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University of Buffalo. University Senate


Historical Note

The University Senate was created in October 1923 by action of the Council. It was reorganized in 1931, and met sporadically during its existence (1923-1955), sometimes meeting annually, and sometimes not at all for years. It consisted of principal administrative officers and three elected members from each school or college. Charged the Council: “It shall be the duty of the University Senate to consider general educational questions and policies affecting the whole University or affecting more than one administrative division of the University and to make recommendations thereon to the Council and to the several faculties. The Senate shall have power to adopt bylaws subject to the approval of the Council.”

From 1923 to 1932, the Senate had numerous, apparently ad-hoc, committees working on University affairs. Problems reported included graduate work, student conduct, combined degrees, and the evening session. From 1939 to 1942, the Senate again actively studied University problems, and issued reports on faculty tenure, graduate work, annuities and insurance, and budget review by faculty. The last meeting of the Senate for which there are minutes is May 29, 1942. It did not meet again until 1955 when it was revived as the Faculty Senate.

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

Deans' Council and Senate Executive Committee conference files, Office of the President

 Collection — Carton 1: [Barcode: 39072035351075]
Identifier: 5-3-274

Files of mainly annual conferences for the Deans’ Council, Senate Executive Committee, and Faculty. Includes memos, clippings, background articles to be discussed at conferences, and agenda. Users should not assume that each conference file is comprehensive in coverage or format type.

Dates: 1957-1966

Faculty Senate files, Office of the President

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 5-3-32

Files of the Faculty Senate of the University of Buffalo, 1923-1976, which were kept by the Office of the Chancellor/President. Files include by-laws; minutes; agendas; membership lists; reports from the Executive Committee and other committees; see also Record Group 12 for Faculty Senate materials.

Dates: 1923-1976
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