The University of Alberta has a TON of committees. Hundreds, for sure. These committees are spread out around different departments (like computing science), faculties (the Faculty of Science) and on a university-wide level, too (General Faculties Council). In other words, people meet at various levels of the university in order to conduct university business. At the university-wide level, there’s General Faculties Council, which delegates part of its authority to the Campus Law Review Committee. Part of this committee’s mandate includes RESIDENCES. And you remember what happened this past summer, right? (Read here for a refresher. Or here.)
If you take a read through the Campus Law Review Committee terms of reference (its basic procedures, which we link to below), then you see that it has to deal with the major Lister Residence changes. Well, according, to the SU VP (Student Life), CLRC was not consulted. In his biweekly update to Students’ Council, he writes the following:
At the Campus Law Review Committee Meeting last week, I had a chance to bring up the governance process issues relating to the residence changes proposed in late July as well as a few issues I had with the amendments to the Residence Community Standards based off of the changes to the restorative justice process as proposed by the Community Standards Review Committee Meeting.
Unfortunately, with the former, the chair of the committee decided that it was inappropriate to discuss this item with members of the committee. A disappointing response to say the least, and adding to the broken governance process that has poisoned the issue.
At GFC, a few students, including the PotSU, raised a number of questions which were answered incompletely, or not at all.
The discussions around the Lister Residence changes might not be in the eye of traditional media sources at the moment, but talks are still ongoing. The Wanderer Online will provide you with updates as this issue evolves.
For a full terms of reference for CLRC, click here.
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