York U provides details of agreement with CIGI

March 15, 2012

In response to public attention on York University's agreement with Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), Patrick Monahan, York U's provost, issued a message Wednesday to provide background information and address some concerns about the agreement. Monahan points out that a new protocol signed March 9 makes explicit how the university's academic and administrative freedom will be fully protected. He states that final decisions regarding such matters as research chair appointments rest with York U. Monahan also addresses the attention focused on a provision that contemplates a review of the faculty shortlist with a committee whose members include some CIGI representatives. The provost states that in cases where there is any difference of opinion on the shortlist, the matter will be referred to an independent committee of scholars who are at arm's-length from CIGI, and whose views will be binding on the think-tank. York U, the University of Waterloo, and Wilfrid Laurier University face censure from the Canadian Association of University Teachers over their agreements with CIGI. Y-File