Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 60.05
Liaison Chelsea Dalton
Submission Date Dec. 11, 2020

STARS v2.2

University of Toronto Mississauga
PA-3: Inclusive and Participatory Governance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.25 / 3.00 Chelsea Dalton
Acting Sustainability Manager, Strategic Initiatives
Facilities Management & Planning
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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 Yes

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

Students can participate in governance via the University of Toronto Mississauga Student Union (UTMSU). The University of Toronto Mississauga Students’ Union has a mandate to represent, provide social and academic services and in general promote the interests of all full time and part time undergraduate students at UTM. UTMSU serves as a bridge between the students and the Faculty & Administration of UTM. This is to ensure that student needs are being addressed and that there is an actual direct link between all the sectors of the University. UTMSU sits on various committees representing student issues and discussing the campus needs regarding food, parking, the Student Centre, academics and student services.

Academic staff may participate in university governance via the UTM Academic Affairs Committee. The membership of the Academic Affairs Committee consists of 63 members, including two members of the teaching staff for each of UTM's departments and comprises the five estates of the Governing Council and the UTM Council. In general, the Academic Affairs Committee is concerned with matters affecting the teaching, learning and research functions of the Campus. The Committee recommends for approval to the appropriate body of the Governing Council, through the UTM Council, amendments to divisional academic policies. Academic policy sets out the principles for, the general directions of, and/or priorities for the teaching and research activities of the Campus.

The majority of non-academic staff are represented through groups including the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) and United Steelworkers (USW). These groups complete the collective bargaining process with the university every few years. Employees may raise concerns and issues with their union, and the union may bring these concerns to university governance for consideration. Changes to university policy that may affect union members are also discussed at regularly-scheduled union meetings, which union members are granted release time to attend.

Employees may also participate in the governance through their union through participating in regularly-scheduled union meetings, attending union trainings, voting in union elections, and running for elected positions in their union.


Total number of individuals on the institution’s highest governing body:
50

Number of students representing their peers as official members of the institution’s highest governing body:
8

Number of academic staff representing their peers as official members of the institution’s highest governing body:
11

Number of non-academic staff representing their peers as official members of the institution’s highest governing body:
2

Number of women serving as official members of the institution’s highest governing body:
20

Percentage of official members of the highest governing body that are women:
40

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?:
No

A brief description of the campus-community council or equivalent body that gives external stakeholders a regular voice in institutional decisions that affect them:
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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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