Governance, Policies, Accreditation

Governance

The Toronto School of Theology (TST) is a consortium of seven member theological colleges, each of which has its own governance. A corporation has been incorporated under the laws of Ontario to serve the member colleges and to represent them in various matters in relation to the University of Toronto and other bodies. The name of the corporation is also the Toronto School of Theology and the voting members of the corporation are the seven member institutions.

The corporation meets annually in October, and elects a Board of Trustees which is the primary instrument of TST’s governance. The Board of Trustees includes representatives of the member institutions, independent trustees chosen from the wider community, and representatives from the TST faculty and the University of Toronto. The Board generally meets five times per year. The Board operates under a By-law which it has established for itself and which it has authority to revise. TST's structures of governance are designed to collaborative and consultative.

The standing committees of the Board of Trustees are:

  • Academic Council
  • Senior Executive Council
  • Governance Committee
  • Finance Committee
  • Audit Committee

The Academic Council is the principal instrument of academic governance, and in most though not all academic matters under its jurisdiction, it has final authority without recourse to the Board. It includes the Principals, Presidents and Deans the member colleges, University representatives, and faculty and student representatives. Standing committees of the Academic Council include: 

  • Graduate Studies Council 
  • Basic Degree Council
  • Library Committee
  • Committee of Registrars

The Academic Council has general authority over TST’s graduate degree programs. At the basic degree level (MDiv, MTS, MRE, MAMS, MPS, MSMus) the Academic Council defines certain common standards, policies and procedures, but each member college administers its own basic degree programs.

The Board has created two academic centres, which administer certain academic programs. The centres are resourced primarily by the cross-appointment of faculty members from the TST member colleges, and they are led by academic administrators who are faculty members that have been seconded part-time from their home colleges.

The two centres are:

  • The Graduate Centre of Theological Studies (GCTS)
    This Centre administers the conjoint PhD, MA and ThM programs. The Director is Dr. Colleen Shantz of the University of St. Michael's College.
  • The Centre for the Study of Ministry
    This Centre administers the Doctor of Ministry program. The Coordinator is Dr. David Kupp of Wycliffe College. Read more about the Centre here.

Various general TST Governance documents can be found at the bottom of this page.

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General Policies

  • Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities: Service Policy
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Workplace Violence Policy
  • Whistleblower Policy
  • Smoke-Free Policy - TST follows the University of Toronto's policy on non-smoking. The policy, effective January 1, 2019, is found here.
  • Policy on Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment - All members of the TST community should have the ability to study, work, and live in a campus environment free from sexual violence, including sexual assault and sexual harassment. To guard against sexual violence and harassment, the Governing Council of the University of Toronto has approved the Policy on Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment. All complaints will be guided by a spirit of fairness to each party through an impartial reporting and hearing process. Under the policy, complainants have the right to seek a remedy and respondents have the right to know both the allegations and the accuser. The highest standards of confidentiality are maintained, except in cases of risk of imminent and serious harm to members of the university community or where required by law. Please contact the respective TST member college or TST concerning the application of this policy to TST students, faculty and staff.

In regard to the University of Toronto's Policy on Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment, the TST Board of Trustees approved the following on November 3, 2017:

Having the permission of the University of Toronto, TST and its member colleges adopt and accept, effective January 1, 2017, the application of the Policy on Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment of the University of Toronto, as approved by the Governing Council on December 15, 2016, with the following qualifications:

  1. In the case of TST students, the policy applies to both conjoint and non-conjoint students.
  2. In the case of TST faculty and staff members, paragraphs 74, 75, and 76 of the policy pertaining to decision-making and appeals, do not apply.
  3. Where a member college already has a policy (or policies) in place to address sexual violence and sexual harassment, such policy (or policies) may apply.

The full text of the University of Toronto's Policy on Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment is available here.

Academic Policies of the Toronto School of Theology

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Accreditation

TST and its member schools are accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) in the United States and Canada.

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