CAUT drops censure warning against uWaterloo, WLU over Balsillie School governance

November 26, 2012

Wilfrid Laurier University stated yesterday it is pleased that, after careful consideration, the Canadian Association of University Teachers decided not to support a motion of censure related to WLU's and the University of Waterloo's partnership in the Balsillie School of International Affairs. This past spring, CAUT passed a motion stating that it would impose censure on uWaterloo and WLU at its next council meeting unless the universities amended the governance structure for the Balsillie School to ensure academic integrity. "We believe the Balsillie School governance document protects academic freedom, academic program governance, and faculty working conditions by keeping them completely within the universities and separate from third-party influence," stated WLU. "However, in light of the issues raised by the CAUT, the Balsillie School partners developed a Memorandum of Understanding that provides additional clarification of the protections in the governance document. While providing additional clarity, the MOU does not alter the governance document itself." WLU Statement