Faculty Senate acts as the official voice of the faculty of the University of Nebraska at Kearney. It strives to protect academic freedom. It speaks to academic matters that affect more than one college; it advises and consults with the university community on matters of general concern; it reviews existing academic programs and all new departments and academic programs with University-wide impact, including majors and minors. The Faculty Senate recommends candidates for honorary degrees and acts on other business specifically delegated to it by the Administration. It also provides a means of appeal to the Board of Regents when normal administrative channels are exhausted.
Representatives from all undergraduate colleges, the library and senators at large comprise the 35 members. Meetings are at 7:00 p.m. on the first Thursday of every month of the regular school year, except January and May (the "May" meeting is held on the last Thursday of April). Meetings are open to all members of the UNK academic community.