The University of Oregon Senate is the sole daily governing body at the University. Its authority comes from the University of Oregon Constitution which was ratified by the Faculty Assembly on December 07, 2011 and which states that "The Statutory Faculty of the University of Oregon delegates its governance authority to the University Senate" (University of Oregon Constitution Section 1.5).
Our Senate is unusual among university governing bodies in that it is comprised of all campus stakeholder groups: faculty, students, officers of administration (OAs), officers of research and classified staff. This inclusiveness enables all groups to have a voice in decision-making. The Senate meets once a month during the academic year, usually on the second Wednesday from 3-5pm, to conduct its business. Much of the Senate's work is done through standing committees and councils which meet as needed.