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University Senate

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 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.

FY2017 University Senate Members


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Nearly $290 million in financial aid annually
44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
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