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The Senate is a University-wide legislature, representing faculty, students, and other constituencies. It makes policy on a range of issues that affect the entire University or more than one school, including educational programs and priorities, the budget, academic freedom and tenure, the conduct of research, the libraries, information technology, Columbia's external relations, student sexual misconduct, rules governing political demonstrations, and the welfare of faculty, students, and research officers. Trustee concurrence is required for acts of the Senate.

The Senate has 108 voting seats, with 63 reserved for faculty, 24 for students, 6 for officers of research,
2 each for administrative staff, librarians, and alumni, and 9 for senior administrators including the president, who chairs monthly plenaries.

For more information, see "Introduction to the Senate."

Sens. Matt Chou (Student, CC) and Akshay Shah (Student, SEAS--undergraduate) presented two resolutions at the Senate plenary on April 4: one to amend the Presidential Advisory Committee on Sexual Assault, and one to fund and institutionalize a University-wide student quality of life survey. Both resolutions passed. Photograph by Jessica Raimi.

The next plenary meeting will be
Friday, May 2,
1:15 p.m., 106 Jerome Greene Hall (the Law School).

Anyone with CUID is welcome.


SENATE PLENARIES

All Fridays at 1:15 p.m.

2013-2014

October 4

October 25

November 15

December 6

February 7

February 28

April 4

May 2
106 JGH

Click on dates of past meetings for agendas with links to documents.


Agendas of past Senate meetings with links to documents.


Online handbook for creating and modifying educational programs

University policies adopted by the
Senate in recent years

Honors and prizes nomination form
Use this form to nominate candidates for Columbia University honorary degrees and the University Medal for Excellence.