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 University Secretary, 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. June 14, 2019New Policy 55 - Non-Academic Surveys with University Populations

    Policy 55 – Non-Academic Surveys with University Populations was approved by the President on May 27, 2019 and is now officially in effect. This new “G” policy can be found on the Secretariat website.

    The Survey Advisory Committee (SAC) initiated and developed Policy 55, with the primary goal of establishing procedures for information sharing,  and the coordination and approval of campus-wide non-academic surveys.

  2. Feb. 4, 2019Call for Nominations

    Nominations are requested for faculty representatives and graduate students to Senate.  Nominations are accepted until 25 February 2019.  Please refer to the Nominations and Elections site for more information.

  3. Oct. 26, 2018Nomination Period Open for Upcoming Undergraduate Senator Vacancies

    The Federation of Students have opened the general election nomination period. Nominations are being accepted until Thursday 17 January 2019 for six upcoming undergraduate student vacancies on Senate. Please see the Federation of Students Elections webpage or Nominations and Elections for more details. The nomination period for faculty and graduate student representatives on Senate will open in late January 2019.

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