How It Works: The University Governance Structure

The University Senate is the highest deliberative body at NYU. It was created for the discussion of university-wide policies and proposed changes in university practices and structure. The Senate sets its agenda with particular concern for academic programs and structure, personnel and budgetary policies, development of facilities and community, professional, and educational relations of the university.

The University Senate, chaired by the University President, is comprised of the Student Senators Council (SSC), the Administrative Management Council (AMC), the Deans Council, the Tenured/Tenure Track Faculty Senators Council, and the Full-Time Continuing Contract Faculty Senators Council. The SSC holds 38 seats on the University Senate and represents student interests on that body.


Student Government Assembly

The NYU Student body is represented by School Senators, Senators-at-Large, Alternate Senators-at-Large, Council Presidents, and the Global Student Council.

  • The Presidents Council (PC) is made up of Presidents representing an individual school's Student Council and Council Presidents representing student constituencies across NYU.
  • Student Senators Council (SSC) is made of School Senators, Senators-at-Large, and Alternate Senators-at-Large.
  • The Global Student Council (GSC) is represented by the Chairperson of NYU's Student Government Assembly on the University Senate and the Global Vice Chair. The GSC body consists of the Student Body President of NYU Abu Dhabi, the Student Body President of NYU Shanghai, the NYU Abu Dhabi Senator of the Student Senators Council, the NYU Shanghai Senator of the Student Senators Council, the Chairperson of the Site Ambassadors Committee, the Chairpersons of the NYU Abu Dhabi and NYU Shanghai Global Committees, and Site Ambassadors for every NYU study abroad location.

Meetings and Minutes

For Fall 2020 and Spring 2021, all council meetings are being held on Zoom and available from the SGA Google Calendar.  

University Senate

All University Senate meetings are held in the Colloquium Room, #566, of the Global Center for Academic and Spiritual Life, 238 Thompson Street from 9AM-11AM. Meetings are not open to the public, though students may receive a guest pass from a current Senator or Senator at-Large.


Student Senators Council

All Student Senators Council meetings are held in the Colloquium Room, #566, of the Global Center for Academic and Spiritual Life, 238 Thompson Street at 9AM-11AM. Meetings are not open to the public, though students may receive a guest pass from a current Senator or Senator at-Large.

Spring 2021 Meeting Dates and Minutes
(note all meetings are held via Zoom)
Thursday, February 4, 2021
Thursday, February 25, 2021
Thursday, March 11, 2021
Thursday, April 1, 2021
Thursday, April 15, 2021
Thursday, April 29, 2021
Thursday, May 6, 2021
Fall 2020 Meeting Dates and Minutes
(note all meetings are held via Zoom)
Thursday, September 17, 2020

Thursday, September 24, 2020

(Special Vice Chair Eelction)

Thursday, October 15, 2020
Thursday, October 29, 2020
Thursday, November 12, 2020
Thursday, December 10, 2020

Student Government Assembly Meetings

All Student Government Assembly meetings are held in the Colloquium Room, #566, of the Global Center for Academic and Spiritual Life, 238 Thompson Street at 4-6 PM. Meetings are open to the NYU community.

Spring 2021 Meeting Dates and Minutes
(note all meetings are held via Zoom)
Thursday, Feburary 4, 2021
Thursday, March 4, 2021
Thursday, April 1, 2021
Thursday, April 22, 2021
Thursday, May 6, 2021
Fall 2020 Meeting Dates and Minutes
(note all Fall Semester meetings are held via Zoom)
Thursday, September 3, 2020
Thursday, October 1, 2020
Thursday, November 5, 2020
Thursday, December 3, 2020

Presidents Council

All Presidents Council meetings are held in the Colloquium Room, #566, of the Global Center for Academic and Spiritual Life, 238 Thompson Street at 4PM - 5PM. Meetings are not open to the public, though students may receive a guest pass from a current president.  

For the 2020-2021 Academic Year, all meetings are held remotely.

Spring 2021 Meeting Dates and Minutes
(note all meetings are held via Zoom)
Thursday, February 11, 2021
Thursday, February 25, 2021
Thursday, March 11, 2021
Thursday, March 25, 2021
Thursday, April 15, 2021
Thursday, April 29, 2021
Thursday, May 6, 2021
Fall 2020 Meeting Dates and Minutes
(note all Fall Semester meetings are held via Zoom)
Thursday, September 10, 2020
Thursday, September 24, 2020
Thursday, October 8, 2020
Thursday, October 15, 2020
Thursday, November 12, 2020
Thursday, November 19, 2020
Thursday, December 10, 2020

Global Student Council

Fall 2020 / Spring 2021 Meetings and Minutes
Coming Soon

Rules and Bylaws

University Senate Rules

The University Senate is the highest deliberative body at NYU. It was created for the discussion of university-wide policies and proposed changes in university practices and structure.

Functions of the University Senate are set forth in the University Bylaws. 

The Senate also has its own Rules of Procedure, which are consistent with the University Bylaws. The Senate Rules provide for the appointment of standing and special committees or commissions of the Senate, with such membership and for such purposes as the Senate may deem useful in the performance of its function.

Student Senators Council Rules

Presidents Council Rules

Student Government Assembly Rules

As specified in the Bylaws, the purpose of the Student Government Assembly (SGA) is to improve the student experience and advocate for a student-focused agenda at NYU. The SGA provides a voice for all students to the greater NYU community. The SGA is an assembly that supports the general student body through representation, programming, and advocacy.

SGA Bylaws (PDF) - Amended January 27, 2020