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University Senator Orientation
The Senator Orientation is a collection of brief online modules that introduce University senators to the governance process. They are intended to be viewed before the attendance of a senator’s first Senate meeting.
Please note that these modules require a Flash player and therefore there might not be audio and/or video when viewing from some mobile devices.
Vickie Courtney, Director of the University Senate Office, provides an overview of the history of the University Senate, senator responsibilities, and the organizational structure.
Becky Hippert, Executive Assistant in the University Senate Office, reviews guidelines for attending a meeting and what to expect as a Senator.
Becky Hippert, Executive Assistant in the University Senate Office, provides a brief introduction to Robert’s Rules of Order and Senate Rules, which are used to conduct Senate meetings.
Jeannine Rich, Vickie Courtney, and Becky Hippert from the University Senate Office discuss shared governance: effective consultation and where it leads.
Becky Hippert, Executive Assistant in the University Senate Office, explains a Senate Docket and an provides an overview of the docket for the October 3 Senate meeting.
We want your feedback. Please take a few minutes to fill out the questionnaire after watching any or all of the orientation sections.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where do I find the meeting dates and locations?
Which meetings do I attend?
Faculty and faculty-like academic professionals attend meetings of the University and Faculty Senates.
Academic professionals elected by the P&A Senate attend meetings of the University Senate.
Students attend meetings of the Student and University Senates.
Civil Service employees attend meetings of the University Senate.
Are travel expenses, such as parking, paid by the Senate Office?
The Senate Office does not reimburse senators for travel expenses for Senate meetings.
Is there a dress code for Senate meetings?
No. You are welcome to wear what you would to attend class or work.
How do I find the agendas and minutes?
The current and past agendas and minutes are linked from the Senate homepage
What do I do if I can’t attend a meeting at the last minute?
You can email Becky Hippert
at any point when you realize that you cannot attend a meeting. If you know in advance, you can arrange an alternate to attend in your place. The Senate maintains a list of possible alternates
What do I do if I want to serve on a committee?
Faculty and academic professionals will be asked to complete an application
Students will be asked in spring and fall to complete an application
Civil Service employees should contact Renee Dempsey
regarding open seats or watch for announcements in the Civil Service newsletter.
If you have a question that was not answered here, please email the Senate Office.