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Bucknell University, University Senate Records

 Record Group

Scope and Contents

The records of the University Senate are arranged alphabetically by folder title and range from 1971-1978. Included in the records are agendas, correspondence and minutes of the University Senate. The records also include correspondence, minutes and reports of the committees of the University Senate. Correspondence and minutes of the Committee on Admissions and Financial aid contain information about admissions policies and decisions in regards to minority and women students. The records of the Committee on Athletics contain correspondence and minutes about the eligibility of intercollegiate athletic teams and Title IX and coach recommended grants. The Committee on Instruction records include minutes and correspondence related to final exam policies, the January Program and Off-Campus Study.


  • Creation: 1971-1979



Materials are in English.

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use.

Usage Restrictions

The materials in this collection may be protected under copyright law and may only be used for educational, teaching, and research purposes. If the intended use is beyond these purposes, it is the responsibility of the user to obtain the appropriate permissions by contacting Special Collections/University Archives at the Ellen Clarke Bertrand Library, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA.

Administrative History

In October of 1968, Bucknell University President Charles Watts II established the Committee on University Governance to review and determine a new governance system for the University. The resulting proposal was rejected by the Faculty in May of 1970. Subsequently, a faculty committee, the Committee of Four, was established in the summer of 1970 to write a proposal for the governance of the University that would be accepted by the faculty. The Association of Bucknell Students requested significant changes to the resulting document. As the proposal was required to be ratified by both the faculty and students, a final committee, the Senate Conference Committee, was established to revise the proposal to satisfy faculty and students. The faculty and the Association of Bucknell Students approved the establishment of the University Senate in the fall of 1971.

The University Senate was established in 1971 as a single body that was representative of the major groups of the University community. According to the 1974 Faculty Handbook the University Senate “investigates, considers, and determines the policies subject to the approval of the Office of the President and the Board of Trustees on matters within its competence which it deems of common concern to the University Community.” The University Senate constitution additionally stated that the functions of the Senate included the following: “to engage in the general planning of the University’s goals and policies for both immediate and long-range purposes; to review the curricula of the University; to review and determine the policy for academic scheduling; to review and determine policy on intercollegiate and intramural athletics; to review and determine University regulations and to review and determine policy regarding the functioning of the University as an ecological system.” Members of the University Senate included faculty, students and administration. The main body of the University Senate had 34 members, with the Faculty electing 17, two being elected from each college and the others elected at large. There were 10 student members elected by the student body and 7 representatives from administration. The various committees of the University Senate consisted of additional faculty, staff and students. The University Senate consisted of the following committees:

Committee on General Policy and Resources

Agenda Committee

Committee on Instruction

Committee on Academic Schedule

Committee on Information Resources

Committee on Admission and Financial Aid

Committee on Supplementary Activities

Committee on University Regulations

Committee on Governance and Judicial Bodies

Committee on Regulations, University Services and Supplementary Services

The governance structure of the University was revised in 1978 upon the recommendation of the Special Committee on Governance of the University Senate. The recommendation advised disbanding the University Senate in favor of a three tiered system consisting of committees, councils and advisory boards. The University Senate was formally disbanded in May of 1978.


2.29 Linear Feet ((5) 5 inch document boxes, (1) 2.5 inch document box)


Records are arranged alphabetically by folder title and chronologically within the folders.

Separated Materials

Photographs may be housed with the Special Collections/University Archives Photograph Collection.

Bucknell University, University Senate Records
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Repository Details

Part of the Bucknell University Special Collections/University Archives Repository

028 Bertrand Library
Bucknell University
One Dent Drive
Lewisburg PA 17837 United States US
570-577-3313 (Fax)