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The Senate is responsible for the University’s academic policy. Its broad powers include regulating standards for admission, determining the contents and curricula of all courses of study, establishing requirements for graduation, conducting examinations and appointing examiners, and conferring degrees. There are up to 169 elected and ex-officio members of Senate who are representative of the University community. Much of its business is carried out through committees which report to the Senate at regular meetings.


Senate meetings take place normally on the fourth Thursday of each month from 3:00 to 5:00 pm in the Dr. Robert Everett Senate Chamber, N940 Ross Building, Keele Campus.

By decision of the Chair and in accordance with The York University Rules of Senate, Senate meetings are being held through audio / video conferencing throughout the period that the University is operating in the remote services mode. These virtual meetings are limited to Senators via Zoom to ensure both a secure and manageable setting.  In alignment with the Senate Rules, the proceedings of Senate will be open to the University community via livestream beginning with the May 27, 2021 meeting. The livestream link will be posted on the Senate website in advance of the meeting.