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UBC faculty association votes 'no confidence' in board of governors

The UBC Faculty Association has passed a resolution declaring 'no confidence' in the university's board of governors, with support of 62% of voting faculty.

Resolution declaring no confidence in board passes with 62% support

The University of B.C. has been dealing with ongoing questions about its governance since university president Arvind Gupta abruptly resigned last summer. (Christer Waara/CBC)

Faculty at the University of B.C. have passed a motion declaring 'no confidence' in the university's board of governors.

The UBC Faculty Association, a union with more than 3,200 members, held the electronic vote over the past week on this resolution brought by three academics:

  • "Be it resolved that the Faculty Association of the University of British Columbia has no confidence in the University of British Columbia Board of Governors."

Eight-hundred faculty voted in support of the resolution — about 62 per cent of the 1,294 votes cast.

The vote is not binding on the university, but last week a UBC official said it was  closely watching the proceedings.

The no-confidence motion is part of ongoing fallout at at UBC from the sudden resignation of UBC president Arvind Gupta last summer, though the vote doesn't explicitly mention the former president.

Gupta has said members of the board of governors played a role in that resignation, by telling him he didn't have their confidence, and unredacted documents revealed conflict between Gupta and the board.

Professors have also said the behaviour of some board members has infringed on academic freedom, and left a "culture of fear" on campus — something the university said is "categorically" not the case.

Dr. Arvind Gupta resigned suddenly last summer as UBC president, one year into his five-year term. (UBC)