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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."


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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,
1:15 p.m.,
School of Nursing,
560 West 168 Street,
7th Floor Event Space

Anyone with CUID is welcome.


SENATE PLENARIES

2017-2018

Fridays at 1:15 p.m.

September 15

October 20

November 17

December 8

February 2

February 23
School of Nursing, 560 West 168 Street, 7th Floor Event Space

March 30
104 Jerome Greene Hall

April 27
104 Jerome Greene Hall


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

2016-2017

September 23

October 21

November 18

December 15 (Thursday)

February 3

February 24

March 31

April 28


Here are agendas of
Senate plenaries
from prior years.

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for Columbia Un
iversity are being accepted now. Download the application form
for media outlets or for freelancers.

The next deadline is April 30, 2018.

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.