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Council of Senates

Composition and Term of the Council

Please see the Council of Senates for full information, including meeting schedules and current membership.

The following text is based on section 38.1 of the University Act, R.S.B.C. 1996, c. 468 (the University Act):

Section 38.1

(1) A Council of Senates of the University of British Columbia is established for the University of British Columbia and is composed of the following:

(a) the chancellor;

(b) the president, who is the chair;

(c) the academic vice-president or equivalent, for the parts specified under section 3.1 [of the University Act];

(d) the academic vice-president or equivalent, for the parts of the university not specified under section 3.1;

(e) four persons, who are not referred to in paragraphs (a), (b), (c) or (d), elected by the Vancouver Senate from among its members;

(f) four persons, who are not referred to in paragraphs (a), (b), (c) or (d), elected by the Okanagan Senate from among its members;

(g) one or two persons designated by the president and, if two are designated, one must be designated for the Okanagan Senate and one must be designated for the Vancouver Senate;

(h) up to ten chairs of the standing committees of the Vancouver Senate elected by the persons referred to in paragraphs (a) to (g);

(i) up to ten chairs of the standing committees of the Okanagan Senate elected by the persons referred to in paragraph (a) to (g).

(2) The vice-chair of the Council of Senates is the member of the council specified by the president and serves as chair in the absence of the president.

(3) The term of office on the Council of Senates of an person referred to in subsection (1) (e) or (f) is three years from the date of their election and they may continue in office after that date until another person is elected to the position.

(4) The fact that persons referred to in subsection (1) (e) or (f) cease to be members of the Vancouver Senate or the Okanagan Senate does not disqualify them from completing their term of office on the Council of Senates of the University of British Columbia.

The full and unedited text of the University Act is available at BC Laws.

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