The Faculty Senate is the principal governance body of the faculty. It is the forum for discussing, investigating, commenting upon, and making recommendations on topics of concern to the faculty.
The Faculty Senate has the right to address all University issues and has specific responsibility for dealing with academic policies, curriculum, governance, and planning. The Faculty Senate is the principal advisory body to the University President and the Provost and is the primary representative of the faculty in consultations with the University's executive officers. The Senate President or other presiding officer acts as the direct liaison between the faculty and the University President and/or the Provost. While it is not intended that the Senate duplicate the functions of other University Standing Committees, it has the right to do so if it deems such actions necessary.