Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 66.44
Liaison Mike Wilson
Submission Date Jan. 29, 2014
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University of Victoria
PA-3: Governance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Neil Connelly
Director, Campus Planning & Sustainability
Office of Campus Planning & Sustainability
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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:

UVic's undergraduate and graduate students have multiple opportunities to participate in university governance bodies including being elected by peers to either the undergradutate Students Society (UVSS): http://uvss.ca/ or the Graduate Students Society (GSS): http://gss.uvic.ca/. They can also be appointed to the Board of Governors (http://www.uvic.ca/universitysecretary/governors/) and the University Senate (https://www.uvic.ca/universitysecretary/senate/), the Planning and Priorities Committee (https://www.uvic.ca/universitysecretary/otherbodies/planningandpriorities/index.php), the Campus Planning Committee (http://www.uvic.ca/campusplanning/about/committees/campusplanningcommittee/index.php) and the Sustainability Advisory Committee (https://www.uvic.ca/sustainability/home/about/index.php#section0-2).


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:

The UVic Board of Governors includes student representatives appointed by the UVic Students Society and Graduate Students Society (http://www.uvic.ca/universitysecretary/governors/).


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:

The student representatives on the UVic Board of Governors are full members of the Board and participate all levels of governance and decision-making conducted by the board. These include the management, administration and control of the property, revenue, business and affairs of the university. As members of the Senate, students participate in the academic governance of the university, including matters related to libraries, faculties, departments, courses of instruction, fellowships, scholarships, exhibitions, bursaries, prizes, admissions, student appeals, and the granting of degrees (including honorary degrees, diplomas and certificates).


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)?:
Yes

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

UVic's employees have multiple opportunities to participate in university governance bodies including being elected by peers (staff and faculty) to the Board of Governors (http://www.uvic.ca/universitysecretary/governors/) as well as selected for the Planning and Priorities Committee (https://www.uvic.ca/universitysecretary/otherbodies/planningandpriorities/index.php), the Campus Planning Committee (http://www.uvic.ca/campusplanning/about/committees/campusplanningcommittee/index.php) and the Sustainability Advisory Committee (https://www.uvic.ca/sustainability/home/about/index.php#section0-2).


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:

UVic employees elect one staff member to represent them on the Board of Governors (https://www.uvic.ca/universitysecretary/governors/membership/index.php).


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:

The staff representative on the UVic Board of Governors is a full member of the Board and participates all levels of governance and decision-making conducted by the board. These include the management, administration and control of the property, revenue, business and affairs of the university.


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:

The UVic Board of Governors consists of two elected faculty members. The Senate consists of 32 elected faculty members (two members from each faculty, with the remainder elected as at-large faculty members). See: http://www.uvic.ca/universitysecretary/index.php.


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:

The UVic Board of Governors consists of two elected faculty members. The Senate consists of 32 elected faculty members (two members from each faculty, with the remainder elected as at-large faculty members). See: http://www.uvic.ca/universitysecretary/index.php.


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:

The faculty representatives on the UVic Board of Governors are full members of the board and participate all levels of governance and decision-making conducted by the board. These include the management, administration and control of the property, revenue, business and affairs of the university. As members of the Senate, faculty participate in the academic governance of the university, including matters related to libraries, faculties, departments, courses of instruction, fellowships, scholarships, exhibitions, bursaries, prizes, admissions, student appeals, and the granting of degrees (including honorary degrees, diplomas and certificates).


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

UVic students, staff and faculty have many opportunties to be involved in the governance of the unversity. The primary governance body of the university is the Board of Governors which includes seats for elected students (2), staff (1) and faculty (2). The Board of Governors is responsible for the management, administration and control of the property, revenue, business and affairs of the university. http://www.uvic.ca/universitysecretary/governors/index.php.

The Senate is the other primary governance body. It includes students (16) and faculty (32). The Senate is responsible for the academic governance of the university, including matters related to libraries, faculties, departments, courses of instruction, fellowships, scholarships, exhibitions, bursaries, prizes, admissions, student appeals, and the granting of degrees (including honorary degrees, diplomas and certificates). See: http://www.uvic.ca/universitysecretary/senate/index.php.

UVic's undergraduate and graduate students have other opportunities to participate in university governance bodies including being elected by peers to either the undergradutate Students Society (UVSS): http://uvss.ca/ or the Graduate Students Society (GSS): http://gss.uvic.ca/.
Student, staff and faculty can also be appointed to the Planning and Priorities Committee (https://www.uvic.ca/universitysecretary/otherbodies/planningandpriorities/index.php), the Campus Planning Committee (http://www.uvic.ca/campusplanning/about/committees/campusplanningcommittee/index.php) and the Sustainability Advisory Committee (https://www.uvic.ca/sustainability/home/about/index.php#section0-2).

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