• Call for nominations: Ombudsperson Joint Oversight Committee

    Jointly funded by the University, the Brock University Students’ Union (BUSU) and the Graduate Students’ Association (GSA), the Ombudsperson Office provides an independent, impartial and confidential service to assist members of the University community who have concerns regarding the application of University policies, procedures and practices. The Ombudsperson Office can hear concerns from any Brock ... Continue reading

  • Provost’s report to the 691st meeting of Senate

    Dear colleagues, As the 2020-21 academic year draws to a close, I would like to thank all Brock students, staff, faculty members and librarians for their extraordinary efforts in these equally extraordinary times. The pandemic has pushed each of us outside of our comfort zones, and I want to commend everyone for their adaptability and ... Continue reading

  • Feedback sought on Work-From-Home Guideline for Staff

    When the COVID-19 pandemic hit Canada in early 2020, it forced workplaces such as Brock University to make a quick transition to remote work arrangements for many employees. For many faculty and staff these remote work arrangements have continued for the past 14 months, but as vaccines become available across the province we are encouraged to continue ... Continue reading

  • Provost’s report to the 690th meeting of Senate

    Dear colleagues, As the end of the academic year approaches, planning continues apace for a significant return to campus in the Fall 2021 term. While the increasing rate of vaccine roll-out in Ontario gives us reason for optimism, cause for concern remains when we look at the persistence of high COVID-19 case numbers abroad, including in ... Continue reading

  • Provincial funding opportunity for micro-credentials development

    The Government of Ontario recently announced $11 million in funding to support the development of micro-credentials programs at postsecondary institutions. On April 30, a call for proposals was launched for postsecondary institutions to submit micro-credentials programs. The province is also offering a $1 million dollar reward – the Micro-credentials Impact Award – for institutions with the most successful projects with ... Continue reading

  • Provost’s report to the 689th meeting of Senate

    It is customary for the the Provost & Vice-President, Academic to provide a report to each meeting of Senate outlining plans, priorities, issues and other news. As these reports are already public through the University Secretariat Office, they will also be shared regularly through this memorandum page. Note that appendices to the report can be ... Continue reading

  • Letter from Human Resources on return to campus in the Fall

    The following letter to faculty and staff was issued by Human Resources on Tuesday, April 20. It is reproduced here to ensure the widest possible distribution. __________________________________ The health and safety of our community is a top priority as the University continues to plan for the return of our faculty and staff to campus. Members of the ... Continue reading

  • Guidance concerning academic accommodations for Ramadan

    Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, observed by practicing Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting, prayer, reflection and community. The basic requirement is for practicing Muslims to fast from sunrise to sunset, meaning that no food or water should pass their lips for 17 hours a day. Further information about Ramadan can ... Continue reading

  • Update on academic planning for the Fall 2021 term

    Dear colleagues, On February 23, I released draft principles to guide academic planning for the Fall 2021 term. The document defines three potential scenarios that align with the Brock Stages of Re-Opening and lists the preparations the University is undertaking for each scenario. It also reiterates that academic planning is rightly within the purview of academic departments ... Continue reading

  • Provostial Guidance on the Use of Digital Learning Resources

    Following a discussion at Senate in the Fall, the Centre for Pedagogical Innovation and the Office of the Provost & Vice-President, Academic have developed guidance for faculty members and instructors on the use of digital learning resources in their courses. This topic has become especially important as we continue to operate primarily online through the ... Continue reading