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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.


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At the Senate plenary on April 27, Sen. Suzanne Goldberg, Executive Vice President for University Life, and Dennis Mitchell, Vice Provost for Faculty Diversity and Inclusion, presented the annual report of the Presidential Advisory Committee on Sexual Assault, which they co-chair.


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]


STUDENT MEDIA CREDENTIALS

Application forms for media outlets and freelancers
will be posted early in the fall semester.

The next deadline is September 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.

The next Senate plenary will be Friday, September 28, 2018, 1:15 p.m., location
to be announced.

Anyone with CUID is welcome.


SENATE PLENARIES
2018-2019

All Fridays at 1:15 p.m.

September 28

October 19

November 16

December 7

February 8

March 8

April 5

May 3


A GUIDE TO THE UNIVERSITY SENATE

SENATE ORIENTATION 2018
Friday, September 7
11:00 a.m. in 407 Low


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

2017-2018

Fridays at 1:15 p.m.

September 15

October 20

November 17

December 8

February 2

February 23

March 30

April 27


Here are agendas of
Senate plenaries
from prior years.