Quorum at Science Faculty Board (19 November 2014)

The 18 September 2014 meeting of Science Faculty Board occurred without a quorum. Several undergraduate course calendar and program changes were approved at that meeting. A few days later, I protested the lack of quorum.

At the 13 November 2014 meeting of Science Faculty board, the matter of lack of quorum was discussed and dealt with. The previous round of undergraduate course calendar and program changes were voted upon once again and approved again. A new “note 6” was added to the minutes of the 18 September 2014 meeting to alert Senate that there was a lack of quorum and therefore any decisions made on 18 September were null and void. Thanks to the dean and associate dean of science for making these changes. I assume that Senate by and through the Senate Committee on Curriculum, Admissions, and Studies Policy (SCCASP) will now have to vote again on these changes.

On 21 September 2014, I had complained about lack of quorum at the 19 June 2014 Science Faculty Board meeting, which also included approval of calendar changes, but that matter has not yet been resolved.

At the 13 November 2014 meeting, I asked whether Science Faculty Board had approved the graduation list for November 2014 convocation at their meeting on 18 September 2014. The dean of science said that Science Faculty Board no longer votes on graduation lists, but simply passes through approval or rejection of graduation lists from individual departments and institutes within the Faculty of Science. Antithetically, graduation lists are not even on Science Faculty Board’s consent agenda. I leave it to Senate to decide whether Science Faculty Board is allowed to delegate and abdicate this important responsibility of voting on graduation lists.

Finally, note that I have just reported on events that transpired at the 13 November 2014 meeting of Science Faculty Board, which is a closed/confidential session. Therefore, on 14 November 2014, I obtained explicit written permission from the dean of science to blog about matters associated with Science Faculty Board quorum.

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