She Will Vote: Student’s Guide to the What’s What and Who’s Who (BOA, BOG & Senate)

Lost in an ocean of posters, class presentations and Facebook groups? We know, it’s hard to tell what’s what, whose who, and often why you should even bother voting.

That’s why EV uOttawa put together the following She Will Vote: Student’s Guide to the What’s What and Who’s Who, a shortened version of theShe Will Run guide, based on the SFUO Constitution and website, as well as quotes from current representatives.

Browse through to find the info you’re looking for, and please comment or e-mail us if you have questions, comments or concerns about the content.

Q1 – What is the Board of Administration (a.k.a. BOA)?
Q2 – What do BOA Directors do?
Q3 – What is the Senate?
Q4 – What does a Senator do?
Q5 – What is the Board of Governors (a.k.a BOG)?
Q6 – What do members of the Board of Governors (a.k.a BOG)?

*Info on the SFUO and Executive positions can be found in the previous blog post*


Q1 – What is the Board of Administration (a.k.a. BOA)?

A1 – Composed of the members of the SFUO Executive and elected representatives from each faculty on campus, the BOA is responsible for the management of the SFUO. At each monthly meeting, board members make decisions on all aspects of the SFUO. From policy decisions, to budgetary allocations, to disciplinary actions, the BOA is the SFUO’s ultimate decision-making body.

All meetings of the SFUO are public, and every student has the right to attend the meetings and to ask questions of the SFUO Executive and the Board during the Question Period.

For more information, meeting minutes and agendas, and a list of current BOA members: http://www.sfuo.ca/about_us/board

 

Q2 – What do BOA Directors do?

A2 – Each faculty at the University of Ottawa has an allocated number of positions on the BOA, which are elected for one-year terms.

Mel Large explains what she has done as member of the BOA for the Faculty of Arts:

“As a Director for the Faculty of Arts, I work with my fellow directors to make decisions in the best interests of the students regarding the activities of the SFUO, including finances and policies. Communicating with students is important, as there are only a certain number of directors representing up to several thousand students.

I participate in committees and debates with not only the students from my faculty in mind, but all of the undergraduate students represented at the BOA. We hold the SFUO executive accountable for the student interests and finances that they are representing, and one of our important roles is to ensure that the SFUO constitution is upheld.”

 

Q3 – What is the Senate?

A3 – The Senate sets the University’s educational policies and is responsible for the sound management of academic issues on campus. The Senate has the power to create and abolish faculties, departments, schools and institutes, and also creates or abolishes academic regulations and programs of studies, sets admission, degree and diploma requirements, confers certificates, degrees at all levels and, with the approval of the Board of Governors, honorary doctorates.

For more about the Senate visit: http://web5.uottawa.ca/admingov/senate.html.

 

Q4 – What does a Senator do?

A4 – Student Senators representing each faculty are elected yearly. Maureen Hasinoff, Senator for the faculty of Social Sciences, explains her role:

“As a student senator I sit on the body of the university which governs all academic policy. I work with other students, professors, and administrators to develop and change these policies. This includes everything from the courses that are required for a degree, academic appeals, honorary degrees and even the academic calendar.

Ultimately the role of student senators is to raise student concerns on proposed policies and be a check on the Senate on behalf of students.”

 

Q5 – What is the Board of Governors (a.k.a BOG)?

A5 – The Board of Governors is responsible for the University’s overall governance and management. In practical terms, the Board makes the financial decisions and implements the policies and procedures that the University needs to operate efficiently.

In addition, the Board appoints and replaces the President, the Vice-Presidents, the directors and the senior managers of the University; it also sets the duties, salaries and benefits of principal officers and of both the academic and administrative staffs. Finally, the Board can strike committees to help it exercise its powers.

For more about the BOG visit: http://web5.uottawa.ca/admingov/governors.html

 

Q6 – What do members of the Board of Governors (a.k.a BOG)?

A6 – One undergraduate and one graduate student is elected to the BOG every two years.

Amy Kishek, member of the BOG representing undergraduates, explains:

“As a member of the Board of Governors, I have been at the table discussing and helping to decide some of the biggest decisions at the University of Ottawa over the past two years. It is great experience and exposure to the governance and political processes of post-secondary education, but it’s also a big responsibility. You are the only undergraduate student at the table, representing approximately 35,000 diverse student voices. In many cases, you are one of select few students with whom the Board engages; it is your role is to both represent and advocate for your peers.”

See the previous post for info on the SFUO and Executive positions!

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