August 7, 2014 10:32 am

UNB teachers outline concerns over attempts to amend university’s act

Francis Vachon/The Canadian Press

FREDERICTON – An organization representing instructors at the University of New Brunswick is calling for an open discussion of the university’s governing legislation.

Miriam Jones, head of the Association of UNB Teachers, says a review of the UNB Act initiated by the school’s board of governors in 2013 is occurring mostly behind closed doors, despite promises of widespread consultation.

The act outlines the university’s structure and how it operates, laying out the functions of the different governing bodies, including the board of governors and the senates at the school’s two campuses.

Jones says rumoured plans to shrink the board, hobble the senates and reduce government oversight risk undermining the university’s independence and tipping the power balance in favour of corporate interests.

She says faculty and staff should have meaningful input into any changes made to the legislation.

© The Canadian Press, 2014

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