Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.48
Liaison Amy Brunvand
Submission Date Oct. 21, 2020

STARS v2.2

University of Utah
PA-3: Inclusive and Participatory Governance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.13 / 3.00 Amy Brunvand
Office of Sustainability
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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:

University of Utah Board of Trustees
URL: https://admin.utah.edu/board-of-trustees/
The highest governing body for the University of Utah has 10 members: 8 are appointed by the Governor with the consent of the Senate; the President of the University of Utah Alumni Association serves as the ninth member; the President of the Associated Students of University of Utah (ASUU) serves as the tenth member of the Board.

Academic Senate
URL: https://academic-senate.utah.edu/
The Academic Senate plays an integral part in the shared governance of the University of Utah. Monthly meetings are open to all faculty. Much of the actual Senate work is carried out by ten standing Senate-elected committees.
Voting members:
--101 faculty members, proportionally representing and elected by their respective colleges.
--2 deans elected by the deans
--18 students from student government (ASUU), one from each college, ASUU president, ASUU Campus Relations chair.
Ex officio members may debate and present motions, but do not vote:
--University President
--Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
--Senior Vice President for Health Sciences
--All deans except the two voting deans
--A representative of the University’s academic advisors, selected by the University Academic Advising Committee
--A representative of the staff employees, selected by the University Staff Council

Associated Students of the University of Utah (ASUU)
URL: https://asuu.utah.edu/
All registered students are automatically members of ASUU. ASUU Leadership is elected by students. The student Assembly allocates money for student organizations and events.
Executive Branch
--Student Body President, VP of University Relations, VP of Student Relations.
--Appointed cabinet: 10 student Boards, including a Sustainability Board and a Diversity Board.
Legislative Branch (Senate and Assembly)
--18 Senators, one elected from each college, chair College Student Councils.
--36 Assembly members, apportioned according to the number of students enrolled in each college.
Judicial Branch
--1 Attorney General (elected)
-- 7 Supreme Court members

Staff Council
URL: https://staffcouncil.utah.edu/about.php
Staff Council consists of 30 staff members (both exempt and non-exempt) from across campus. They are appointed by the University President for a term of three years, with one-third of the membership rotating off each year. Officers of the Council include a President, President-elect, and Secretary/Treasurer, each serving a one-year term. There are also three ex-officio members, four alternates, and a representative from the Retired Staff Employees Association. Staff Council was established and is delegated authority by the President of the University to bring to the attention of the administration and Board of Trustees matters of general staff concern. The Council acts in an advisory capacity to the University President and the Board of Trustees.

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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?:

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

Community Liaison for the University of Utah, University Marketing & Communications
URL: https://community.utah.edu/
The University hosts 3 Community Form meetings each year in January, May and October in order to provide information and gather feedback from the community. Key administrators are on hand to answer questions. The University maintains a community email list with over 800 names and has regular contact with 8 community/ neighborhood councils. In addition to these, University of Utah Health Sciences meets with Sugar House Community Council regarding the new Sugar House Health Center, opened November, 2019.

Community/Neighborhood Councils that regularly interact with the University of Utah:
URL: https://www.slc.gov/community-councils/
--East Central Community Council
--Federal Heights Neighborhood Association
--Foothill/Sunnyside Neighborhood Association
--Sunnyside East Neighborhood Council
--University Gardens Community Council
--Yalecrest Neighborhood Council
--Greater Avenues Community Council
--Bonneville Hills Neighborhood Council
--Sugar House Community Council (U of U Health Sciences)

East Bench Master Planning Committee (2014-2017)
Representatives from the University of Utah, Research Park and relevant Community/Neighborhood Councils were members of the committee along with other stakeholders to develop an updated master plan for University of Utah neighborhoods, approved by Salt Lake City in 2017.

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The East Bench Master Plan(2017) was devloped with significant input from the surrounding community. It informs new University master plans currently under revision including the University of Utah Master Plan and Research Park Master Plan.

Gender Equity: President Ruth V. Watkins, appointed in 2018, is the first woman president at the University of Utah.


East Bench Master Plan, Salt Lake City, February 2017.
URL: http://www.slcdocs.com/Planning/MasterPlansMaps/EBMP.pdf
The East Bench Community is home to regionally significant institutional facilities and employment centers including the University of Utah, Research Park, the Natural History Museum or Utah and Red Butte Gardens. The State of Utah owns 35% of the land in the community with the majority owned by the University of Utah, Research Park, and This is the Place Heritage Park [part of the Utah State Parks system]. With the exception of Research Park, State land is not regulated by local ordinances; however, development on State lands relies on Salt Lake City for utility services, such as water and sewer. The plan includes guiding principles that include values of sustainability and equity.

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