Constitution and Bylaws of the Dental Senate
School of Dental Medicine Senate Preamble
The Senate is the voice of the faculty and a voice for students in student affairs, pre-doctoral dental education, postdoctoral clinical education, continuing education, research, the academic environment, and similar matters. Through active participation in its Senate, the faculty and students of the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine (SDM) ensure the vigor of the School's programs in education, research and patient care. To those ends, the Senate, which was previously called the SDM Council, has been reconfigured, and its Constitution and Bylaws, which govern the election, structure and function of this body, have been rewritten.
Much of the Senate's work will be carried out by its standing Councils and their respective working committees. Service on these Councils and committees affords faculty and students with opportunities to participate directly in setting the direction of the SDM. The Senate will communicate fully and regularly with the faculty and students through open Senate meetings, prompt distribution of their minutes, reports of activities of Senate Councils and committees, and active engagement of Senators with their constituents. The Senate will maintain a dialogue with the administration and Department Heads to facilitate joint initiatives and to allow the faculty and students to deal rapidly and proactively with issues of importance.
Dental Senate Steering Committee
The Steering Committee provides oversight for Senate Councils and committees through regularly scheduled or ad hoc meetings with the Council or committee Chairpersons.