Urgent Business Committee

The Urgent Business Committee of Council has delegated responsibility to carry out the powers and functions of Council when there is a delay in matters to be considered by Council or when it is not sitting. Decisions taken by the Urgent Business Committee are reported to the next meeting of Council.

Council has delegated its full powers and functions to the Urgent Business Committee in the circumstances outlined in this Terms of Reference.

Terms of Reference


The Urgent Business Committee may only act in circumstances in which the University might reasonably be expected to suffer prejudice if the exercise of the power or function were delayed to allow the matter to be considered by Council.


Membership of the Urgent Business Committee will consist of the following total of six members:

  • Chancellor
  • Deputy Chancellor or Chair Finance Committee
  • Vice Chancellor
  • Academic or Professional Staff elected Council member

A quorum of the Committee will be four (of the total of six).

Meetings and Decisions

Meetings of the Urgent Business Committee may be conducted by any means including electronically and will be coordinated by the General Counsel and University Secretary.


Every action of the Urgent Business Committee must be reported to the next available meeting of Council after each action is taken.