Duties of Governors under the Code

A Governor, no matter how elected or appointed, must:

  • act in the best interest of the University and with a view to advancing its welfare;
  • avoid Conflicts (potential, actual or apparent) or otherwise manage them in order to neutralize them;
  • comply with the Code of Conduct for the UBC Board of Governors and meet with the Administrator at the Administrator’s request;
  • exercise the care, skill and diligence that would be exercised in the same circumstances by a reasonable person having both:
    • the knowledge and experience of the specific Governor;
    • the knowledge and experience of the specific Governor; and,
  • comply with the British Columbia government’s General Conduct Principles for Public Appointees, as amended from time to time, unless subject to other ethical guidelines specifically created by government for the University, the position, or the person.

A Governor elected or appointed due to position or familiarity with related or stakeholder interests and concerns is not a delegate or democratic representative of any interest or group.  While such a Governor may express and take into account those interests and concerns, nothing in the Code, or in the circumstances of a Governor’s election or appointment, relieves any Governor from the duty to act in the best interests of the University and with a view to advancing its welfare.

A Governor must not:

  • permit the office of Governor to be used for the private benefit, advantage or profit of any person;
  • use the property, information or opportunities of the University for the private benefit, advantage or profit of any person.
  • engage in any conduct that can reasonably be considered to impair or have the potential to impair the Governor’s independence or impartiality in performing the duties of a Governor or to otherwise cause, or have the potential to cause, damage to the University or its reputation; or,
  • disclose or release any confidential or other non-public information relating to the University or its affairs unless authorized by the Board or required by law to do so.

A Governor who has a Conflict or expects that a Conflict may arise must comply with the Code.

Until a conflict of interest has been resolved, the Governor affected thereby shall not participate in any deliberations of the Board concerning any matter subject to the conflict of interest or any discussions with any officer, employee or agent of UBC concerning any matter subject to the conflict of interest, save as may be required to disclose the conflict of interest, nor shall the Governor in question vote on any resolution of the Board which pertains in any way to the issue or matter related to the conflict of interest.

Each Governor shall comply with any direction of the Conflicts Administrator with respect to any conflict of interest.  If a Governor is unable or unwilling to comply with such direction, such Governor shall resign from the Board, but such resignation shall not in any way affect the duty of the Governor following such resignation to make full disclosure with regard to the conflict of interest during the period leading up to such resignation as required by the Code or the Rules.