UBC policies + guidelines

UBC is committed to providing an open, accountable and respectful environment that fosters academic excellence.

The following guidelines and policies are relevant to the university’s academic mission.

Important guidelines

Academic Freedom

The freedom to engage in research, scholarship and teaching without constraint is the backbone of any university. Above all, we protect and promote an open environment in which to explore, question, discover and share knowledge. Learn more about how UBC is working to protect and promote academic freedom.

Academic misconduct + plagiarism

The UBC Vancouver Academic Calendar outlines examples of academic misconduct and plagiarism.

External reviews

UBC conducts periodic external reviews of faculties and academic units in order to continuously improve academic excellence and promote accountability and transparency across the university. See the Principles, Procedures and Guidelines for External Academic Unit Reviews.

Sexual assault response + education

Information about what UBC is doing to keep our campuses safe and resources for faculty and staff.

Sexual assault response and education for faculty and staff: view protocols and resources for assisting student survivors.
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Find sexual assault resources for faculty and staff.
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Respectful Workplace statement

This statement speaks to our freedoms and our responsibilities, and provides the guiding principles to support us in building an environment in which respect, civility, diversity, opportunity and inclusion are valued.
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Third-Party Recruitment Agreements

The Joint Policy of the UBC Vancouver and Okanagan Senates on Third-Party Recruitment (#J-55) represents a part of the University of British Columbia’s response to the opportunities and challenges posed by third-party recruitment agent engagement. 

An interpretive and procedural guide has been developed to provide guidance to UBC's academic and other units interested in engaging with recruitment agents and agencies. The guidelines detail the steps that must be taken before the University will enter into an agreement with an agent or agency, and are available on request. Please email the International Student Intitiative (ISI) directly. 


Selected policies

Browse a selection of important UBC policies below. 

Appointments, terms + compensation policies
Research, intellectual property + knowledge mobilization policies
Proposed sexual assault policy

The UBC community is invited to comment on proposed Policy #131 (Sexual Assault). To read more about the Policy Consultation information, visit the University Counsel website here.

Third-Party Recruitment Agreements

Joint Policy #J-55 (Third-Party Recruitment Agreements) was produced to provide binding regulation regarding the place of third-party recruitment agents within UBC’s academic system.

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