2018 Elections


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 2.5 cumulative grade point average at all times for all cabinet members.

  3. Maintain a minimum of a 2.0 cumulative grade point average at all times for all Senators


All members of the Senate are EXPECTED to:

  1. Attend General Assembly meetings on Thursdays starting at 4:30 p.m. (in Allendale), as well as General Assembly meetings scheduled for different locations, with a later time, to allow for travel.

  2. Attend scheduled meetings of, and complete work for, the assigned committee.

  3. Serve two (2) office hours weekly in the Student Senate office.

Campaign Rules & Regulations

  • If a Student is studying abroad and can apply for Student Senate with approval by the Elections Commission with a designee filling out the Election Ballot and obtaining 125 signatures.  

  • No campaigning, including verbal and/or printed (written), is permitted within 20 feet of any computer.

  • 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.

  • 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 Dan Ziegenfelder, (616-331-2333 or senates@gvsu.edu) for information on how to authorize such campaign materials.

  • Once you have turned in the online Candidate Application, the Candidate Petition, and have had your picture taken in the Senate Office, you are free to begin campaigning.  GOOD LUCK!!!

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

Senate Committees

The Committees are as follows:

  • Senate Resources Committee
  • Finance Committee
  • Campus Affairs Committee
  • Educational Affairs Committee
  • Diversity Affairs Committee
  • External Relations Committee
  • Public Relations Committee

For more information on each committee please see the Committees Information Page

Campaign Funding

***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 Finance no less than three days after the election.***

Election Timeline


Date, Time & Location

Additional Information

Election Packets Available 

February 19th at 8 a.m. (Pick up at Student Senate Office or Email ziegenfd@mail.gvsu.edu for Online Copy)

Return by March 19th

Election Packets Due

March 19th at 5 p.m. in the Student Senate Office (Kirkhof 008)

Take photo and turn in OrgSync form!

Meet the Candidates

March 19 at 7 p.m. in the Kirkhof lobby 


Online Voting Begins

March 26th at 8 a.m.


Online Voting Ends

April 1st at 11:59 p.m.


Election Results Announced

April 2nd


Student Senate General Assembly Meeting

April 5th at 6 p.m. in Kirkhof 2204 (Pere Marquette)

2017 - 2018 Cabinet Nominations

Student Senate General Assembly Meeting

April 12th at 4:30 p.m. in Kirkhof 2204 (Pere Marquette)

2017 - 2018 Cabinet Elections & Nominations

Student Senate General Assembly Meeting

April 19th at 4:30 p.m. in Kirkhof 2204 (Pere Marquette)


Student Senate Fall Training

September 15th (TBA)


Student Senate Winter Training

January 19th, 2018 (TBA)


Meet the Candidates

Come Meet the Student Senate Candidates for 2018-2019 on March 19th at 7 p.m. in the Kirkhof lobby! 

Light refreshments will be provided!

Senate Documents

Here are very important documents of the Senate that everyone who is on Senate should be familiar with:

Student Senate Constitution

Student Senate By-Laws

Senate Resources Policies & Procedures  

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How many spots are available on the Senate?

A: Currently there are 44 positions available for graduate and undergraduate students


Q: Aren’t there 50 seats on Senate?

A: Yes, six are reserved for freshmen, transfer students or first-year graduate students. They will be filled by an application and interview process administered by the Senate Resources Committee next year.


Q: Do incumbents keep their seats?

A: No, all senators on the 2018-2019 Senate must run for re-election


Q: When students are voting, can they vote me into a leadership position?

A: No, the Student Senate Cabinet (President, Vice President, and the Chairs) is elected by the Senate-Elect and not at-large by the student body.


Q: Do I have to serve on a committee?

A: Yes, all senators have to serve on one of the seven committees with the exception of the President and Vice President.  Committee assignments are made after the second meeting, the cabinet assigns committee membership.


Q: When can I start campaigning?

A: Once you have turned in the candidate information sheet, signed the election oath, completed the petition, and e-mailed in your platform statement.


Q: Is anyone going to see my platform statement?

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


Q: How long should my platform be?

A: 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!)


Q: Is all of the voting going to be done on-line?

A: Yes, we will be using the same secure website as used for all on campus elections. The link to the ballot will be located on the Student Senate website, www.gvsu.edu/studentsenate . Click on the voting tab that is on the left and follow the directions from there.


Q: Can students sign more than one petition?

A: Yes.


Q: Do students have to give their student number to sign my petition?

A: For security reasons, anyone signing your petition needs to only give the last four digits of their student number.  These numbers are used for verification of voting eligibility, if required.


Q: What is the Elections Commission?

A: The Elections Commission is a group comprised of students, faculty, and staff who oversee the elections process and handle any complaints or issues with the elections.  The Dean of Students chairs the Elections Commission.  You can contact the Elections Commission through Dan Ziegenfelder 616-331-2333 or at senates@gvsu.edu.  


Q: If I am elected, do I have to be at the meetings of the Senate-Elect?

A: Yes, the meetings are on April 5th, 12th, & 19th which are held in Kirkhof Room 2204 (Pere Marquette Room), are the meetings where the Senate-Elect will nominate and elect the leadership for the 2017-2018 school year.  If elected, these will be the first two meetings of your senate.


Q: Where can I find out more information about the Student Senate?

A: You can visit our office in 0040 Kirkhof, visit the Senate website at www.gvsu.edu/studentsenate, or call 616-331-2333 to talk to any Senator about the Senate.  

Page last modified May 15, 2018