Issues in Depth

The UBC Faculty Association is the voice of faculty on a number of important issues. To see related posts on these issues including calls for faculty input, select the relevant tag. Many topics are ongoing and faculty perspectives are always welcome. If you would like to comment on any item, please send an email to

2017 UBCFA Executive Elections

The UBCFA Executive Election 2017 is currently active. Faculty members eligible to vote have received access to their online ballot. Candidates Statements are available here (pdf). This Election will close at the start of the UBCFA Annual General Meeting at 1:00 pm on April 6th. 

History of Academic Freedom

The UBCFA is pleased to present the following standalone document by the Honourable Madam Justice Lynn Smith:

Academic Freedom History and Principles:
Excerpt from the Smith Report,
7 October 2015

Please follow this link to a pdf of the document.

UBC Board of Governors Election – Faculty Candidates Forum (Vancouver Campus)

The Faculty Candidates Forum (Vancouver Campus) webcast is complete. Watch Last Week’s Webcast Online.

Read more for information on voting and a link to the candidates’ statements.

UBCFA Response to Draft Sexual Assault Policy 131

Margot Young, Chair of UBCFA’s Status of Women Committee, has responded to the University’s call for feedback on the development of a new sexual assault policy.

UBCFA Response to Proposed Amendments to Policy 93

The UBC Faculty Association has responded to the University’s invitation to comment on Proposed Amendments to Policy 93 regarding Closed Meetings of the Board of Governors.

Join the Dialogue: UBC’s Proposed Amendments to Policy 93 – Closed Meetings of the Board of Governors

Please take the opportunity to express your views on UBC’s Proposed Amendments to Policy 93 – Closed Meetings of the Board of Governors.

Your opinion on UBC’s Draft Sexual Assault Policy

Update: the University Counsel is extending the period of consultation for the draft Sexual Assault Policy until October 31, 2016. The Faculty Association continues to welcome comments from our members. 

Meeting with the UBC Board of Governors

UBCFA President Mark Mac Lean spoke at today’s meeting with the UBC Board of Governors. He discussed a number of concerns with Board operations previously outlined in a written submission sent to the Board earlier this week. The UBCFA submission to the Board of Governors may be found here.

Member Advisory – Request for Clarification regarding UBC Board of Governors Management Practices

On 22 March 2016, the UBC Faculty Association filed a request for clarification from the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of British Columbia as to legislative requirements for the management practices of the UBC Board of Governors. The full text of this submission may be found here.

April 14, 2016 Meeting with the UBC Board of Governors

On March 24, the Faculty Association responded to a UBC Broadcast email announcing the Association’s acceptance of the Board of Governors’ invitation to attend a meeting on April 14th. In our response, we indicated that the meeting format outlined in the UBC Broadcast email was inadequate…