The Senate is one of the three governing bodies of the University, together with the Board of Trustees and the University Council, all of which are administered by the University Secretariat.

The Senate is responsible for determining all matters of academic character affecting the University as a whole. It shares responsibility with the Board of Trustees for appointing the Principal.

The Senate has 68 members: 12 ex-officio and 56 elected.

The Senate functions through a standing committee structure consisting of 11 committees.


Friendship Wampum

Skén:nen Atenro’será:kon tánon Ka’nikonhrí:io

Wa’kón:ion ne Queen’s University tsi iohétstha ne kaianerénhsera ne Kaswéntha Atenro’será:kon atia’táhnha, né ne Konti’tarí:sere Ka’nisténhsera takóntka’we Tyendinaga nitioné:non tánon ne Kahsóhtshera Iotitióhkwaien ne Kingston kí 7 shískare Enniskó:wa 2017.

Kí kakweniénston ate’nienténhtshera tiókonte e’tho káien nó:nen enhontkenní:sa ne ratiianerenhserón:nis, ne wathró:ris tsi enká:take tsi waterihwahserón:ni ne Skén:en tánon Atenro’será:kon.


Peace, Friendship, and Good Minds

The friendship wampum belt was presented to Queen's University Senate by the Clan Mothers at Tyendinaga, and the Grandmothers' Council in Kingston, on March 7, 2017. 

This cherished symbol is now present at all Senate meetings, to represent the lasting covenant of peace and friendship. 

Each year, we recommit to this relationship through the Polishing the Chain Ceremony.  This video shows the January 2021 Ceremony:


Friendship Wampum

To learn more about wampum, you may be interested in this video from Richard Hill, Tuscarora scholar and expert in this field.