faculty Senate supports faculty governance and believes that shared governance is essential to creating a productive and rewarding academic environment for faculty and students as well as protecting faculty to pursue independent, scholarly research.

As per the University of Nebraska, Board of Regents' Bylaws the Faculty Senate is the governing agency for dealing with matters of interest to more than one college and acts as the official voice of the faculty of UNL. The Faculty Senate also advises and consults with student, staff, and administrative groups on matters of general concern which include, but are not necessarily limited to, the budget, institutional planning, library and computer operations, student academic conduct in the classroom, and the selection of academic-administrative personnel.

The Faculty Senate provides protection of academic freedom through the Academic Rights and Responsibilities Committee. The Faculty Senate has also established committees to deal with academic standards, curriculum, computing services on campus, commencement and honors convocations, honorary degrees and intercollegiate athletics.


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:

Faculty Senate:
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln participates in shared governance between the faculty and administration through the Faculty Senate. Established in 1974 the Faculty Senate is a representative body of members elected by the faculty of the various academic departments and units of UNL. The Faculty Senate supports faculty governance and believes that shared governance is essential to creating a productive and rewarding academic environment for faculty and students as well as protecting faculty to pursue independent, scholarly research.

As per the University of Nebraska, Board of Regents' Bylaws the Faculty Senate is the governing agency for dealing with matters of interest to more than one college and acts as the official voice of the faculty of UNL. The Faculty Senate also advises and consults with student, staff, and administrative groups on matters of general concern which include, but are not necessarily limited to, the budget, institutional planning, library and computer operations, student academic conduct in the classroom, and the selection of academic-administrative personnel.

The Faculty Senate provides protection of academic freedom through the Academic Rights and Responsibilities Committee. The Faculty Senate has also established committees to deal with academic standards, curriculum, computing services on campus, commencement and honors convocations, honorary degrees and intercollegiate athletics.


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:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Association of Students of the University of Nebraska: http://asun.unl.edu/
Residence Hall Association: http://rha.unl.edu/
Graduate Student Association: http://www.unl.edu/gsa/
University Office Professionals Association: http://unopa.unl.edu/
University Association for Administrative Development: http://uaad.unl.edu/
Faculty Senate: http://www.unl.edu/facultysenate/

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