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Student Elections (Undergraduate & Graduate) – RESULTS

Graduate Student
Representative to the Senate

Faculty of Health Sciences (2-year term, July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2021)

  • Manisha Pahwa – acclaimed*

Faculty of Humanities (2-year term, July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2021)

  • Vacant*

Faculty of Social Sciences (2-year term, July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2021)

  • Shirleen Datt – acclaimed*

The Senate

The University Senate has ultimate responsibility for determining academic policy and regulating the system of education, which includes new academic programmes, changes in curriculum, standards for admission to the University, examination policy, academic regulations, the conferring of degrees, the criteria and procedures for granting tenure and promotion to faculty members and so on. The Senate recommends to the Board the establishment or termination of Faculties, Schools, Institutes and Departments. The powers of the Senate are described in Section 13 of the McMaster University Act.  The composition of Senate is described in Section 12 of the Act.

Standing Committees of the Senate

The Senate has a number of standing committees where many of the matters that come to Senate for approval are discussed in detail first. The terms of reference and the composition of these committees are described in the Senate By-Laws.


Please note that student Senators are expected to regularly attend the Senate meetings.

All meetings of the Senate begin at 3:30 p.m.

2018-2019 meeting dates

  • Wednesday, September 11, 2019
  • Wednesday, October 9, 2019
  • Wednesday, November 13, 2019
  • Wednesday, December 11, 2019
  • Wednesday, January 15, 2020
  • Wednesday, February 12, 2020
  • Wednesday, March 11, 2020
  • Wednesday, April 8, 2020
  • Wednesday, May 13, 2020
  • Wednesday, June 3, 2020