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.

All members of the Columbia community
are welcome at these meetings. See "Introduction to the Senate."

Anne Taylor, M.D., Vice Dean for Academic Affairs at P&S, and Lee Goldman, M.D., Executive Vice President for Health and Biomedical Sciences, presented a proposal for new academic titles and tracks at the Columbia University Medical Center at the Senate plenary on March 2.

Senate Hearing on
Columbia Smoking Policy

The Senate held a hearing on Morningside smoking policy on October 10. A transcript is available here.

Highlights of 2010-2011

Report on a Graduate Student Center (Campus Planning and Physical Development Committee, September 1, 2010)

2011 Task Force on Military Engagement

Resolution on Smoking Policy (December 3, 2010)

Resolution on Fringe Benefits (February 11, 2011)

New Confidentiality Guidelines (April 29, 2011)

Committee Annual Reports 2010-2011

Rebellion and Reform: Reflections on the Origins
of the Columbia University Senate 1968–1971

Panel discussion on April 23, 2010.
Transcript of presentations
Links to related historical documents

University policies adopted by the
Senate in recent years

Committee and plenary agendas
In the interest of greater transparency,
some Senate committees are making
their agendas public after their meetings.

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




The next plenary meeting will be on Friday,
April 27, 1:15 p.m.,
107 Jerome Greene Hall.

Anyone with CUID is welcome.


All Fridays at 1:15 p.m., except where noted; locations to be announced.


September 23

October 14

November 17 (Thursday)

December 2

February 3

March 2

March 30

April 27


Click on dates of past Senate meetings to see agendas with links to documents.