Faculty Governance

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The Georgetown University Faculty Senate

The university’s Faculty Senate comprises members from, and elected by, all three campuses. It is the faculty governance body responsible for academic policy and advises the president and board of directors on central fiscal and administrative decisions that affect the mission of the University. The Senate is concerned with all issues that affect more than one campus, including rank and tenure policy, benefits, the Faculty Handbook, faculty rights and responsibilities, the university budget, grievance procedures and policies on intellectual property, research integrity, conflict of interest, harassment and parking.

The Senate makes numerous appointments to committees, including half of the members of the University Committee on Rank and Tenure as well as the Grievance Committee, and appoints two members to any committee serving more than one department or school. The Constitution of the Faculty Senate can be found in the Faculty Handbook. Learn more about The Faculty Senate.

Main Campus Executive Faculty

The Main Campus Executive Faculty of Georgetown University, in collaboration with the Office of the Provost and the Council of Deans, is authorized to formulate Main Campus academic policies. Academic policies are those that concern such fundamental areas as curriculum, content and methods of instruction and the conditions of faculty life. Composed of some 55 delegates from academic departments and programs, along with representatives from the Faculty Senate and the School of Nursing & Health Studies, the Executive Faculty meets monthly and as needed. Learn more about the Main Campus Executive Faculty.