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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 34.35
Liaison Rose Armour
Submission Date Sept. 16, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

American University of Sharjah
PA-3: Participatory Governance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 3.00 Ryan Highland
Sustainability Engagement
AUS 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?:
No

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

AUS Student Council:
Our Student Union is dedicated to the continuous development and welfare of the AUS community.
Consisting of 14 executive officers elected through campus-wide elections and three appointed committee members, the Student Council is the executive authority of the Student Union. Its mission is to represent the students and give them the opportunity to communicate their views. It provides resources for the various student organizations and clubs, offering guidance and support, in an attempt to build a generation that is established on the notions of teamwork, dedication and responsibility.
The Student Council consists of the following posts:

EXECUTIVE BOARD
President
Vice President
Vice President for Public Relations
Executive Secretary and Office Director
Treasurer
COMMUNITY OUTREACH COMMITTEE
Events and Activities Coordinator
Athletics and Sports Coordinator
Communications and Media Coordinator
Student Organizations and Campus Services Coordinator
BOARD OF COLLEGES, SCHOOLS AND ACADEMIC PROGRAMS REPRESENTATIVES
CAAD Representative
SBA Representative
CAS Representative
CEN Representative
AABP Representative
SUBCOMMITTEE FOR STUDENT ACTIVITIES AND ORGANIZATIONS
Leadership Program and Community Services Representative
SUBCOMMITTEE FOR STUDENT RESIDENTIAL LIFE
Women's Dormitories Coordinator
Men's Dormitories Coordinator
The Student Council serves a number of important functions, such as:

allowing students to cast their views on all university issues

utilizing opportunities to better serve the students' interests
supporting students in their views and concerns
looking after students' common interests
initiating programs and projects that promote leadership and teamwork
nurturing students' welfare in all fields
keeping the AUS community up-to-date on events that affect it most
solving students' problems effectively


Do the institution’s staff members have a representative body through which they can participate in governance (e.g. a staff council)?:
No

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:
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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:

The AUS Faculty Assembly is comprised of all full-time research and teaching faculty at AUS and has the authority to provide the administration with recommendations for policies regarding all aspects of academic life at AUS. Any changes to the AUS Faculty Handbook, which is the primary governing document for all faculty contracts at AUS, must be voted on by the Faculty Assembly. The Faculty Senate is an elected body of full-time teaching and research faculty from all four colleges that has the power to act on behalf of the faculty in all matters related to the educational policy and the effective administration of AUS.


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:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.