Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 52.43
Liaison Wesley Enterline
Submission Date Nov. 13, 2018
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University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
PA-3: Participatory Governance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.75 / 3.00 Wesley Enterline
Sustainability Coordinator
Facilities Planning and Management
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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:

http://connectuww.orgsync.com/org/whitewaterstudentgovernment114782

Whitewater Student Government's purpose is to enumerate the powers of the student government, to protect the rights of students, and to ensure that students at UW-Whitewater are guaranteed their statutory right of shared governance under State Statute 36.09(5).

The Senate will consist of twenty-five Senators elected from and by the student body. Each elected Senator will represent one of four districts. The on-campus student community will be divided into two districts: “Esker” and “Drumlin.” The Esker district will consist of those students residing in the residence halls North of Starin Road and East of Warhawk Road. The Drumlin district will consist of those students residing in the residence halls South of Starin Road or West of Warhawk Road. The off-campus student community will compose the third district. The fourth district will be known as At-Large, and represents the entire student populace.

The executive officers of the WSG will be the President and the Vice President. Elections will be held in accordance to the election rules, with their terms of office beginning the following July first and ending June thirtieth of the next year. No executive officer will be eligible to service the same office for more than two elected terms. No executive of the WSG may concurrently serve as a Senator. Any member of the student body will be eligible and qualified to seek the office of the President or Vice President. The members of the student body who are seeking the office of the President or Vice-President will be in good academic standing and maintain such standing throughout their term. Good academic standing is defined as “not on academic probation” (at least a 2.00 cum. G.P.A.). The President and Vice-President will serve a term of one year or until a successor is elected and assumes office.

https://www.uww.edu/housing/involvement/rha
The Residence Hall Association(RHA) is an organization established to promote interaction among residence halls. In order to achieve this purpose, Residence Hall Association provides services and activities for the benefit of the residents.

Residence Hall Association is here to represent the residents in University of Wisconsin - Whitewater Residence Halls, bring leadership and programs to foster community and to provide social, cultural, and intellectual development. We also review and uphold University housing policies and procedures and act as a link between administration and the residents.

Residence Hall Association feels that by doing this, communication and cooperation between the residence halls and other university organizations will formulate maximum representation of the residence hall students.

The Dean's Advisory Council provides a forum for students to communicate their concerns and interests directly to the Dean of their undergraduate college. Members of the DAC also represent student perspectives on various College committees and have networking opportunities to meet with alumni.


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:

http://www.uww.edu/usc
The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater University Staff Council’s (USC) mission is to promote a positive environment for all (former classified, now called) University Staff employees and encourage active participation in the University decision-making process. The USC is dedicated to promoting professional development and ongoing educational opportunities as well as serving as a channel of respectful communication among all University Staff, and between University Staff and the broader University community. The USC serves in an advisory role to the Chancellor and University administration, and represents all non-teaching or academic permanent, limited term (LTE) and project appointment employees of the University. USC has authority to propose resolutions to the Chancellor for campus-wide policy implementation for concerns relating directly to classified staff as a whole. New resolutions will be reviewed by the USC and require the approval of 60% (6/10) of the voting members with final approval by the Chancellor.

http://www.uww.edu/asa/
The Academic Staff Assembly is an elected body that represents UW-Whitewater instructional and non-instructional academic staff. The Assembly has primary responsibility for formulation and review of relevant policies and procedures and shall be represented in the development of all policies and procedures concerning academic staff members, including academic staff personnel matters.

Ten representatives will be elected based on nominations. Interested individuals may be nominated by another campus employee or self-nominate. If fewer than twelve individuals are nominated, Deans, Directors and the Chancellor may be asked for additional nominations. A maximum of two representatives from any unit/department will be allowed; however, if there are no accepted nominations from other units/departments then the maximum may be exceeded.


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:

http://www.uww.edu/facsenate/
The main responsibilities of the senate are to act as a liaison between the faculty and the campus administration, to aid in campus planning and academic policies and to stand as a consultive agency when called upon by the Chancellor.

The faculty, subject to the constraints of Board of Regents policy, shall be vested with the responsibility for the governance of the University. The faculty shall have primary
responsibilities for the determination and implementation of its academic programs and educational activities, for faculty personnel matters and, along with the campus administration, for the development of institutional policy.

Senators-at-large shall be elected from each rank (Professor, Associate Professor,
Assistant Professor, and Instructor) by the faculty of that rank. Each rank shall elect
one senator for each 20 faculty of that rank or major fraction thereof, except that each
rank shall elect at least one senator.

Twenty-one (21) constituency senators. For Senate purposes there shall be five
constituencies. They are the five colleges of the university. The College of Arts
Communication, Business and Economic, Education and Professional Studies, and
Letters and Sciences shall elect five (5) Senators. The College to be composed of UW
Rock County faculty shall elect one (1) Senator. Any faculty member who holds an
appointment that lies outside an academic department shall vote in the constituency in
which he or she is tenured or in which he or she hold probationary appointment status.
For the purposes of governance, faculty members with an appointment in the library
shall be considered as members of the Arts and Communication constituency. The
twenty-one (21) constituency senators shall be elected at large by and from each
constituency.


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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