The Hofstra University Senate is shared governance at its best -- members represent faculty, administration, staff and students. Faculty senators are elected by their School/Unit colleagues, students and staff hold their own elections, and the Senate includes one representative from the Chairs and one from the Deans. In addition, administrators are invited to join at the behest of the Provost with the approval of the full body. The Senate meets once monthly during the academic year to discuss ideas weighty and interesting -- moving often to resolutions that will improve our campus, our academics, our working lives, and our many constituents. These resolutions then go to the Full University Faculty for discussion and most usually adoption.
Senate terms are three years, and there is a three-term limit. Senate participation requires attendance at monthly Senate meetings, held at 1 p.m. on the second Monday of the month. In addition, Senators are assigned to one of five Senate committees; those committees also meet once monthly at scheduled times set by the committee members and the committee chair. The committees are Undergraduate Academic Affairs, Graduate Academic Affairs, Planning and Budget, Faculty Affairs, and Student Affairs.
Students interested in joining the University Senate for the current year in progress, can submit their information to the University Senate office.
For information on the many areas our committees and sub-committees cover, please refer to our bylaws.
The Student Affairs Committee makes policy recommendations to the University regarding student-related activities and services, and is always looking for members and/or student input! You may email any questions/concerns to the Chair of the committee, Lila Campbell
2022-2023 STUDENT ELECTIONS:
Hi Hofstra Students,
I hope you are all well and excited to be experiencing our gorgeous spring weather. As the end of the semester is drawing near, I want to highlight an opportunity to get involved in a shared governance on campus. With our fall semester seeming to be as back to normal as possible, we will still need some work to be done to make sure every student is heard and gets to readjust. I write to you as the current chairperson of the Student Affairs Committee on the University Senate to encourage you to run for a senator position for the 2022 -2023 school year.
Being on this committee will allow you to participate in initiatives that affect the lives of Hofstra students as a whole. With a smaller time commitment than other organizations on campus, this position allows you to work on projects related to your interests and that will help improve Hofstra. This year, the Student Affairs Committee senators worked on addressing initiatives related to credit limits, Public Safety shuttle services, we supported the previously formed Race and Equity council, expanded our outreach to other student groups on campus, and we worked on several other initiatives and goals throughout the year.
By joining the University Senate, you will have the unique opportunity to work alongside fellow students, faculty, and administrators. It is a truly rewarding and humbling experience. The University Senate and the Student Affairs Committee look forward to welcoming more diverse voices and goals to our group. I hope you will consider running for a position to improve and serve the Hofstra student body. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out.
There are four spots on the University Senate for Undergraduate Students, and one spot for Graduate and Law School Students.
University Senate meetings are typically held on the second Monday of each month at 1pm. In addition, elected senators will be appointed to one of the following standing committees:
Undergraduate Academic Affairs Committee, Graduate Academic Affairs Committee, Planning and Budget Committee, and Student Affairs Committee. These committees meet once a month, depending on their member's schedules.
Eligible students must be nominated by petition of at least 10 voters.
Everyone who applies will be asked to submit a photo of themselves as well as a short-focused statement (about 5 -7 sentences) via email with emphasis on those activities and ideas which best reflect his/her qualifications by the date indicated below. You may request that we use the photo on your Hofstra ID as well.
Elections will be held online through the Hofstra Portal:
- for Undergraduate Students: 9am May 2 to 5pm May 3
- for Graduate Students and Law Students: 9am May 4 to 5pm May 5
FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE, USE THIS CHECKLIST TO ASSURE YOU HAVE COMPLETED ALL STEPS TO STAND FOR ELECTION. For more information about the University Senate, please contact Caroline Schreiner in the University Senate Office.
- Diversity Mission Statement (rev. 2010)
- Academic Calendar Survey 2010
- Report on Academic Integrity Student/Faculty Survey with Recommendations
- Senate bylaws
- Informational Meetings with the President
- Perceptions and Experiences of International and Domestic Students of Color at Hofstra University
- Rights and Responsibilities of Hofstra Community Members
- University Senate Budget Allocations
- Weapons and Firearms Policy
- Town Hall Mission Statement
- Religious Observance Policy
Rights & Responsibilities
Hofstra University strives to cultivate moral responsibility, aesthetic sensitivity, creativity, emotional maturity, and the physical well-being of every member of our community. We also recognize the important role that our University plays in surrounding Long Island and New York City communities.