May 5, 2006
Columbia University Senate
Structure and Operations Committee Annual Report (2005-2006)
We had a lot of items on our agenda this year, and we are
looking forward to continuing our work in the next year.
the 450 Post-Baccalaureate medical students currently within the School of
General Studies under the current Senate seat allocated to the School of
the 1000+ SEAS graduate students under the current Senate seats allocated
to SEAS. Formally these seats were only open to the undergraduate body.
of the reapportionment of Student seats, as well as the confirmation that
the current apportionment is correct. Complete the reapportionment of tenured
faculty seats to ensure that the seats that each Faculty receives within
the Senate are representative of their respective population. Last done in
2001, it was important to update these prior to the elections this year.
attendance policies, including the implementation of a posted plenary
attendance policy. We will continue to review this in the following year.
policy on Senate terms. We have decided that all Senators shall be elected
to a full two-year term and that those unable to complete their full term
will be replaced in a midterm election by a new Senator who will in turn
fill a two-year term. This will not only make the process of elections
simpler but also will ensure that all Senators have equal opportunity to
serve in the Senate body.
a complete review of Student election procedures. We are in the process of
continuing the review to ensure all University Senate elections from the
student body follow University Statute as well as Senate By-laws.
at the possible change occurring between Online Learning and the Libraries
Committee, including if it would be necessary to restructure them in
conjunction with their internal discussions.
the confidentiality of internal Senate documents.
We have many items to come in the next year, and are looking
forward to tackling new challenges as they present themselves.
Christopher Riano (GS ’07)
Chairman, Structure and Operations Committee