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.