USask Senate

Senate helps the university hear the voices of community and lets alumni and community representatives share their vision for the USask so we can be the university the world needs. As one of the three governing bodies of USask, it provides space for the public voice in university decision making.



The USask Senate is composed of 118 members:

  • the present and former chancellors
  • the president and vice-presidents of the university
  • the Minister of Advanced Education and the Deputy Minister
  • principals of federated and affiliated colleges, deans of colleges, and various other university leaders 
  • 14 elected district members
  • 14 elected members at large
  • six undergraduate students and one graduate student
  • representatives of various professional and cultural organizations in the province 


Senate is the university’s window on the province and the province’s window on the university. Under The University of Saskatchewan Act, 1995, Senate is responsible for such things as:

  • confirming admission requirements on the approval of Council;
  • recommendations regarding the establishment or disestablishment of any college, school or department;
  • granting honorary degrees; and
  • non-academic student discipline.


Senate's responsibilities, procedures and regulations are outlined in the Senate Bylaws.

Honorary Degrees

Nominations for honorary degree recipients are accepted year-round and are reviewed by the Honorary Degrees Committee.


An orientation to USask and its governance structure is provided to Senators brefore every Senate meeting. 

In addition to this, various resources are provided below to help orient Senators to their roles with USask.