The mission of the Secretariat is to provide professional support and guidance to University of Waterloo governing bodies, their committees and councils, and to senior University officers on all governance, policy and operational issues which might affect the institution.

The Secretariat also plays a significant role in the development, promulgation and interpretation of University of Waterloo policies and procedures, and supports the activities of senior search committees, as well as relations and grievance/appeal committees.

The Secretariat is headed by the Secretary of the University, who maintains close working relationships with the Chancellor and the Chair of the Board of Governors, as well as the President, Provost and other senior University officers, providing advice, guidance and support with respect to the execution of their responsibilities.

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  1. Apr. 7, 2017Policy Renewal Project Update

    Policy Renewal Project Update

    Effective January, 2017, the Secretariat & Office of General Counsel were divided into two distinct offices.  At the time of the division, the Policy Renewal Project (the Project) was put on hold in order to allow the offices time to adjust to the split.

    The Project is back, with the Secretariat continuing to manage the library of policies, procedures and guidelines across the University. 

  2. Mar. 24, 2017New policy, Policy 53 - Environmental Sustainability

    New policy, Policy 53 – Environmental Sustainability

    On 23 March 2017, the President approved the new Policy 53 – Environmental Sustainability.

    Development of Policy 53 was initiated by the President’s Advisory Committee on Environmental Sustainability (PACES), the committee that represents a cross-section of Waterloo stakeholders, including students, faculty, staff and administration, to provide advice to the president on campus sustainability programs and policies.

  3. Mar. 13, 2017Three Elections Opening Monday 20 March 2017

    The Secretariat is holding three separate elections beginning Monday 20 March 2017. These elections are for full-time staff, regular faculty, and graduate student constituencies.

    Staff Representative to Board of Governors

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