Privacy of Records and Communications

Categories: Bargaining, Bargaining Updates 2010, privacy

In 2009, the Faculty Association had to work hard to ensure that UBC withdrew a bad privacy policy – one that would have given the university access to all of our private information, including in filing cabinets, emails and offices.

In our current negotiations, the Faculty Association has proposed language to ensure that faculty members’ teaching materials, research information and professional communications are the private domain of our members, within our members’ custody and control rather than the University’s. We hoped that the UBC Administration would agree that privacy is a fundamental part of our freedom to teach and conduct research, and worth protecting at UBC in our collective agreement.

Our proposal in bargaining to provide necessary protection for our records, files, and communications has been rejected outright by the university’s negotiating team without any discussion.

We will keep you posted on developments if any.