Membership in the Senate and the organizational structure of the Senate are specified in the College By-Laws. The President and three of the Vice Presidents are members of the Senate as well as two members of the administration appointed annually by the President. Each of the four Schools elects six (6) Senators according to the procedures outlined in their by-laws. Six Senators are elected from among the Professional Staff in elections conducted by the Professional Staff. One Senator is elected to represent the support staff of the college. Seven (7) Senators are elected to serve at-large in elections conducted by the By-Laws and Elections Committee of the College Senate. Elections for the two University Faculty Senate Senators (who serve as members of the College Senate as well as members of the University Faculty Senate) are also conducted by the By-Laws and Elections Committee of the College Senate. Twelve (12) students are elected annually in balloting conducted by United Students Government.
With the exception of the twelve students and the two appointments made by the President, Senators are elected for a three-year term. Senators may serve on the Senate for a maximum of six (6) consecutive years or for two (2) consecutive terms of three (3) years each. After two terms or six years (whichever comes first) a senator must remain off the Senate for one (1) year before returning. Any Senator who is on leave and/or for other reasons unable to fulfill his/her responsibilities should notify the Chair of the Senate and the Chair of the appropriate By-Laws and Election Committee in writing of his/her inability to continue. Senators elected at-large should notify the Chair of the Senate and the Chair of the Senate By-Laws and Election Committee.