In shortcut for those, who would like to know what is it:
Academic senate is a very important part of fakulty, technically it is an organ superior to dean and vice-deans. Members of the Senate elect dean. Furthermore, faculty senate approves the budget and decides on (approve) the use of the financial resources of the faculty. It also participates in decisions on technical and operational matters of faculty, appoints or approves members of the Commitees and does many other things.
According to the academic rules students have to have their representatives in Senate. Our faculty has 16 senators - teachers and 8 senators - students. One of the students have the right / duty to be vice-chairman of the Senate, therefore, be one of the three (chairman and two vice-chairmans), leaders of the Senate. In same time have to be a rightfull member of the Dean's collegium (it means; dean, vice-deans, Senate chairman and vice-chairman of Senate-student).
Our student section is trying to be active and to defend the needs of students. Often it is not easy and the whole process is lengthy, but we've already been successful.