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

Join the Dialogue: UBC Strategic Planning Process

An invitation from The Provost and Vice-President Academic and Nancy Langton, President, UBCFA, to attend a faculty forum on UBC’s Strategic Planning Process on Monday, December 11.

Join the Dialogue: Freedom of Expression

Thank you to members who responded to our call for input on this issue. 

The University will be accepting comments until November 30.  

Tentative Agreement – Information Meetings and Ratification Vote

We are pleased to announce that a tentative three-year Collective Agreement has been reached between the Faculty Association and the University. The Information package is available here.

For more information, please read our latest notice to the membership.

Tentative Agreement on Collective Agreement for Faculty at UBC

A Joint Communique from the University of British Columbia and the UBC Faculty Association

The University and the Faculty Association are very pleased to advise that a tentative agreement was reached between the parties on Friday, June 30, 2017, for the terms of a new collective agreement. The tentative agreement reflects the commitment of the parties to the bargaining process, and the interests of the students and faculty at the University.

Final Report on Freedom of Information Requests Filed in September 2015

This letter is to update you on the status of several Freedom of Information (FOI) requests filed by the UBCFA in September 2015 surrounding the resignation of President Arvind Gupta.

Our purpose in filing these complaints was to clarify the procedure and documentation surrounding the Board of Governors’ management of the resignation of President Gupta as well as ensuing events.

Our complaints were divided into several files by the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner. The principal outcomes are as follows:

UBCFA concerns regarding UBC Chancellor reappointment

UBCFA’s letter from the Mark Mac Lean, President to the Chancellor Reappointment Committee, April 26, 2017 – to view, please follow this link.

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.