Policy development

University policies that concern faculty terms and conditions of employment (Class F policies) are the responsibility of the Faculty Relations Committee (FRC). Members of the FAUW Board of Directors make up half of FRC; the other five members are appointed by the administration. FRC is co-chaired by the provost and the FAUW president.

How policies get made

A new F policy or an update to an existing policy can be initiated by FRC, Senate, or the Board of Governors. FRC sets the terms of reference for a policy drafting committee—outlining things like what the policy should cover, how often the committee will meet, when a draft should be completed—and FAUW and the University assign members to the drafting committee.

Once the committee has a draft they're happy with, they submit it to FRC. Each side of FRC is responsible for consulting with its constituents (e.g., FAUW members and Deans Council). Once the policy is approved (by a majority of the members from each side) at FRC, it goes to the President, then to Senate, and finally to the Board of Governors for final approval.

This is covered in more detail in Policy 1 – Initiation and Review of University Policies. The processes for Class FS policies (those which concern both faculty and staff) and Class A policies (those concerning academic administrative appointments) are similar.

Policies under development

The policies which FAUW is currently participating in developing are:

Faculty Appointments (76) and Tenure and Promotion of Faculty Members (77) – F

After an attempt to revise Policy 76 ended in fall 2020, a new committee was formed to examine the working conditions, advancement, and hiring of teaching-stream faculty specifically and to propose related changes to policies 76 and 77. Read more about the current status of these policies and FAUW's goals for them on our policy 76/77 page.

Ethical Behaviour (33) – FS

This policy is being revised. Erin Windibank (FAUW's executive manager) and Natalie Hutchings (School of Optometry and Vision Science) were FAUW's representatives on the drafting committee. A draft policy was shared with employees in 2020 and the drafting committee made changes (as directed by FRC and SRC soon) based on the hundreds of comments received. 

Employee accommodations – FS

This is a new policy and will be policy number 57 once approved. FAUW representatives on this drafting committee are Jay Dolmage (Equity Committee chair) and Lori Curtis (Academic Freedom & Tenure Committee chair). The committee is close to finishing a draft. 

Compassionate care and bereavement leave – FS

This is a new policy, initiated through our salary negotiations process in early 2021. Lori Curtis and Aimeé Morrison will be the FAUW representatives on this committee, which has a deadline of May 1, 2022. The minimum benefits we'll receive under this policy are already negotiated and will come into effect May 1, 2022, regardless of the committee's progress by then.

Class G policy development

The University is also working on some Class G policies, which do not require FAUW involvement or approval. We'll post about those here whenever we have relevant information.