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February 2016

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February 2016

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The UBC Faculty Association is committed to promoting the interests of UBC Faculty and UBC, addressing all levels of government on university affairs and upholding principles of academic freedom and freedom from discrimination and harassment.

NEWS & EVENTS


  1. UBCFA seeks clarity on proposed revisions to UBC Policy 87: Research
  2. Presidential Search, Governance Issues & UBCFA Fact Finding Process, February 2016
  3. Member Notice, November 20, 2015
  4. Bargaining Update, October 2015

Proposed Revisions to UBC Policy 87: Research

February 2016

Faculty Association questions and comments regarding proposed Policy 87: Research

A letter from Mark Mac Lean, President, on behalf of the UBC Faculty Association Executive Committee, to Hubert Lai, University Counsel

"The Faculty Association is taking this opportunity to comment on, and seek clarification regarding, the proposed revisions to Policy 87. In general, the Association supports the University's efforts to provide UBC Researchers clarity regarding the conduct and administration of research funding. Robust and innovative scholarly activity, and the academic freedom upon which it rests, is best achieved through the transparent elucidation of the rights and responsibilities of both the University and faculty at this institution. Despite our general support for the spirit of most of the revisions, the Association is concerned that the proposed Policy appears to intrude on the traditional rights of Faculty Association members by adding, omitting or altering a number of provisions in the existing Policy 87. The following is not an exhaustive list of our concerns. . ." To read the full text of this letter, please visit this link.

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Presidential Search, Governance Issues & UBCFA Fact Finding Process

February 2016

Developments:

February 4, 2016: Board governance issues

A letter from Mark Mac Lean, President
On behalf of the UBC Faculty Association Executive Committee

"This link will take you to our open letter to the new Chair of the Board of Governors, Mr. Stuart Belkin. The letter has also been copied to Premier Clark and Minister Wilkinson.

We are asking for an external review of the Board and its operations. This request is prompted by our experiences with Board processes over the past six months, and by the revelations of documents and emails leaked last week . . ."

The complete letter of February 4th to the membership is available at this link

January 28, 2016: Board governance issues and the President's resignation

A letter from Mark Mac Lean, President
On behalf of the UBC Faculty Association Executive Committee

"It has been a while since the Faculty Association last communicated with members about the aftermath of the resignation of Dr. Arvind Gupta. Since the Board of Governor’s refusal last fall to provide a full explanation as to how the University came to lose its President, the Faculty Association has engaged in a search for information to attempt to piece together the events that led to Dr. Gupta’s departure. Our goal has been to determine if there was due process leading up to the Board accepting Dr. Gupta’s resignation. Dr. Gupta has now publicly stated that a formal review was never done . . ."

The complete letter of January 28th to the membership is available at this link

January 18, 2016: UBCFA Executive Meets with Presidential Search Committee

The Executive Committee of the UBC Faculty Association met with the Presidential Search Committee, at their request, on January 12, 2016. We took the opportunity to convey some of the messages you had sent us, especially, the sense of disengagement and cynicism that many of you have publicly and privately expressed, and the sense that recent events have damaged the University’s reputation. We also communicated our commitment to pursuing a President who is responsive to the concerns of Faculty, and who is committed to the key teaching and research missions of the University. Finally, we communicated our wish that the new President respect diversity both in the sense of personal characteristics as well as in the sense of a diversity of opinion. A copy of the January 18, 2016 letter is available at this link.

October 16: UBCFA Response to UBC Press Conference Oct. 15

Link to UBCFA Letter to Members from Mark Mac Lean, UBCFA President, responding to the UBC Press Conference held on October 15.

October 15: Fact Finding Report Released

Link to UBCFA Letter to Members from Mark Mac Lean, UBCFA President, in response to the release of the Fact Finding Report.
Link to the Fact Finding Report: Summary of Process and Conclusions, The Honourable Lynn Smith, Q.C.

October 1:
Link to October 1 Notice to Members from Mark Mac Lean, UBCFA President. Link to response from the Board of Governors to UBCFA letter dated 21 September 2015.

September 2:
Link to September 2 Letter to Members from Mark Mac Lean, UBCFA President requesting the Board of Governors renegotiate the terms of Professor Gupta’s resignation agreement. Link to 1 September 2015 Letter from the UBCFA to the Board of Governors.

August 26: Member Notice: Agreement reached with UBC on fact-finding process

August 19: UBC Faculty Association Executive calls for Mr. Montalbano's resignation

August 18: UBCFA Correspondence to Angela Redish, Acting President and Vice-Chancellor, Provost & Vice-President Academic pro tem

August 18: Media Statement from the Chair of UBC, John Montalbano

August 17: Link to UBCFA Notice from the Executive to the Membership, August 17, 2015

Please note: In the notice to our members on August 17th, Margot Young, Chair, Status of Women Committee (Law) was inadvertantly left off the list of Executives.

August 14: Read the response to our concerns from UBC's Board of Governors here.

August 10: In reaction to President Arvind Gupta's sudden resignation, UBCFA President Mark Mac Lean sent a letter to all of our members on August 10th. View our correspondence by following this link.

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Member Notice

November 20, 2015

Dear Colleagues,

On November 16, 2015, the Faculty Association of the University of British Columbia became aware that the University had suspended with pay the Chair of the Department of Creative Writing, Professor Steven Galloway, pending an investigation into “serious allegations” against him. Unfortunately, this confidential information was released to the public by way of the posting of an internal memorandum from the Dean of Arts, and by various interviews granted to the media by members of the university administration.

Professor Galloway has a legal right to privacy regarding matters pertaining to his employment status and an expectation of procedural fairness, natural justice, and that the labour relations processes and practices at the University will be followed.

We deeply regret that unspecified allegations and the fact of his suspension have been made public by the University and we will not be commenting further.

Sincerely,

Mark Mac Lean
President

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Bargaining Update

October 2015

Arbitration Rescheduled

Arbitration dates had originally been set for October 20-22. No fewer than 8 written submissions (four each side) have now been exchanged between the parties. Unfortunately in the process of this exchange of submissions, evidentiary issues arose that could not be resolved in time to meet the originally scheduled dates, and the arbitration has had to be rescheduled. The new dates are February 16-18, 2016.

Meanwhile, we invite you to read the Faculty Association submission (August 31), and its reply submission (October 9). We also invite you to read the University's submission and reply submission of the same dates.

Visit our Bargaining Blog for previous updates

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