The University Assembly examines matters which involve the interests of, or concerns the welfare of, a substantial segment of the University community, and makes recommendations to the appropriate officers or decision-making bodies of the University.  

With faculty, staff, undergraduates, and graduate or professional students appointed or elected by each of the shared governance bodies, the UA takes up issues of common interest to all members of the Cornell community. It is a stakeholder in major university policy initiatives, and works to establish and maintain open, effective, and efficient channels of communication between and amongst the community and university administration. On behalf of the community, the UA may make amendments to the Campus Code of Conduct, with approval of the president of the university.

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  • Brandon Fortenberry

     Brandon Fortenberry
    Brandon Fortenberry Chair, University Assembly (Employee Assembly Representative - Division of Student and Campus Life Representative)

    bf52@cornell.edu

    Brandon has worked at Cornell for over 15 Years as part of an amazing team in Cornell Dining, a division of Student and Campus Life Enterprise Services. Brandon is passionate about connecting people to the resources they need within the University, and hopes that his experience will be a great benefit to the University Assembly to have a positive impact on all of its constituents.

  • Jacob Joseph Feit

     Jacob Joseph Feit
    Jacob Joseph Feit Executive Vice Chair, University Assembly

    jjf228@cornell.edu

    Undergraduate Representative

  • Richard F. Bensel

     Richard F. Bensel
    Richard F. Bensel Vice Chair for Internal Operations, University Assembly (Faculty Representative)

    rfb2@cornell.edu

    Richard Bensel (Ph.D. Cornell University) is the Gary S. Professor of Government at Cornell University. His primary research fields and teaching interests include American political development, parties and elections, the United States Congress, comparative state formation, political culture, and institutional change. His current research includes several book manuscripts: Klans, Clans, and Culture in Reconstruction North Carolina and The Founding of Modern States.

  • Nikola Danev

     Nikola Danev
    Nikola Danev Ranking Member, University Assembly (Graduate and Professional Student Representative); Counsel, Graduate and Professional Student Assembly

    nd398@cornell.edu

    Nikola is a PhD student in Genetics in the Van de Walle Lab at the Baker Institute for Animal Health, where he studies stem cells in various veterinary species. In addition to his research, he serves as a firefighter/EMT in the local community. His goals on the assemblies are to advocate for graduate and professional students, support diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives, and involve more graduate and professional students in the University decision-making processes.

  • Ian Timur Akisoglu

     Ian Timur Akisoglu
    Ian Timur Akisoglu Chair, Campus Committee on Infrastructure, Technology and the Environment; Graduate and Professional Student Assembly Representative

    ita24@cornell.edu

    Ian is a third-year student at Cornell Law School. Prior to attending Cornell, he studied History and Economics at American University and was an officer in the United States Navy.

  • James Augustin Martin Richards

     James Augustin Martin Richards
    James Augustin Martin Richards Chair, Codes and Judicial Committee

    jar646@cornell.edu

    Graduate and Professional Student Assembly Representative

  • Debra Howell

     Debra Howell
    Debra Howell Chair, Campus Welfare Committee; Employee Assembly Representative (Veteran's Representative At-Large)

    dhowell@cornell.edu

    Debra has worked at Cornell for over 20 years and is currently Director of IT for the University Library. Debra is proud to represent the veterans community on the EA and is excited to chair the Campus Welfare Committee this year as she is committed to bettering our community’s health, wellness, and welfare.

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University Assembly Campus Committee on Infrastructure, Technology and the Environment

As reflected in UA Resolution 15: Amending the University Assembly Bylaws’ Title of the Standing ‘Campus Infrastructure Committee’ (CIC) (2020-2021 term), the renamed Campus Committee on Infrastructure, Technology and the Environment reviews and approves proposed motions related to: environmental impact and sustainability; information technology; transportation and commuter policies; and, any other topic deemed relevant to campus infrastructure by the University Assembly Executive Board.

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University Assembly Codes and Judicial Committee

The CJC of the University Assembly reviews any proposed motions related to the Campus Code of Conduct, and assists in staffing the University Hearing and Review Boards. The public is welcome to attend meetings in person or remotely via Zoom meeting access. 

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University Assembly Campus Welfare Committee

The Committee reviews any proposed motions and university policies related to diversity and inclusion; family support; health services; and, any other topic deemed relevant to campus welfare by the University Assembly’s Executive Board.

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