Motion passed:

Consultation required before gov't events

UBC will not serve as a venue for another event like APEC without consultation with the campus community, a motion passed by both the Board of Governors and Senate states.

"A full and informed consultative process" is called for in the motion, put forward by President Martha Piper, if the university has future opportunities to serve as a venue for major international meetings organized by governments.

The motion states that such events must honour the mission of the university, provide academic and intellectual benefits and ensure that freedoms of speech and assembly and other individual human rights are fully protected.

The university has heard many concerns from the campus and the broader community concerning APEC, the actions of the federal government, and the RCMP in dealing with the protests held before and during the APEC leaders' meeting Nov. 25.

Many of them were aired at a post-APEC forum attended by more than 250 people at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts on Jan. 20.

Concerns raised at the two-hour event included the appropriateness of holding APEC at UBC, the university's role in security issues and negotiations with the federal government and RCMP, and the Tibetan flag incident at the Graduate Student Centre.

Panelists at the forum, which was moderated by Lynn Smith, former dean of Law, were President Martha Piper, Law Prof. Wes Pue, Arnab Guha of the APEC-University Forum and Shehnaz Karim and Jill Chettiar of APEC Alert.

Meanwhile, more than 1,100 pages of documents related to events surrounding APEC have been released under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. This material is available to the public through the Law Library in the Curtis Building.

The university is awaiting a report by the RCMP Public Complaints Commission and other investigations and inquiries into police actions.