Joint Committee of the Senate and of the Board of Governors

Role

As required under the University of Ottawa Act, there is also a joint committee of the Board and Senate which reports to both bodies and which deals with “matters of mutual concern.”

Prior to 1987, the Joint Committee — in addition to making decisions on issues related to promotion, tenure, and sabbatical leave — also had the mandate to consider matters having to do with priorities in the development of the University as well as policies affecting the University teaching staff. :

However, since 1987 the Joint Committee has dealt primarily with individual cases of promotion, tenure, and academic leaves within the context of the Collective Agreement between the Board and the Association of Professors of the University of Ottawa (APUO).

Terms of Reference

Establishment

The Committee was established on May 29, 1967 by Resolution 67.27 of the Board of Governors, modified on April 20, 1976 by By-Law 2, 1976, on April 14, 1987 by the Executive Committee of the Board, decision 87.47 which was ratified by the Board of Governors on May 25, 1987, decision 87.13, on May 25, 1992 by By-Law 1, 1992, resolution 92.5, on July 21, 1997 by By-Law 1, 1997, resolution 97.21, on February 21, 2012 by the Board of Governors, resolution 2012.4, on February 25, 2013 by the Board of Governors, resolution 2013.2, on April 30, 2018 by the Board of Governors, resolution 2018.07.

Status

The Joint Committee of the Senate and the Board is a standing committee of the Board of Governors.

Powers and Functions

The Joint Committee deals with matters of mutual concern to the Senate and the Board. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, the Joint Committee exercises the powers of the Board concerning individual cases of members of the APUO as determined by the Collective Agreement between the Board and the APUO. More specifically, the Joint Committee:

  • decides upon the granting or refusal of tenure;
  • decides upon the granting or refusal of promotions;
  • decides upon the granting or refusal of sabbatical and other leaves as are specified in the Collective Agreement;
  • decides upon any other matter concerning individual members of the APUO in accordance with the Collective Agreement.
Membership

The Committee consists of the following members:

  1. the President;
  2. two Vice-presidents appointed by the Executive Committee of the Board of Governors;
  3. three full or associate professors appointed by the Board of Governors;
  4. three full or associate professors elected by the Senate among its own members.
Term of Office

The term of office of the members elected by the Board is for three years and is renewable twice.

The term of office of the members elected by the Senate is for three years and is renewable twice.

Officers

The President is the Chairperson of the Committee. One of the Vice-presidents designated by the President will act as Vice-chairperson. The Secretary-General of the University acts as Secretary of the Committee.

Meetings

The Committee meets at the call of the Chairperson.

Quorum

A majority of the members constitutes a quorum.

Secretarial Services

Secretarial services are provided by the Office of the Secretary-General.

Members

Chair

Jacques Frémont
President and Vice-Chancellor
End of mandate: 2021-06-30

Vice-chair

David Graham
Vice-President, Academic and Provost
End of mandate: 2019-04-30

Members

Steffany Bennett
* Professor
Faculty of Medicine
End of mandate: 2020-06-21

Sanni Yaya
Professor
Faculty of Social Sciences
End of mandate: 2020-06-30

Denis Nadeau
Professor
Faculty of Law, Civil Law Section
End of mandate: 2019-10-31

André Samson
Professor and Secretary
Faculty of Education
End of mandate: 2021-05-10

Alistair Savage
Professor
Faculty of Science
End of mandate: 2021-06-30

Claire Turenne Sjolander
Vice-Provost, Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
End of mandate: 2021-06-30

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