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Creating, Renaming, or Deleting a School or Department

Category: Governance
Number: GOV-020-010
Audience: All University employees
Issued: March 31, 2001
Revised: September 06, 2018
Owner(s): Provost and Vice-President (Academic)
Approved by: Board of Governors
Contact: Provost and Vice-President (Academic) - 306-585-4384

Introduction

This policy provides a coordinated approach for creating, renaming, or deleting schools and departments at the University of Regina.

Policy

Within the University, schools and departments will have the same administrative structure and operate in the same manner. Except the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, they will each be led by a head who reports directly to the Dean of the Faculty in which the school or department is located. The Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, because of its unique two-university nature, is represented directly at Deans’ Council.

The designation of school is reserved for those units that demonstrate:

  1. An emphasis on teaching and research activities related to particular professional careers;
  2. An active cooperative education, field work, practicum or intern program; and
  3. Strong ties with professional communities outside academia.

Deans wishing to create a new school or department must, after consultation with their Faculty and with senior administration, make a recommendation with supporting materials to the Council Committee on Academic Mission (CCAM). Following consideration by CCAM, the recommendation will be forwarded to Executive of Council, Senate, and the Board of Governors in accord with The University of Regina Act.

Units wishing to change their designation or name must, following a meeting of the unit, make a recommendation with supporting materials to their dean. If the Dean is in support of the recommendation he/she will forward it to CCAM.  Following consideration by CCAM, the recommendation will be forwarded to Executive of Council, Senate, and the Board of Governors in accord with The University of Regina Act.

In the case of contemplated closure (or merger) of a department or school, the Dean must, after consultation with the affected department(s) or school(s) and with senior administration, make a recommendation to CCAM. Following consideration by CCAM, the recommendation will be forwarded to Executive of Council, Senate, and the Board of Governors in accord with The University of Regina Act.

Consequences for Noncompliance

Failure to comply with this policy may affect the University or academic unit's ability to achieve its strategic and operational objectives.

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