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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."

Sen. Soulaymane Kachani (Nontenured, SEAS), Vice Provost for Online Education, spoke to the Senate at the December 11 plenary about Columbia Online, the portal for online courses, MOOCs and other initiatives at the university. Photograph by Jessica Raimi.


ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON
SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE INVESTING (ACSRI)

The University Senate’s ties to the ACSRI, described in the committee’s founding documents in 2000, include an annual committee report to the Senate and a role in the appointment of the ACSRI’s student members for the Senate Student Affairs Committee. Almost every year since 2000 an ACSRI chair or other member has addressed the Senate. On April 3, 2014, Sara Minard, a faculty member, spoke about ACSRI deliberations on a proposal for divestment of Columbia’s holdings related to fossil fuels. In 2014-15 the newly appointed ACSRI chair, Prof. Jeffrey Gordon of the Law School, is scheduled to speak to the Senate on February 6.

Here are some relevant links:

Petition statement from Barnard Columbia Divest calling for divestment of Columbia’s holdings related to fossil fuels

ACSRI response to the BCD proposal

Proceedings of a conference held at the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law on November 24, 2014: Should Universities and Pension Funds Divest from Fossil Fuel Stocks?

Announcement of the founding of the ACSRI, February 25, 2000

ACSRI's 2014-15 agenda


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 Friday, February 6, 1:15 p.m.,
104 Jerome Greene Hall (the Law School).

Anyone with CUID is welcome.


SENATE PLENARIES

2014-2015

All at 1:15 p.m.

Friday, February 6
104 Jerome Greene Hall

Friday, February 27
104 Jerome Greene Hall

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

 


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