Statewide Senate

As the official voice of the faculty in matters of systemwide concern, the Academic Statewide Senate of the California State University provides the means for the faculty to participate in the collegial form of governance which is based on historic academic traditions as recognized by California law.

Your current Statewide Academic Senators are:

  • Thomas J. Norman, Ph.D, 2020 - 2023 
    Vice Chair ASCSU Executive Committee 
    Liaison to Alumni Council, CSSA, CFA, Member System, Budget Advisory Committee 
    Intersegmental Committee of Academic Senates of CCC, CSU and UC 
  • Laura Talamante, Ph.D, 2021 - 2024
    Fiscal & Governmental Affairs (FGA) Committee
    Ad Hoc Committee on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (AEDI)

What's Happening at Statewide:

Fall 2022


Cozen O'Connor Presentation: Systemwide Title IX and DHR Assessment 

Spring 2022

ASCSU Executive Summary of Resolutions - May 19-20, 2022 

Spring 2020 through Fall 2021 

September 2-3, 2021 ASCSU Resolution and Response from the Chancellor 

AS-3501-21/FA: Request for Continued Accommodations and Flexibility in the Time of COVID-19     CO RESPONSE

Throughout the pandemic the CSU has attempted to maintain flexibility while at the same time carrying out the essential functions of the university. Cooperation between faculty and administration in planning, scheduling and determining the modality of courses remains essential. The health and safety of our students, staff and faculty have always been a central concern. Timely communication of important information remains an important element of our response.

May 13-14, 2021 ASCSU Resolutions and Responses from the Chancellor

AS-3478-21/APEP (Rev): Concerns About Common Transfer Pathways across the CCC, CSU, and UC (Re: AB 928 Berman -- Student Transfer Achievement Reform Act of 2021: Associate Degree for Transfer Intersegmental Implementation Committee)

With the signing of AB 928 ICAS will be asked to take up the issue of a common general education pattern. This places the ASCSU at the table for the discussions around general education (GE). We believe that clear and transparent GE pathways are important for students who are planning to transfer to the CSU and the UC. This will also include future work on ADT in which the ASCSU will also be involved.

AS-3480-21/FA (Rev): Recognizing the Disparate Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Women in the CSU

We recognize that the pandemic has not affected all of us equally. We do recognize the hard work and the extraordinary commitment of our faculty and staff during this time. As we emerge from the pandemic, we will look for ways to assess the situation and take action.

Dr. Robert K. Collins May 13-14, 2021 Page 2

AS-3481-21/APEP: Concerns About Dual Admissions Legislation

The program was included in the budget trailer bill and is intended for students who transfer in two years and meet the academic requirements established by the CSU campus. We are still evaluating all of the language and will have a proposal on how we move forward. The program is to begin for the 23-24 academic year.

AS 3482-21/AA (Rev): Faculty and Administrative Responses to Student Infractions of Academic Integrity

It is important to make academic integrity policies clear to students is important. We support your encouragement to our faculty colleagues to examine their assessment policy and practice.

AS 3483-21/FA (Rev): Reimbursement for COVID-Related Work-at-Home Expenses

The CSU appreciates the talent and hard work displayed by our faculty and staff all through the pandemic, as they continued to offer courses and support CSU students. They carried out this work in spite of the global pandemic that made the ordinary in-person work environments unavailable. CSU’s actions in support of employee and student safety were taken in compliance with local and state public health directives, and employees were able to request and receive necessary equipment from their campus. By changing their prior routines, employees who worked virtually instead of teaching in person were able to save on things such as on campus parking, commuting costs and commuting time by not traveling to campus. CSU will comply with applicable law, which requires CSU reimburse employees for expenses primarily for CSU's benefit and which result in the employee incurring extra expenses beyond what they would otherwise incur. At the system and campus level there is a protocol for considering reimbursement. Further, before incurring such extra expenses, employees may be required to obtain approval from their campus and/or utilize campus-provided equipment or services.

AS 3484-21/APEP (Rev): CSU Support for Expanded Early-Start Summer Experiences 

Spring 2021

Spring 2020

Discussion at February 05, 2020 CSUDH Senate Meeting

Spring 2019

Fall 2019

Academic Senate CSU

About the Senate

The Academic Senate of the California State University consists of fifty-three faculty members elected by their colleagues at the twenty-three individual universities comprising the California State University system. The Academic Senate, founded in 1963, advances the principles of academic freedom and freedom of inquiry promotes academic excellence in the CSU; recommends policies to the Board of Trustees and the Chancellor on systemwide academic, professional, and academic personnel matters; and serves as the official voice of the faculties of The California State University in matters of systemwide concern. The Academic Senate is the primary consultative body on the academic implications of systemwide fiscal decisions.

The Executive Committee of the Academic Senate, led by the Senate Chair, organizes the activities of the Academic Senate and is principally responsible for representing the Academic Senate in its dealings with many groups, including the Board of Trustees, the Chancellor and Chancellor's Office staff, the California State Student Association, the CSU Alumni Council, statewide policymakers, and the public. With offices at the CSU Headquarters in Long Beach, the Academic Senate operates throughout the year as an agency of CSU faculty governance. Plenary sessions are held at the Chancellor’s Office preceding each meeting of the CSU Board of Trustees from September through May.

The Academic Senate recommends nominees to the Governor for the Faculty Trustee member serving on the CSU Board of Trustees.

The Constitution and Bylaws are the guiding documents of the Academic Senate. The principles and policy document, originally known as the Blue Book and last revised in 1999, is a compilation of significant documents and policies across the history of the Academic Senate. Since the establishment of the Academic Senate in 1963, it has been chaired by faculty from across the system.

In addition to the aforementioned documents, senators are encouraged to consult the orientation, guidelines for members and officers, and parliamentary procedures documents.