The Faculty Senate – with elected representatives of tenure-line, clinical, and contingent faculty – is the official voice of the LMU faculty and the centerpiece of faculty participation in shared governance. It works collaboratively with the University administration and staff to foster the realization of our collective vision of the university as a place of learning and a center of intellectual inquiry. The Senate is the formal body that approves policies, exercises general oversight, and addresses questions of governance procedure in the areas for which the faculty holds primary responsibility, including the curriculum, teaching, research, and faculty status. It also works to safeguard academic freedom, faculty rights, and faculty roles in their primary and shared areas of responsibility. The Faculty Senate meets regularly during the academic year to deal with a variety of issues of concern to LMU faculty.