ARTICLE 2 - Declaration of Principles

2:01  The parties to this Agreement recognize that the objects and purposes of the University are the advancement of learning, the discovery, preservation and dissemination of knowledge, the creation of artistic and literary works, presentation of artistic performances and the intellectual, spiritual, moral, social and physical development of its members, including students, faculty members, librarians and staff, and the betterment of society. The parties recognize further their mutual responsibility to enhance the activities of and the academic reputation of the University by providing students with a learning and educational environment commensurate with the highest possible academic standards and by providing members of the bargaining unit with an appropriate atmosphere in which to pursue their academic and professional objectives, and by promoting and maintaining harmonious relations among and between the University, students, staff and members of the bargaining unit, and by providing amicable and cooperative means for settling differences which may arise from time to time between the parties. The parties also acknowledge the right of each other and their representatives and member(s) along with students and staff to be treated with dignity and respect in the performance of their duties and to work in an environment free of harassment by anyone.

                   2:02 the parties are proud partners in our commitment to continue to work to advance greater equity, diversity and inclusion. 
                  
                   The University acknowledges that this commitment can be evidenced by addressing systemic barriers, particularly those experienced by members of underrepresented or disadvantaged groups, including, but not limited to, women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible  minority/racialized groups, and members of 2SLGBTQ+ communities.

                   The parties are committed to the ongoing work of embedding the principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion in all we do.

                   2:03 Where the Employer is required by law or government agency to introduce or amend administrative policies that affect the terms and conditions of members' employment, the Employer will provide the President of the Association written notice of the policy and/or  changes to an existing policy. Should there be questions or concerns regarding an administrative policy, the Association reserves the right to raise concerns at Joint Consultative Committee.