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Policies you should know

We think you should read these.

The Memorandum of Agreement

The Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) between FAUW and the University provides a framework governing all aspects of the relationship between the University and faculty members. The MoA trumps all policies and guidelines.

The FAUW Constitution

The FAUW Constitution governs FAUW’s own activities and procedures for the board, elections, and more.

University policies

Approval from FAUW is required to create or modify University policies categorized “F” (faculty), “FS” (faculty and staff) or “A” (administration). Any policy that affects faculty working conditions has to be classified F or FS.

Key policies and procedures for faculty:

There are more. Visit the University of Waterloo Secretariat website to view all university policies and guidelines.

Interpreting policy

Occasionally, the Provost's office issues a memorandum to clarify or fill a gap in policy, and these carry a lot of weight. You can read all the provostial memos on the Provost Office website.

For FAUW's take on policies and more, browse our Faculty Guide to Working at Waterloo.

The Academic Freedom & Tenure Committee can help you navigate any policies or guidelines.

Who is a member?

In the MoA, "member" means a member of the bargaining unit—all regular, dues-paying faculty.

In the FAUW Constitution, "member" means someone who has actively joined the association and has voting rights.

In practice, we use the term broadly (as per the MoA) except when we’re talking about voting members.