Overall Rating Expired
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Liaison Stephanie MacPhee
Submission Date Dec. 20, 2013
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Wilfrid Laurier University
PA-3: Governance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired John Fraser
University Secretary (Acting)
University Secretariat & Privacy Office
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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:

Section 8.(1)7. and Section 8.(1)7.1 of the Wilfrid Laurier University Act, 1973 as Amended 2001, states two members elected by the undergraduate students from among the undergraduate students and one member elected by the graduate students from among the graduate students are appointed to serve as members of the Board of Governors. These positions are to be served by students and act a voice for the student body of Wilfrid Laurier University.


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:

Undergraduate and Graduate representatives are elected to serve the appropriate positions on the Board of Governors and are elected by the student in a formal voting process that coincides with the formal student body elections.


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:

Student representation within the Board of Governors are responsible for the being an active member of the board by participating in regular board member requirements. Their roles include; annually reviewing Wilfrid Laurier University's mission, vision and values, establishing new policies, programs and initiatives, strategically planning for long-term, budgeting, staffing and other financial planning and other board related responsibilities. Current examples of these responsibilities include reviewing the existing Policy 2.1 Cyclical Review of Undergraduate and Graduate Academic Program Policy and updating Policy 13.1 Use of the Wilfrid Laurier University Name and Marks in 2012 and reviewing Policy 7.1 Environmental/ Occupational Health and Safety in 2013.

+ Date Revised: March 20, 2014

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:

As stated in Section 8.(1)5. of the Wilfrid Laurier University Act, 1973 as Amended, 2001 it stipulates that two members are elected by the members of faculty from among the members of faculty to act as representatives on 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:

The University Secretariat or its designate shall conduct elections for administrative staff representatives to the Board of Governors as stipulated in the Act and in such manner so as to ensure that the two administrative staff positions will not be occupied concurrently by members of the same employee group.

Each staff representative, regardless of the employee group to which s/he belongs, shall represent all administrative staff while serving on the Board of Governors. Such representation shall be consistent with the Board-approved Roles & Responsibilities of Board Members which requires all members to “balance interests of constituent group represented with those of the university [and]place the interests of the university as a whole ahead of individuals or constituent groups.”


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:

Staff representation within the Board of Governors are responsible for the being an active member of the board. Their roles include; annually reviewing Wilfrid Laurier University's mission, vision and values, establishing new policies, programs and initiatives, strategically planning for long-term, budgeting, staffing and other financial planning and other board related responsibilities. Current examples of these responsibilities include reviewing the existing Policy 2.1 Cyclical Review of Undergraduate and Graduate Academic Program Policy and updating Policy 13.1 Use of the Wilfrid Laurier University Name and Marks in 2012 and reviewing Policy 7.1 Environmental/ Occupational Health and Safety in 2013.

+ Date Revised: March 20, 2014

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:

Agendas and documents for open meetings of the Board of Governors and Senate are available in advance of the meetings on the Secretariat web site and any member of the community, including faculty, staff or students, may attend open meetings. The by-laws of both the Senate and Board of Governors provide an opportunity for non-members to be heard and participate in meetings.


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:

Agendas and documents for open meetings of the Board of Governors and Senate are available in advance of the meetings on the Secretariat web site and any member of the community, including faculty, staff or students, may attend open meetings. The by-laws of both the Senate and Board of Governors provide an opportunity for non-members to be heard and participate in meetings.


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:

Faculty representation within the Board of Governors are responsible for the being an active member of the board. Their roles include; annually reviewing Wilfrid Laurier University's mission, vision and values, establishing new policies, programs and initiatives, strategically planning for long-term, budgeting, staffing and other financial planning and other board related responsibilities. Current examples of these responsibilities include reviewing the existing Policy 2.1 Cyclical Review of Undergraduate and Graduate Academic Program Policy and updating Policy 13.1 Use of the Wilfrid Laurier University Name and Marks in 2012 and reviewing Policy 7.1 Environmental/ Occupational Health and Safety in 2013.


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

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