UofG's Board of Governors Breaks its Bylaws

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Written by CSA

This Thursday, April 20th, the University of Guelph's 2006/07 operating budget is scheduled to be passed by the Board of Governors (BoG). This meeting was scheduled in violation of the BoG's bylaws, which state in which months regular BoG meetings are to be scheduled.

Until December 14th, the bylaw pertaining to the scheduling of BoG meetings (which was in effect when this year's meetings were set) read:

"Regular meetings of the Board shall normally be held on the fourth Thursday in each of the months of March, June, September and November. Meetings may also be scheduled in the months of January, February, April, May and October."

The dates of this year's actual BOG meetings, which are in violation of the above bylaw, are as follows: October 27, 2005; December 14, 2005; April 20, 2006; May 25, 2006.

“After this scheduling error was brought to the attention of the BoG there was not only no attempt made to move the date of this meeting, but the bylaws that state when meetings are to be set were also changed,” says Hannah Draper, Communications Commissioner at the Central Student Association.

"I am very upset that the BoG is going ahead with its meeting this week," says Becky Wallace, a fourth year Bio-Med student at the University of Guelph. "The University's operating budget will have a massive impact on all members of the University community, especially students. By this Thursday most students will have finished exams and left campus. If BoG meetings are supposed to be accessible to the public, why are they holding them at a time when so few students are on campus?"

"The scheduling of this meeting concerns me for several reasons," says Draper. "It is disconcerting that the highest governing body of the University does not follow the very bylaws and policies which make them a legitimate and valid entity. It also leads one to wonder what other bylaws and policies they are not following."


Hannah Draper
Central Student Association
Communications Commissioner
519.824.4120 x. 56376


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