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University Senate (2000 - Present) records

 Collection 0057-UA

The University Senate is the successor to the College Park Senate, which was active from Fall 1993 to March 2000; the name change to University Senate took effect on March 6, 2000. Similar in function to its predecessor, the University Senate is comprised of elected representatives of the administration, faculty, staff, and students. This governing body serves to address the needs and concerns of the University of Maryland, College Park, campus community. The University Senate (2000 - Present) records contain minutes of meetings, correspondence, reports, curricula and course proposals, and committee files.


  • 2000 - Present

Use and Access to Collection

Materials of a sensitive nature, such as those containing personally identifiable information, are restricted for 75 years or the life of the individual and may by screened and removed by special collections staff. Please speak with a staff member if you believe that materials have been unnecessarily removed.

Conditions Governing Use

Photocopies or digital surrogates may be provided in accordance with Special Collections and University Archives duplication policy.

Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs unless otherwise specified. It is the researcher's responsibility to secure permission to publish materials from the appropriate copyright holder.

Archival materials may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal and/or state right to privacy laws or other regulations. While we make a good faith effort to identify and remove such materials, some may be missed during our processing. If a researcher finds sensitive personal information in a collection, please bring it to the attention of the reading room staff.


10.00 Linear Feet

Scope and Content of Collection

The University Senate (2000 - Present) records consist of material generated by the Senate in performing its duties. The records include agendas, minutes, correspondence, reports, and bylaws.

Administrative History

The legislative powers of the College Park campus are vested in the University Senate. This body is an integral part of the system of governance on the College Park campus and is composed of the Senate, the Board of Regents, the President, and the Chancellor. Senate membership is composed of elected representatives from all four segments of the campus community: administration, faculty, staff, and students.

The University Senate considers any matter of concern to the campus, including education; budget; personnel; campus-community relations; long-range plans; facilities; and faculty, staff, and student affairs. The University Senate then advises the other three governing bodies as necessary.

The University Senate's forerunners were the College Park Senate, which operated from September 1993 through March 5, 2000; the College Park Campus Senate, which operated from September 30, 1971 until September 1993; and the Interim Senate, which was active from November 19, 1970 through the summer of 1971. The Interim Senate replaced the original University Senate, which began meeting as early as 1919 but was not officially recognized until 1955. The original Senate worked in conjunction with various administrative bodies, such as the General Administrative Board, the University Council, the General Council, and the Council of Administration.

The College Park Senate changed its name back to the University Senate on March 6, 2000; this action had little effect on the organization's operations.


This collection is arranged into the following three series:

Series 1
Series 2
Executive Committee
Series 3

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

The University of Maryland University Archives receives regular transfers of file from the University Senate.

Related Material

In addition to the University Senate (2000 - Present) records, the following senate materials may be found in the University of Maryland Libraries holdings: University Senate (1919 - 1970) records; Interim College Park Senate records, covering the period from 1970 to 1971; the College Park Campus Senate records, dating from 1972 to 1993; College Park Senate records, covering the period from 1993 to 2000; and the Records of the General Administrative Board, the University Council, the General Council, and the Council of Administration, all of which comprised the original Senate.

Processing Information

The University Senate (2000 - Present) records have been divided into three series and were arranged based upon the original order in which they were received. All materials were refoldered into acid-free folders and boxed into acid-free containers.

Guide to the University Senate (2000 - Present ) records
Processed by Max L. Grivno.
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Finding aid written in English.

Library Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives

University of Maryland Libraries
Hornbake Library
4130 Campus Drive
College Park Maryland 20742