UBC faculty association appeals court decision on academic governance

July 5, 2010

The University of British Columbia's faculty association has appealed the BC Court of Appeal's recent decision on a case concerning a collective agreement. In May 2007, UBC's senate passed a new policy on student evaluations of teaching, a policy the faculty association alleged was in violation of its collective agreement with UBC. The association filed a grievance, which was referred to an arbitrator. The arbitrator concluded he had no jurisdiction to review the senate policy, and the BC Court of Appeal upheld his decision. In its application to the Supreme Court of Canada, the faculty association states that if the lower court's decision is allowed to stand, it "will have profound implications for virtually every university and for faculty across Canada." Margin Notes (University Affairs blog)