As approved at the May 18, 2001, meeting of the Senate. Copies of Appendices not included herein are available from the University Secretariat, Room 290, Stevenson-Lawson Building.
The meeting was held at 1:00 p.m. in Room 40, Richard Ivey School of Business.
A. Belcastro, D. Bell, D. Bentley, F. Berruti, R. Bohay, D. Brebner, T. Carmichael, R. Cash, M. Curry, L. Dagnino, R. Darnell, P. Davenport, P.A.W. Dean, P. Deane, H. DeLasa, J. Doerksen, D. Dutrizac, A. Esterhammer, W. Flintoff, M. Floryan, R. Forbes, J. Garland, J. Garnett, T. Garrard, W. Gibson, R. Graham, R. Harris, J. Haywood-Farmer, C. Herbert, R. Howse, N. Kapoor, A. Katz, R. Kudar, J. MacKinnon, S. Mangsen, C. McAulay-Weldon, D. McCarthy, L. McKechnie, J. McMullin, M. McNay, P. Mercer, L. Milligan, G. Moran, J. Morgan, N. Nelson, M. Nolan, J. Orange, S. Osborn, A. Pearson, A. Percival-Smith, L. Petrykowski, C. Piper, C. Prabhakar, T. Rajan, M. Randall, S. Rich, C. Ross, J. Santos, S. Siegner, C. Sinal, E. Skarakis-Doyle, P. Skidmore, P. Stooke, J. Sutton, L. Tapp, B. Tepperman, B. Timney, J. Van Fleet, A. Vandervoort, A. Weedon, G. Weese, B. Welling, M. Westmacott, M. Weyers, J. White, R. Whyte, M. Witen, B. Wood
Observers: D. Braun, R. Chelladurai, E. Ebanks, F. Gauthier, L. Gribbon
By Invitation: R. Del Maestro, K. McQuillan, D. Riddell, J. Thorp, G. Tigert
It was moved by A. Pearson, seconded by J. White,
That the order of committee reports on the Senate agenda be revised as follows:
The minutes of the meeting of March 23, 2001, were approved as circulated.
Dr. Davenport reported that he expects to provide a full account of the May 9th Provincial Budget at the next Senate meeting. COU continues to lobby the government for a commitment to full average cost funding in order to provide space for every qualified and motivated person who wishes to attend a university in Ontario.
Ms. A. Stock was elected to Senate as the representative for the Graduate Student constituency, to complete the term of Mr. R. Telfer who has resigned (term to October 31, 2001).
Effective September 2001, Senate meetings will begin at 1:30 p.m. in order that the meetings may be held in 1R40 (Room 40 of the Ivey Business School). Plans are to schedule 1R40 for Senate meetings beyond the 2001-02 academic year, but confirmation can be provided only on a year-to-year basis.
The Senate meeting scheduled for 1:00 p.m. on Friday, June 22, will be rescheduled to 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 21, in 1R40.
Senate received notice of the appointment of the following Officers of Convocation:
Jerry White - Associate Marshal (term to October 31, 2002)
Dan Shrubsole - Associate Marshal (term to October 31, 2002)
The Order of Fall Convocation 2001 is:
Thursday, October 25 - 3:30 p.m.
Faculty of Graduate Studies*
Richard Ivey School of Business
Faculty of Education
Faculty of Engineering Science
Faculty of Health Sciences
Faculty of Law
Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry
Faculty of Music
* = students in programs hosted by the Faculties of Education, Engineering Science, Health Sciences, Medicine & Dentistry, Music, and the Richard Ivey School of Business
Friday, October 26 - 10:00 a.m.
Faculty of Graduate Studies*
Faculty of Arts
Faculty of Science
Huron University College
* = students in programs hosted by the Faculties of Arts and Science
Friday, October 26 - 3:30 p.m.
Faculty of Graduate Studies*
Faculty of Information and Media Studies
Faculty of Social Science
* = students in programs hosted by the Faculties of Information and Media Studies and Social Science
[Dean Pearson, Vice-Chair of Senate, presided during the debate of the 2001-02 University Operating and Capital Budget.]
On behalf of the Senate Committee on University Planning, it was moved by G. Moran, seconded by Dr. Harris,
That Senate provide advice to the Board of Governors, through the Vice-Chancellor, recommending the approval of the 2001-02 University Operating and Capital Budgets, detailed in the exhibit distributed on April 10, 2001.
The presentation of the 2001-02 University Operating and Capital Budgets comprised two parts:
Undergraduate Student Financial Assistance, presented by Dr. Harris; and the Operating and Capital Budgets for 2001-02, presented by Professor McQuillan, Chair of the Senate Committee on University Planning.
Undergraduate Student Financial Assistance
Dr. Harris advised Senate that the Financial Aid Mission states that "no student should be forced to withdraw from Western for financial reasons" and "no student who has been offered admission should be prevented from attending Western for financial reasons. A variety of services are offered to facilitate the delivery of financial aid: scholarships and awards, work study, bursaries, contingency loans, food vouchers, income contingent relief and financial aid counseling in Faculties. This year the total needs based budget is $9,815,000. (Overheads used during the presentation were precirculated as Appendix 1 to Exhibit III.)
Operating and Capital Budgets for 2001-02
Professor McQuillan, Chair of SCUP, provided a comprehensive overview of the 2001-02 University Operating and Capital Budgets, detailed in Exhibit III. Copies of overheads used during his presentation are attached as Appendix 1. The presentation included the planning context in which the budget was developed, an update on the current budget year, and revenue and allocations for the upcoming year.
• Total operating revenues for the 2001-02 are forecast at $320,820,217 while expenses for 2001-02 are forecast at $320,501,671.
• The 2001-02 Capital Budget is built around the SuperBuild expansion projects. The Capital Plan also addresses two objectives of prime importance to Western -- deferred maintenance and academic facility enhancement.
• The operating reserve at the end of 2001-02 is projected to be $1.4 million which is $1.1 million short of the target specified by the Board. The University's projected capital reserve is expected to be at the Board-mandated level of $6 million.
Dean Pearson reminded Senate that the operating and capital budgets and setting of tuition fees are in the purview of the Board of Governors. The Senate may provide its advice to the Board under the authority of Section 30.(f) of the UWO Act.
Dr. Moran spoke in support of the proposed budget, stating that the current budget proposals reflect an austerity arising from systemic underfunding of Ontario's universities. Increases in revenue are outstripped annually by increases in expenses. The prospects for major changes in the revenue sources are small, and this places continuing pressure on the University to maintain the quality of its programs. Western received no funds from the province's Accessability Fund as a result of the unusual allocation mechanism, resulting in a shortfall of $1.4 million budgeted in 2000-01.
Professor Katz asked for the rationale behind the 2.2% budget cut for the Faculty of Social Science given that students in the Faculty of Social Science pay the largest percentage of the true cost of their education, the Faculty teaches the largest number of students, the projected enrolment for next year is the seconded largest, and the net transfer from the Faculty of Social Science to other Faculties is $12.1 million. Dr. Moran stated that in the early years of major cutbacks, the Faculty of Social Science was sheltered from the cuts. Enrolment in the Faculty of Social Science has declined, but is now stabilized. Western must balance the relative levels of funding in the Faculty of Social Science to its teaching load and other commitments. The net impact is a serious constraint on the Faculty because a large part of Western's teaching is done in that Faculty. He contended that there are limits to how much more Western can ask programs and students in those programs to subsidize indirectly programs in other areas of the University. The subsidy from the Faculty of Social Science to other Faculties has been reduced. The costs in Faculties such as Business, Law and Medicine are extremely high. This is one of the reasons an increase in tuition is sought for those Faculties because the University has no other funding sources to sustain the programs.
Mr. Graham asked why the Physical Plant Department budget continues to be cut. Dr. Mercer stated that the cuts reflect exigency. The budget as a whole reflects difficult choices that need to be made. The Physical Plant Department received the greatest proportion of the allocations back to the units reporting to the Vice-President (Administration) and most of the one-time allocation. As the largest budget in the Administration portfolio, the Physical Plant budget suffered the largest cut. Ultimately the question must be directed to those who constrain the University's ability to raise funds or who refuse to provide the funds needed in order to do the work that Physical Plant needs to do around the campus.
Proposed Amendment: Tuition Fees for Medical Students
S.01-72a It was moved by M. Curry, seconded by N. Nelson,
That the Senate recommend to the Board that the proposed budget fix tuition for all domestic medical students at $11,000 until there is a corresponding increase in the funding available from the Ontario Student Assistance Plan and Canada Student Loan Program.
Mr. Curry gave a presentation in support of the amendment. Copies of slides used during his presentation are attached as Appendix 2.
Discussion on the Amendment
Professor DeLasa stated that the University retains a fiscal responsibility. Senators must not forget that last year the University suffered a loss of $1.6 million and that this year the University cannot meet the mandated operating reserve of $2 million. Any changes in the proposed budget decisions will place Western in a $3-4 million loss.
Professor Katz asked what impact the proposed increase to the medical tuition could have on potential donations from medical alumni. Dr. Davenport stated that since the deregulation of tuition fees in certain Faculties, Western's alumni are particularly interested in making donations in support of student aid. In general, Western's fundraising continues to do well in the area of student financial support. Campaign Western includes $4.2 million booked for student support: about $2.1 million endowed and $2.1 million expendable. This raises the total endowments of medical student aid bursaries, prizes and awards to $8 million. Western continues to raise funds for student financial aid which is key step towards addressing the accessibility issue.
Ms. Cash contended that 56.4% of alumni disagree with the suggestion that students in professional programs should pay higher tuition, and only 7.7 % surveyed thought students in these programs should pay the higher tuition.
Mr. Sinal voiced concern about reaching the point where the costs required by the program to maintain its quality can no longer be supported by the students within that program. He contended the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry has reached that point: Western cannot ask students who want an education in medicine to mortgage their entire future.
Dean Herbert stated that for a Dean to be in a position of opposing her students is a terrible experience and that this is the most difficult position she has been in during her two year association with Western. Nevertheless she spoke in support of the University's budget on the basis that the Faculty does not have a choice at this moment and that the budget is a "survival budget". She praised the responsible, committed student body for their presentation of what they believe to be an alternative solution. She explained that she and the students co-planned through the Fall and tried to come as far as possible along the same pathway. The students know the degree to which she and the administration are concerned about accessibility. For two years the medical tuition remained at $10,000. Last year the Board placed the obligation on her as a new dean to determine if the medical tuition fees should increase. She elected not to raise the tuition in spite of the deficit in the Faculty and the recognization last year that units could not meet their mandated requirements in terms of paying staff and faculty.
Dean Herbert observed that for two years Western has seen further erosion of the budget transmitted to the Faculty. Although in the first year some protection was provided to the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry by the administration, the Faculty cannot continue down this road without suffering the consequences. She explained that her obligation as Dean is to balance accessibility against quality of education. In presenting a proposal for increasing tuition it is absolutely essential that the fund-raising and development staff and the university administration give assurance that the University can provide an increased amount of student aid to students entering the program and those in the program in order that they can attend and graduate. The Faculty is currently developing a debt relief program and a scholarship program. While this is not an answer to the underfunding question, it is a responsible stance to take for a university that is struggling to balance its budget. The medical program tuition increase means survival for four to five years.
Dean Herbert explained that the difficulty with the proposed amendment is that the proposed $11,000 tuition fee is tied to the removal of the OSAP cap. Western's tuition cannot be tied to the OSAP levels because Western is subject to the decisions of the government with respect to OSAP. One year's effect of the amendment is $150,000, but the four year period sees almost $1 million difference in terms of the budget which is a substantial amount. If a smaller tuition increase is approved at this point in time, this same debate will occur a year from now. The recommended medical tuition fee increase is a reflection of an understanding that the students preferred no tuition increase at all but conveyed resistance to increasing tuition for in-program students by a substantial amount. That was the understanding up to the point when the METTA campaign became public. Dean Herbert stressed that the proposed budget is a balancing act; she urged Senators to consider the impact on the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry's program if it is forced to manage with less than the budget proposed, and if tuition is tied to OSAP caps. She stated that fundamentally this is a political issue related to underfunding of post-secondary education generally, and specifically, an undervaluing by a society of the physicians the universities are trying to produce. Society must decide that retention of the best and brightest in Canada requires increased public funding for post secondary education.
A number of Senators voiced concern about the cumulative effects of the amendment and the actions that would have to be taken by the administration should the amendment be approved.
Dr. Davenport provided the following comments on the annual budget process:
Dr. Davenport stated that he could not speculate on the cumulative effect the amendment would have on the budget given its tie to the OSAP caps. The transfer from the Faculty of Social Science to other Faculties has decreased dramatically over the last four to five years -- from $22 million to $12 million -- and the transfer to the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry has reduced significantly. This particular trend could come into question with a four year freeze on medical tuition. Western will not allow the accreditation of the medical program to come into doubt and will not offer anything but a first rate, quality program. The difference in the two budget proposals is estimated about $1 million per year continuing at year four on. Dr. Davenport reminded Senators that Western is committed to the position that no student will be prevented from completing a degree because of financial need and no student admitted to Western will be prevented from attending because of financial need. There are many sources of financial support for all students including private funds raised, OSOTF, and lines of credit.
Ms. Cash asserted that there are fewer students entering medical school from families of lower and middle income. Financial aid does not help those individuals in grade nine or ten who cannot consider attending Western's medical school because of its tuition. In her opinion Western's responsibility is to produce doctors who are the best, brightest, and most qualified, not the just those who can afford the $14,000 tuition fee. The amendment offers a compromise which protects accessibility to medical school.
Dr. Harris stressed that the University is concerned about accessibility. The issue is whether Western can support the quality of the medical program needed to educate the students who come to Western. Support can be achieved through the combination of the fees from the students in program plus Western's commitment to financial aid. Western communicates, through its Liaison representatives, the financial assistance program available to all prospective students from all levels of family income. In the last year alone, Western attracted $4 million in private funding directed specifically to addressing the accessibility issue of medical education for low income students.
Dr. Mercer spoke against the amendment, urging that Senate consider the whole budget. He stated that the whole budget is full of such debates, including debates relating to the operations reporting to the Vice-President (Administration); these range from those that deal with the physical facilities of the University to those that deal with the employee groups. Western continues to lose employees. The book end to the accessibility arguments, which are accepted, is that Western continues to lose long term employees because there is not enough money to pay them. Also, there is a significant disability problem because employees are not just over-worked, but crushed by the burdens of doing jobs because they cannot do them in the current environment. Dr. Mercer concluded by stating that just as difficult decisions must be made in units across the campus, the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry supports the increase in medical tuition fees because it is necessary in order to meet the fundamental needs of the Faculty.
A motion to close debate was carried by a two-thirds majority vote.
The question on the amendment was called and was DEFEATED.
Resumption of Debate on the Main Motion
Responding to Professor Katz's question about the one-time allocation of $150,000 to support student recruitment initiatives, Dr. Harris stated that the funds will support Western staff who visit high schools in Ontario and Canada to talk with guidance counselors and parent groups who have questions about accessibility and the new curriculum.
Professor Kudar observed that the total incremental revenue is about $8.7 million and that almost the entire increase is generated from increases in tuition fees. He stated that approving the budget holds that students should pay more because the government is not and that universities are ineffectual in securing government funding. In his view, this is the wrong message to send to the Board of Governors.
Professor White stated that last year during the Senate budget debate he supported the amendment that graduate tuition fees not be raised because of accessibility and he did not want to send a message to the government that the University could take care of its financial difficulties by raising tuition. This year Western did not receive funds from the government's Accessibility Fund and did not receive an increase in operating funds. The message sent to the government is that by not raising tuition fees the University can manage, financially, off the fat of its own system. Universities need more government funding in order to deliver quality education.
Professor Bentley asked why the core teaching Faculties receive a budget cut of between 1.5% and 2% but the Richard Ivey School of Business receives an increase of over 15%. Dr. Moran stated that the Ivey School of Business is one of Western's outstanding units, recognized as a world leader in its field. In order to maintain the quality of the programs offered by the Ivey School of Business, additional revenue must be generated, and this is one of the reasons behind the proposed increase to the tuition fees in the HBA program. The increase to base funding arises out of an adjustment to measures taken when the fees to the MBA program were increased. When the fees in the MBA program escalated, the government regulations at the time stipulated that Western had to remove all university funding of the MBA program. Shortly afterwards the government deregulated the MBA fees without those restrictions. The MBA fees do not cover the cost of the program, therefore an adjustment was required to allow the Ivey School to continue to be competitive. Dean Tapp stated that the break even cost of the HBA program is $18,000 per year. The recommended tuition fee level is $14,000 and the Ivey School is prepared to make up the difference.
Dr. Davenport addressed concerns raised in the debate about "sending a message" to the government. He stated that Western's decline in employment over the last ten years and the growing student numbers are reminders that Western has been restraining its expenditures. Over the last ten years, the student/ faculty ratio at Western increased by 25% while the student/staff ratio increased by over 35%. Continuing to cut faculty and staff does not send a message: working with other groups and associations and concerned parents, through the alumni and others is how the message will be sent. The message is that the government must increase its funding to universities. The outcome of the Senate vote cannot be seen as a message to the government. The Senate must decide what is best for the University and continue to lobby the government for increased funding.
Professor Percival-Smith asked if, given the budget cuts faced by other units on campus, this is the time to create a new Associate Vice-President position which is part of a $360,000 increase to the Office of the President and Vice-Presidents. Dr. Davenport stated that Western needs a research infrastructure in order to compete for the collaborative research grants sponsored by CFI, the ORDC fund and OIP. Western cannot hire the faculty needed in the research intensive areas unless Western is competitive in its applications for research grants. The recent review of the Vice-President (Research) portfolio gave rise to the recommendation that an Associate Vice-President (Research) position be created to provide help in the SSHRC area as more grant opportunities arise.
Proposed Amendment: Tuition Fees for HBA Students
S.01-72b It was moved by D. Brebner, seconded by J. Sutton,
That Senate recommend to the Board of Governors that the HBA tuition be frozen at $14,000 for three years.
Mr. Brebner acknowledged that a tuition increase is needed to maintain the quality of the HBA program but he contended that students in the Academic Excellence Opportunities (AEO) program in Ivey were promised a tuition of $8,000 which then increased to $10,000 and now it is proposed that the tuition increase to $14,000. Second year students wishing to apply to Ivey might not be able to afford the tuition and do not have the option of attending another school. In his view, financial aid is not claimed each year by Business students not because they don't want it, but because their parents' income is such they do not qualify for OSAP. In his view, it is unfair that students in the HBA program pay 78% of the cost of the program.
Mr. Forbes asked for justification of the HBA tuition increase. Dr. Moran stated that the tuition increase relates to the cost of the program. Contrary to the statement by the mover of the amendment, tuition fees are not guaranteed for second entry level programs: although the AEO program is a conditional acceptance into the HBA program, it does not involve a guarantee of the tuition level. Dean Tapp explained further that the Ivey School seeks students and faculty on a global scale, consequently the services and programs offered must be on a global scale. The funding situation requires a tuition increase.
The amendment was called and was DEFEATED.
Resumption of Debate on the Main Motion
Responding to Professor Rajan's question concerning the $300,000 increase to the budget of the Office of Institutional Planning and Budgeting (IPB), Dr. Moran stated that the funding actually represents a reduction in costs associated with implementation of the PeopleSoft project. Over the past four years, on average nearly $2 million in one-time funds was allocated to support the implementation of PeopleSoft. Starting with 2001-02, that special funding will be eliminated, but because there is a need to continue with strategic PeopleSoft projects, an allocation of $300,000 was incorporated into IPB's base budget.
The question on the main motion was called and CARRIED.
[Dr. Davenport resumed the Chair]
On behalf of the Senate Committee on Academic Policy and Awards, it was moved by R. Howse, seconded by C. Sinal,
That the Diploma in Honors Standing be discontinued, effective September 1, 2002,
That the implementation policy for upgrading to an honors degree [S.01-73a below] be approved, and,
That the calendar copy be revised, as shown below [S.01-73b]:
S.01-73a Diploma in Honors Standing: Implementation Policy for Upgrading to an Honors Degree
1. Effective September 1, 2002, the Diploma in Honors Standing will be discontinued. Students currently registered in the program must consult with their appropriate Dean's Office.
2. Students who have been awarded a 3-year or 4-year non-honors BA, BSC or BHSc degree by this University or any other accredited university may apply to upgrade their degree to the level of a 4-year Honors degree and, students with an honors degree awarded by this University or any other accredited university may apply to complete a second honors degree in a different discipline. Refer to the policies on Special Students: University Graduates and Registration/Course Selection, Special Student.
3. Students who previously graduated with a Diploma in Honors Standing may submit a written request to have their previous degree and diploma reassessed for revision to the equivalent Honors Degree provided that they met all program requirements. Requests will be evaluated on an individual basis. If approved, the Honors Degree will be backdated to the date when the original Diploma in Honors Standing was granted. Backdating will occur from January 1, 1987, the inception of the Diploma in Honors Standing, to August 31, 2002.
4. To date, all transcripts and graduation diplomas have read "Diploma in Honors Standing". Commencing September 1, 2002, these will read the degree name and the honors program taken, e.g., Bachelor of Arts, Honors English with an additional clarification on the transcript and academic record indicating that both the first undergraduate degree and the Diploma in Honors Standing have been converted to the Honors degree.
5. Students who have been granted approval for retroactive conversion to an Honors Degree will have their name recorded in the next appropriate Convocation program and a new diploma issued, however, they will not be eligible to attend the convocation ceremony.
6. The first University of Western Ontario undergraduate degree awarded and the Diploma in Honors Standing will not be rescinded as they are part of permanent printed and electronic archival records for The University of Western Ontario. In addition, degrees awarded by another accredited university cannot be rescinded by this University. The transcripts and academic record will record that the original designations (degree plus DHS) have been converted to the new designation (Honors degree).
S.01-73b CALENDAR COPY
REGISTRATION/COURSE SELECTION [Change p. 16 as indicated]
Full-time and part-time studies….A student's registration status is determined as follows: [No change to paragraph]
[No change to paragraph]
A student who has received a degree from this (or another) university and who registers to take further courses but who is not a candidate for a degree.
[No change to paragraph]
DIPLOMA IN HONORS STANDING
[Delete existing text on p. 22 and replace with the following]
SPECIAL STUDENTS: UNIVERSITY GRADUATES [Change section on p. 16]
Individuals who have earned a first degree equivalent to at least a 15-course degree at Western with a minimum overall average of "C" (60% in the context of Western's grading system) are eligible to apply for admission to take courses for credit as Special Students. Students applying for admission to this category must be proficient in English.
The Registrar's Office is responsible for the processing and administration of Special Student admission and progression, except in those cases where progression is at the discretion of the appropriate Dean.
Students who intend to enter a graduate program should seek counseling from the graduate Chair of the Department(s) concerned. Admission as an undergraduate Special Student, however, does not imply acceptance at the graduate level.
COURSE RESIDENCY REQUIREMENTS [Add paragraph p.21]
1. Students fulfilling all the requirements for graduation in any bachelor's degree program at Western must complete at least ten courses (including five senior courses) at Western or one of its affiliated colleges;
Transfer students admitted with advanced credit must complete a minimum of five senior courses in the 15-course degree programs or ten courses in the honors programs. These courses must be taken at Western of one of its affiliated colleges
[No change to paragraph]
Other changes required for Calendar Copy:
1. Delete the following paragraph from DOUBLE UNDERGRADUATE DEGREES, Sequential p.19:
However, such students may be eligible for advanced standing towards a Diploma in Honors Standing.
2. Additional references will be identified by the Publications Officer as part of the revision process for the Calendar Copy. A full list of references is not readily available.
It was moved by B. Timney, seconded by P. Skidmore,
That a Four-Year Bachelor of Arts in English be introduced at Brescia College, effective September 1, 2000.
FOUR-YEAR BA IN ENGLISH
A mark of at least 60% in English 020E or 022E or 024E.
Students should consult with the Department prior to admission.
7.5 senior English courses including:
English 200 or English 201a/b and 204F/G
One of: English 211, 212, 214E, 224E, 234E
One of: English 244E, 254E, 264E, 274E
One of the above not already chosen or English 209E, 232E, 253E, 258E, 284E, 289E
3.5 additional senior English essay courses, no more than two of which may be at the 100-level. A half-course at the 400-level is optional.
NOTE: English 117 (Reading Popular Culture) and courses in Writing cannot be used to fulfil area of concentration requirements.
S.01-75 Brescia College: Four-Year BA Program in French
It was moved by B. Timney, seconded by P. Skidmore,
That a Four-Year Bachelor of Arts in French be introduced at Brescia College, effective September 1, 2001.
Page 284 of 2001 Calendar, Brescia College section
add under Bachelor of Arts: Four-Year program in French
FOUR-YEAR BA IN FRENCH
A mark of at least 60% in French 020E or 021 or permission of the Modern Languages Department. Students should consult with the Department prior to admission.
Requirements for a minor area of concentration in the Four-Year BA are the same as those for an area of concentration in the Three-Year BA.
For a major area of concentration in the Four-Year BA, students must complete a minimum of 7.5 Honors French courses, including French 271, 290E, 381, and at least 1.5 additional courses numbered 300 or higher.
It was moved by M. Witen, seconded by P.A.W. Dean,
That the name of the Master of Arts program in Visual Arts be changed to the MA program in Art History.
S.01-77 Off-Campus Placements
It was moved by B. Timney, seconded by R. Howse,
That the policy on Off-Campus Placements be revised as highlighted below, and that the separate policy on Clinical Placements for the School of Nursing be withdrawn.
OFF-CAMPUS PLACEMENTS (S.3798)
Externships, Practica, Practice Teaching, Clinical Placements and other such programs, providing students with specialized training under professional supervision in selected institutional and community settings, are an important component of the undergraduate degree programs.
Admission to an off-campus placement is granted by a host institution on the recommendation of the relevant teaching Department or Faculty of the University or Affiliated College.
Students granted admission to an off-campus placement are subject to all the rules and regulations of the host institution. It is recognized, provided that client confidentiality is maintained, that discussion by the student of the content of his or her professional training placement with the academic faculty involved, is a necessary and desirable feature of such placements.
Ultimate responsibility for evaluating the performance of each student rests with the faculty members of the student's home Faculty or Department. Students who fail to meet the requirements of the host institution, or whose performance is judged to be unsatisfactory, or whose behavior places the host institution or its patients or clients at risk, will be reported to the Dean of the student's Faculty. The Dean , on the recommendation of the Department concerned, may suspend the student's placement, withdraw the student from the placement or take such other action as may be warranted.
The generic wording of degree diplomas is traditionally stated as follows:
"The Senate on the recommendation of the (Faculty/School/College) has conferred upon (graduate's name) the degree of (degree name) with all its rights, privileges and obligations.
Given at London, Canada, on the (date) day of (month), (year), in the (appropriate year, e.g, 2001 will be the one hundred and twenty-third year) of the University."
It was moved by J. Haywood-Farmer, seconded by A. Percival-Smith,
That reference to the location at which Master of Business Administration degrees are conferred be removed from MBA degree diplomas effective May 15, 2001.
SCAPA has approved on behalf of the Senate the terms of reference for the following new scholarships, awards, bursaries and prizes for recommendation to the Board of Governors through the Vice-Chancellor:
Senate received for information the Report of the Provost's Undergraduate Program Review Committee (PRC) , detailed in Exhibit II, Appendix 1.
In order to practice dentistry, graduates of the DDS program must present a copy of their diploma to the Royal College of Dental Surgeons and thus obtain a certificate of registration.
In April 1994 (S.94-58), Senate approved that the degree of Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) be granted retroactively to June for students who satisfy all of the requirements for graduation after the June convocation date for Dentistry but before the October convocation.
Based on this precedent, SCAPA provided (in Exhibit II), a description of the procedures for granting a DDS degree to a student in the program who completes the degree requirements after Autumn Convocation in October. The date that will appear on the degree is the date on which all degree requirements were completed. The graduate's name and the date of the degree will appear in the Program of the Spring Convocation Program that next follows, and the graduate may request the opportunity to participate in the Spring Convocation next following.
Announcements and Communications, detailed in Exhibit IV, were received for information. Dr. Davenport also announced Dr. Robert Wood's appointment as Dean ,Faculty of Music, effective July 1, 200, and Dr. Ted Hewitt's appointment as the new Associate Vice-President (Research), effective May 1, 2001.
Mr. Braun noted that in some instances student officers are ex officio members of Senate committees and subcommittees. Ex officio membership allows the member to appoint an alternate to attend a meeting if the member has a conflict, such as an exam. He suggested that once the incoming USC President is elected, that person should be permitted to attend Senate committee and subcommittee meetings along with the outgoing USC President, as a non-speaking observer, to assist the new President to become a more effective member.
It was moved by C. Sinal, seconded by J. Santos,
That the incoming USC President attend Senate committee and subcommittee meetings with the out-going USC President as a non-speaking observer.
Dr. Davenport stated that Senate's tradition is such that this type of motion would be referred to the Operations/Agenda Committee prior to its referral to Senate. Following a discussion of the process, Mr. Braun asked that the motion be withdrawn and agreed to forward a written submission concerning the issue to Dean Pearson, Chair of the Operations/Agenda Committee. Senate concurred with the withdrawal of the motion.
The meeting adjourned at 4:00 p.m.
J.K. Van Fleet