The University of British Columbia’s Office of the University Counsel has created the following documents to facilitate the University community’s understanding of the University Act as it pertains to the University:
CONSOLIDATION OF THE UNIVERSITY ACT
R.S.B.C. 1996 c. 468
Consolidated as of 28 January 2019
The University of British Columbia is a corporation continued pursuant to its constating legislation, the University Act (the “Act”) and Regulations. The University is limited to those powers and functions provided for it by the Legislature in the Act.
POWERS OF UBC’s BOARD OF GOVERNORS, SENATES, AND COUNCIL OF SENATES UNDER THE UNIVERSITY ACT
The Act provides for the University’s bicameral governance structure, with a division of powers among four bodies: the Board of Governors, the Okanagan Senate, the Vancouver Senate, and the Council of Senates.
Board of Governors
The Board of Governors manages the University’s administration, property, and business affairs, and has representation from each of the University’s Vancouver and Okanagan campuses.
Each of the University’s Okanagan campus and Vancouver campus has a Senate with comparable categories of members and a similar balance between elected and non-elected members. The Senates administer the University’s academic matters. Under section 3.1 of the Act the Board of Governors has specified which parts of the University the Okanagan Senate and the Vancouver Senate have academic governance responsibility over.
Council of Senates
The University’s Council of Senates reflects the need to have a body with membership from each of the Senates and a mandate to establish common University positions on academic matters.
Click here to view the Powers of UBC’s Board of Governors, Senates, and Council of Senates under the University Act, which sets out the allocation of the governance responsibility amongst the Board of Governors, the Senates, and the Council of Senates under the Act.
The Consolidation of the University Act and the Powers of UBC’s Board of Governors, Senates, and Council of Senates documents are intended to function as convenient references for members of the University community. Although the Office of the University Counsel updates these two documents from time to time, it is impossible to ensure complete accuracy at all times. Therefore, the University does not warrant the accuracy or completeness of these two documents and in no event will the University be liable or responsible for damages of any kind arising out of the use of these documents.