The Rector heads the University Senate. Its members are the Vice Rectors, deans, school directors and one representative from each faculty and institute. It is the decision-making body for academic matters. The Senate also makes recommendations to the Board of Trustees on issues presented to it by the Board, including the granting of honorary academic degrees.
Yasemin Afacan, Necmi Akşit, Tijen Akşit, Orhan Arıkan, Alipaşa Ayas, Kürşat Aydoğan (Rector), Orhan Aytür (Vice Rector), Hüseyin Boyacı, Bülent Çaplı, Ece Göztepe Çelebi, Hilmi Volkan Demir, Erdal Erel (Vice Rector), Oğuz Gülseren, Lale Tomruk Gümüşlüoğlu, Refet S. Gürkaynak, Ülkü Gürler, H. Altay Güvenir, Ezhan Karaşan (Vice Rector), Ayşe Keens, Erdal Onar, Tayfun Özçelik, Dominique Selin Tezgör, Simon D. Vigley, Tolga Yayalar, Bahar Yetiş