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."

Sen. Soulaymane Kachani (Nontenured, SEAS), Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning, and Kathy Takayama, Associate Provost and Executive Director, Center for Teaching and Learning, gave a presentation about the Center at the plenary on November 20. Photograph by Jessica Raimi.

A message from Senate Chair Sharyn O'Halloran
on the Rules of University Conduct

October 12, 2015

Dear fellow members of the Columbia University community:

Today is a defining day for the Columbia community. Following a unanimous vote by the University Senate on May 1, 2015, the Trustees of the University approved changes to the University Statutes revising the Rules of University Conduct, while also stating their strong support for efforts by the Senate and President Bollinger to protect the rights of student journalists in covering protest activity. The history of the Rules of University Conduct dates back to the Columbia University protests of 1968, following a referendum from the Columbia University Senate and the creation of the Rules of University Conduct Committee. Since 1989, there have been no major changes to the Rules, until now. The revised Rules strengthen the right of freedom of expression for every member of the University and our ability to openly demonstrate, rally, picket, and circulate petitions, while still protecting the rights of others and allowing the University to continue to function normally.

The next plenary meeting
will be Thursday,
December 10, 1:15 p.m.,
104 Jerome Greene Hall.

Anyone with CUID is welcome.

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All Fridays at 1:15 p.m. except where noted.

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

September 25

October 23

November 20

December 10 (Thursday)
104 Jerome Greene Hall

February 5
104 Jerome Greene Hall

February 26
104 Jerome Greene Hall

April 1
104 Jerome Greene Hall

April 29
1501 International Affairs Building

Here are agendas of
Senate plenaries
from prior years.


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