The university senate is the primary university governance body where students, faculty, staff and administrators debate university issues and reach conclusions on the policies and actions to be taken by the institution. The university senate is the legislative body of the university in matters involving educational programs, requirements, and standards; faculty welfare; and student conduct. The board of trustees delegates to university senate primary responsibility for curriculum, programs, and course offerings and advisory responsibility on all matters related to Miami university.
The board of trustees reserves the right to consider, approve, modify, or reject actions taken by the university senate. Amendments to the enabling act of university senate and faculty assembly must be approved by the board of trustees.