Shared governance is a core principle at Illinois, rooted in ideals of meaningful participation and partnership on the part of faculty, staff, students and campus leaders. The faculty role in governance at the departmental and college is embedded in the University Statutes. The 260-member Senate is the campus’ primary legislative body, incorporating faculty, academic professionals, and students of the campus, with 200 faculty and 50 student senators.
Its many committees help to shape decision-making on issues that cut across virtually every aspect of university life, from educational policy to budget to academic freedom and tenure to equal opportunity and inclusion. The Chancellor is the presiding officer at Senate meetings.