The Board of Trustees has delegated the conduct of the University's educational programs to the faculties of the various schools, and has delegated to the University Senate (Senate) authority for educational matters and regulations of the academic community affecting more than one school or college. The Senate, chaired by the President of the University, is the chief deliberative body of the University for discussion of all matters of University policy and practice. It may recommend change to the President, to the Board of Trustees, and to the individual schools. The Senate has legislative power over individual schools only in the range of cases in which two or more schools have a substantial interest and an overlapping jurisdiction in an educational matter. The Senate is also empowered to set each year's calendar and Commencement exercises for the University's schools and colleges. The enforcement of legislation within the Senate's jurisdiction is committed to the President of the University.
Senate membership is drawn from many parts of the University community, and consists of up to 84 members, divided into five major groups: the Faculty Senators Council, which consists of 36 members (33 elected, 3 at-large), representing the faculty of the various schools and colleges, including a representative of the Division of Libraries; the Deans Council, consisting of the 15 academic deans of the faculties, schools, and colleges of the University, including the Dean of Libraries; the Student Senators Council, which consists of 23 members (16 elected, 7 at-large), representing the students of the various schools and colleges; not more than 5 representatives of the Administrative Management Council; and not more than 5 officers of University administration, including the President, the Chancellor of the University and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Executive Vice President for Health Affairs, the Secretary, and such other officers as may from time to time be designated by the President.