Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Vote on Memorandum of Agreement Changes

This topic has been updated on the FAUW website.

Dear FAUW Colleagues,

After a year-long discussion with UW administration, the Faculty Association is holding an electronic ratification vote on proposed changes to the MoA.
The vote will be in two parts:
  1. To approve the addition of a formal modification clause (new Article 12.10) to the MoA that creates procedures for housekeeping changes that need to be made from time to time. 
  2. To approve minor changes to Article 8 and significant changes to Article 14 in order to abide by the “Tri-Agency Framework for Responsible Conduct of Research”. These changes reflect the mandatory changes in procedure that are being imposed upon all universities that receive Tri-Agency (CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC) research funding. The objective of the changes is not to have a wholescale revision of the article, but rather to preserve as much as possible of the wording from the current version while still abiding by the regulations being imposed. 
Here is a concordance indicating where the wording from the current MoA has been maintained:

MOA – Proposed amendments concordance with current version
(updated 20-Jun-13)

Proposed Current/Comment
8.1 (change is underlined) 8.1 - addition indicates that Article 14 applies to situations dealing with research
8.4 8.4
8.4(e) 14.4.5– the provision that a statement is discipline should be listed with the other disciplinary measures; “public” added for clarity
12.10 New – need process to handle amendments
14.1.1 14.1.1
14.1.6 Drawn from 8.2 to make right to have a colleague clear in Article 14
14.1.7 14.4.9
14.2.2 Most are directly from the Framework (sections 3.1.1, 3.1.2, 3.1.3, 3.1.4)
(m) – current 14.2.2 (j) slightly reworded
(n) – current 14.2.2 (c) slightly reworded
14.3.1 14.3.1
14.3.2 14.3.2
14.3.3 14.3.3
14.4.3 14.4.1
14.4.6 Drawn from the practice used under Policy 77, Tenure and Promotion of Faculty Members to form appeal tribunals
14.5 The reporting requirements as set out in the Framework (section 4.4)
14.6.1 14.4.7
14.6.2 14.4.10
14.6.3 14.4.4


All other provisions are to fulfil the requirements of the Tri-Agency Framework: Responsible Conduct of Research.

The vote will open on Tuesday 25 June at 9:00 a.m. and close on Friday 28 June at 12:00 noon. A reminder will be sent to members when the vote opens.

Please note that only signed-up members of the Faculty Association can vote on these changes. If you are not yet a member and are interested in having your voice heard, please fill in the membership form by Friday 21 June at noon. It is quick and easy!

The Faculty Association is cognizant of the short notice of a vote that this message entails. While it is far from ideal, we hope you can give due consideration to the proposed changes.

If you have any questions about the above, please do not hesitate to contact the Faculty Association President.

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