Report shows majority of Ontario universities didn’t consult faculty or students about COVID-19 responses

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A new report, published by OCUFA’s University Governance Committee, highlights the concerning results of the “University Governance during COVID-19” survey.

The report is the result of a survey of 27 faculty and academic librarian associations across Ontario. Among its findings, it shows that an overwhelming 88 per cent of faculty association respondents considered their institution’s pandemic response to be top-down in nature. Further, at institutions where a COVID-19 task force or committee was created, in 73 per cent of cases, these bodies did not include any faculty or student representatives. The report also describes the degree to which faculty and academic librarians were involved in planning for the fall term, the role that senates and equivalent bodies played in responding to the pandemic, and how collegial governance processes were impacted by university pandemic responses.

Read the Report of the OCUFA University Governance Committee on the COVID-19 and governance survey.

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