Student Governance Volunteer Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in the 2018 Fall By-elections!

The University Secretariat will run by-elections in September 2018 to fill vacancies on Senate for the 2018-2019 academic year (election dates and vacancies listed below) 

Student Elections to Senate and the Board of Governors 

Pariticipating as an elected Student representative 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. 

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 (September 2016).


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 E-Mail Policy
  • Student Email Communications Policy
  • Acceptable Use Policy
  • University postering policies (e.g. Student Housing, University Centre, etc.)

Fall 2018 By-election Dates

Nomination Period: September 6, 2018 - September 14, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. (noon)
Voting Period: September 24, 2018 - September 28, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. (noon)

Vacancies for the 2018-19 Session of Senate: 

Undergraduate - Senate Vacancies

  • Associate Diploma Program – 1 open seat
  • BA (Bachelor of Arts) – 2 open seats
  • BAS (Bachelor of Arts and Science) – 1 open seat
  • BASc (Bachelor of Applied Science) – 1 open seat
  • BComm (Bachelor of Commerce) – 2 open seats
  • BComp (Bachelor of Computing) – 1 open seat
  • BEng (Bachelor of Engineering) – 1 open seats
  • BScEnv (Bachelor of Science, Environmental Sciences) – 1 open seat
  • DVM (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine) – 1 open seat
  • Guelph-Humber - 1 open seat

Graduate - Senate Vacancies ​

  • Ontario Agricultural College – 1 open seat
  • Ontario Veterinary College – 1 open seat 

Nomination forms are still under development for the Fall 2018 by-elections and will be posted here when available.