Student Governance Volunteer Opportunities

Winter 2019 Student Elections to Senate and the Board of Governors

Thank you for your interest in the Winter elections to fill student vacancies on Senate and the Board of Governors for the 2019-20 academic year. Participating as an elected student member provides interested students with a unique opportunity to contribute to governance of the University, helping to influence policy and issues that affect the quality of experience and education at the University of Guelph.

Election Dates

  • Nomination Period: January 21, 2019 – February 1, 2019 (nomination period closes at 12:00 p.m. noon)
  • Voting Period: February 11, 2019 – February 15, 2019 (voting period closes at 12:00 p.m. noon)
  • Nomination forms are still under development for the Winter 2019 elections and will be posted here when available.

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.

Student Vacancies for 2019-20



  • Bachelor of Arts – Four (4) seats
  • Bachelor of Science – Four (4) seats             
  • Bachelor of Arts and Science – One (1) seat
  • Bachelor of Engineering – Two (2) seats      
  • Bachelor of Science in Agriculture – One (1) seats
  • Bachelor of Commerce – Three (3) seats
  • Bachelor of Computing – One (1) seat
  • Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences – One (1) seat
  • Bachelor of Bio-Resource Management – One (1) seat
  • Bachelor of Landscape Architecture – One (1) seat
  • Guelph-Humber – Four (4) seats  
  • Bachelor of Applied Science – One (1) seat
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine – One (1) seat
  • Associate Diploma – One (1) seat


  • Ontario Agricultural College – One (1) seat
  • Ontario Veterinary College – One (1) seat
  • College of Biological Science – One (1) seat
  • College of Social & Applied Human Sciences – One (1) seat
  • College of Arts – One (1) seat
  • College of Engineering and Physical Sciences – One (1) seat
  • College of Business and Economics – One (1) seat

Board of Governors


  • Undergraduate Students – Two (2) seats


  • Graduate Student – One (1) seat

Nomination and Election Process

Nomination forms are still under development for the Winter 2019 elections and will be posted here when available.

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.


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.)