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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."

The leaders of the Student Affairs Committee, Daniella Urbina (SIPA, vice chair), Sean Ryan (CC, co-chair) and Grace Kelley (Nursing, co-chair), presented their annual report at the April 28 plenary.


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. 


It's Senate elections season!
Information here.


Applications for student media credentials for Columbia University are being accepted now. Download the application form for credentials for
media outlets
or for freelancers.

The next deadline will be in early fall.

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


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The next plenary meeting will be on Friday, September 15, 1:15 p.m., location to be announced.

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SENATE PLENARIES

2017-2018

Fridays at 1:15 p.m.
Locations to be announced.

September 15

October 20

November 17

December 8

February 2

February 23

March 30

April 27


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.