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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.


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Sen. Regina Martuscello, Postdoctoral Research Scientist in the Department of Pathology and Cell Biology, was recently chosen by the postdoc community to receive the Scott Smemo Memorial Postdoc Service Award. Her service includes membership in the Senate Research Officers and Housing Policy committees and contributions to the work of the Campus Planning Committee and the Commission on the Status of Women. Sen. Daniel Savin, who chairs the Research Officers Committee, announced the news at the December 7 plenary.


SENATE COMMITTEE ANNUAL REPORTS
FOR 2017-2018


STUDENT MEDIA CREDENTIALS

Application forms for media outlets and freelancers can be downloaded here.

The next deadline is 11:59 p.m., January 30, 2019.

For further information, please contact senate@columbia.edu.


FACULTY AFFAIRS COMMITTEE
STATEMENT ON GRIEVANCES

At the final plenary of the 2016-17 Senate session on April 28, the Faculty Affairs Committee announced a new statement of the procedures it follows when it investigates faculty grievances. Based on the accounts of grievances in the University Statutes, the Senate By-laws and the Provost's Faculty Handbook, the statement describes the relevant rules, as well as the customs the committee has developed over the years in this work.


The next Senate plenary will be Friday, February 8,
1:15 p.m., Davis Auditorium, Schapiro CEPSR.

Anyone with CUID is welcome.


SENATE PLENARIES
2018-2019

All Fridays at 1:15 p.m.

NOTE: Some locations have changed. Please consult the agenda for meeting location.

September 28

October 19

November 16

December 7

February 8
Davis Auditorium, Schapiro CEPSR

March 8
Location to be announced.

April 5
School of Nursing, 560 West 168 Street, 7th Floor Event Space

May 3
Faculty Room, 207 Low Library


A GUIDE TO THE UNIVERSITY SENATE


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

2017-2018

Fridays at 1:15 p.m.

September 15

October 20

November 17

December 8

February 2

February 23

March 30

April 27


Here are agendas of
Senate plenaries
from prior years.

GUIDELINES ON CONFIDENTIALITY 
AND RELEASE OF INFORMATION

BY SENATE COMMITTEES