The Northwestern Polytechnic Students' Association is a non-profit organization, under the mandate of the Government of Alberta to protect the best interests of NWP students. NWPSA is governed by a set of official Bylaws, Policies and Procedures. The Executive Council shapes the direction of NWPSA's ongoing advocacy efforts to effect policy changes on behalf of students.
//post secondary learning act
The Post-secondary Learning Act, together with the regulations, governs the Alberta post-secondary system (universities, comprehensive community colleges, polytechnic institutions, specialized arts and cultural institutions and independent academic institutions). This is a mandate set by the Government of Alberta to ensure that Albertans maintain a high level of education.
These are part of the governing documents that rules the actions that NWPSA takes. A by-law is a rule or law established by an organization or community to regulate itself, as allowed or provided for by some higher authority. The higher authority, generally a legislature or some other government body, establishes the degree of control that the by-laws may exercise.
//policies and procedures
Policy is a deliberate system of guidelines to guide decisions and achieve rational outcomes. A policy is a statement of intent and is implemented as a procedure or protocol. Policies are generally adopted by a governance body within an organization. These are all the rules and guidelines that NWPSA follows for effective management.
How do Bylaw Changes occur?
Bylaws are changed when there is a motion by the Students' Council to change the Bylaws to help the organization operate better. Once there is a motion to change the Bylaws, the amendments are posted for 21 days. During these 21 days students have the right to bring forth any concerns regarding the posted changes.
How often is there a Bylaw review?
Typically every three years.
What should I do if a Bylaw or Policy has been broken?
You should speak to the President of the Students' Association.