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University Senate


Senate Meetings

The last University Senate meeting was held on Wednesday, May 29th, 2024 at 2:45 p.m. over Zoom. 

Links to the meeting agenda and available related documents are provided on the Senate Meetings page. The related files are also distributed via the Senate listserv in advance of each meeting. 

Subscribe to the Senate listserv here to receive communications about Senate meetings. Senate meetings are open to all.

General Information

Representative bodies work best when their constituents familiarize themselves with how governance processes work and become involved in those processes. With that in mind, it is important for you to note the following about the University Senate:

  • It is a representative body of Teaching and Professional Faculty, Undergraduate and Graduate students, Emeriti, and others.
  • It is the voice of the Voting Faculty at the University at Albany.
  • The University Senate is the principal policy-forming body of the University.
  • It is an advisory body to the President of the University.
  • The Senate’s effectiveness derives from the right of the Faculty and students to be consulted on matters of major importance to the educational, research, and service missions of the University.
  • Any policy, practice, or condition within the University which in its judgment significantly affects the quality of the institution’s legitimate functioning is a proper concern of the Faculty, and, hence, of the Senate.
  • To carry out its role, the Senate critically relies on Faculty committed to the goals of the University and willing to participate in its governance.

The Senate’s rights and responsibilities are in the Faculty Bylaws, Article I, 2.1-2.6, and in the Senate Charter, Section III.



University Senate
Alexander Dawson
Senate Chair

1400 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12222
United States