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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 Gold
Overall Score 68.01
Liaison Andrew Predmore
Submission Date March 2, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Indiana University Bloomington
PA-3: Participatory Governance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 3.00 Makayla Bonney
Assistant Director
IU Office of 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:

The Indiana University Student Association (IUSA) is the undergraduate student body government at Indiana University Bloomington. At its core, IUSA is a congregation of students that work to protect student rights, enrich student life, and improve the University as a whole. Students join together to voice common concerns, hopes, grievances, and most importantly, to take action to realize an even stronger community.

The Executive Branch (Administration) is elected by the student body and continuously seeks to promote positive change for students on campus and beyond, from spearheading initiatives organically to voicing student concerns with administrators & faculty. This branch is led by the Student Body President with the executive help of the Student Body Vice-President of Administration, Vice-President of Congress, Treasurer, and Chief of Staff. The Executive Branch is tasked at executing of all actions assigned by Congress as prescribed by the IUSA Constitution in addition to any initiatives developed internally by members of the executive staff. The Executive Branch is comprised of more than twelve senior staff members and over sixty directors and committee members.

The Congressional Branch (Congress) is composed of more than 60 Congress members representing various academic and residential constituencies on the Indiana University Bloomington campus. In addition to proposing and voting on resolutions that change policy and procedures within the administration of the University, members of Congress serve on committees to stay current on such and represent issues in such areas as sustainability, academic affairs, and transportation.

The Judicial Branch (Supreme Court) is composed of 10 Associate Justices and 1 Chief Justice, as appointed by the Student Body President. Pursuant to Article IV, Section II of the IUSA Constitution, the judicial authority of IUSA will include the power of judicial review, adjudicating elections disputes, certifying elections results, and fulfilling the requirements of the University judicial process. Additional duties of the Court that are not specifically outlined in the IUSA Constitution include serving as student representatives on campus committees and hosting an annual judicial conference.

http://iusa.indiana.edu/about-iusa/

The highest governing body is the Board of Trustees, which has one appointed student member. Students apply to be on the board, and applicants are screened by a search committee comprised of the student government presidents or a representative from a student government organization from each campus, as well as the president of the graduate student government organizations at IUB and IUPUI. The Chair of the committee is the current student trustee. The student their final selection.


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:

The Indiana University Bloomington Professional Council (BPC) is made up of twenty-one elected Council Representatives, who represent the 2,400 professional staff employees of IUB.

The Mission of the Council is: "To represent IUB professional staff to IUB administration, providing advice and recommendations regarding the formulation of policies and solution of problems affecting any aspect of professional staff employment or working conditions; To provide a medium for exchange of relevant information between professional staff and IUB administration; To promote the value of professional staff in helping the University achieve its goals; To stimulate and support professional staff development opportunities."

The Council addresses its mission primarily through the activities of its four standing Council Committees. Staff are encouraged to contact their Council Representative if they wish to raise issues for Council review or comment on current activities.

http://www.indiana.edu/~iubpc/aboutUs.html

Service staff are represented through the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), local 832. Employees receive release time (without loss of pay) for a number of union activities: http://www.indiana.edu/~uhrs/relations/bloomington/afscme_release.html.


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:

Faculty have direct access at the governing level. At the school and campus levels, there are elected executives on the Bloomington Faculty Council (BFC).

The Bloomington Faculty Council (BFC) is a representative body of elected members from Indiana University Bloomington. The BFC includes members from the faculty, administration, students, professional staff/union, and the ROTC who oversee fourteen standing and five elected committees, canvas faculty and staff for campus consensus on pressing academic and domestic matters, and provide campus and university service through numerous campus committees and the University Faculty Council.

http://www.indiana.edu/~bfc/about.html


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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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.