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Office Closure: In accordance with UC Santa Barbara's COVID-19 response, all Academic Senate staff are conducting business remotely and may be reached via email. The doors of the Senate Office will be closed until further notice.

Welcome to the Senate

The Academic Senate is the voice of the faculty in the University of California. The Senate is the one organization that enables the faculty, through shared governance, to exercise its right to participate in the University's governance. To that end, faculty and administrators depend on a high level of consultation, trust, mutual respect and a tradition of collegial collaboration. It is for these reasons that the Academic Senate seeks wide faculty involvement for all of its councils and committees.

UC Systemwide Academic Senate (Academic Council)

Chair of the Academic Senate

Susannah Scott

Susannah Scott
Divisional Chair

Chemical Engineering
Chemistry & Biochemistry

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News & Announcements

Letter to Senate Faculty from Academic Council Chair Kum-Kum Bhavnani
Posted: September 4, 2020

Statement from UC Senate Academic Council: A Moment for Silence and Reflection
Posted: June 3, 2020

Instruction in Summer Session

The Academic Senate has been engaged in extensive consultation with campus administrators regarding instructional plans for Summer Session 2020.

On April 10, 2020, the Senate issued a memo to Associate Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Education Jeffrey Stopple expressing agreement that Summer Sessions A, C, D, and E be offered remotely. After due consideration, it was determined that the campus will also offer Summer Sessions B, F, and G remotely.

The Executive Vice Chancellor has convened a Contingency Planning Group to examine possibilities and strategies for resumption of in-person instruction for Fall Quarter 2020. Additional information will be posted as soon as it becomes available.

Posted: April 10, 2020

Undergraduate Council Statement on Pass/Not Pass Grading Options for Spring Quarter 2020

In the interest of maximal flexibility for students in this unprecedented time of crisis, the Undergraduate Council (UgC) has voted to grant pre-approval of departmental requests to allow additional courses in the major to be offered with optional grading for Spring Quarter 2020.

The University Committee on Educational Policy (UCEP) issued a recommendation (dated March 18, 2020), endorsed by the Academic Council, to grant flexibility for the Divisions of the Academic Senate to set local grading policy.

Posted: March 27, 2020

Academic Council Statement on the University’s Collective Bargaining Negotiations with “Unit 18” Lecturers
Posted: January 9, 2020

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