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CAUT Policy Statement

Collegiality refers to the participation of academic staff in academic governance structures. Collegiality does not mean congeniality or civility.

To be collegial, academic governance must:

(a)    allow for the expression of a diversity of views and opinions,
(b)    protect participants so that no individual is given inappropriate advantage (for example, due to power differentials) with respect to decisions, and
(c)    ensure inclusiveness so that all who should be participating are provided the opportunity to do so.

Collegial governance depends on participants being given and delivering their share of the service workload.

Approved by the CAUT Council, November 2005;
editorial revisions, March 2010.