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Senate Committee Excludes Students

January 25, 2012

From: Diane Davidson
To: Joseph Hickey
Date: January 25, 2012

Dear Mr. Hickey,

Further to your email, I wish to inform you that restricting the appointment of members of the Joint Committee of the Board and Senate to elected professors or ex-officio members is a long-established Senate practice that has been applied consistently by the Secretariat of the University of Ottawa. While we have  been unable so far to locate a specific Senate decision in relation thereto, we are of the view that this Senate practice is consistent with faculty processes which generally provide that student members do not take part in the deliberations of committees dealing with individual cases involving professors.

I trust that this is of assistance.

Diane Davidson
Vice-rectrice à la gouvernance  /Vice-President, Governance
Université d’Ottawa | University of Ottawa


From: Joseph Hickey
To: Diane Davidson
Cc: Senate Members
Date: January 20, 2012

Dear VP Governance Diane Davidson,

Thank you for your letter informing Senate members about the nomination and election to the Joint Committee of the Senate and Board of Governors.

In your letter you state that the nominees to the Joint Committee must be either A) elected professors or B) ex-officio Senate members.  However, the Terms of Reference of the Joint Committee (available here: ) states that the Membership of the Joint Committee includes:

“d. three persons elected by the Senate from among its own members.”

Therefore please confirm that student nominations will be accepted, or if not, please clarify.

Joseph Hickey

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