“To consider the state of the University and to make recommendations for its academic development…To inquire into any matter of an educational or administrative nature that has implications for the academic function and welfare of the University…To be a channel of communication between and among the various faculties of the University and between the collective faculties and the President and the Provost of the University.”
from the University of Rochester Faculty Senate Charter
The University of Rochester Faculty Senate is a 45-member body elected from the faculty by the faculty, with representatives from each of the University’s six schools, together with the President, the Provost, and the Dean of Graduate Studies in ex officio roles. Senators serve 3-year terms and are limited to two in succession. Meeting nine times during the academic year, the Senate provides a forum for discussion of all matters related to the University’s academic and administrative affairs, such as faculty recruitment and retention, strategic planning in the various schools, investments and the endowment, College admissions, online course evaluations, and sustainability. The Senate also advocates for the interests of faculty in such areas as benefits, tenure and promotion, budgeting, research policy, and the periodic review of school deans, the President, and the Provost.