University of Illinois System

University Senates Conference


University Senates Conference Mission Statement:

To work for the greater good of the University of Illinois System and all of its universities.


University Senates Conference Statement on University Debates 05/16/2024

University Senates Conference Statement on Understanding FOIA: How to Follow the Law While Protecting Your Own Privacy 04/27/2023

University Senates Conference Statement of Support for U of I System Five-Year Faculty Hiring Plans 07/21/2019

University Senates Conference Guidelines for Shared Governance and System-Wide Academic and Research Initiatives at the University of Illinois 01/24/2019

University Senates Conference Statement on System Governing Documents and Collective Bargaining Contracts 11/28/2018

University Senates Conference White Paper on Shared Governance at the University Level 05/26/2015

University Senates Conference Resolution on Avoiding Cross-Campus Conflicts 08/25/2014

University Senates Conference Statement on Excellence at the University of Illinois 05/22/2014

The Senates Conference is a statutory body (Article II, Section 2 of the University of Illinois Statutes) providing the major link between the faculties of the Chicago, Urbana- Champaign, and Springfield camp uses and is charged with revie wing “all matters acted upon by each Senate” and with determining “whether senate actions requiring implementation or further consideration” are being referred to appropriate officers. The Senates Conference must decide whether actions taken by one senate have broader all-university relevance and thus also must be considered by other senates. If the Senates Conference decides that the senates have acted differently on a matter, it must “attempt to promote agreement or consistency,” and in cases of continuing disagreement among the senates, the Senates Conference may forward its own recommendations on the matter.

In addition, the Senates Conference acts as an advisory group to the Board of Trustees through the President, to the President, to other administrative officers, and to the senates themselves on matters of university-wide concerns. It is a “special concern of the conference executive committee to aid in maintaining harmonious relations among such officers and the University.”