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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 Silver
Overall Score 58.51
Liaison Geory Kurtzhals
Submission Date Nov. 23, 2016
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STARS v2.0

Southern Illinois University Carbondale
PA-9: Employee Compensation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.88 / 3.00 Tracy Bennett
Human Resource Manager
Human Resources
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Number of employees:
5,141

Number of staff and faculty covered by sustainable compensation standards, guidelines, or policies; and/or collective bargaining agreements:
5,141

Does the institution have employees of contractors working on-site as part of regular and ongoing campus operations?:
No

Number of employees of contractors working on campus:
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Number of employees of contractors covered by sustainable compensation standards, guidelines, or policies and/or collective bargaining agreements:
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A brief description of the sustainable compensation standards, guidelines, or policies; and/or collective bargaining agreements covering staff, faculty and/or employees of contractors:

Southern Illinois University Carbondale pays all employees a minimum wage of $8.25/hour which is significantly higher than the federal minimum wage. This applies to our student employees as well. In addition, the University adheres to the Prevailing Wage Act which ensures that craft and trade positions (temporary or permanent) are paid the trade’s prevailing wage. We also fall under the jurisdiction of the State Universities Civil Service System which conducts salary surveys biannually to ensure we are keeping pace with other universities in the state.
All of our collective bargaining agreements are available online at:
http://laborrelations.siu.edu/labor-contracts/index.php


Does the institution wish to pursue Part 2 of this credit (assessing employee compensation)?:
Yes

Number of staff and faculty that receive sustainable compensation:
4,714

Number of employees of contractors that receive sustainable compensation:
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A brief description of the standard(s) against which compensation was assessed:

According to the MIT Living Wage Calculator, the living wage calculation for Carbondale-Marion, IL is $9.83, and 97.97% of all full- and part-time employees at the institution earn above that standard.
This excludes our undergraduate student employees but includes faculty and staff (faculty, civil service, administrative professional, extra help and graduate assistantships).


A brief description of the compensation (wages and benefits) provided to the institution’s lowest paid regular, full-time employees:

Southern Illinois University Carbondale pays all employees a minimum wage of $8.25/hour which is significantly higher than the federal minimum wage. This applies to our student employees as well. In addition, the University adheres to the Prevailing Wage Act which ensures that craft and trade positions (temporary or permanent) are paid the trade’s prevailing wage. We also fall under the jurisdiction of the State Universities Civil Service System which conducts salary surveys biannually to ensure we are keeping pace with other universities in the state.

Most Faculty, Administrative/Professional and Civil Service staff are eligible for health benefits. These are administered by Central Management Service of the State of Illinois. The options are available online at: https://www.illinois.gov/cms/Employees/benefits/StateEmployee/Pages/State_BenefitChoicePeriodFY2017.aspx

Fringe benefits are also provided to most of these employees. Below are links to the specific information.
http://policies.siu.edu/personnel_policies/chapter6/leavefap.php
http://policies.siu.edu/personnel_policies/chapter6/leavecs.php
http://policies.siu.edu/personnel_policies/chapter6/leavefap.php
http://policies.siu.edu/personnel_policies/chapter6/leavecs.php
http://policies.siu.edu/employees_handbook/chapter6/allemployees.php

+ Date Revised: March 3, 2017

A brief description of the compensation (wages and benefits) provided to the institution’s lowest paid regular, part-time employees:

Same as above but proportional based on FTE.


A brief description of the compensation (wages and benefits) provided to the institution’s lowest paid temporary (non-regular) staff:

SIU encourages departments to pay temporary (extra help) staff the same starting rate as required for a permanent hire.


A brief description of the compensation (wages and benefits) provided to the institution’s lowest paid temporary (non-regular, adjunct or contingent) faculty:

SIU encourages departments to pay temporary (extra help) Faculty the same starting rate as required for a permanent hire.


A brief description of the compensation (wages and benefits) provided to the institution’s lowest paid student employees (graduate and/or undergraduate, as applicable):
+ Date Revised: March 3, 2017

The local legal minimum hourly wage for regular employees:
8.25 US/Canadian $

Does the institution have an on-site child care facility, partner with a local facility, and/or provide subsidies or financial support to help meet the child care needs of faculty and staff?:
Yes

Does the institution offer a socially responsible investment option for retirement plans?:
Yes

The website URL where information about the institution’s sustainable compensation policies and practices is available:
http://policies.siu.edu/personnel-policies/chapter5/compnonr.php
+ Date Revised: March 3, 2017

http://livingwage.mit.edu/metros/16060
There were a total of 4812 employees included in the group and of those, 98 did not meet the living wage of $9.83/hour. 4812-98=4714

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.