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.

All members of the Columbia community
are welcome at these meetings. See "Introduction to the Senate."

Welcoming new senators. Recently elected senators were acknowledged at the plenary on September 30. Standing: Sens. Alexandra Greco (Student, Dental Medicine), Melissa Martinez Larrea (Student, SIPA), Gairy Hall (Student, Business), Ramis Wadood (Student, CC). Seated: Sens. Zila Acosta (Student, Law), Marc Heinrich (Student, CC). Photograph by Jessica Raimi.

Revisiting the Rules
of University Conduct:
A Series of University Senate Town Halls

Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Columbia University Medical Center, P&S, Alumni Auditorium

You are invited to the second in a series of town halls to discuss the review of the Rules of University Conduct governing political rallies and demonstrations.

The Committee on Rules of University Conduct (Rules Committee) has jurisdiction to review and revise Columbia’s rules governing political rallies and demonstrations, as well as their enforcement. The Rules set boundaries for the exercise of free speech and free expression on campus, to provide maximum freedom consistent with the rights of all members of our community.

For the first time in many years, the Rules Committee will engage with the Rules as currently written to determine whether they are fulfilling their original purpose while protecting the due process rights of those charged with violating them.

The discussion will be led by members of the Rules Committee, including:

Christopher Riano, GS '07 and former student senator; Lecturer in Law, Columbia Law School; partner in Drohan Lee in New York City

Angela D. Nelson, Senior Staff Associate; Director of Research Operations for the Department of Medicine

Other members of the committee will also be present. Mr. Riano will briefly summarize the rules and outline possible areas for review. The discussion will then be opened to the audience.

You will find the Rules here.

Open to all CUID holders, the Town Hall will be on the record and a transcript made available.

The next Town Hall will be held on:

Monday, November 10, 2014, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Morningside Campus, Jerome Greene Hall, Room 103

All members of the Columbia community are welcome; CUID required. For information, write to or call 212-854-2023.

Gender-based misconduct
and sexual assault:
Some background documents

The University Senate held a town hall on gender-based misconduct and sexual assault on April 16 (transcript here), following a town hall organized by undergraduate students and deans on March 13. Here are some background documents on the issue. 

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.



The next plenary meeting will be Friday, October 24, 1:15 p.m., 104 Jerome Greene Hall (the Law School).

Anyone with CUID is welcome.



All at 1:15 p.m. Some locations to be announced.

Tuesday, September 30

Friday, October 24
104 Jerome Greene Hall

Thursday, November 20
103 Jerome Green Hall

Thursday, December 11
1501 International Affairs Building

Friday, February 6

Friday, February 27

Thursday, April 2

Friday, May 1

Click on past plenary dates to see agendas.

Agendas of past Senate meetings with links to documents.


The Senate staff has prepared a packet of documents to inform new senators about the history and operation of the Senate. New senators receive the packet in hard copy, but the same material is available here.