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’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…

Results from the No Confidence vote

March 29, 2016: 

Please follow this link to view the notice to members with the results of this vote.

Resignation from the Presidential Search Committee

Dr. Jennifer Berdahl, one of the two UBC Vancouver faculty representatives elected to the Presidential Search Committee, has resigned. Her full resignation communication is at and outlines her key reasons.

Response from S. Belkin, UBC Board of Governors

On February 3, the Faculty Association sent an open letter to the new Chair of the Board of Governors, Mr. Stuart Belkin, asking for an external review of the Board and its operations.

Notice of Meeting and Notice of Motion

Members should have received a notice regarding the presentation of a petition to the UBC Faculty Association signed by over 450 faculty seeking to have a membership vote on a no confidence motion. The motion, sponsored by Jonathan Ichikawa (Philosophy), Juliet O’Brien (FHIS), and Alan Richardson (Philosophy) is as follows:

Survey Results

Recently, the Faculty Association surveyed the membership on their opinions about the Presidential Search Committee. We asked two questions and requested a yes or no answer. We received 885 responses from faculty members at both the Vancouver and Okanagan campuses. The results are listed here: