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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the Senate plenary on March 30, Sen. Izzet Kebudi (SEAS undergraduate, standing at right) reported findings of the 2017 Student Quality of Life Survey. (A later and more detailed version of that report is available here.) Assisting with survey data analysis were (from left) Thet Naing (CC 2019) and Senate Student Affairs Committee chief of staff Dante Mazza (CC 2019). Sen. Ramond Curtis (Stu., GS) reported on the Subcommittee for Students with Disabilities that he co-chaired with Soo W. Lee (GS, far right).
PROMOTING MENTAL WELL-BEING FOR COLUMBIA POSTDOCS: A report from CUPS
(Columbia University Postdoctoral Society)
In the last couple of years the mental well-being of graduate students, postdoctoral researchers and associate research scientists has been acknowledged to be an important issue that needs to be addressed. UC Berkeley, Yale University, Emory University, the University of Texas and the University of Arizona have studied this amongst their own trainees. One survey examined the links between positive emotions, resilience, and adaptive strategies for moderating anxiety and depressive symptoms in postdoctoral fellows. Of the 200 postdoctoral fellows evaluated, 13 percent were flourishing, 58 percent were languishing, and 29 percent were depressed. [READ MORE]
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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 meeting will be on
Friday, April 27,
104 Jerome Greene Hall
(the Law School).
Anyone with CUID is welcome.
Fridays at 1:15 p.m.
104 Jerome Greene Hall
SENATE ORIENTATION 2018
Friday, September 7
11:00 a.m. in 407 Low
PROVISIONAL DATES FOR SENATE PLENARIES
All Fridays at 1:15 p.m.
Click on dates of past Senate meetings for agendas with links to documents.
December 15 (Thursday)
Here are agendas of
from prior years.