When and where does the
University Senate meet?
The Senate meeting schedule is posted here.
Who is the Senate
The Officers of the Senate include the Chair, Vice Chair, Immediate Past Chair,
and the Secretary. For further information and current leadership please see Membership.
How can I serve as a
senator or member of a Council or Standing Committee?
Elections occur in Spring and are conducted online through MyUAlbany through
mid-May. Stay tuned for emails inviting your participation! Senators should
attend all Senate meetings and serve on at least one Council. For further
details see Membership.
Where can I find a list
of Senate Councils and/or Standing Committees?
To learn more about each one, their charges, and current memberships, please
Where can I access
historical documentation (i.e. Senate records)?
This can be accessed in this library
can I find the Senate Handbook, Charter and/or Faculty Bylaws? Each
can be accessed on the right side of the Senate website.
Who can I speak with
regarding a concern about academic freedom?
Please see The
Committee on Academic Freedom, Freedom of Expression, and Community
addresses policies related to faculty/staff work life, benefits and retirement?
These policies are addressed by The
University Life Council.
can I find meeting schedules for Senate Councils and/or Committees?
They can be found on each Council’s
Who is responsible for
developing academic standards, which establish standards pertaining to dean’s
list and graduation with honors requirements?
Committee on Curriculum & Honors. This Committee is also responsible
for adjudicating all appeals by students for denial of honors designation.
What resources are available to assist faculty with a conflict resolution?
on Mediation and if it involves a student – The Office of Community
Which Council handles
the tenure and promotion of our faculty?
Council on Promotions and Continuing Appointment is responsible for
evaluating dossiers. For academic policies and procedures regarding faculty
tenure and promotion, see the Office of the
Who oversees campus
Council on Research (COR) is responsible for research policies as well as
campus research activities and the allocation of research resources.
What Is Parliamentary
It is a set of rules for
conduct at meetings that allows everyone to be heard and to make decisions
without confusion. Please see the Senate Handbook on the right of the University Senate
page for further detail.
Why is Parliamentary
Because it's a time tested method of conducting business at meetings and public
gatherings. The University Senate uses Robert's Rules of Order (newly revised)
as the basic handbook of operation which is available on the right side of the University Senate