Articles of Organization
Stanford University School of Medicine Faculty Senate
(amended December 2004)
The faculty of the Stanford University School of Medicine in order to participate fully in
the deliberation and decision-making processes of this School, formulate the
curriculum for its students, and promote the communication between its faculty,
students and administrative officers, does establish a Senate according to these
Articles of Organization, and subject to the provisions of the Articles of Organization of
the Faculty of Stanford University.
Article I. The Powers and Functions of the Faculty Senate
The Senate shall represent the will and the opinion of the faculty of the School.
For the degree of Doctor of Medicine, the Senate shall have the power to
determine the requirements for admission of candidates; to define and
evaluate the curriculum; to establish criteria for student performance
assessment, standing and promotion; to determine awards for medical
student research fellowships; and to oversee the performance and
achievements of the Medical Student Scholarly Concentration requirement.
The Senate shall be concerned with the establishment of policy on these
matters and in so doing shall seek the advice of the Dean and the Executive
Committee. The implementation of these policies shall be the function of the
Dean and the Executive Committee.
The Senate shall advise on matters concerning the Doctor of Philosophy and
Master of Science graduate degree programs.
The Senate shall advise on academic matters of house staff in Stanford
Hospital and its affiliated hospitals.
The Senate shall advise on academic matters of postdoctoral students in the
School of Medicine.
The Senate shall advise School of Medicine faculty on matters of faculty welfare
and legal representation.
The Senate shall give its advice on any other matters it deems relevant to the general
welfare of the School, its faculty, its medical students, graduate students, postdoctoral