The University Senate is a forum for faculty input on matters of significance to the university. Our senate consists of senators elected by the faculty, the academic deans, provost, and president, a representative of the associated students, a graduate student and a law student representative.
Senate jurisdiction extends to policies that affect more than one unit at the university, such as the undergraduate general education program; the quality of studies; policies pertaining to faculty appointment, reappointment, rank, and tenure; policies regarding faculty status, including all the conditions of appointment that go along with faculty status; general student welfare; and honorary degrees. Several senate committees participate in university governance, such as the Budget Committee and Benefits Policy Committee. The Senate Constitution and Bylaws are published in the University Policy and Procedures Manual, No. 1.5. Senate meetings are open to the entire university community and generally occur on alternating Thursdays, from 12:15-1:45 p.m., beginning early September of each year. The meeting schedule and minutes of recent meetings can be found using the links listed above.