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3.3 uOttawa’s Governing Model

On July 1st, 1965, the Ontario Legislature approved Bill 158, the University of Ottawa Act, making the university a non-denominational, provincially-funded institution. It reorganized the University as a corporation independent from any outside body, lay or religion. The civil and pontifical charters were kept by the newly-created Saint Paul University which is federated with the University of Ottawa.

With more than 1300 regular professors, 40 000 students and 3500 support staff, uOttawa has already more than 210 000 graduates (for more statistics, visit the Quick Facts).

uOttawa has a bicameral system of governance with the governing body defined as the Board of Governors and the Senate defined as the academic authority.

The Board of Governors has oversight of the management and control of the University and its property, revenues, expenditures, business and related affairs.

  • 32 members: President, 8 persons appointed by the University, 4 persons appointed by Lieutenant-Governor in Council, 2 persons elected by Senate, 2 persons appointed by Alumni, 8 persons appointed by Saint Paul University,  2 faculty members, 2 support staff, 2 undergraduate students, 1 graduate student.
  • 9 standing committees: Executive; Finance and Treasury; Audit; Governance and Nominating; Buildings and Land; Pension Plan; Joint Committee of the Senate and Board; Pension Fund Investment; Ombudsperson Advisory.
  • Duties of the governors: Exercise care, prudence and due diligence; act in the best interest of the University; act in good faith, honestly and loyally; have no powers individually.

Please refer to the Board of Governors’ website for more information.

The Senate is responsible for the sound management of academic issues on campus.

  • 76 members: Chancellor; President; Vice-Presidents; Secretary-General; Dean & Secretary of each Faculty; one faculty member from each Faculty; other members as determined by by-law (Undergraduate students, Graduate students, Directors of TLSS, SASS, COOP)
  • 10 standing committees: Executive; Council on Undergraduate Studies; Honorary Degrees; Evaluation of Undergraduate Programs; Council on Graduate Studies; Strategic Committee on Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies; Joint Committee of the Senate and Board; Teaching and Teaching Evaluation; Appeals; Francophone Affairs and Official Languages.

Please consult the Senate’s website.  

The most important committee for the internal management of the University and for the general administration of University business, in keeping with applicable laws and regulations is the Administration Committee; it is made up of 6 members:

  • President
  • Vice-President, Academic and Provost
  • Vice-President, Research
  • Vice-President, Resources
  • Secretary-General (formerly Vice-President, Governance)
  • Vice-President, External Relations

The Administration Committee is responsible for the development of the Strategic Plan of the University and oversees its operationalization, establishes University policies and makes administration decisions that are needed to ensure the success of students' university experience, oversees the development of the budget, the capital plan and the procedures on human resources, supports research and maintains communication and external relations policies. 

At the Faculty-level, all Faculties are governed by a council, consisting of the Dean, the Associate Dean(s), if any, the Vice-Dean(s), the Secretary and such other members as may be determined by the Senate. The Faculties may appoint examiners and make by-laws for the good and efficient management of the affairs of the Faculty.

Besides the 1965 Act, many other tools ensure healthy governance at our University:

  • Board of Governors Bylaws
  • Policies and Regulations
  • Committee terms of reference documents
  • Code of Ethical Conduct and Responsibilities of Members of the Board of Governors
  • Disclosure Form and Acknowledgement and Undertaking of Responsibilities
  • Administration Committee Matrix of Decision-Making Authority and Administration Committee Matrix for Delegation of Decision-Making Authority
  • Procedures for appointing university officers
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