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Policies & Documents

Governing documents

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.

Note: A “member” as defined in the MoA is a member of the bargaining unit.

The FAUW Constitution

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

Note: A “member” in the Constitution is someone who has opted in to FAUW membership. In practice we use the term more broadly (as per the MoA) except when we’re talking about voting.

University policies

Any University policies categorized “F” (faculty), “FS” (faculty and staff) or “A” (administration) need approval from FAUW to create or modify.

Key policies for faculty:

Visit the University of Waterloo Secretariat website to view all university policies.

Resources for navigating policy

Most faculty members find university policies relatively confusing to follow. The Academic Freedom & Tenure (AF&T) Committee has prepared a number of resources to help you navigate these policies and the Memorandum of Agreement.

Policy guides

The AF&T Committee has prepared guides for policies relevant to probationary and tenured faculty, and for the part of the Memorandum of Agreement that covers performance evaluation.

The keyword versions allow you to click on keywords or concepts and go directly to their location within the policies.

The commentaries provide a guided tour and valuable insight into the application of policies. You will be prompted for your WatIAM credentials in order to access the commentary.

Note: We are in the process of updating these resources and making them more accessible. If you are unable to access the commentary, please email Erin Windibank to request a PDF version.

Note: These are not official university documents, although Policies 76 and 77 without the search function are the official documents. The commentaries are intended to provide assistance and they reflect the opinions of those who have served on the AF&T Committee for some time and have observed how the policies work.

These documents are currently be re-evaluated and revised. If you have any comments or suggestions about any of the documents, we welcome your thoughts. In the meantime, please accept them as an attempt to clarify somewhat complicated policies.