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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."

The Senate voted 63-0-1 in favor of the proposed revisions to the Rules of University Conduct at the plenary on May 1. Senators showed up in force for the vote, including most of the students. From left: Erin Bryk (Barnard), Mustafa Kaymak (Arts), Ariela Wenger (Social Work), Alexandra Greco (Dental Medicine) and Jillian Ross (SEAS undergraduate). More information on the Rules can be found here. Photograph by Jessica Raimi.


Honors and prizes nomination form
Use this form to nominate candidates for Columbia University honorary degrees and the University Medal for Excellence.


Online handbook for creating and modifying educational programs


University policies adopted by the
Senate in recent years

It's election season for the Senate! Interested in running for a seat? Information here.


The next plenary meeting will be Friday,
September 25, 1:15 p.m.,
location to be announced.

Anyone with CUID is welcome.


SENATE PLENARIES

2015-2016

All Fridays at 1:15 p.m. except where noted. Locations to be announced.

September 25

October 23

November 20

December 10 (Thursday)

February 5

February 26

April 1

April 29


Agendas of past Senate meetings with links to documents.

2014-2015

Tuesday, September 30

Friday, October 24

Thursday, November 20

Thursday, December 11

Friday, February 6

Friday, February 27

Thursday, April 2

Friday, May 1


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NEW TO THE SENATE?

Orientation materials are available here.