College Senate


Statement From Interim Chancellor Stanley and SUNY Board of Trustees

For Immediate Release: Sunday, May 15, 2022

“The mass shooting that took place Saturday at a supermarket in a largely Black Buffalo neighborhood was a racially motivated act of hate meant to inflict terror—not only on the innocent individuals who were directly impacted, but an entire community targeted at its heart. We cannot allow intentional acts of horrific violence to destroy our peace and divide us against each other. The entire SUNY family stands in solidarity with the City of Buffalo and with the victims of this despicable tragedy.

We join in offering our support and deepest condolences to the friends, family, and loved ones of the 10 victims who lost their lives, and the three others who were injured, all while undertaking a routine errand of shopping for groceries that inexplicably became a nightmare.

As more details emerge regarding the shooter’s motivation, New York must – and will, as Governor Hochul has pledged – address the scourge of white supremacy head-on. Such hate-filled rhetoric has no place in our state, which prides itself on being known as America’s melting pot, where individuals of all ethnicities, races, beliefs, orientations, and backgrounds, are welcomed and celebrated.

We assure our Western New York campus communities – Buffalo State College, University at Buffalo, Erie Community College, and Niagara County Community College – that we have doubled down on our efforts to ensure your safety and security. Anyone who might have information about the shooting should immediately share it with campus police, who are working in conjunction with local authorities.

We also recognize the significant emotional wound that has been inflicted, not only on the City of Buffalo, but on our entire state. We call on our entire SUNY community to band together, offer each other solace and support, and always demonstrate the values of humanity and respect we lift up every day. To anyone who feels overwhelmed or is experiencing fear or anxiety, know that you are not alone. People are ready to help, and resources are available to support you. Do not hesitate to reach out and seek assistance at”


The College Senate is the faculty/staff governance organization at SUNY Morrisville. Its mission is:

  • to formulate and recommend to the President of the College policies concerning academic standards, curriculum, student conduct and activities, and other matters of concern;
  • to promote communication among its membership and between its membership, the college administration and students; and,
  • to promote the professional growth of the faculty and staff, with a focus on serving teaching and learning.

Agendas, meeting minutes, and reports are available for Faculty/Staff to view on the College Senate Microsoft Teams page.

Old (pre-2015) agendas, meeting minutes, and reports are available for Faculty/Staff to view on the SUNY Morrisville network at \\engernt1\faculty_staff_share\College Senate and on the Senate Microsoft Teams page.

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee consists of the elected officers of the College Senate plus the Provost and University Faculty Senator.  The Executive Committee provides a channel through which any member of the College Faculty may bring items of interest and/or concern to the attention of the College Senate and the administration.

The Executive Committee sets the agenda for the College Senate and the committees by moving items of concern to the administration and faculty/staff through the governance structure, i.e., from administration and faculty/staff to the committees, from the committees to the whole College Senate, and from the College Senate to the administration.

Members of the Executive Committee


The Speaker of the College Senate presides at all meetings of the College Senate.  The Speaker is a non-voting, ex-officio member of all committees established by the College Senate.  The Speaker also represents the faculty/staff at any time that other representatives have not been designated. 


The Vice-Speaker replaces the Speaker in the event of the Speaker’s absence, resignation, or inability to perform the office of Speaker.  The Vice-Speaker assists the Speaker in carrying out the duties of the Speaker. 


The Secretary gives notice of meetings, keep minutes and records of the meetings with a written report of each meeting furnished to each member of the faculty/staff within two weeks of the meeting.  The Secretary assists the Speaker in carrying out the duties of the Speaker. 


The Parliamentarian interprets and advises the Speaker on matters of parliamentary procedure and serves as a non-voting, ex-officio member of the Nomination Committee.  The Parliamentarian assists the Speaker in carrying out the duties of the Speaker. 

University Faculty Senator and University Senator Alternate

The University Faculty Senator represents the faculty at the meetings and functions of the University Faculty Senate of the State University of New York, reporting regularly to the College Senate.  The University Faculty Senator serves as a non-voting, ex-officio member of the College Senate and a voting member of the Executive Committee. 

The University Faculty Senator Alternate serves in the place of the University Faculty Senator whenever the University Faculty Senator is unable to fulfill the duties and serves as a non-voting, ex-officio member of the College Senate.

Other Committees

Academic Issues Committee

The Academic Issues Committee discusses, studies, and makes recommendations to the College Senate concerning academic policy in any area not covered by another College Senate committee. The committee will also periodically review academic policies in the Faculty/Staff Handbook.

Awards Committee

The Awards Committee oversees the annual nomination and selection procedures of both the local SUNY Morrisville Distinguished Faculty Award and the SUNY-wide Chancellor's Awards for Excellence. The committee solicits and evaluates nominations from campus and alumni populations through nomination forms and reviews submission packets for substantive criteria in the following categories: teaching techniques and representative materials, scholarship and professional growth, student services, academic standards and requirements and evaluation of student performance, and a summary of outstanding qualifications and major achievements.  The committee selects award winners based upon the evaluation materials requested, then completes and transmits the submittal materials for the SUNY Awards to the local SUNY Morrisville Provost’s Office.

The Awards Committee looks for new ways to increase award awareness and thus, nominations.  The committee meets 6-8 times each academic year and members are expected to review nomination forms for SUNY Chancellor’s Awards early in the spring semester, and nomination materials for the Distinguished Faculty/Librarian Awards during the spring semester.  In addition, members should be a resource on the awards and their procedure to their school’s faculty. 

Faculty/Staff Award Winners

Curriculum Committee

The Curriculum Committee discusses, studies, and makes recommendations to the College Senate concerning changes to the curriculum including those involving new courses or programs, changes to how courses meet general education requirements, changes to the levels of courses, changes to the number of credit hours, changes in prerequisites, and any substantial changes to programs or courses that affect the course offerings of other departments.

The Curriculum Committee represents the faculty and student body in reviewing the SUNY Morrisville curricula, including both substantial changes to current courses and programs as well as the addition of new courses and programs.

Educational Technology Committee

The Educational Technology Committee studies and reviews college policies associated with distance education in its various forms, makes recommendations regarding how well information technology and library policies on campus serve teaching and learning, and educates the campus on these policies.

Nomination Committee

The Nomination Committee oversees the nomination and election of College Senate officers, representatives, and College Senate standing committee members, and proposes procedures and policies governing those elections.

Norwich Liaison Committee

The Norwich Liaison Committee discusses, studies, and recommends ways of improving interaction between the main campus and the Norwich Campus and makes the College Senate and the Student Government Organization aware of important issues at the Norwich Campus.

Professional Development Committee

The Professional Development Committee discusses, studies, and makes recommendations on college policies associated with faculty/staff development and organizes and publishes opportunities for faculty/staff development on campus.

Promotion Committee

The Promotion Committee assures equitable consideration of all faculty (including librarians) for promotion, makes annual promotion recommendations, and develops an interpretation of promotional standards when necessary.

Student Affairs Committee

The Student Affairs Committee serves in an advisory capacity to the College Senate on matters involved with the betterment of campus life other than those dealing with academics.