Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 76.79
Liaison Mike Wilson
Submission Date Jan. 27, 2017
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STARS v2.1

University of Victoria
PA-3: Participatory Governance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.25 / 3.00 Neil Connelly
Director, Campus Planning & Sustainability
Office of Campus Planning & 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:

UVic's undergraduate and graduate students have multiple opportunities to participate in university governance bodies including being elected by peers to either the undergradutate Students Society (UVSS): http://uvss.ca/ or the Graduate Students Society (GSS): http://gss.uvic.ca/. They can also be elected to the Board of Governors (http://www.uvic.ca/universitysecretary/governors/) and the University Senate (https://www.uvic.ca/universitysecretary/senate/),

Students may also be appointed to the Campus Planning Committee (http://www.uvic.ca/campusplanning/about/committees/campusplanningcommittee/index.php) and the Sustainability Advisory Committee (https://www.uvic.ca/sustainability/home/about/index.php#section0-2).


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?:
Yes

A brief description of the bodies and mechanisms through which staff are engaged in governance, including information to support each affirmative response above:

UVic's employees have multiple opportunities to participate in university governance bodies including being elected by peers (staff and faculty) to the Board of Governors (http://www.uvic.ca/universitysecretary/governors/) as well as selected for the Planning and Priorities Committee (https://www.uvic.ca/universitysecretary/otherbodies/planningandpriorities/index.php), the Campus Planning Committee (http://www.uvic.ca/campusplanning/about/committees/campusplanningcommittee/index.php) and the Sustainability Advisory Committee (https://www.uvic.ca/sustainability/home/about/index.php#section0-2).


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? :
Yes

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:

The UVic Board of Governors consists of two elected faculty members. The Senate consists of 32 elected faculty members (two members from each faculty, with the remainder elected as at-large faculty members). See: http://www.uvic.ca/universitysecretary/index.php.


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?:
Yes

A copy of the written policies and procedures:
The policies and procedures:

The University's Community Engagement Framework for Campus Land Use Planning and Development Projects represents a commitment to working with community stakeholders to successfully implement campus developments that advance UVic's academic mission.
The Framework provides a methodology that the university will use in consultation with the community to determine the overall approach to an engagement program for a capital or planning project on campus.


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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UVic students, staff and faculty have many opportunties to be involved in the governance of the unversity. The primary governance body of the university is the Board of Governors which includes seats for elected students (2), staff (1) and faculty (2). The Board of Governors is responsible for the management, administration and control of the property, revenue, business and affairs of the university. http://www.uvic.ca/universitysecretary/governors/index.php.

The Senate is the other primary governance body. It includes students (16) and faculty (32). The Senate is responsible for the academic governance of the university, including matters related to libraries, faculties, departments, courses of instruction, fellowships, scholarships, exhibitions, bursaries, prizes, admissions, student appeals, and the granting of degrees (including honorary degrees, diplomas and certificates). See: http://www.uvic.ca/universitysecretary/senate/index.php.

UVic's undergraduate and graduate students have other opportunities to participate in university governance bodies including being elected by peers to either the undergradutate Students Society (UVSS): http://uvss.ca/ or the Graduate Students Society (GSS): http://gss.uvic.ca/.
Student, staff and faculty can also be appointed to the Planning and Priorities Committee (https://www.uvic.ca/universitysecretary/otherbodies/planningandpriorities/index.php), the Campus Planning Committee (http://www.uvic.ca/campusplanning/about/committees/campusplanningcommittee/index.php) and the Sustainability Advisory Committee (https://www.uvic.ca/sustainability/home/about/index.php#section0-2).

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