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The 1981 Victoria University Act gives the Senate the power to grant degrees, establish student awards, summon Convocations, make regulations and deal with matters of a strictly educational nature related to Victoria or Emmanuel College. Victoria University was brought into the University of Toronto in 1892 through a Federation agreement. As part of the agreement, Victoria University agreed to suspend its power to grant degrees except in Theology.  Victoria College students do not receive Victoria University degrees; their degrees are conferred by the University of Toronto. For Emmanuel College, however, the Senate is an important upper chamber.  It must approve any changes in the theological degree requirements and vote on the granting of all theological degrees. 

The full Senate meets once per year, normally early in the fall term to hear reports from the Senate Executive of it deliberations from the preceding year, for resolution and to approve the membership of the Senate Executive.

The Victoria University Senate Executive is a sub committee of the Senate that typically meets three times per year. 

The Executive Committee members are as follows:

  • Four Fellows of Victoria College: at least two of which must teach in the College‚Äôs programs
  • Two faculty members of Emmanuel College
  • Two students of Victoria College
  • Two alumni of Victoria College
  • One student of Emmanuel College
  • One alumnus of Emmanuel College
  • At least one professor emeritus of the University

Membership on the Executive Committee is drawn from the full membership of the Senate and may be held for up to three years, renewable once.

Ex officio Members

  • The President and Vice Chancellor, who will chair the Executive Committee
  • The Principal of Victoria College
  • The Principal of Emmanuel College
  • Executive Director, Alumni Affairs & Advancement, Victoria University
  • The University Registrar, who will act as Secretary


Contact Yvette Ali, University Registrar & Secretary of Senate at or 416-585-4405