Overall Rating Expired
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Liaison Nadia Harduar
Submission Date April 21, 2016
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University of Ontario Institute of Technology
PA-3: Governance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Melissa Mirowski
Asset and Sustainability Planner
Office of Campus Infrastructure and Sustainability
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Do all enrolled students, regardless of type or status, have an avenue to participate in one or more governance bodies (through direct participation or the election of representatives)?:
Yes

A brief description of the mechanisms through which students have an avenue to participate in one or more governance bodies:

Students that join the Blue Team can attend events, or develop their own. Students also have the opportunity to become involved with the UOIT sustainability committee.


Is there at least one student representative on the institution’s governing body who was elected by peers or appointed by a representative student body or organization?:
Yes

A brief description of student representation on the governing body, including how the representatives are selected:

The student is a Blue Team leader, and the Asset and Sustainability Planners assistant. The representative was selected because they volunteered to represent the Blue Team.


Do students have a formal role in decision-making in regard to the following?:
Yes or No
Establishing organizational mission, vision, and/or goals Yes
Establishing new policies, programs, or initiatives Yes
Strategic and long-term planning Yes
Existing or prospective physical resources Yes
Budgeting, staffing and financial planning Yes
Communications processes and transparency practices Yes
Prioritization of programs and projects Yes

A brief description of the formal student role in regard to each area indicated, including examples from the previous three years:

Mission, vision, and goals: Students are encouraged to be leaders, and have input on what they would like to see the Blue Team do. The Blue Team leader helped develop the Blue Team, and its mission and vision. All students contribute to developing goals.

Policies, programs and initiatives: Examples include a student proposing collecting water bottles, and building a water bottle greenhouse. Another example is an off campus event to plant trees.

Long term planning: Examples include developing long term initiatives such as collection bins for writing utensils to be sent to Terra cycle.

Physical Resources: Students can propose ideas, and the Sustainability office can use their budget to push the ideas forward. Examples include future solar panels on campus.

Budget: Students are asked to propose a budget and financial plan when proposing an initiative.

Communications process: Students can post through our social media platform. Students can add blog posts on our website.

Prioritization: Students choose together what initiatives they are most passionate about and what they want to work on.

Students have the option to be involved as much or as little as they want.


Do all staff, regardless of type or status, have an avenue to participate in one or more governance bodies (through direct participation or the election of representatives)?:
Yes

A brief description of the mechanisms through which all staff have an avenue to participate in one or more governance bodies:

All staff are welcomed to get involved with the Blue Team or the sustainability committee.


Is there at least one non-supervisory staff representative on the institution’s governing body who was elected by peers or appointed by a representative staff body or organization?:
Yes

A brief description of non-supervisory staff representation on the governing body, including how the representatives are selected:

Members of the UOIT Sustainability Committee can volunteer to represent at the Durham College UOIT Joint Sustainability Committee.


Do non-supervisory staff have a formal role in decision-making in regard to the following? :
Yes or No
Establishing organizational mission, vision, and/or goals Yes
Establishing new policies, programs, or initiatives Yes
Strategic and long-term planning Yes
Existing or prospective physical resources Yes
Budgeting, staffing and financial planning Yes
Communications processes and transparency practices Yes
Prioritization of programs and projects Yes

A brief description of the formal staff role in regard to each area indicated, including examples from the previous three years:

Mission, vision, goals: All members of the UOIT Sustainability Committee contributed and approved the mission, vision and goals to ensure it accurately represented the group.

Policies, programs, initiatives: Each meeting the members discuss past, current and future plans. The group works together to create new policies, programs and initiatives. An example is the campus market.

Long term planning: The group discusses how sustainability can be incorporated into the campus in the future, especially into the Campus Master Plan (future development plans for the school).

Physical Resources: The group decides where and how money can best be spent. An example of this in sustainable infrastructure initiatives.

Budget and financial planning: Group members are asked to propose a budget and plan when pitching an initiative. An example of this was when switching to Step Forward paper, the cost had to be analysed.

Transparency Practices: Meeting minutes are posted online to ensure transparency to the public. This also helps to communicate to those within the group who missed a meeting, and to the public what we are working on.

Prioritization: The group decides what tasks are most important and should be focused on first.


Do all faculty, regardless of type or status, have an avenue to participate in one or more governance bodies (through direct participation or the election of representatives)?:
Yes

A brief description of the mechanisms through which all faculty (including adjunct faculty) have an avenue to participate in one or more governance bodies:

All faculty are welcomed to get involved with the Blue Team or the sustainability committee.


Is there at least one teaching or research faculty representative on the institution’s governing body who was elected by peers or appointed by a representative faculty body or organization?:
Yes

A brief description of faculty representation on the governing body, including how the representatives are selected:

All faculty are welcomed to get involved with the Blue Team or the sustainability committee.


Do faculty have a formal role in decision-making in regard to the following?:
Yes or No
Establishing organizational mission, vision, and/or goals Yes
Establishing new policies, programs, or initiatives Yes
Strategic and long-term planning Yes
Existing or prospective physical resources Yes
Budgeting, staffing and financial planning Yes
Communications processes and transparency practices Yes
Prioritization of programs and projects Yes

A brief description of the formal faculty role in regard to each area indicated, including examples from the previous three years:

Mission, vision, goals: All members of the UOIT Sustainability Committee contributed and approved the mission, vision and goals to ensure it accurately represented the group.

Policies, programs, initiatives: Each meeting the members discuss past, current and future plans. The group works together to create new policies, programs and initiatives. An example is the campus market.

Long term planning: The group discusses how sustainability can be incorporated into the campus in the future, especially into the Campus Master Plan (future development plans for the school).

Physical Resources: The group decides where and how money can best be spent. An example of this in sustainable infrastructure initiatives.

Budget and financial planning: Group members are asked to propose a budget and plan when pitching an initiative. An example of this was when switching to Step Forward paper, the cost had to be analysed.

Transparency Practices: Meeting minutes are posted online to ensure transparency to the public. This also helps to communicate to those within the group who missed a meeting, and to the public what we are working on.

Prioritization: The group decides what tasks are most important and should be focused on first.


The website URL where information about the institution’s governance structure is available:

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