Election General Information

Student Senate Eligibility Criteria

All members of the Senate must:

  1. Be currently enrolled at Grand Valley State University and enrolled during the time the position is filled.

  2. Maintain a minimum of a 2.25 cumulative grade point average at all times for all Senators.

  3. Maintain a minimum of a 2.5 cumulative grade point average at all times for all Cabinet members.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we urge all candidates to conduct all campaigning virtually or in no-contact ways, such as announcing in class.

  • To get on the ballot, candidates must fill out this form before Wednesday, March 24 at 11:59 p.m.
     

  • No verbal and/or printed campaigning is permitted within 20 feet of any GV desktop computer on campus.
     

  • No candidate may use any paid web advertisements or the GVSU Events Calendar to publicize his/her candidacy.
     

  • No campaign materials may be displayed in classrooms for any individual candidate.
     

  • No campaign shall be funded by any outside entity, business, corporation, or political action committee (PAC).
     

  • All campaign materials must be approved per the Grand Valley State University posting policy (i.e. campaign materials must display the appropriate stamp(s) and be posted ONLY in approved areas).
     

  • Public address systems, other mechanical or electrical sound equipment are prohibited for on campus campaigning.
     

  • No campaign material may include the name of more than one candidate unless each person listed has given authorization. The number of people allowed to campaign together may not exceed three. Authorization must also be obtained from the Elections Commission. Contact the Elections Commission at senates@gvsu.edu for information on how to authorize such campaign materials.
     

  • If there appears to be clear evidence of a campaign of more than three people, or some form of a slate, ALL individuals involved will be disqualified immediately at the discretion of the Elections Commission.


****All campaigning must adhere to the campaign rules outlined in this list.  Any infractions of these rules must be reported in writing to the Elections Commission by the third day after the elections close.

All members of the Senate are EXPECTED to:

  • All members of Student Senate should be available in Allendale on Thursdays from 4:30 p.m. through the end of the General Assembly meeting. These will be conducted via Zoom throughout the Winter 2021 semester. Students should not have classes or other responsibilities on Thursday evenings.
     
  • Attend scheduled meetings of, and complete work for, your assigned committee.
     
  • Serve two (2) office hours weekly in the Student Senate office or perform an approved two-hour Senate activity. *Subject to change due to COVID-19*

Expectations of a Student Senator in brief:

  • Further outlines regarding expectations and responsibilities will be laid out by your vice president if elected, this is just a brief overview of the overall expectations regarding Student Senators
     
  • Positivity: Coming to meetings/ Senate related events and approaching all work with a positive mental attitude and ready effort to serve your peers.
     
  • Persistence: Senate projects and efforts usually take time, however gradual and continuous progress is expected.
     
  • Understand that you are here to serve the whole student body, some people may disagree with you however you are there to represent them and their voice, not your own opinion.
     
  • You are in this role to help your fellow Lakers and improve the GVSU community. Not for a resume builder, political gain, or other faculty expectations.
     
  • Understand that often the time commitment of a general senator is roughly 10 hours a week including general assembly (GA), office hours, and committee meetings.
     
  • Professionalism is key seeing that we work hand in hand with the administration and community members. Respect your peers, GVSU staff, community partners, and fellow senators.
     
  • This role is an honor and a privilege. It is a competitive race and as the student governing body, we hold a lot of influence. Respect this, be empowered by this, and utilize it to help your peers!
     
  • It is expected for senators to speak up, be engaged in conversation, stay up to date in information and changing concerns of the student body.
     
  • Last but not least, have fun! Senate is some of GV’s best and brightest.
  • Use Canva.com to create any promotional material. Include the link to vote (gvsu.edu/studentsenate/vote).
     
  • Run with other people! You can have up to 3 people running together. Make sure it is someone who propels you forward. Pairing with someone who is really intertwined with your own social circle could hinder you from reaching different markets of student voters.  *Also make sure you generally support their “ideas” and how they act towards other students, because they will be representing you at the same time*
     
  • Use your circle of influence! Campaign in the organizations you are already a part of.
     
  • Think about who you are representing and reach out to them. They will want to vote for you!
     
  • Email your classes - you can find all your classmates emails on Blackboard.
     
  • Ask your professors if you can make a brief announcement in class.
     
  • Make sure your voters put a reminder in their calendar for the week of voting! (March 29 - April 4).
     
  • Make a Facebook event and invite all your GVSU friends. Set the date to elections week and post the platforms of all your campaign partners. Be sure to include the link to vote (gvsu.edu/studentsenate/vote) in the description.
     
  • Post about Student Senate often! The more people see your name associated with it, the more they will recognize you when it comes time to vote.
     
  • Be genuine with students about what they want to see in a student senator. This will make you a better senator and help guide your work throughout the year.
     
  • Create 2-3 solid goals you'd like to achieve and STICK to them.

Election Timeline

Event

Date, Time & Location

Application to File to Run Opens

Friday, March 5 at 8 a.m.

Application to File to Run Closes

Wednesday, March 24 at 11:59 p.m.

Online Voting Begins

Monday, March 29 at 8 a.m. 

Online Voting Ends

Sunday, April 4 at 11:59 p.m.

Election Results Announced

Monday, April 5

Last General Assembly of the 2020-2021

Thursday, April 8 at 4:30 p.m.

Cabinet Nomination Meeting for the 2021-2022

Thursday, April 8 at 6:30 p.m.

Cabinet Elections

Thursday, April 15 at 4:30 p.m.

Student Senate General Assembly

Thursday, April 22 at 4:30 p.m.


Campaign Funding

There is a $100 maximum spending limit per campaign team on campaigning materials. Any purchasing of campaign materials must be tracked, and a photo of receipts should be sent to senates@gvsu.edu.

***Spending of campaign or personal funds for one campaign, which can consist of up to 3 candidates, run in one academic year in an election is limited to a total of $100 (one hundred dollars). Campaign funds include all donations of materials, assessed at an average retail value, and all monetary contributions, including money spent by the candidate. An itemized list of sources and uses of campaign funds shall be signed by the candidate and provided to the Chair of the Elections Commission no less than three days after the election.***

 


Frequently Asked Questions

There are 44 positions to be elected. Senators can be from any major and can be undergraduate or graduate students.

Yes. Six are reserved for students in their first semester at GVSU. They will be filled by an application and interview process administered by the Senate Resources Committee next year.

No. All terms are for one academic year. Senators may run for re-election.

No. The Student Senate Cabinet (President, Executive Vice President, etc.) is elected by the Student Senate after the general elections and not at-large by the student body.

Yes. All senators have to serve on one of the six committees with the exception of the President and Executive Vice President. Committee assignments are made by the Cabinet after senators express which committees they are interested in.

Once you have filed out the application to run for Student Senate at this link, you may begin campaigning. You should see your information posted on the Student Senate Candidates Guide.

Yes. Your platform statement (and your campus involvements) will be printed in the Lanthorn and will also be available on the voting website.

Platforms longer than 200 words will not be accepted. Please keep your platform succinct and to the point. The Lanthorn advertisement will have very limited room – the shorter the better (or you may get cut off!)

Yes, here.

Student Senate elections will occur from Monday, September 14 at 8 a.m. to Sunday, September 20 at 11:59 p.m. During this time, all GVSU students can vote for up to 10 candidates of their choice.

No. Student Senate elections are nonpartisan. We encourage students to look through the platforms of all candidates to find those that they support. All students can vote for up to 10 candidates.

All elected senators will be sworn in on Thursday, September 24 at 4:30 p.m. The term of senators ends at the end of the Winter semester in April.