University of Saskatchewan Governance
University of Saskatchewan Organization Chart
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The university's governance is prescribed by The University of Saskatchewan Act, 1995. This act of the Province of Saskatchewan was first passed in 1907 and subsequently amended.
The composition and functions of the university's governing bodies are as follows:
The Board of Governors meets approximately six times a year and consists of eleven members: The Chancellor, the President of the University, five members appointed by the Lieutenant-Governor-in-Council, two members elected by the Senate, one student, and one faculty member. It elects its own Chair and Vice-Chair from among its members. The Board is responsible for overseeing and directing all matters respecting the management, administration and control of the university's property, revenues and financial affairs.
University Council meets ten times a year and consists of 116 members: the President, Provost and Vice-President (Academic), two faculty members, representing each college and affiliated and federated colleges and the Library (one of whom will usually be the Dean), one student representing each college and each affiliated and federated college and 54 faculty members at large. University Council is responsible for overseeing and directing the University's academic affairs.
University Senate meets twice a year and is composed as follows: the present and former Chancellors, the President and Vice-Presidents of the University, the Minister, the Deputy Minister, the Chairperson of the Education Council, College Presidents, Principals and, Deans, 14 electoral district members, 14 members-at-large, six undergraduate students, one graduate student, and representatives of professional societies, groups and organizations in Saskatchewan. The Senate is responsible for the Standard for Student Conduct in Non-Academic Matters; appoints examiners for, and makes bylaws respecting, the conduct of examinations for professional societies; provides for the granting of honorary degrees; and recommends to the Board and Council on establishment or disestablishment of colleges, school, department or institute or any affiliation or federation.
The General Academic Assembly meets once a year and consists of the President, Vice-Presidents, University Secretary, Registrar, Deans, all faculty members and several elected students. The Assembly meets annually to hear the report of the President respecting the state of the University and any other matters that the President considers appropriate. The GAA has the authority to require Council, the Board or the Senate to reconsider certain decisions and to dissolve Council and require new elections.
The Bylaws of University Council define the membership of each college Faculty. The Faculty usually includes the administrative and academic officers of the university, and the professors, associate professors, assistant professors, and lecturers in the college. Undergraduate or graduate student representatives, and sessional lecturer representatives, may also be members of a Faculty. Each Faculty, subject to the general control of the Council, has charge of all matters of scholarship within its College.
Convocation is composed of the Chancellor, the Senate, members of the first Convocation and all graduates of the University. It has power to consider all matters affecting the interests and well-being of the University and to make representations thereon to the Senate. Annual meetings are held in May and October for the admission of candidates to degrees.
Officers of the University
The Chancellor is elected by University Senate and holds office for three years. The Chancellor presides over Convocation, confers degrees and is a member and Chair of the Senate and a member of the Board of Governors.
Other university officers are appointed by the Board of Governors in accordance with the University of Saskatchewan Act 1995.
The President, who is also the Vice-Chancellor, has general supervision over and direction of the academic work of the University, the teaching staff and student body, and over the business affairs of the university, its officers and employees.
The Vice-President Academic and Provost, the Vice-President Finance and Resources, the Vice-President Advancement, and the Vice-President Research assist the President in carrying out his duties.
Deans of Colleges are chief executive officers of their colleges, having, subject to the authority of the President, general supervision over the direction of the work of the teaching and training of the students in all departments of their colleges.
Heads of Departments have general supervision and direction of the work of their departments, assigning teaching duties to the members following consultation with them in committee.
The Controller and the University Secretary have the usual duties of persons in those positions.
Other organizational definitions can be found in the University of Saskatchewan Nomenclature Report 2011