The University of Colorado Regent Law Article 5: Faculty defines the Faculty Senate under 5.A.2: Faculty Government:

5.A.2 Faculty Government

(A) The faculty shall form a Faculty Senate for the purpose of faculty participation in shared governance and other activities deemed important by the faculty.

(1) The university president shall be the president of the Faculty Senate.

(2)Faculty Senate membership shall be defined in the Faculty Senate constitution. Voting membership shall include those members who have a faculty appointment of 0.5 FTE or greater.

(B) The Faculty Senate constitution shall provide a system for participation of faculty in the governance of the university.

(C) On specific matters of shared governance, the Faculty Senate shall assign a spokesperson to address the Board of Regents.

(D) Consistent with the governance responsibilities articulated in regent policy 4.A, each school/college/library shall have a faculty governance body. The structure and operating rules shall be determined by the school/college/library faculty.


The Faculty Senate Constitution defines membership under Article I.A: Definitions 2.a:

  1. The Faculty Senate consists of all members of the general faculty of the University of Colorado (hereinafter referred to as "the University") with the following titles whose appointments are fifty-percent or more:

associate professor
assistant professor
senior instructor
scholar in residence
artist in residence

Adjoint, attendant, clinical and research faculty with fifty-percent or more appointments in the above ranks are also members of the Faculty Senate; visiting professors are not. The designated representative from the Retired Faculty Association to the Faculty Council shall be a member of the Faculty Senate during her/his tenure as representative. Ex officio members with the right to vote are the president of the university; the vice presidents; the chancellors; the vice chancellors; all deans; the directors of the budget, libraries and museum; and professors emeriti and emeritae. University officers should not exercise their rights to vote if they are in a position to act on a recommendation. As faculty titles are created, the Faculty Council shall determine whether those faculty members may be voting members of the Faculty Senate.