THE UNIVERSITY SENATE
University Senate Officers
The president of the University Senate (a faculty member) also serves as chair of the University Senate Executive Committee (SenEx), and presides over the meetings of both entities. The vice-president of University Senate (a student) presides when the President is absent. A president-elect (faculty member) is elected annually and shall take office the following year.
University Senate Members
The University Senate consists of thirteen student members elected from the Student Senate, six members of the University Support staff elected from the University Support Staff Senate, six members of the Unclassified Senate Staff elected from the Unclassified Senate, and thirty‑nine Faculty members elected to the Faculty Senate. The Chancellor and the Provost are ex-officio, non-voting members. The presidents of the Student, Faculty, Unclassified Senate, and University Support Staff Senate are also ex-officio, non-voting members of the University Senate if they are not among the elected members of the University Senate. The University Senate shall recommend rules, regulations, and policies on behalf of the University’s faculty, staff and students. The University Senate generally meets once a month during the fall semester, and twice a month during the spring semester.
University Senate Executive Committee (SenEx)
The operations of the University Senate are managed by the University Senate Executive Committee, which consists of eleven members of the University Senate elected each April. SenEx includes the six members of the Faculty Senate Executive Committee, one member each elected from the University Support Staff and Unclassified Senates, and three students elected by the student senate (two undergraduate and one graduate). Members terms begin the day after Commencement of the election year and continue until Commencement the following year. SenEx generally meets every other week during the academic year.
The President and President-Elect of the University Senate are ex-officio, not-voting members of SenEx if they are not elected to one of the six faculty positions on SenEx. The Presidents of the Faculty, Student, University Support Staff and Unclassified Senates also serve as ex-officio non-voting members on SenEx if they are not elected as voting members.
SenEx writes charges for University Senate Committees and ensures that all functions of the University Senate are carried out in conformity with the provision of the CODE and University Senate Rules.