The Senate constitutes the supreme academic authority of the university, and is responsible for the teaching and research activities carried out within its walls. Together with the Board of Trustees, it is entrusted with the task of maintaining and protecting Bar-Ilan's spiritual foundations.
The Senate comprises elected members; individuals serving as members by force of the tasks they are assigned to carry out; and others, who are participants, as required by their roles.
The Senate's tasks include, among others, developing and advancing scientific research; bestowing academic degrees; appointing faculty deans and members of the Coordinating Committee; recommending the appointment of staff members to the rank of full professor and their promotion; granting tenure to staff members; and more.
The Senate convenes at least 6 times during each academic year, and operates through fixed committees, such as the Executive Committee of the Senate, which coordinates the Senate's work, prepares material for its deliberations and makes decisions in matters within its authority. The Senate appoints additional committees, which are responsible for appointing staff members and promoting them, admitting students, students' discipline and others.