Senate | Meeting Synopsis | November 27, 2017

Posted on Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

The second Senate meeting of the 2017-18 session was held on November 27, 2017, and was chaired by President Franco Vaccarino.

Chair of the Senate Priorities and Planning Committee, Dr. Ian Newby-Clark, commenced the meeting with a territorial land acknowledgment.

The President offered oral remarks, highlighting reasons to celebrate important successes at the University and the ways in which the University is taking part in broader conversations to build the University’s reputation and advance post-secondary education. 

Provost and VP (Academic) Charlotte Yates provided a presentation and update on the college strike and its impact on the University of Guelph-Humber, and acknowledged the ongoing efforts of staff and faculty during and after the strike. Provost Yates also provided an update on the Career Ready Fund, including the University’s applications to date. The Provost’s full presentation can be found online, at the end of the Senate meeting package.

Other items of business at the meeting included:

  • Discussion of questions relating to fall reading break survey; inclusion of contextual materials on transcripts (e.g., class averages, medians or rankings); and, concerns with the student town hall related to tuition increases.
  • A report from Student Senate Caucus co-chair Nick Manuel.
  • Approval of Senate Priorities for the 2017-18 academic year.
  • Approval of amendments to the Board of Undergraduate Studies (BUGS) bylaws.
  • Deletion of fields in the PhD in Philosophy.
  • Approval of changes to the Collaborative Specialization in International Development Studies.
  • Presentation of the 2018-19 Academic Schedule of Dates for Guelph-Humber.
  • Presentation of non-degree program reviews for the Certificate in Human Resource Management and Turf Managers Short Course Certificate.
  • Presentation of non-degree program changes to the Certificate in Couple and Family Therapy Studies; Certificate in Disability Management and Attendance Support; Certificate in Facilities Management; and, Certificate in Information Management, Privacy and Access.
  • Additional items presented for information, included: update from the COU Academic Colleague, undergraduate curriculum changes, graduate curriculum changes, 2017-18 Senate and Senate Standing Committee membership, update on Senate elections for 2018-19, BUGS program committee membership, graduate faculty appointments, annual reports for research-related committees and annual report for research integrity breaches. 

Senate also held a deliberative discussion on the expansion of the Fall Study Break.  A record of the discussion can be found on the University Secretariat website, and members of the University of Guelph community are invited to provide feedback to the University Secretariat on this issue until December 15, 2017.  Comments may be submitted to   

The complete meeting agenda package is available on the University Secretariat website and includes detailed information on the items listed above.

The next Senate meeting will be held on February 5, 2018, in the OVC Lifetime Learning Centre Room 1714.  Meetings are open to the public and visitors who wish to attend should contact the University Secretariat at

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