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Standing Committees

OISE Council establishes committees for the conduct of council business. The Council has the power to determine their composition and authority, as well as to disestablish them. General procedures and regulations including composition of standing committees are prescribed in the By-laws of the Council (last amended in October 2019). The Council may delegate authority over divisional academic policies to its Standing Committees. Decisions of the Committees of Council must be reported to the Council, either as items of information for minor items, or as recommendations on major changes for the approval of the Council.

Following are the four Standing Committees of Council and their mandates:


Committee Mandate

Academic Programs
  • Makes recommendations to Council on all matters of curriculum policy.
  • Reviews and recommends to Council for approval, subject to the approval of the appropriate body of Governing Council, proposals for new academic programs, proposals for the closure of any academic programs, and proposals for major modifications to existing academic programs.
  • Reviews and approves, on behalf of Council, proposals for minor modifications to academic programs.
  • Approves, on behalf of Council, minor changes to admissions requirements.
  • Makes recommendations to Council on admissions policy.
  • Reviews and recommends to Council the terms and conditions of new, and changes to existing, awards and award policies recommended by the Dean or his/her designate.

  • Identifies, discusses and advises Council on issues of equity, diversity and accessibility.
  • Makes recommendations to Council on equity policy and strategies as they pertain to teaching, learning and research activities at OISE.

  • Reviews outcomes of the nominations and elections process each year, and approves membership of the Standing Committees.
  • Sets the agenda for each Council meeting.
  • Ensures that adequate documentation is provided for consideration of each agenda item, and refers back to the originating administrator/governance body for further preparation any item deemed not ready for submission to Council.
  • Directs specific issues to Council or Committees, or to recommend to Council the creation of Special Committees.
  • Considers notices of motion given to Council.
  • During the summer months (i.e. following the last meeting of Council of one academic year and until the first meeting in the subsequent academic year), has authority to make decisions on behalf of Council on matters of urgency which do not permit their deferral until the next regular meeting of Council.
  • Reviews and advises Council on all proposed Constitution and By-Law changes, whether these be brought to Council or initiated by Council.
  • At periodic intervals of not more than five years, establishes a review of the Constitution and By-Laws and recommends to Council any changes deemed appropriate.
  • Monitors the functioning of Council and its Committees.

  • Identifies and recommends to Council general research priorities/initiatives for the Faculty.
  • Receives on behalf of Council regular reports from the Associate Dean, Research, outlining the extent to which the goals and objectives are being met in the implementation of OISE’s research priorities and initiatives.
  • Reviews and recommends to Council Faculty policies and procedures regulating the conduct of research, including those regarding the conduct of research in compliance with regulatory and statutory authorities.
  • Reviews and recommends to Council for approval, subject to the approval of the appropriate body of Governing Council, the establishments, renaming and disestablishment of research centres and institutes.
  • Advises Council on any other matters relating to research in the Faculty.