Secretariat

The Secretariat within the Office of Governance Services look after the Board of Trustees and its Standing Committees, and Academic Senate and its Standing Committees.

In addition to the Board of Trustees, Academic Senate, and their Standing Committees, the team also manage the following Committees and processes for the University.


Cluster Boards

There are 3 Cluster Boards:

Clusters are forward looking, strategically focused and externally engaged groupings of cognate Schools and Research Institutes. There is one Board for each of the three Clusters.

As this is not a familiar model of university governance it is important to emphasise that clusters are not an additional layer of operational management.


Business and Infrastructure Development Committee (BIDC)

This Committee is a senior advisory Committee to the Vice-Chancellor and Executive Committee. This Committee is responsible for the provision of critical analysis and advice to the Vice-Chancellor on University business development activities and growth of long-term opportunities, as well as the University’s financial, capital, infrastructure, innovation and consulting, human and other resources. The Chair of this Committee is the Vice-President (Finance and Resources).


University Central Provost Committee

The University Central Provost Committee (UCPC) has been established to provide coordinated leadership, strategic direction and overall management of campus life initiatives and provide continuity and effectiveness in achieving the best outcome for the University.

The UCPC will meet to discuss, review and recommend action on matters pertaining to the operation of the Provost Campus Committees, and provides an opportunity for information exchange and cross-campus collaboration.

The Provosts webpage has information on each of the Campus Provosts, the Campus Provost Committee Terms of Reference, and the Position Description of the Provosts and Deputy Provosts. There is also an online form for staff and students to submit grant application ideas to the Campus Provosts Committees.


University Central WHS&W Committee

The University Work Health Safety and Wellbeing Committee (WHSWC) has been established to form part of Western Sydney University’s formal work health and safety consultation arrangements. The University WHSWC has been established to enable the University and representatives to work cooperatively and transparently in developing policies and procedures, enabling positive work, health, safety and wellbeing outcomes.

The WHS Consultation webpage has information on what is effective consultation, Health and Safety representatives, and previous minutes of the committee.


Student Misconduct

The Student Misconduct Rule applies to all University and The College students and is effective from 1 January 2016.

The Rule outlines the misconduct process, and clearly defines the roles and responsibilities of staff and students.

The Student Misconduct Rule applies to all students of the University and to students registered in a University Affiliate Course (including The College).

The Student Misconduct Rule outlines the misconduct process, and clearly defines the roles and responsibilities of staff and students. Misconduct is defined as being academic, general, or research related.

The Student Misconduct webpage provides information for students and staff on the misconduct process, as well as frequently asked questions.


Progression Appeals

As per the conditions under Part F of the Progression and Unsatisfactory Academic Progress Policy, students may appeal to the Academic Senate against exclusion, suspension or being placed on conditional enrolment for unsatisfactory academic performance, on the grounds defined as misadventure and extenuating circumstances under the Special Consideration Policy. The Chair or Deputy Chair of Academic Senate and the Pro Vice-Chancellor, Learning Transformations or nominee may determine, on behalf of the Academic Senate, that there are no valid grounds on which to uphold an appeal, and therefore that the appeal will be dismissed.

The Secretariat is responsible for assembling the panel (as per the conditions under Clause 50 of the Progression and Unsatisfactory Academic Progress Policy, and preparing the documentation for review.


School Workplan Committees

The School Work Plan Committee makes amendments to the School Work Plan Policy, considers disputes on Individual Work Plans and reviews any conflicts or non-traditional requests. The Policy is generally distributed to the wider school for confirmation before being approved by the University Work Plan Committee (UWPC).

The Work Plan Policy Repository holds the University Work Plan Policy, Academic Staff Agreement and all School and Institute Work Plans.

The Terms of Reference for the University and Academic Unit Work Plan Committees can be found in Part F of the Academic Staff Agreement.