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."

Senate Elections Commission Chair Samuel E. Roth, currently a second-year Law School student, presented the 2015 Senate reapportionment report at the plenary on February 27. The quinquennial reapportionment resulted in an additional seat for a tenured Arts and Sciences professor in the natural sciences, and a loss of one seat for a tenured Arts and Sciences professor in the social sciences. Photograph by Jessica Raimi.

Rules of University Conduct

The Rules of University Conduct (Chapter XLIV of the Statutes of the University) provide special disciplinary rules applicable to demonstrations, rallies, and protests. These rules are designed to protect the rights of free expression through peaceful demonstration while at the same time ensuring the proper functioning of the University and the protection of the rights of those who may be affected by such demonstrations. Here is a brief legislative history of the rules.

The disciplinary procedures called for in the current Rules are summarized in this diagram.

In 2014, the Senate Rules Committee undertook a review of the Rules. Two town halls open to all Columbia affiliates were held on the Morningside campus, on October 17 and November 10, 2014, at which a number of participants spoke.

The committee intends to circulate its proposed revisions to the Rules for public discussion on Friday, April 17, 4-6 p.m. in 309 Havemeyer. The revised Rules will also be presented to the Senate at the plenary on April 2 for discussion and for a vote on May 1. After that, the Rules will be submitted to the Trustees for their approval.

Here is the roster of the Rules Committee for 2014-15. If you have questions or suggestions about the Rules or the revision, please contact Christopher Riano (crr2107) or Zila Acosta (zra2102) of the Rules Committee, or Tom Mathewson (tmm2), Senate manager, who staffs this committee.

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

The next plenary meeting will be Thursday, April 2, 1:15 p.m.,
104 Jerome Greene Hall (the Law School).

Here is the agenda.

Anyone with CUID is welcome.



All at 1:15 p.m.

Thursday, April 2
104 Jerome Greene Hall

Friday, May 1
1501 International Affairs

Agendas of past Senate meetings with links to documents.

Tuesday, September 30

Friday, October 24

Thursday, November 20

Thursday, December 11

Friday, February 6

Friday, February 27


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