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 Senate plenary on February 24, Sen. Robert Pollack (A&S/Natural Sciences, tenured) offered ideas for combating "the malaise that sits like a fog over Columbia these days." The Faculty Affairs Committee, which he co-chairs with Sen. Letty Moss-Salentijn (Dental Medicine, tenured), endorsed a letter to President Bollinger with suggestions for encouraging dialogue among faculty and students.
It's Senate elections season!
The next plenary meeting will be Friday, March 31, 1:15 p.m., 104 Jerome Greene Hall.
Anyone with CUID is welcome.
Fridays at 1:15 p.m. unless otherwise noted.
Click on dates of past Senate meetings for agendas with links to documents.
Here are agendas of