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,
Welcoming new senators. Recently elected senators were acknowledged at the plenary on September 30. Standing: Sens. Alexandra Greco (Student, Dental Medicine), Melissa Martinez Larrea (Student, SIPA), Gairy Hall (Student, Business), Ramis Wadood (Student, CC). Seated: Sens. Zila Acosta (Student, Law), Marc Heinrich (Student, CC). Photograph by Jessica Raimi.
Revisiting the Rules
The next plenary meeting will be Friday, October 24, 1:15 p.m., 104 Jerome Greene Hall (the Law School).
Anyone with CUID is welcome.
All at 1:15 p.m. Some locations to be announced.
Friday, October 24
Thursday, November 20
Thursday, December 11
Friday, February 6
Friday, February 27
Thursday, April 2
Friday, May 1
Click on past plenary dates to see agendas.
The Senate staff has prepared a packet of documents to inform new senators about the history and operation of the Senate. New senators receive the packet in hard copy, but the same material is available here.