Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 69.71
Liaison Sharmilla Raj
Submission Date May 6, 2024

STARS v2.2

Toronto Metropolitan University
PA-3: Inclusive and Participatory Governance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00
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Does the institution have formal participatory or shared governance bodies through which the following stakeholders can regularly participate in the governance of the institution?:
Yes or No
Students Yes
Academic staff Yes
Non-academic staff Yes

A brief description of the institution’s formal participatory or shared governance bodies:

Toronto Metropolitan University has a bi-cameral governance structure which means that there are two governing bodies working at the university, the Board of Governors and the Senate. These two bodies are closely intertwined through the budget process, but remain quite separate from each other in terms of decision-making. TMU has a student union that acts as a governing body. Toronto Metropolitan Student Union (TMSU) empowers students and builds community on TMU’s campus by advocating for student rights, supporting student groups, events and initiatives, and providing discounted services. A platform to encourage collaboration, engagement and empowerment — TMSU are the students' trusted allies, a resource students can depend on for timely and accurate representation now and in the future.


The TMU Senate acts as a governing body through which academic staff and non-academic staff can regularly participate in the governance of the institution. The TMU senate holds academic authority, and is responsible for maintaining, communicating and implementing institutional policies pertaining to: the content and quality of all programs and courses of study; the standards for admission to the university; and, the qualifications for obtaining degrees, diplomas and certificates.  In addition to the TMU Senate, TMU has a strong history of collaborative collective bargaining and positive labour relations for non-academic staff, including staff at lower level positions. We are committed problem solvers, successfully negotiating collective agreements with all the unions on campus that include progressive changes that meet the needs of all parties.


 


Total number of individuals on the institution’s highest governing body:
28

Number of students representing their peers as official members of the institution’s highest governing body:
3

Number of academic staff representing their peers as official members of the institution’s highest governing body:
3

Number of non-academic staff representing their peers as official members of the institution’s highest governing body:
16

Number of women serving as official members of the institution’s highest governing body:
14

Percentage of official members of the highest governing body that are women:
50

Website URL where information about the institution’s highest governing body may be found:
Does the institution host or support one or more formal bodies through which external stakeholders have a regular voice in institutional decisions that affect them?:
Yes

A brief description of the campus-community council or equivalent body that gives external stakeholders a regular voice in institutional decisions that affect them:

The TMU School of Medicine is committed to ensuring community voice is heard and taken into account in all aspects of the School. The Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Community Committee (EDICC) is one of the ways we will work toward achieving this goal. Community stakeholders from both inside and outside TMU provide guidance around EDI-related issues. As our work continues, we have established an EDI & Communities Committee made up entirely of local community members from outside of the TMU community. This committee provides important guidance and feedback about equity, diversity and inclusion and community needs directly to the Community, Culture and Belonging Section of the School of Medicine and to the Dean’s Advisory Council, while supporting reciprocal learning and engagement with Brampton community members and key healthcare champions.


https://www.torontomu.ca/school-of-medicine/about/advisory-councils/edi-communities-committee/


 


Number of people from underrepresented groups serving as official members of the institution’s highest governing body.:
1

Website URL where information about the institution’s governance structure is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Data source(s) and notes about the submission:
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