As made available to Queen’s Senators on Qshare, 14 November 2012, pursuant to the motion approved in Queen’s Senate, 28 February 2012,
That the Senate obtain independent legal advice from a law firm with experience dealing with public law issues that answers the following questions:
In general, what is the authority and responsibility of Queen’s Senate with respect to decisions that are intrinsically academic in nature or that have significant academic impacts?
And in particular,
1. Whether the Senate is legally required to consider and approve any decision that will result in the closure of an academic program;
2. Whether the Senate is legally required to consider and approve any decision which may result in the closure of an academic program, including a suspension of enrolment; and
3. Whether the Senate is legally required to consider and approve any decision to merge academic units or that will result in the merger of an academic program with an academic unit.