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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 51.71
Liaison Jeffrey Severin
Submission Date July 17, 2015
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STARS v2.0

University of Kansas
PA-9: Employee Compensation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.40 / 3.00 Lisa Rea
Principal Analyst
Human Resources
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Number of employees:
6,229

Number of staff and faculty covered by sustainable compensation standards, guidelines, or policies; and/or collective bargaining agreements:
0

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

Number of staff and faculty that receive sustainable compensation:
5,806

Number of employees of contractors that receive sustainable compensation:
0

A brief description of the standard(s) against which compensation was assessed:

A livable wage is defined by Douglas County, KS as $12.56. Companies must provide at least this much to their employees in order to be eligible for tax incentives from the County. As we are located within Douglas County we used their standard to assess our own employee compensation.


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

KU has a policy that all employees must be paid at least $7.50 an hour, this includes students.


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

KU has a policy that all employees must be paid at least $7.50 an hour, this includes students.


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

KU has a policy that all employees must be paid at least $7.50 an hour, this includes students.


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

KU has a policy that all employees must be paid at least $7.50 an hour, this includes students.


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

KU has a policy that all employees must be paid at least $7.50 an hour, this includes students.


The local legal minimum hourly wage for regular employees:
7.25 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:
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The reporting tool would not allow a "Yes" or "Unknown" response regarding contract employees without providing additional information. Contract employees do work on campus, but we do not have data on these employees at this time.

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.