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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."

  Melissa Rooker, Associate Provost, Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, and University Title IX Coordinator, who served as Presidential Advisory Committee on Sexual Assault co-chair in 2013-14, gave PACSA's annual report to the Senate at the plenary on May 2. Photograph by Jessica Raimi.

The next plenary meeting will be
Tuesday, September 30, 2:00 p.m., Davis Auditorium, Schapiro CEPSR (north end of campus between Pupin and Mudd).

Anyone with CUID is welcome.

Here is the agenda.


SENATE PLENARIES

2014-2015

All at 1:15 p.m. except where noted. Locations to be announced.

Tuesday, September 30,
2:00 p.m., Schapiro CEPSR

Friday, October 24
104 Jerome Greene Hall

Thursday, November 20
103 Jerome Green Hall

Thursday, December 11

Friday, February 6

Friday, February 27

Thursday, April 2

Friday, May 1


Agendas of past Senate meetings with links to documents.


SENATE ORIENTATION

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.


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.