Per the Faculty Senate webpage, the Faculty Senate shall be the basic legislative body of the University.
1) It shall formulate measures for the maintenance of a comprehensive educational policy and for the maximum utilization of the intellectual resources of the University. 2) It shall determine and define University-wide policies on academic matters, including Liberal Studies policy, admission, grading standards, and the requirements within which the several degrees may be granted. 3) As the elected body of the General Faculty, the Senate may also formulate its opinion upon any subject of interest to the University and adopt resolutions thereon. Resolutions treating those areas of authority legally reserved to the President of the University and the Board of Regents will be advisory. 4) The President of the University shall have the power to veto any action of the Senate. The veto shall be communicated in writing to the Secretary of the Senate and Chairperson of the Steering Committee with reasons therefore within sixty days. By a two-thirds vote the Senate may appeal to the Board of Regents any action so vetoed. 5) Upon the resignation, retirement, or death of the President and upon a request by the Board of Regents, the Faculty Senate will designate individuals to be available for membership on any committee requested by the Board of Regents for the purpose of consultation in the selection of a nominee for President.
The Florida State University Faculty Senate is one of the constituent bodies of the Advisory Council of Faculty Senates of the Florida State University System. The Chair of the Advisory Council of Faculty Senates is a member of the Board of Governors of the State University System.