The Senate's tasks are derived from § 35 of the Thuringian Higher Education Act. Accordingly, the Senate is responsible, among other things, for enacting and amending the basic regulations, for electing the members of the University Council, for granting approval for the appointment of Vice-Presidents and for granting approval prior to the conclusion of the university's target and performance agreements with the Ministry. Furthermore, the Senate decides on the establishment, amendment and discontinuation of degree programmes and comments on appointment proposals. The Senate draws up the equal opportunity plan, elects the Equal Opportunity Officer and the Diversity Officer. In addition, it gives its consent to the principles of funding and comments on the draft economic plan, the annual financial statement, fee and remuneration regulations and the annual report of the Presidium.