Standing Committees

TERMS OF REFERENCE

The Standing Committees of the UBC Board of Governors are arranged according to the following general principles and procedures:

1. Committees shall operate to reinforce the wholeness of the Board of Governors as a collective.
2. The purview of the Committees is primarily based on the organizational needs of the University and alignment with its strategic plan, as approved by the Board of Governors.
3. Committees are organized to assist the Board of Governors in conducting its work efficiently and effectively.
4. Committees will ordinarily assist the Board of Governors by reviewing, monitoring and recommending policies, policy alternatives and implications for Board deliberation.
5. Apart from the Executive Committee, meetings of which may be called to make decisions in contingent circumstances between regularly scheduled Board meetings, Committees do not speak or act for the Board of Governors except when formally given such authority for specific and/or time-limited purposes.
6. Committees will review matters requiring consideration by the Board of Governors under the University Act and will recommend approval by the Board as consent items or as items for discussion.
7. Committee deliberations with regard to confidential matters follow Policy #93 (Closed Meetings of the Board of Governors).
8. The Standing Committee structure will enhance the accountability of the President to the Board of Governors by ensuring that Committees do not exercise authority over University staff.

Approved by the Board of Governors March 2000

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