A university senate is intended to be an instrument of collegial governance that is the highest authority on all academic matters at the institution.
This role of senate is a foundational principle of the modern university in a democratic society and is established by statute (University of Ottawa Act, 1965).
Someone forgot to tell president Allan Rock (and Chair of the senate, University of Ottawa). It seems this item was either absent from the president school curriculum, or Mr. Rock was not paying attention when that came up in class?
Here are three recent reports from senator Joseph Hickey's blog about senate that show a senate treated like a show committee where senators are allowed to misbehave in disregarding student motions not popular with Rock's administration:::