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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."

At the Senate plenary on February 24, Sen. Robert Pollack (A&S/Natural Sciences, tenured) offered ideas for combating "the malaise that sits like a fog over Columbia these days." The Faculty Affairs Committee, which he co-chairs with Sen. Letty Moss-Salentijn (Dental Medicine, tenured), endorsed a letter to President Bollinger with suggestions for encouraging dialogue among faculty and students.


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 deadline is 11:59 p.m., April 30, 2017.

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


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The next plenary meeting will be Friday, March 31, 1:15 p.m., 104 Jerome Greene Hall.

Anyone with CUID is welcome.


SENATE PLENARIES

2016-2017

Fridays at 1:15 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

September 23

October 21

November 18

December 15 (Thursday)

February 3

February 24

March 31
104 Jerome Greene

April 28
104 Jerome Greene


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

2015-2016

September 25

October 23

November 20

December 10 (Thursday)

February 5

February 26

April 1

April 29


Here are agendas of
Senate plenaries
from prior years.