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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 67.42
Liaison Beverley Ayeni
Submission Date Oct. 6, 2014
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STARS v2.0

Western University
PA-3: Governance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Stefanie De Adder
Sustainability Coordinator
Facilities Management
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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:

Students at Western can be elected to positions on the University Student Council (USC), Society of Graduate Students (SOGS) or as a representative to the Board of Governors (2 undergraduate representatives and 1 graduate representative). There are many other opportunities for students to be involved in other levels of governance at the university, including Faculty Councils or residence councils.


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:

Member of the Board of Governors include Ahsan Syed and Jonathan English, currently represent the undergraduate student body, as well as Michael Dietrich, representing the graduate student body. More information regarding election procedures can be found at http://www.uwo.ca/univsec/pdf/board/special_resolutions/spres9.pdf.


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:

Through representation on the Board of Governors, elected students take part in the above outlined decision-making scenarios through standard meeting procedures and motions. Meeting minutes and examples dating back to 1997 can be found at http://www.uwo.ca/univsec/board/meetings/agendas_minutes.html.


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)?:
No

A brief description of the mechanisms through which all staff have an avenue to participate in one or more governance bodies:

Administrative Staff are eligible to be elected to the Board of Governors.


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 administrative staff representatives are current members of the board of governors: Dr. Souzan Armstrong and Susan Grindrod.


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:

Through representation on the Board of Governors, elected staff take part in the above outlined decision-making scenarios through standard meeting procedures and motions. Meeting minutes and examples dating back to 1997 can be found at http://www.uwo.ca/univsec/board/meetings/agendas_minutes.html.


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:

Teaching and research faculty from all departments can be elected to represent their colleagues on many governance bodies including the board of governors as well as Education Policy Committees.


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:

Two elected faculty representatives, Dr. Stephen Sims and Dr. Regna Darnell, are current members of the Board of Governors. More information regarding election procedures can be found at http://www.uwo.ca/univsec/pdf/board/special_resolutions/spres9.pdf.


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:

Through representation on the Board of Governors, elected faculty take part in the above outlined decision-making scenarios through standard meeting procedures and motions. Meeting minutes and examples dating back to 1997 can be found at http://www.uwo.ca/univsec/board/meetings/agendas_minutes.html.


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

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.