Senate is the senior academic body and establishes procedures for the governance of its own affairs. It derives its powers from the Board of Governors and, subject to the latter's over-arching authority, has the final authority in all matters pertaining to the academic programs of the University. Its powers and functions are listed under article 64 of the By-Laws. Senate is composed of 55 voting members and 8 non-voting members, as outlined in article 55 of the By-Laws.
Senate conducts its business through its standing committees that report to Senate at regularly scheduled meetings.
Senate usually meets monthly from September to May, although the President and Vice-Chancellor, in consultation with the Steering Committee, may decide to dispense with the regular meeting in any given month. The meeting schedule is updated as required. The Agenda and documents in connection with the Open Session meetings of the Senate are usually posted one week before the date of the Senate meeting, while the Minutes of past meetings are maintained by Records Management and Archives Department.
The meeting schedules and Agendas for the Academic Planning and Priorities Committee, Academic Programs Committee, Finance Committee, Library Committee, Research Committee as well as the meeting schedule for Steering Committee are updated as required.
The academic affairs of the Faculties (Arts and Science, Engineering and Computer Science, Fine Arts and John Molson School of Business) and the Schools (Graduate Studies and Extended Learning) are conducted by their respective Faculty or School Councils which report to Senate in accordance with the powers set out in their respective mandates.
The information regarding the Senate operating procedures together with other information relevant to members of Senate is included in the Senator's Handbook. The Handbook is updated as required.
The Annual Report provides members of the Concordia community with information respecting Senate’s role and operations for a given year.