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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At the Senate plenary on February 2, Sens. Jeanine D'Armiento (P&S) (above) and Susan Witte (Social Work), along with Professor of Statistics (in Psychiatry) Dr. Melanie Wall, presented findings of the Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons Pipeline Study: The Advancement of Women Faculty through the Academic Ranks.
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]
The next Senate plenary meeting will be on
Friday, February 23,
School of Nursing,
560 West 168 Street,
7th Floor Event Space
Anyone with CUID is welcome.
Fridays at 1:15 p.m.
School of Nursing, 560 West 168 Street, 7th Floor Event Space
104 Jerome Greene Hall
104 Jerome Greene Hall
Click on dates of past Senate meetings for agendas with links to documents.
December 15 (Thursday)
Here are agendas of
from prior years.