WesternU Senate Report: September 2021

This report summarizes highlights from the Western Senate meeting on September 17, 2021. The agenda in full can be accessed online.

Awards/Acknowledgements

  • Congratulations to our five PhD candidates named Vanier Canada Graduate Scholars: Elmond Bandauko (Geography & Environment); Lorna Ferguson (Sociology); Olivia Ghosh-Swaby (Neuroscience); Samir Hamadache (Biochemistry); and Peter Zeng (Schulich MD/PhD program).

Program Updates

  • Ivey presented an updated  Ivey Business School Council Constitution to Senate for approval. Student participation is one element of the Constitution.
  • SGPS proposed a Primary Healthcare Nurse Practitioner Graduate Diploma (GDIP).

Discussion

  • A proposal to formalize a Lecturer observership on Senate was passed.
  • New resources on land acknowledgements are expected to be posted to the Indigenous Services website within a month
  • Conversations are ongoing about which actions to address gender-based and sexual violence are preferable/feasible/legal
    • Preliminary support exists for mandatory training
    • Acknowledge that hiring special constables is contested; emphasis on hiring women-identifying and POC staff
    • Adding blue lights on campus
    • Foot Patrol has returned to service, may have golf carts to expand their services
    • Have hired emergency trauma counsellors
    • Police are on campus to do an independent investigation
    • Some possibility of an external review
  • The Convocation Board has decided to move Convocations online this Fall
    • Three filmings taking place to broadcast
  • SCAPA (Sub-Committee on Academic Policy and Awards) is expected to discuss delaying the add/drop deadline for undergraduate courses