Student Nomination and Election Process

Student By-elections to Senate and the Board of Governors

Nomination Period:  September 5 - September 13, 2019 until 12:00 noon

Voting Period:  September 23 - September 27, 2019 until 12:00 noon

Nomination Forms

Student Vacancies



  • Bachelor of Arts - 3 seats
  • Bachelor of Science - 3 seats
  • Bachelor of Arts and Science - 1 seat
  • Bachelor of Science in Agriculture - 1 seat
  • Bachelor of Commerce - 1 seat
  • Bachelor of Bio-Resource Management - 1 seat
  • Bachelor of Landscape Architecture - 1 seat
  • Bachelor of Applied Science - 1 seat
  • Associate Diploma - 1 seat


  • College of Arts - 1 seat
  • College of Social & Applied Human Sciences - 1 seat
  • College of Biological Science - 1 seat
  • Gordon S. Lang School of Business and Economics - 1 seat

Board of Governors


  • 1 graduate student seat

About Senate and Board of Governors

The University functions with a bicameral governance structure set out under the University of Guelph Act (1964), which defines the responsibilities of the Board of Governors and the Senate. Senate is responsible for academic programs, regulations, and policies, whereas the Board of Governors oversees the government, conduct, management and control of the University and its property, revenues, expenditures, business and affairs.

Nomination and Election Process

The Board of Governors Undergraduate and Graduate Student Electoral Procedures and the Senate Regulations Governing the Election of Students to Senate include provisions for representation of students on the Board and Senate. Elections are held annually during the Winter semester. Should an insufficient number of nominations be received during the Winter election period to fill the available student seats, a by-election is held at the beginning of the following Fall semester.

Members of the Board of Governors must be a least 18 years of age and cannot be an undischarged bankrupt. Board members must also abide by the Good Governance Policy for the Board of Governors and related disclosure requirements.


As per section 9.6. of the Undergraduate and Graduate Student Electoral Procedures and section 9f. of the Regulations Governing the Election of Students to Senate, each candidate shall enjoy the right to campaign and inform the student body of their candidacy in a manner consistent with relevant University policies and regulations. The following is a non-exhaustive list of related University policies and procedures:

  • Policy on Non-academic Misconduct
  • Human Rights Policy
  • Mass Email Policy
  • Student Email Communications Policy
  • Acceptable Use Policy
  • University postering policies (e.g. Student Housing, University Centre, etc.)