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Wilfrid Laurier University University Secretariat
May 27, 2015

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3.4 Guidelines for Board Members, Roles & Responsibilities

Formal fiduciary and related responsibilities are described in the WLU Act as amended, 2001.

The following describes guidelines for board members in fulfilling their roles on the board:


  • Gain familiarity with the Act.
  • Be knowledgeable about the university system, the issues facing Laurier and how they are being addressed.
  • Know the university, its people, programs and physical assets.


  • Appreciate the difference between stewardship and management. The board does the former, administration the latter.
  • Contribute to the development and evolution of strategic direction.
  • Execute fiduciary responsibilities.
  • Understand the respective responsibilities of the board and Senate in their bi-cameral roles.
  • Assist in the evaluation of board performance.
  • Participate in the evaluation of management performance.
  • Offer advice to management.
  • Prepare for board and committee meetings and participate constructively and energetically.
  • Attend meetings on a regular and consistent basis.
  • Balance interests of constituent group represented with those of the university. Place the interests of the university as a whole ahead of individuals or constituent groups.
  • Avoid any real or perceived conflict of interest.
  • Act with decorum and complete integrity, respect confidentiality in all matters related to the university.


  • Be an enthusiastic supporter of the university at every opportunity.
  • Participate frequently in university, community and other events which benefit the university.
  • Facilitate linkages amongst constituent groups.
  • Assist in recruiting individuals who will benefit from involvement in the Laurier community whether prospective students, board members, faculty or staff.
  • Participate in fundraising activities and contribute to the university.
  • Ensure that any formal communication about the university related to policy or issues is deferred to the board chair or the president.

Original guidelines approved by the Board of Governors September 10, 2002

Amended by the Executive & Governance Committee August 20, 2003 and October 4, 2004

Amended by the Board of Governors October 21, 2004