The University Senate is the highest forum of decision-making and deliberation at the level of the university, being invested with the exercise, under the law, of the university autonomy. The main documents and issues subject to debate by the Senate concern institutional strategies, regulations and methodologies of organization and functioning, quality assurance of teaching and research activity, budget, and budgetary execution, as well as the organization of institutional structures. The decisions of the Senate are binding on the academic community.
The university Senate is made up of 75% of the representatives of the teaching and research staff and 25% of the students' representatives, having, in the 2020-2024 mandate, 25 members. The university Senate is run by a president, elected by secret ballot by the members and who represents the body run in relation to the rector, the executive leadership, the academic community, and other stakeholders.
The Senate meetings are attended by the members of the Senate, established by universal, direct, and secret suffrage of all teaching staff and tenured researchers, respectively of all students, all faculties being represented on quotas of representation. There are permanent guests at the meetings, the president of the honorary senate, the rector, the vice-rectors, the deans of the faculties, the general administrative director, the chief accountant, the legal adviser of the institution and the representative of the trade union. With the approval of the University Senate, the directors of the departments, as well as any other person from the institution or outside of it, may participate as guests.
The activity of the Senate is carried out in plenary, in ordinary sittings, usually held once a month or in extraordinary meetings convened in exceptional situations. The Permanent Bureau of the Senate, and the Standing Committees function in accordance with the organization regulations, which have the role of supporting the activity of the Senate, of monitoring or advising on specific areas.