Board of Governors' Meeting Schedule Violates Bylaws

Monday, January 16, 2006

Written by Hannah Draper - CSA Communications Commissioner

I am writing to express my concern about the scheduling of the Board of Governors’ (BOG) meetings this year.

Until December 14th, the bylaw pertaining to the scheduling of BOG meetings (which was in effect when this year’s meetings were set) read:

Regular meetings of the Board shall normally be held on the fourth Thursday in each of the months of March, June, September and November. Meetings may also be scheduled in the months of January, February, April, May and October.

The dates of the actual BOG meetings, which are in violation of the above bylaw, are as follows: October 27, 2005; December 14, 2005; April 20, 2006; May 25, 2006.

This concerns me for several reasons. It is disconcerting that the highest governing body of the University does not follow the very bylaws and policies which make them a legitimate and valid entity. It also leads one to wonder what other bylaws and policies they are not following.

However, my main concern is that 3 of the 4 meeting dates have been scheduled during exams or when most students are not on campus. While BOG meetings are generally open to the public these dates are certainly not accessible to most students. Coincidence? I’m not so sure…

I would like to call on the BOG to change the date of their April meeting where the University’s 2006/07 budget will be passed to before the Winter Exam Period so that students are able to attend the meeting to offer their insights. I would also like to ask that this meeting be moved from UC 424 to a significantly larger venue so that there will be space for everyone interested in attending to have their voice heard.

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