UC Riverside Academic Senate

About Academic Senate

What is the Academic Senate?

The Academic Senate is the voice of the faculty in the University of California. It represents the Faculty in the "shared governance" of UC. This responsibility is delegated by the Regents and shared with the University administration, both at the campus level and systemwide. The University of California Academic Senate is one of the most highly developed and influential faculty governments in any university. It is the one organization through which the faculty, as a whole or on any of the campuses, can express its views on an issue.  The senate guides the university‚Äôs educational course and is responsible for:

  • Determining academic policy.
  • Setting conditions for admission and granting of degrees.
  • Authorizing and supervising curricula and courses.
  • Advising on faculty appointments, promotions and budgets.

The senate works in concert with the university administration, which is responsible for the finances and organization of the institution. These roles overlap and are frequently interdependent.

Meet the officers of the Academic Senate

Meet the staff of the Academic Senate.

How the Senate Works

The Academic Senate was established upon the creation of the university to create a model where faculty were both managers and teachers within the institution. The regents have reaffirmed and strengthened the decisive role of the senate in both the daily management and long-term planning of the institution. The senate has a dual role of authority in the educational aspects of the university and advice to the administrators in the overall operation of the university.

Read about the Duties and Structure of the Academic Senate

The organization, duties, powers and privileges of the Academic Senate are detailed in Bylaw 40 of the Regents of the University of California.

Read the full text Bylaw 40

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General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

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Department Information

Academic Senate Office
900 University Avenue
231 University Office Bldg
Riverside, CA 92521

Tel: (951) 827-5538
Fax: (951) 827-5545