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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.

All members of the Columbia community
are welcome at these meetings. See "Introduction to the Senate."

Sens. Ian Lipkin (Tenured, MSPH) and Howard Worman (Tenured, P&S) spoke at the November 20 plenary. Sen. Lipkin, the John Snow Professor of Epidemiology, gave an update on the Ebola epidemic; Sen. Worman presented the annual report of the Senate External Relations and Research Policy Committee, which he chairs. Photographs by Jessica Raimi.


Gender-based misconduct
and sexual assault:
Some background documents

The new Gender-based Misconduct Policy for Students was announced on August 15. On September 23, the university released a report providing aggregate data on sexual assault at Columbia (Gender-based Misconduct Prevention and Response Report). In November, the university released an FAQ document on faculty and staff reporting requirements for gender-based misconduct.

The University Senate held a town hall on gender-based misconduct and sexual assault on April 16 (transcript here), following a town hall organized by undergraduate students and deans on March 13. Here are some background documents on the issue. 


Online handbook for creating and modifying educational programs

University policies adopted by the
Senate in recent years

Honors and prizes nomination form
Use this form to nominate candidates for Columbia University honorary degrees and the University Medal for Excellence.


NEW TO THE SENATE?

Orientation materials are available here.

 

The next plenary meeting will be Thursday, December 11, 1:15 p.m.,
1501 International Affairs Building

Anyone with CUID is welcome.


SENATE PLENARIES

2014-2015

All at 1:15 p.m. Some locations to be announced.

Tuesday, September 30

Friday, October 24

Thursday, November 20

Thursday, December 11
1501 International Affairs Building

Friday, February 6

Friday, February 27

Thursday, April 2

Friday, May 1

Click on past plenary dates to see agendas.

Agendas of past Senate meetings with links to documents.