Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 55.05
Liaison Nicole Arsenault
Submission Date April 20, 2016
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STARS v2.0

York University
PA-3: Governance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Andrew Plunkett
Sustainability Coordinator
President
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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:

York’s undergraduate and graduate students have opportunities to participate in university governance. The York Federation of Students (YFS): http://yfs.ca/section/114 is the institution’s undergraduate students’ union, in which all undergraduate students have the opportunity to be elected by their peers. The Graduate Students Association (GSA): http://www.yugsa.ca/index.php?cmd=Home offers the same election opportunities for graduate students. Students can also be appointed to the Board of Governors (http://www.yorku.ca/secretariat/board/index-board.html) as well as the senate (http://www.yorku.ca/secretariat/senate/composition.html), the Academic Policy, Planning and Research Committee (http://www.yorku.ca/univsec/senate/committees/apprc/comp-apprc.html) and the President’s Sustainability Council (PSC) (http://www.yorku.ca/susweb/psc/)


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 York University Board of Governors appoints two student members who are chosen by the Student Senator Caucus.
For the Senate: 2 students for each Faculty as reported by Faculty Councils, except for the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies which shall have 6 seats


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:

Student representatives on the Board of Governors are full member of the Board and thus are responsible for being active members of the Board. Both Staff participate in all decision-making conducted by the board. This includes the management of the University, its property, revenues, expenditures, business, affairs, and investing all funds belonging to the University. The Board of Governors has seven committees which are open to all members of the Board. These include: Academic resources, executive, finance and audit, governance and human resources, investment, land and property, and marketing, communications and community affairs. For a breakdown of the powers of the Board of Governors and the Senate, see: http://www.yorku.ca/secretariat/governancedocs/documents/GovernanceAtAGlance.pdf


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 have the opportunity to participate in university governance through the Board of Governors. Two members of the full-time non-academic staff of York University shall be appointed or elected to be members of the Board under nomination and election/appointment procedures to be determined and administered by the Board Executive Committee. This can be found in Article VII. 1(b)iii of the Board of Governor’s By-laws


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:

Two staff representatives are selected to the Board of Governors via a nomination and voting process. Nominees must have recorded at least five years of full-time non-academic work with the University in order to be eligible. Ballots are distributed to all non-academic staff to appoint two of the nominees to the Board. For more details see: http://www.yorku.ca/secretariat/board/elections/NonAcadEmployee/2014/CallForNominationsPackage2014.pdf.


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:

Staff representatives on the Board of Governors are full member of the Board and thus are responsible for being active members of the Board. Both Staff participate in all decision-making conducted by the board. This includes the management of the University, its property, revenues, expenditures, business, affairs, and investing all funds belonging to the University. The Board of Governors has seven committees which are open to all members of the Board. These include: Academic resources, executive, finance and audit, governance and human resources, investment, land and property, and marketing, communications and community affairs.
See. http://www.yorku.ca/secretariat/governancedocs/documents/GovernanceAtAGlance.pdf


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:

Faculty members have the opportunity to participate in University governance through The Senate. There are 99 faculty members on the senate. See http://www.yorku.ca/secretariat/senate/composition.html


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:

There are 99 Faculty-designated seats on The Senate. Faculty Councils are responsible for electing members to these seats.


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:

As members of the Senate, faculty participate in the academic governance of the university, including matters related to academic policy, faculties, departments, prizes, admissions, student appeals, and the granting of degrees (including honorary degrees, diplomas and certificates).


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