The official faculty organization is the Faculty Senate. It functions as an advisory body - part of the University's structure - through which faculty members participate in the governance of the University. The Senate identifies the interests and preferences of the Faculty about issues of significance to them and to other groups in the University community. In response to specific requests from the administration, it acts in an advisory capacity to the Administration. It also initiates recommendations to the Administration on behalf of the Faculty. Generally, it represents the Faculty's views on University-wide issues needing decisions and resolution by the Administration.