Shared Governance

Shared governance at the University of Notre Dame gives the University faculty a voice in the operation of the University.  University of Notre Dame Faculty exercise influence at many levels within the institution, including their academic departments, standing and ad-hoc committees, as well as, school/college and university-wide governing bodies.  While each of these venues is important and offers substantial opportunities for impact at various levels, the Faculty Senate and Academic Council are the primary mechanisms through which University Faculty make decisions about University-wide policies and procedures.

Consisting of representatives from each department, the Faculty Senate is an assembly through which faculty exercise a collective and independent voice in the governance of the University.  While ultimate policy authority resides with the Academic Council, the Faculty Senate has substantial influence through right of agenda and ex officio representation on the Academic Council.  The Academic Council consists of many University Stake-holders, including administrators, faculty, and students.

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