The McGill Daily - - Administrative Hierarchy -

The Se­nate is a gov­ern­ing body re­spon­si­ble for aca­demic af­fairs of the university. The Se­nate over­sees university cur­ricu­lums and cour­ses by establishing fac­ul­ties, schools and de­part­ments. All cour­ses lead­ing to university cer­ti­fi­ca­tion must be ap­proved by the Se­nate. The aca­demic pol­icy com­mit­tee puts for­ward rec­om­men­da­tions for aca­demic poli­cies, or projects for aca­demic pur­pose. Rec­om­men­da­tions may also in­volve dis­con­tin­u­ing ex­ist­ing fac­ul­ties or cour­ses. The Se­nate is com­posed of rep­re­sen­ta­tives from a wide range of university con­stituen­cies. Among 111 vot­ing mem­bers, 13 mem­bers are grad­u­ate or un­der­grad­u­ate stu­dents elected through PGSS and SSMU. Stu­dent se­na­tors serve a one year term, un­less the stu­dent is sus­pended.

If you would like to bring up any is­sues con­cern­ing stu­dent life to the Se­nate, the best way to so is through the cau­cus meet­ing. Se­na­tors rep­re­sent­ing stu­dents through SSMU con­vene in a pub­lic meet­ing on Mon­days at 6:30p.m. to dis­cuss stu­dent in­ter­ests prior to reg­u­lar Se­nate meet­ings. The con­tact in­for­ma­tion of all stu­dents se­na­tors is avail­able on­line.

The Se­nate cur­rently has nine stand­ing com­mit­tees, one of these is a joint com­mit­tee with the BOG. While the Se­nate mainly deals with aca­demic mat­ters, its power ex­tends to gen­eral su­per­vi­sion and cer­e­mo­nial du­ties such as con­vo­ca­tions and honorary de­grees. Pro­pos­als for honorary de­grees are con­sid­ered by a com­mit­tee ap­pointed by Se­nate, which must be ap­proved by two thirds of its mem­bers.

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