2020 meetings

November 4, 2020

The following motions were approved by Senate at its meeting on November 4, 2020:

THAT Senate approve:

  • the Reports of the Faculty of Graduate Studies Executive Committee on Course and Curriculum Changes concerning the Departments of Anthropology, Biochemistry and Medical Genetics, and Physiology and Pathophysiology;
  • the 2021-2022 Academic Schedule.

THAT the minutes of the Senate meeting held on October 7, 2020 be approved as circulated.

THAT Senate approve the temporary suspension of the Writing Session requirement for admission to the Bachelor of Education, Faculty of Education, effective upon approval.

THAT Senate approve the Report of the Senate Committee on Admissions concerning a proposal for a Dual Credit High School Admissions Category, Faculty of Science, effective for the Fall 2021 intake.

THAT Senate approve the Report of the Senate Committee on Admissions concerning revised institutional undergraduate English language proficiency requirements, effective for the Fall 2022 intake.

THAT Senate approve the Report of the Senate Committee on Instruction and Evaluation concerning modifications to the graduation requirements for Bachelor of Arts degrees, Faculty of Arts, to include an Indigenous Content requirement, effective September 1, 2021.

THAT Senate approve the Report of the Senate Committee on Instruction and Evaluation concerning the modification of entrance, continuation, and graduation requirements, for Bachelor of Arts degrees, Faculty of Arts, to align with the Grade Point Averages policy, effective September 1, 2021.

THAT Senate approve the Report of the Senate Committee on Instruction and Evaluation concerning the modification of entrance requirements, for the Bachelor of Arts (Advanced) degree, Faculty of Arts, effective September 1, 2021.

THAT Senate approve the Report of the Senate Committee on Instruction and Evaluation concerning the modification of entrance requirements, for the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree, Faculty of Arts, effective September 1, 2021.

THAT Senate approve the Report of the Senate Committee on Instruction and Evaluation concerning the modification of entrance requirements and the option for a Minor, for the Bachelor of Arts (General) and Bachelor of Arts (Single Advanced Major) in Global Political Economy, Faculty of Arts, effective September 1, 2021.

THAT Senate approve the Report of the Senate Committee on Instruction and Evaluation concerning the modification of the policy on Essential Skills and Abilities (Technical Standards) for Admission, Promotion or Graduation in the PGME Program, and Accommodation, Max Rady College of Medicine, effective August 1, 2021.

THAT Senate approve the Report of the Senate Committee on Instruction and Evaluation concerning proposed academic regulations for the Bachelor of Respiratory Therapy, College of Rehabilitation Sciences, effective September 1, 2021.

THAT Senate approve the Report of the Senate Committee on Instruction and Evaluation concerning proposed Essential Skills, Attributes and Abilities Required for the Study of Respiratory Therapy, College of Rehabilitation Sciences, effective September 1, 2021.

THAT Senate approve the Report of the Senate Committee on Instruction and Evaluation concerning the proposed Master of Occupational Therapy Professional Unsuitability Bylaw, Department of Occupational Therapy, effective September 1, 2021.

THAT Senate approve the Report of the Senate Committee on Rules and Procedures concerning revisions to the Desautels Faculty of Music Council Bylaw, effective upon Senate approval.

THAT Senate approve recommendations from the COVID-19 Recovery Steering Committee concerning adjustments to the 2020 Fall Term Academic Schedule, effective upon approval, including to permit:

  • final examinations to be held in the Fall Term extension (January 5 – 15, 2021);
  • in-person academic activities to be held during the Fall Term break (November 9 – 13, 2020), the December final examination period (December 12 – 23, 2020), or the Fall Term extension (January 5 – 15, 2021).

October 7, 2020

The following motions were approved by Senate at its meeting on October 7, 2020:

THAT the candidates recommended for a degree notwithstanding a deficiency be approved.

THAT the list of graduands provided to the University Secretary by the Registrar be approved, subject to the right of Deans and Directors to initiate late changes with the Registrar up to October 9, 2020.

THAT the report on medals and prizes provided to the University Secretary be approved by Senate.

THAT Senate approve the Report of the Senate Committee on Medical Qualifications concerning Dr. Giuseppe Retrosi.

THAT the minutes of the Special Meeting of Senate meeting held on September 2, 2020 be approved as circulated.

THAT the nomination of Mr. Md Tanvir Hasnine (student member) to the Senate Committee on Nominations, for a term ending May 31, 2021, be approved by Senate.

THAT Senate approve, effective for the next available term, the Reports of the Faculty Council of Graduate Studies on Course, Curriculum and Regulation Changes concerning the:

  • Department of Architecture
  • Natural Resources Institute
  • Department of Physical Therapy
  • Faculty of Social Work.

THAT Senate approve changes to the clinical agency requirement on Respirator Mask Fit Testing, for the Bachelor of Nursing, College of Nursing, effective upon approval.

THAT Senate approve the Report of the Senate Committee on Admissions concerning revised admission requirements for the Bachelor of Education degree, Faculty of Education, effective for the Fall 2022 intake.

THAT Senate approve the Report of the Senate Committee on University Research concerning the periodic review of the Centre for Defense and Security Studies, including a recommendation to renew the Centre for a five-year term, from January 7, 2021 through January 8, 2026.

THAT Senate approve the Report of the Senate Committee on University Research concerning the periodic review of the Centre for Professional and Applied Ethics, including a recommendation to renew the Centre for a five-year term, from January 1, 2021 through December 31, 2025.

THAT Senate approve the Report of the Senate Committee on University Research concerning a recommendation to close the Centre for Research and Treatment of Atherosclerosis, effective upon approval by the Board of Governors.

THAT Senate approve the Report of the Senate Committee on Nominations [dated September 25, 2020].

THAT Senate approve the Report of the ad hoc Committee of Senate Executive on the Summer Term Academic Schedule.

THAT Senate approve the Academic Schedule for the 2021 Summer Term, as amended.

September 2, 2020 - Special Meeting

The following motions were approved at a special meeting of Senate on September 2, 2020:

THAT the minutes of the Senate meeting held on August 5, 2020 be approved as circulated.

THAT Senate approve changes to clinical agency requirements for the Bachelor of Nursing, effective upon approval, including: (i) lifting the suspension of the regulation on Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Certification (CPR); (ii) amendments to the Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Certification (CPR) regulation; (iii) rescinding the regulation on Non-Violent Crisis Intervention Workshop.

THAT Senate approve a temporary revision to the Scholastic Progress regulation, for students in the Bachelor of Social Work, granting a one-year extension of the nine-year rule, for students whose courses and program would expire at the end of the Summer Term 2020, to the end of the Summer Term 2021.

THAT Senate approve COVID-19 related changes and corrections to the Academic Schedule for 2020 – 2021, for the College of Nursing.

August 5, 2020 - Special Meeting

The following motions were approved at a special meeting of Senate on August 5, 2020:

THAT the minutes of the Senate meeting held on June 24, 2020 be approved as circulated.

THAT Senate approve the Temporary Modifications to the Faculty of Science Co-Op Regulations, section 3.5 of the Faculty of Science section of calendar, as presented, effective upon approval.

THAT Senate approve the temporary revisions to section 3.2 of the Max Rady College of Medicine’s Promotion and Failure Policy (UMGE), effective upon approval.

June 24, 2020

The following motions were approved by Senate at its meeting on June 24, 2020:


THAT Senate approve the:

  • Report of the Senate Committee on Curriculum and Course Changes (Addendum to Report of April 30, 2020);
  • Modification of the Certificate in Applied Management, Division of Extended Education;
  • Report of the Faculty Council of the Faculty of Graduate Studies on Course, Curriculum and Regulation Changes RE: BFAR Statements, Departments of City Planning and Native Studies;
  • Reports of the Faculty Executive Committee of the Faculty of Graduate Studies on Course and Curriculum Changes
    • RE: Department of Biochemistry and Medical Genetics;
    • RE: Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management.

THAT the minutes of the Senate meeting held on May 13, 2020 be approved as amended.

THAT Senate approve the Reports of the Senate Committees on Curriculum and Course Changes and Instruction and Evaluation, concerning modifications to the program requirements and academic regulations for the Post-baccalaureate Diploma in Education, Faculty of Education, effective September 1, 2022.

THAT Senate approve undergraduate curriculum changes and course changes beyond nine credit hours in the Faculty of Law, effective Fall 2020.

THAT Senate approve a proposal from the College of Nursing to establish the delivery of the Bachelor of Nursing program to a Collaborative University College of the North Cohort, which also entails (i) the establishment of a Collaborative University College of the North (UCN) Cohort admissions category, (ii) the introduction of a regulation concerning Transfer to an Alternate Delivery Site within the Bachelor of Nursing Program, and (ii) revisions to the Professional Unsuitability Bylaw for the Bachelor of Nursing, effective for the Fall 2021 intake.

THAT Senate approve the Report of the Faculty Council of the Faculty of Graduate Studies on Course, Curriculum and Regulation Changes concerning revisions to the Academic Guide, Faculty of Graduate Studies, effective Fall 2020.

THAT Senate approve the Report of the Faculty Council of the Faculty of Graduate Studies on Course, Curriculum and Regulation Changes concerning the closure of the Diploma in Population Health, Department of Community Health Sciences.

THAT Senate approve the Report of the Faculty Council of the Faculty of Graduate Studies on Course, Curriculum and Regulation Changes concerning a proposal for a Graduate Specialization in Engineering Education, Department of Biosystems Engineering, effective for the next available term.

THAT Senate approve the Report of the Faculty Council of the Faculty of Graduate Studies on Course, Curriculum and Regulation Changes concerning a proposal for a concentration in Pharmacoepidemiology, College of Pharmacy, effective for the next available term.

THAT Senate approve the Reports of the Faculty Council of Graduate Studies on Course, Curriculum and Regulation Changes, effective for the next available term, with the exception that the various course and curriculum changes proposed by the Department of Political Studies, would take effect for either the Fall 2020 or the Fall 2021, as specified in that Report:

  • RE: College of Dentistry
  • RE: Faculty of Education
  • RE: Faculty of Engineering, M.Sc., Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering
  • RE: Department of Community Health Sciences
  • RE: Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • RE: Department of Food and Human Nutritional Sciences
  • RE: Faculty of Graduate Studies, Individual Interdisciplinary Studies
  • RE: Department of Linguistics
  • RE: Department of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
  • RE: Natural Resources Institute
  • RE: College of Nursing
  • RE: Department of Political Studies
  • RE: Department of Preventive Dental Sciences
  • RE: Department of Psychology

THAT Senate approve the Report of the Senate Committee on Academic Review concerning (i) the revised mission statement, including vision, values, and goals, for the Centre for Engineering Professional Practice and Engineering Education, effective upon Senate approval, and (ii) the renewal of the Centre for a period of five years, ending on June 23, 2025.

THAT Senate approve the Report of the Senate Committee on Admissions concerning revised admission requirements for the International Dentist Degree Program, Dr. Gerald Niznick, College of Dentistry, effective for the Fall 2022 intake.

THAT Senate approve the Report of the Senate Committee on Admissions concerning revised Direct Entry admission requirements for the Faculty of Science, effective for the Fall 2022 intake.

THAT Senate approve the Report of the Senate Committee on Admissions concerning revised admission requirements for the Bachelor of Social Work, Faculty of Social Work, effective for the Fall 2021 intake.

THAT Senate approve the Report of the Senate Committee on Instruction and Evaluation concerning revisions to the policy on Requisite Skills and Abilities for the Bachelor of Nursing Program, College of Nursing, effective September 1, 2020.

THAT Senate approve the Report of the Senate Committee on Instruction and Evaluation concerning revisions to the regulations on Criminal Record, Child Abuse Registry, and Adult Abuse Registry checks, College of Nursing, effective September 1, 2020.

THAT Senate approve the Report of the Senate Committee on Instruction and Evaluation concerning a proposed policy on Requisite Skills, Abilities and Standards for Capacity for the Bachelor of Midwifery Program, College of Nursing, effective September 1, 2020.

THAT Senate approve the Report of the Senate Committee on Instruction and Evaluation concerning revisions to the following academic regulations for the Bachelor of Social Work, Faculty of Social Work, effective September 1, 2020:

  • Scholastic Progress
  • Field Instruction
  • Transfer Credit Equivalency Policy.

THAT Senate approve the Report of the Senate Committee on University Research concerning a proposal to establish the Manitoba Quantum Institute.

THAT Senate approve the Report of the Senate Committee on Nominations [dated June 11, 2020].

THAT Senate approve COVID-19 related revisions to the Academic Schedule for 2020-2021, for the School of Agriculture, the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, and the Faculty of Education.

 

May 27, 2020 - Special Meeting of Senate Executive

The following motions were approved at a special meeting of Senate Executive on May 27, 2020:

THAT the minutes of the Special Meeting of the Senate Executive Committee held on May 20, 2020, be approved as circulated.

THAT the Senate Executive Committee approve, on behalf of Senate, candidates recommended for a degree notwithstanding a deficiency.

THAT the Senate Executive Committee approve, on behalf of Senate, the list of graduands provided to the University Secretary by the Registrar, subject to the right of Deans and Directors to initiate late changes with the Registrar up to May 29, 2020.

THAT the Senate Executive Committee approve, on behalf of Senate, the report on medals and prizes provided to the University Secretary.

May 20, 2020 - Special Meeting of Senate Executive

The following motions were approved at a special meeting of Senate Executive on May 20, 2020:

THAT the minutes of the meeting of the Senate Executive Committee held on April 29, 2020, be approved as circulated.

THAT the minutes of the Special Meeting of the Senate Executive Committee held on May 6, 2020, be approved as circulated.

THAT the Senate Executive Committee approve, on behalf of Senate, the Report of the Faculty Council of the Faculty of Management (I.H. Asper School of Business) concerning temporary revisions to the graduation requirements for the:

  • Bachelor of Commerce (Honours), Co-operative Education Option, specifically, that a requirement that “the program will include 12 months spent in co-op work terms with a co-op office approved employer, typically taken in three, 4-month-long co-op work terms with a minimum grade of ‘C’ in each co-op work term course and combine the work terms together to satisfy 3 credit hours of Business Options” be temporarily amended to allow students graduating in February 2021 or May 2021 to substitute the third co-op work term, IDM 4982 (1 credit hour), with IDM 4050 Applied Small Business Consulting (3 credit hours) with a minimum grade of ‘C’; and
  • Bachelor of Commerce (Honours), specifically, that the stipulation that “Students are limited to a maximum of six hours of readings and research courses” be amended to “Students are limited to a maximum of nine hours of readings and research courses,” for students graduating in February 2021 or May 2021.

THAT the Senate Executive Committee approve, on behalf of Senate, the Report of the College Executive Council of the College of Pharmacy concerning a proposal to establish a Special Consideration admission category for the Doctor of Pharmacy Program, for the Fall 2020 and Fall 2021 intakes.

May 13, 2020

The following motions were approved by Senate at its meeting on May 13, 2020:


THAT the nomination of Mr. Evan Podaima to serve as the voting student member on the Senate Executive Committee be approved.

THAT Senate approve the:

  • Report of the Senate Committee on Curriculum and Course Changes;
  • Reports of the Senate Committee on Instruction and Evaluation and the Senate Committee on Curriculum and Course Changes concerning revised Science and Faculty of Arts Course Requirements for undergraduate programs in the Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources, effective September 1, 2020;
  • Reports of the Faculty of Graduate Studies Executive Committee on Course and Curriculum Changes, effective for the next available term:
    • RE: Modification of GRAD 7300, Faculty of Graduate Studies
    • RE: Department of Occupational Therapy
  • Report of the Faculty Council of Graduate Studies on Program and Curriculum Changes concerning BFAR Statements for the College of Dentistry, Department of Psychology, and Faculty of Social Work, effective for the next available term;
  • Reports of the Faculty Council of Graduate Studies on Course, Curriculum and Regulation Changes, effective for the next available term:
    • RE: Department of Biosystems Engineering
    • RE: Department of Classics
    • RE: Department of French, Spanish, and Italian
    • RE: Department of Interior Design
    • RE: Department of Landscape Architecture
    • RE: College of Pharmacy
    • RE: Department of Physiology and Pathophysiology
    • RE: College of Rehabilitation Sciences
    • RE: Department of Sociology and Criminology
    • RE: Université de Saint-Boniface (M.A. in Canadian Studies)

THAT the minutes of the Senate meeting held on March 4, 2020 be approved as circulated.

THAT the minutes of the Special Meeting of Senate meeting held on March 16, 2020 be approved as circulated.

THAT the following nominations to the Senate Committee on Nominations, for three-year terms beginning in June 1, 2020 and ending May 31, 2023, be approved by Senate:

  1. Professor Pam Perkins (re-appointment) representing Arts;
  2. Dean Reg Urbanowski (re-appointment, Senator) representing Health Sciences;
  3. Professor Robert Biscontri (re-appointment, Senator) representing Management, Law, and Social Work.

THAT Senate recommend that the Board of Governors approve a proposal to establish a Master of Supply Chain Management and Logistics, Department of Supply Chain Management, Asper School of Business.

THAT Senate approve a proposal to establish a Graduate Focus on Aging concentration, in the Faculty of Graduate Studies, effective September 1, 2020.

THAT Senate approve the Reports of the Senate Committee on Curriculum and Course Changes and the Senate Planning and Priorities Committee concerning major curriculum revisions proposed by the Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, effective September 1, 2021.

THAT Senate approve the Reports of the Senate Committee Admissions and the Senate Committee on Curriculum and Course Changes concerning a revised transfer pathway from the Diplôme en administration des affaires to the Baccalauréat en administration des affaires, Université de Saint-Boniface, including revised admission and curriculum requirements, effective September 1, 2020.

THAT Senate approve the Report of the Senate Committee on Academic Review concerning revisions to the Academic Program Reviews policy and procedure, effective September 1, 2020.

THAT Senate approve the Report of the Senate Committee on Admissions concerning revised Direct Entry admission requirements for the Diploma in Dental Hygiene, Dr. Gerald Niznick College of Dentistry, effective for the Fall 2022 intake.

THAT Senate approve the Report of the Senate Committee on Admissions concerning a proposal to create a Casual Student Admission Category, Faculty of Arts, effective for the Fall 2021 intake.

THAT Senate approve the Report of the Senate Committee on Admissions concerning revised admission requirements for the Doctor of Dental Medicine degree, Dr. Gerald Niznick College of Dentistry, effective for the Fall 2022 intake.

THAT Senate approve the Report of the Senate Committee on Admissions concerning revised admission requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Physical Geography, Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources, effective for the Fall 2021 intake.

THAT Senate approve the Reports of the Senate Committee on Admissions concerning revised Advanced Entry and Direct Entry admission requirements for the Interdisciplinary Health Program, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, effective for the Fall 2021 and Fall 2022 intakes, respectively.

THAT Senate approve the Report of the Senate Committee on Admissions concerning revised Direct Entry admission requirements for the Bachelor of Music, Desautels Faculty of Music, effective for the Fall 2022 intake.

THAT Senate approve the Reports of the Senate Committee on Admissions concerning proposals from the College of Pharmacy, to revise the admission requirements for the Doctor of Pharmacy degree; one concerning changes to the Statistics courses required, effective for the Fall 2021 intake, and one concerning changes to the Chemistry and elective courses required, effective for the Fall 2022 intake.

THAT Senate approve a revised instrument for Student Ratings of Instruction, as described in the Final Report and Recommendations, Teaching and Course Evaluation Review Sub-committee, effective upon Senate approval.

THAT the Final Report and Recommendations, Teaching and Course Evaluation Review Sub-committee be referred back to the Senate Committee on Instruction and Evaluation for further consideration.

THAT Senate approve the Reports of the Senate Committee on Instruction and Evaluation concerning revisions to the following policies for the Undergraduate Medical Education program, Max Rady College of Medicine, as amended, effective August 1, 2020, with the exception that the revised definition for the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) Exam, in section 2.7 of the first two policies would take effect upon Senate approval:

  • Examination Results policy, including to rename the policy “Assessment Results”;
  • Promotion and Failure policy;
  • Mid-Point In-Training Evaluation (MITER) and Final In-Training Evaluation (FITER) Preparation, Distribution and Completion and Essential Clinical Presentation (ECP) Preparation, Distribution, Audit, and Remediation policy.

THAT Senate approve the Report of the Senate Committee on Instruction and Evaluation concerning the modification of a regulation on Time Limits and Lapse of Credit, Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences, effective September 1, 2020.

THAT Senate approve the Report of the Senate Committee on Instruction and Evaluation concerning a revision to the regulation on Available Minors in Departments and Faculties, Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources, effective September 1, 2020.

THAT Senate approve the Report of the Senate Committee on Instruction and Evaluation concerning revised academic regulations for the Baccalauréat ès sciences avec majeure conjointe en biochimie-microbiologie, et volet coopératif, Université de Saint-Boniface, effective September 1, 2020.

THAT Senate approve the Report of the Senate Committee on University Research concerning the periodic review of the Legal Research Institute, including a recommendation that the Institute be renewed for a term of five years, from May 31, 2020 through May 30, 2025.

THAT the Senate recommend that the Board of Governors approve a proposal to establish a Professorship in Anesthesiology.

THAT Senate approve the Report of the Senate Committee on Nominations [dated May 5, 2020].

May 6, 2020 - Special Meeting of Senate Executive

The following motions were approved at a special meeting of Senate Executive on May 6, 2020:

THAT the Senate Executive Committee approve, on behalf of Senate, a revised Academic Schedule for the 2020 Fall Term and the 2021 Winter Term (PDF).


That the Senate Executive Committee approve, on behalf of Senate, revised admission and clinical agency requirements for the Bachelor of Nursing and Baccalaureate Program for Registered Nurses, College of Nursing, including:

  • THAT the regulation requiring newly admitted students to the Bachelor of Nursing program to provide evidence of current Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification at the health care provider level prior to starting the program be suspended indefinitely; and
  • THAT the regulation requiring all continuing students in the Bachelor of Nursing program to provide evidence of current CPR re-certification by June 1st of each year be suspended indefinitely; and
  • THAT the regulation requiring all students in the Baccalaureate Program for Registered Nurses to maintain current CPR certification be suspended indefinitely.

THAT the Senate Executive Committee approve, on behalf of Senate, that the regulation, for the Bachelor of Nursing program, allowing only one voluntary withdrawal per Nursing course in the College of Nursing be suspended for the Winter Term 2020.

 

April 29, 2020 - Special Meeting of Senate Executive

The following motions were approved at a special meeting of Senate Executive on April 29, 2020:

THAT the minutes of the meeting of the Special Meeting of Senate Executive Committee held on April 8, 2020, be approved as circulated.

THAT the Senate Executive Committee approve, on behalf of Senate, the Report of the College Executive Council of the College of Pharmacy concerning revised admission requirements for the Doctor of Pharmacy Program; specifically:

  • For the Fall 2020 and Fall 2021 intakes:
    • A requirement for 60 credit hours of core and elective courses, with no grade less than a “C” by April of the year of application, be amended to allow no more than a single grade of less than a “C,” but no lower than a “D;” and, further, that where pass/fail assessment has been accepted and may be the only grade available that pass/fail be accepted to meet the subject requirement;
    • A requirement for a minimum of two Regular Fall/Winter sessions (September - April) where each Regular Fall/Winter session contains a minimum of 24 new credit hours of university level degree-credit courses, with no grade less than a “C,” be amended to allow for no more than a single grade of less than a “C,” but no lower than a “D,” and the ‘W’ requirement be suspended for applicants from other academic institutions;
    • A requirement for a minimum Adjusted Grade Point Average of 3.5 be amended to a minimum Adjusted Grade Point Average of 3.0.
  • For the Fall 2021 intake:
    • A requirement for a Critical Skills Essay be reinstated;
    • The full time (24 credit hour) academic year requirement be suspending for 2021.

THAT the Senate Executive Committee approve, on behalf of Senate, a proposal from Enrolment Services that the University of Manitoba assess applicants from Nigeria and Ghana using mock examination results, if available, and Senior level grade 12 courses, for fulfilling admission eligibility criteria for admission to University 1 for the Fall 2020, Winter 2021, and Summer 2021 intakes.

April 8, 2020 - Special Meeting of Senate Executive

The following motions were approved at a special meeting of Senate Executive on April 8, 2020:

THAT the minutes of the meeting of the Special Meeting of Senate Executive Committee held on April 1, 2020, be approved as circulated.


THAT the Senate Executive Committee approve, on behalf of Senate, a further extension to the Voluntary Withdrawal deadline to May 10, 2020, for courses taught in the 2020 Winter Term, including spanned courses scheduled over the 2019 Fall - 2020 Winter Terms.

April 1, 2020 - Special Meeting of Senate Executive

The following motions were approved at a special meeting of Senate Executive on April 1, 2020:

THAT the minutes of the meeting of the Special Meeting of Senate Executive Committee held on March 25, 2020, be approved as amended.


THAT the Senate Executive Committee approve, on behalf of Senate, a revised Academic Schedule for the 2020 Summer Term (PDF).

That the Senate Executive Committee approve, on behalf of Senate:

  • THAT, in addition to allowing students to choose whether or not to include a grade received for any course completed in the 2020 Winter Term in any Grade Point Average Calculation (previously approved, Senate Executive, March 25, 2020), students, with the exception of those enrolled in the Faculty of Law, be allowed to choose whether or not to receive a ‘pass’ or ‘fail’ grade instead of a letter grade (for Winter Term or spanned courses ending in April 2020). Credit will be granted for courses for which a ‘pass’ grade is granted; and
  • THAT a ‘pass’ grade will be available only if the original letter grade is ‘D’ or higher; and
  • THAT the ‘pass’ or ‘fail’ designation would appear on the transcript with a notation indicating the student made this selection owing to the difficult learning situation during the COVID-19 pandemic; and
  • THAT, in the event a student chooses to receive a ‘pass’ or ‘fail’ grade, no letter grade will be retained or associated with the student’s performance in the course; and
  • THAT students will have until May 10, 2020 to declare to the Registrar’s Office using a method put into place by that Office, if they choose to exercise an alternative grading option (either pass/fail option or to exclude a course grade from Grade Point Average calculations); and
  • THAT students’ academic transcript as at May 10, 2020 will be used for the purposes of assessing any application for admission to a program at the University starting September 2020, or to determine eligibility to graduate in Spring 2020; and
  • THAT students who file a grade appeal, in accordance with the Final Examinations and Final Grades procedure, may elect a ‘pass’ or ‘fail’ grade categorization within seven (7) days of notification of the conclusion of their grade appeal; and
  • THAT regardless of any choice made with respect to course grading, students will remain obliged to meet all existing admission, prerequisite, progression, degree, and graduation policies and requirements that may apply to them.

That the Senate Executive Committee approve, on behalf of Senate, THAT alternative approaches to grading for 2020 Winter Term courses, will be restricted to those approved by Senate Executive as of April 1, 2020.

That the Senate Executive Committee approve, on behalf of Senate:

  • THAT any failing grade received by a student in the 2020 Winter Term will be automatically excluded from all Grade Point Average calculations; and
  • THAT such grades will be denoted on the transcript as having been excluded from Grade Point Average calculations; and
  • THAT, unless otherwise specified, this restriction will not apply to Grade Point Average calculations that are used for admission purposes.

THAT the Senate Executive Committee approve, on behalf of Senate, the waiver of Degree Exit Requirements, including Current CPR Level C and Emergency or Standard First Aid Certification requirements, for students graduating from the degree programs listed below following the 2020 Winter Term:

  • Bachelor of Kinesiology
  • Bachelor of Kinesiology – Athletic Therapy
  • Bachelor of Physical Education
  • Bachelor of Recreation Management and Community Development

THAT the Senate Executive Committee approve, on behalf of Senate, a revised admissions process for the Fall 2020 intake into the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program; specifically, that the Critical Skills Essay will not be required and eligible applicants will be ranked for selection based on the following:

  • Adjusted Grade Point Average (AGPA) weighted at 66 percent;
  • Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT®) weighted at 34 percent.

April 1, 2020

The April 1, 2020 Senate meeting was cancelled.

March 25, 2020 - Special Meeting of Senate Executive

The following motions were approved at a special meeting of Senate Executive on March 25, 2020:

THAT the Senate Executive Committee approve on behalf of Senate:

  • THAT, for the 2020 Winter Term only, students will have the option to include or exclude a final course grade in calculating their Grade Point Average at the University. This option will apply to all courses using standard letter grades scheduled in the 2020 Winter Term or spanned courses scheduled over the 2019 Fall – 2020 Winter Terms; and
  • THAT students can opt to exclude a course grade following receipt of the final grade and can elect to do so on a course-by-course basis; and
  • THAT grades excluded in the calculation of the Grade Point Average will not be used in calculating Grade Point Averages for the purpose of program progression and/or overall graduation Grade Point Average requirements; however, course grades will continue to be used to satisfy prerequisite requirements for entry into other courses and to satisfy any other program requirements; and
  • THAT grades will show on an official transcript but will be flagged (by an asterisk or something similar) with a notation that the course was excluded in the Grade Point Average calculation due to the COVID-19 response; and
  • THAT grades, by default, will be included in the Grade Point Average; students must opt to exclude the course and inform the Registrar’s Office by May 15, 2020, to ensure that the course is removed from the Grade Point Average calculation; and
  • THAT Section 2.3 of the Grade Point Averages policy, be revised, for final term grades for the 2020 Winter Term only, as follows:
  • Section 2.3. The following rules apply in regards to calculating GPA at the University:

    1. Standard letter grades (A+ to F) will be included in GPA calculations, unless a student opts to exclude a grade, and will be displayed on a Student’s Official Record in the Term they were completed.

    2. When a Student repeats a course or takes an equivalent course or mutually exclusive course (for example, a course that may not be held for credit with the original course), all attempts at that course, with the exception of those courses students opted to have excluded, shall be used in the calculation of the TGPA and CGPA. Whether or not grades for repeated courses are used toward the DGPA will be subject to Faculty policy.

    3. Grades not included in GPA calculations (for example: Pass/Fail, VW, AW) are displayed on a Student’s Official Record. This includes any standard letter grades where students opted to exclude in GPA calculations.

    4. Courses completed from another institution by means of a Letter of Permission shall be used in the calculation of CGPA and DGPA, but shall not be used in the calculation of TGPA.

    5. Courses completed by means of Challenge for Credit shall be used in the calculation of CGPA, DGPA, and TGPA.

THAT the Senate Executive Committee approve on behalf of Senate, the extension of:

  • the deadline for the Election of Academic and Support Staff to Senate, to be completed and reported to the University Secretary by May 15, 2020; and
  • where necessary, appointments of faculty and student members to Senate Committees, whose terms end on May 31, 2020, until such time that the Senate Committee on Nominations is able to make recommendations to Senate for new appointments; and
  • incumbent student Senators’ terms until such time as a successor is elected, where elections of student Senators have not been held by April 30, 2020.

THAT the Senate Executive Committee approve, on behalf of Senate, that all Juris Doctor (J.D.) courses offered by the Faculty of Law, including (i) spanned courses offered over the 2019 Fall and 2020 Winter Terms, including first-year courses, and (ii) 2020 Winter Term courses, be graded on a mandatory pass-fail basis.

THAT the Senate Executive Committee approve, on behalf of Senate, a four-month extension to the maximum time allowed for the completion of graduate degree requirements for all graduate students.

March 18, 2020 - Special Meeting of Senate Executive

The following motions were approved at a special meeting of Senate Executive on January 8, 2020:

THAT the Senate Executive Committee approve on behalf of Senate that registration for Summer Term courses (defined as courses offered May – August) be suspended indefinitely.

THAT the Senate Executive Committee approve on behalf of Senate that Duo-lingo be approved as an acceptable test of English Language Proficiency (ELP) for the purposes of applying for admission for the Fall 2020 and Winter 2021 intakes. The proposed minimum acceptable test score is 115 which equates to approximately 7.0 on the IELTS test.

THAT the Senate Executive Committee approve on behalf of Senate that section 2.5(a) of the Repeated Course Policy be suspended indefinitely.

THAT the Senate Executive Committee approve on behalf of Senate that students not be required to provide medical notes in support of absences from class activities/requirements and from evaluations including final examinations. Students will be required to self-declare through an email note to an Advisor in the relevant faculty that they will be unable to meet their course obligations. This declaration will be treated as necessary and sufficient for the student to be afforded reasonable accommodation.

THAT the Senate Executive Committee approve on behalf of Senate that no in-person final examinations be held for any courses offered in whole or in part in the Winter 2020 term, and that all assessments be completed by alternative means. Instructors will have the latitude and responsibility to adjust assessments as they deem most suitable and appropriate (e.g., online tests, take-home tests, new assignments, adjusted weightings of completed assessments, etc.) and to communicate these changes promptly to students and unit heads. The current exam period (April 13-25) will be maintained to provide a dedicated period within which online examinations may be scheduled. Faculty offices must consult with the Registrar’s Office regarding any intention to offer a scheduled online final examination.

THAT the Senate Executive Committee approve on behalf of Senate that no in-person instruction or assessment for any courses take place until at least September 1, 2020. All instruction will take place by alternate methods until at least September 1, 2020.

THAT the Senate Executive Committee approve on behalf of Senate that summer courses (broadly defined as courses that were scheduled to take place between early May and the end of August) begin no earlier than June 1, 2020 and be completed no later than August 31, 2020. The Registrar’s Office will be responsible for determining an academic schedule for this period. At this time, recognized Distance Education (DE designated) courses, already scheduled to commence in early May, are excluded from this recommendation.

THAT Senate Executive cancel the April 1, 2020, meeting of Senate due to a state of emergency at the University related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

March 4, 2020

The following motions were approved by Senate at its meeting on March 4, 2020:

THAT Senate approve the Reports of the Senate Committee on Medical Qualifications concerning Dr. Nicola Disma and Dr. Leila Mameli.

THAT the minutes of the Senate meeting held on February 5, 2020 be approved as circulated.

THAT Senate approve the Statement, as presented.

Senate Statement

The mandate of the University of Manitoba is to create, preserve, communicate, and apply knowledge. In doing so, the University contributes to the cultural, social and economic well-being of the people of Manitoba, Canada, and the world. The university serves the common good, through searching for, and disseminating, knowledge and understanding, and through fostering independent thinking and expression. We undertake basic, applied, and inquiry-based research and teaching. We are organized by core principles of autonomy, academic freedom and collegial governance.

The University of Manitoba believes that education has a transformative power for students, their families and communities. We are committed to inspiring minds through innovative and quality teaching. We drive discovery and insight through excellence in research, scholarly work and other creative activities. We create pathways to Indigenous achievement. We promote equity, inclusion, and excellence. We forge connections to foster high impact community engagement that build on the advantages of a diverse and inclusive workplace.

The University of Manitoba is the province’s only research-intensive university, and all assessments of our contributions to the dynamic social and economic life of our province must recognize our broad mandate and inclusive mission, which has short-term, mid-term, and long-term effects and implications. Our 30,000-plus full and part-time undergraduate and graduate students and our 5,000-plus faculty members undertaking teaching and research are part of a complex institution, one that does much more than simply train students for today’s labour market. Higher education generates social, as well as individual, benefits. We provide a public good that helps to promote wisdom and to build a just, inclusive, and prosperous province for all people.


THAT the nomination of Dean Reg Urbanowski to the Senate Committee on Nominations, for the balance of a term ending May 31, 2020, be approved by Senate.

THAT Senate approve the Report of the Senate Committee on Admissions concerning revised Advanced Entry admission requirements for the Diploma in Dental Hygiene, Dr. Gerald Niznick College of Dentistry, effective for the Fall 2021 intake.

THAT Senate approve the Report of the Senate Committee on Academic Review including a recommendation that the Centre for Engineering Professional Practice and Engineering Education continue for a period of three years, ending June 23, 2023.

THAT Senate approve the Report of the Senate Committee on University Research concerning a proposal to establish a Professorship in Diabetes Research, in the Max Rady College of Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences.

THAT Senate approve the Reports of the Faculty Executive Committee of the Faculty of Graduate Studies, effective for the next available term:

  • RE: Faculty of Education, as amended;
  • RE: Department of Occupational Therapy;
  • RE: Department of Psychology.

THAT Senate recommend that the Board of Governors approve a proposal to establish a Bachelor of Science (Major) in Data Science, including a Co-operative Option, Faculty of Science.

February 5, 2020

The following motions were approved by Senate at its meeting on February 5, 2020:


THAT the list of graduands provided to the University Secretary by the Registrar be approved, subject to the right of Deans and Directors to initiate late changes with the Registrar up to February 7, 2020.

THAT the minutes of the Senate meeting held on January 8, 2020 be approved as circulated.

THAT Senate approve the Report of the Senate Committee on Academic Dress concerning a stole for the Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Medical Physiology and Pathophysiology, which is silver in colour with two half inch royal blue strips in a V pattern.

THAT the Report of the Senate Committee on Rules and Procedures be referred back to the Desautels Faculty of Music for further consideration.

THAT Senate approve the Report of the Senate Committee on Nominations [dated January 27, 2020].

January 8, 2020

The following motions were approved by Senate at its meeting on January 8, 2020:


THAT Ms. Tanjit Nagra be nominated to serve as the voting member on the Senate Executive Committee.

THAT the minutes of the Senate meeting held on December 4, 2019 be approved as circulated.

THAT Senate approve the Reports of the Senate Committee on Curriculum and Course Changes and the Senate Committee on Admissions concerning modifications to the Preliminary Engineering Program, Faculty of Engineering, with curriculum modifications to take effect September 1, 2020 and revised admission requirements effective for the Fall 2021 intake.

THAT Senate approve the Report of the Senate Committee on Admissions concerning revised Direct Entry admission requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree, Faculty of Arts, effective for the Fall 2022 intake.

THAT Senate approve the Report of the Senate Committee on Admissions concerning a proposal for a Dual Credit High School Admission Category, Faculty of Arts, effective for the Fall 2020 intake.

THAT Senate approve the Report of the Senate Committee on Instruction and Evaluation concerning the modification of the Professional Unsuitability By-law, Department of Psychology, effective upon Senate approval.

THAT Senate recommend that the Board of Governors approve the establishment of an Institute for Global Public Health, for a term of five years (December 4, 2019 through December 3, 2024).

THAT Senate approve the Report of the Faculty Council of Graduate Studies on Course, Curriculum and Regulation Changes concerning the Faculty of Law, effective for the next available term.

THAT Senate recommend that the Board of Governors approve the establishment of the Departments of Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Respiratory Therapy, in the College of Rehabilitation Sciences, effective upon approval by the Board.

THAT Senate approve the recommendations set out in the Report of the Implementation Working Group for the Cooper Commission Report.

Archive

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