University Senate Summary

Last Updated 29 July 2009

University Senate Membership

  • The University Senate is composed of 50 members.
  • The Provost (Chief Academic Officer) and University President each hold ex officio non-voting positions on the University Senate
  • There are 48 Voting Members
    • 37 Elected Faculty Senators
    • 4 Selected Staff Senators
    • 2 Selected Student Senators
    • 5 Presidential Appointees

University Senate Committees

  • ECUS (Executive Committee University Senate) has two functions:
    1. Steering committee of University Senate
    2. Faculty advisory to the University President

Standing Committees

  • SAPC (Student Affairs)
  • RPIPC (Resources, Planning, and Institutional Policy)
  • Committees for Academic Policy
    • CAPC (Curriculum and Assessment)
    • FAPC (Faculty Affairs)
    • APC (Academic Policy Committee)
  • Each of the committees for academic policy (APC, CAPC, FAPC) has thirteen (13) members allocated as follows:
    • 11 Corps of Instruction Faculty
    • 1 Chief Academic Officer Designee
    • 1 Presidential Appointee
  • The memberships of the other two standing committees (RPIPC, SAPC) include faculty, staff, and student representatives in addition to a chief officer designee and presidential appointee.

University Senate Functions

  • Faculty governance body with university-wide membership.
    • Not adopt regulations or curricula within the scope of an academic unit (school, library) unless protecting interests of University as a whole.
    • Has Faculty Legislative Authority.
    • Policy-Recommending Assembly.
    • Advisory Role (policy/procedure).
  • The University Senate strives to be mindful and respectful of matters that are more appropriately handled at the divisional, college and department levels, but may make recommendations concerning matters within these areas that have broader institutional impact or implications.

University Senate Policy

  • A policy is a statement of record that governs the conduct of the university community and/or embodies a general principle that guides University affairs.
  • There are three categories of University Policy with which the University Senate is concerned.
    1. Academic Policy
    2. Non-Academic Policy for Students
    3. Institutional Policy