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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."

At the Senate forum on the proposed revisions to the Rules of University Conduct on April 17, Christopher Riano, lecturer in law and Chair of the Rules Committee; Sen. Jared Odessky (Student, Columbia College); and Sen. Zila Acosta (Student, Law), co-chair of the Student Affairs Committee, heard comments on the proposal. More information the Rules can be found here. Photograph by Jessica Raimi.


Administrative staff elections

Candidates for the CUMC seat
Candidates for the Morningside-Lamont seat

There is one seat available for the 2015-2017 term for Morningside-Lamont and one seat for CUMC. Voting will be open April 23-28. If you are eligible to vote, you will receive an email with a voting link.


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


Online handbook for creating and modifying educational programs


University policies adopted by the
Senate in recent years

It's election season for the Senate! Interested in running for a seat? Information here.


The next plenary meeting will be Friday, May 1,
1:15 p.m.,
1501 International Affairs.

Anyone with CUID is welcome.


SENATE PLENARIES

2014-2015

All at 1:15 p.m.

Friday, May 1
1501 International Affairs

Agendas of past Senate meetings with links to documents.

Tuesday, September 30

Friday, October 24

Thursday, November 20

Thursday, December 11

Friday, February 6

Friday, February 27

Thursday, April 2


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NEW TO THE SENATE?

Orientation materials are available here.