Senate Committee on Undergraduate Studies

Standing committee (Reporting Category "B")

Last updated June 17, 2019
Members Conditions Term Expiry Date Name
Associate Vice-President, Academic  Chair, Ex-officio     Wade Parkhouse
Associate Vice-President, Learning and Teaching Vice-Chair, Ex-officio     Elizabeth Elle
Registrar and Executive Director,
Student Enrollment (or designate)
Ex-officio     Rummana Khan Hemani
University Librarian (or designate) Ex-officio     Patty Gallilee
Applied Sciences

Faculty delegates*

(usually Chairs of Faculty

Undergraduate Curriculum


    Kevin Oldknow
Arts and Social Sciences     Catherine Murray
Beedie School of Business     Stephen Spector
Communication, Art & Technology     Stuart Poyntz
Education     Natalia Gajdamaschko
Environment     Paul Kingsbury
Health Sciences     Nienke Van Houten
Science     David Hik 
Undergraduate Student Elected by Senate 1 year May 31, 2019 Camelia Tavakoli
Undergraduate Student 1 year May 31, 2019 Sumrit Singh Buttar
Undergraduate Student (Alternate) **
1 year May 31, 2019 Aliya Khan
Director, University Curriculum Ex-officio     Susan Rhodes
Associate Registrar Secretary, Ex-officio (non-voting)     Kris Nordgren

* As nominated by the Faculty Dean.

** NOTE: In general an "alternate" member is invited to attend meetings when a regular member is not available. Please confirm the role of the alternate member on this committee with the committee secretary.

Terms of Reference

  1. Taking into consideration the need for coordination and development of undergraduate programs within the University, SCUS shall:
    1. review and make recommendations to Senate on curriculum changes of a major nature and general matters affecting the curriculum
    2. under delegated authority, review and approve, where appropriate, all proposed new courses, course deletions, course changes and program revisions of a minor nature. These changes shall be reported in summary form to Senate.
    3. review and make recommendations to SCUP regarding new programs and credentials.
  2. To recommend to Senate grading, examination, standing and continuance policies.
  3. To recommend to Senate policies on undergraduate admissions, re-admissions, and credit transfer and where necessary, to provide general direction to the Registrar's Office in the interpretation of such policies.
  4. To consider and decide on policy recommendations concerning undergraduate course registration and course withdrawal procedures and on the administration of undergraduate student records.
  5. To consider and recommend to Senate policy recommendations from the Diverse Qualifications Adjudication Committee.
  6. To consider and recommend to Senate policy recommendations regarding the WQB requirements.
  7. The Committee quorum shall be eight voting members.
  8. In the event that the representative from a Faculty is unable to attend a meeting of SCUS, the Faculty is authorized to appoint a faculty member replacement. 
  9. The Committee may establish sub-committees.
  10. With a two-thirds majority vote, SCUS may delegate some of its powers to such sub-committees, or to the Chair/Vice-Chair. Undergraduate students must be represented on all sub-committees.  

Meetings convened at the call of the Chair.

2019 Meeting Schedule 

Meetings are scheduled from 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm in Library 7200.

Date of Meeting Material Deadline

January 10, 2019

December 20, 2018

February 7, 2019

January 28, 2019

March 7, 2019

February 25, 2019

April 4, 2019

March 25, 2019

May 2, 2019

April 23, 2019

June 6, 2019

May 27, 2019

July 4, 2019

June 24, 2019

August 1, 2019

July 22, 2019

September 12, 2019

September 3, 2019

October 3, 2019

September 23, 2019

November 7, 2019

October 28, 2019

December 5, 2019

November 25, 2019

Minutes & Reports

SCUS Meeting Minutes


SCUS reports to Senate in September of each year (SCAP 87-4, Sept. 16, 1987).

Withdrawal Under Extenuating Circumstances