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,
At the plenary on December 8, senators heard initial findings of the student quality of life survey recently conducted by the Senate. From left: Sens. Joel Rosenblatt (Admin. Staff), Yashshri Soman (Stu., SIPA), Omar Khan (Stu., CC), Indira Martinez (Stu., SSW), Krystal Cruz (Stu., TC); Legislative Aide Dante Mazza; Sen. James Piacentini (Stu., GSAPP).
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