Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 63.29
Liaison Allison Mihalich
Submission Date Oct. 13, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of Notre Dame
PA-3: Participatory Governance

Status Score Responsible Party
0.75 / 3.00 Mike Seamon
Vice President
Campus Safety & University Operatis
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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 maintains a Student Union.
The Student Union has 10 branches/organizations that cooperatively interact with one another to enhance the student experience.
These are:
Senate
Executive Cabinet
Student Union Board
Hall Presidents Council
Club Coordination Council
Class Councils
Off-Campus Council
Judicial Council
Financial Management Board
Executive Programming Board


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:

The Staff Advisory Council (SAC) is a group of Notre Dame nonexempt employees that serves as a pipeline of information between the University administration and staff. SAC members are elected to two-year terms and represent staff from every corner of the campus and every operational area. SAC was formed in 1996 and has given valuable input over the years on issues such as the availability of football tickets for all staff, tuition reimbursement for all employees, health benefits changes, and parking policies.


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:

Shared governance at the University of Notre Dame gives the University faculty a voice in the operation of the University. University of Notre Dame Faculty exercise influence at many levels within the institution, including their academic departments, standing and ad-hoc committees, as well as, school/college and university-wide governing bodies. While each of these venues is important and offers substantial opportunities for impact at various levels, the Faculty Senate and Academic Council are the primary mechanisms through which University Faculty make decisions about University-wide policies and procedures.

Consisting of representatives from each department, the Faculty Senate is an assembly through which faculty exercise a collective and independent voice in the governance of the University. While ultimate policy authority resides with the Academic Council, the Faculty Senate has substantial influence through right of agenda and ex officio representation on the Academic Council. The Academic Council consists of many University Stake-holders, including administrators, faculty, and students.
http://facultysenate.nd.edu/shared-governance/


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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