Effective Date:
January 1, 2008
Revised Date:
last revised March 9, 1970, May 12, 1978
Review Date:
January 1, 2018
Approving Body:
Vice-President (Academic) and Provost
Applies to:
Students; Faculty/School Councils

1.0 Reason for Policy

To establish criteria for evaluating a School to Faculty status.

2.0 Policy Statement

The Senate policy concerning the criteria for elevating a school to faculty status is as follows:

2.1 There are two categories of Schools at the University of Manitoba:

a) "Schools", having independent School Councils reporting directly to Senate.

b) "Schools of Faculties", incorporated within a faculty and concerned with a subject area apart from the normal activities of the faculty to which they are attached, but sufficiently related to them to justify the close relationship, and to make inappropriate an independent academic status. These Schools of Faculties would not have independent School Councils and would report to the Council and administration of the faculties to which they were attached.

2.2 In order to move from category #2 to category #1, a "School of a Faculty" must obtain the approval of the Senate and the Board, this approval to be based in part at least on a change in the academic activities of the school that makes the close relationship to the faculty concerned no longer appropriate.

2.3 Only schools of category #1 may apply for faculty status, and only after having functioned in that category for a reasonable period of time.

2.4 In order to apply for faculty status, a school shall, as a minimum:

a) have an independent School Council reporting directly to Senate;

b) have a substantial student and staff population in a clearly defined area;

c) have a significant graduate and research program;

d) offer a program of courses leading to degrees and have the power to recommend degree candidates directly to Senate;

e) have a meritorious record of performance as a school in teaching, scholarship and service, as demonstrated in part by appropriate external evaluation.


3.0 Accountability

The University Secretary is responsible for advising the President that a formal review of this Policy is required.

4.0 Secondary Documents

4.1 The Approving Body may approve Procedures which are secondary to and comply with this Policy.

4.2 Administration may approve Procedures which are secondary to and comply with this Policy.

5.0 Review

5.1 Formal Policy reviews will be conducted every ten (10) years. The next scheduled review date for this Policy is January 1, 2018.

5.2 In the interim, this Policy may be revised or rescinded if:

(a) the Approving Body deems uncessary; or
(b) the relevant Bylaw, Regulations or Policy is revised or rescinded.

5.3 If this Policy is revised or rescinded, all Secondary Documents will be reviewed as soon as reasonably possible in order to ensure that they:

(a) comply with the revised Policy; or
(b) are in turn rescinded.

6.0 Effect on Previous Statements

6.1 This Policy supersedes:

(a) all previous Board/Senate Policies, Procedures, and resolutions on the subject matter herein;
(b) all previous Administration Policies, Procedures, and directives on the subject matter contained herein;


7.0 Cross References