Academic Board Teaching Staff Elections

The Academic Board is composed of 123 people. Of the elected members of the Academic Board who are not also members of the Governing Council, 51 members are elected from the Teaching Staff and 2 members are elected from the Librarians.

The Academic Board is responsible for consideration of policy in the academic area and for monitoring matters within this area of responsibility. In general, the Board reviews and assesses matters brought before it by the President and the President’s senior officers which affect the teaching, learning and research functions of the University, including the establishment of University objectives and priorities, the development of long-term and short-term plans, and the effective use of resources in the course of these pursuits.

The Academic Board has final decision-making authority on certain purely academic matters, including, but not limited to, (1) dealing with matters arising in connection with the award of fellowships, scholarships, medals, prizes and other awards for academic achievement and (2) determining and regulating the standards of admission of students to the University, the contents and curricula of all programs and courses of study and the requirements for graduation. With respect to matters which the Academic Board does not have final decision-making authority, most such matters are examined by the Academic Board, and if appropriate, recommended to the Executive Committee, which can confirm approval thereof on behalf of the Governing Council. However, for matters having significant impact on the University as a whole, having serious steering effects on the development of a particular division, or having a major impact on the relationships amongst divisions and relationships between the University and the community at large, such matters normally require the approval of the Governing Council.