Welcome to the

University Senate

The University Senate is the shared governing body of The Ohio State University. Comprised of 137 faculty, students and administrators, the Senate's primary responsibility is to advise campus leaders on the key educational and academic policy concerns.

Current Senate Issues

As important issues develop across campus, the University Senate is positioned to create solutions that will help move the university forward. Through our shared governance model, the Senate and its committees connect students, faculty and staff to administrative offices where they can have a voice in key decisions.

Institutional Integrity: Moving from reactive to proactive

Over the past year, University Senate committees have examined how sexual misconduct and research misconduct are investigated and adjudicated. The senate will examine how the resulting committee recommendations can be incorporated into faculty rules and university policy.

Learn more about institutional integrity

Alignment of Senate Committees and University Administration

Senate committees have a combination of faculty, student, staff, and administrative members. In order to enhance our system of shared governance, the relationship between senate committees and administrators/administrative offices should be strong for all committees.

Learn more about senate committee alignment

Revision of the General Education Curriculum

In November 2016, the Council on Academic Affairs (CAA) initiated a review of the GE curriculum at the request of the University Level Advisory Committee for General Education (ULAC) with the goal of developing a modern, common General Education program for all undergraduate majors.

Learn more about GE curriculum revisions

News and Announcements

University News

Teaching Support Program

A large-scale initiative to enhance teaching effectiveness was announced on Wednesday September 26, 2018 by President Michael Drake and Executive Vice President and Provost Bruce McPheron. The UITL Teaching Support Program is a three-part professional learning opportunity that is financially incentivized and is available to all tenure-track and non-tenure-track instructional faculty.

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University News

Faculty Council Statement on Abuse

Faculty Council has released a statement condemning domestic abuse and sexual misconduct. This statement expresses how the faculty envision the university as a community where all our all of our members can learn, work and live with integrity, transparency, and trust.

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Featured Senator

Dr. Wendy Smooth

Dr. Wendy Smooth started her Senate work after a call from then-Senate Secretary Tim Gerber. She first became aware of the Senates possibilities after Dr. Gerber spoke at what is now the Big Ten Alliance Academic Leadership Program the previous year.

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University News

Linking Town and Gown

Campus Partners came to Faculty Council last spring to give an Update on the Arts District, and gathered feedback for the new 15 + High Project. Framework 2.0 looks at 15th and High as a connection between Ohio State the larger Columbus community.

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University News

Big Changes Coming

The Enterprise Project is a transformation of the universitys digital platform for human resources and payroll, finance and supply chain, and student information management. The senate will be updated regularly as this project moves closer to the launch dates.

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University News

Digital Flagship Sets Sail

Last April, we concluded our Senate meetings of the year with a presentation from Michael Hofherr and Liv Gjestvang about the Digital Flagship Initiative. This fall semester, the Digital Flagship launched, providing innovate learning materials to a new group of Buckeyes.

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