SGA Elections

Election Guidelines for the 2015 Student Government Association


With any questions, please e-mail Josh Foerst (



UPDATE: Elections will be held on January 24-25 for Cabinet positions and January 26-27 for Senate seats.



Guidelines for running:

  1. Petitions are available on the SGA bulletin board, on the SGA website and by e-mailing for an electronic copy starting Monday, December 1, 2012.
  2. To run for a cabinet position, 65 different signatures of students from any class year are required. For a senator seat, 40 different signatures are required from members of your class year unless you are running for an at-large senator seat.
  3. Before your petition is considered complete, a biography that includes the items listed below must be turned in. Please list the information in the order given below.
    1. Full name
    2. Class year
    3. Color picture (must be just a head and shoulders shot)
    4. 2-3 sentences on why you are running for the position
    5. 1 thing you would like to help accomplish on SGA

Please submit this information via e-mail to by the deadline. Please put the petition in Campus Mail addressed to SGA C-3188.

  1. If you are running for a cabinet position and are not elected, you are automatically entered to run in the senate election.
    1. If the role for President is contested, a debate will be held before elections (date and time TBA)
  2. If running for senate seats, run for the following year. For example, if you are currently a sophomore, you will run for a junior senator seat. (The term runs for a calendar year).
  3. Candidates running for President or Vice President must have served on SGA previously.
  4. People studying abroad MUST split their term with another senator (i.e. each would serve on one semester) and run for an At-Large position if the person their running with represents a different class year. Both of these people can use the same petition.
  5. By committing to SGA, you are required to:
    1. Attend weekly, hour long meetings on Tuesday nights at 9pm
    2. Participate on a Standing Committee
    3. Participate on an Ad-hoc Committee



Available SGA Positions



Cabinet Positions:


1. President

Shall serve as the formal representative of the student body to the faculty, administration, trustees, and the rest of the college community; shall chair the Student Development Committee of the Board of Trustees; shall serve as a voting member on Campus Council; shall be responsible for scheduling weekly Cabinet and Senate meetings; and shall be responsible for preparing all agendas for all meetings of the SGA


2. Vice President

Shall serve in place of the President whenever the President is unable to fulfill his/her duties; shall chair the Constitution and Rules Committee of the SGA, shall serve as a voting member of Campus Council; and shall be responsible for the oversight of all ad-hoc committees of the SGA


3. Treasurer

Shall be responsible for maintaining the financial affairs and budget of the SGA; shall be the formal representative to the student organizations who receive funding through SGA; and shall chair a funding allocation group for Campus Council to allocate funds to campus organizations


4. Secretary

Shall chair the Membership Committee; shall be a non-voting member of the Senate; shall take notes during meetings; and shall be in charge of correspondence. Additionally the Secretary shall be responsible for being the Parliamentarian of the Senate.


Senate Positions:           


  1. Sophomore (5 seats)
  2. Junior (5 seats)
  3. Senior (5 seats)
  4. At-Large (5 seats, any year)


*All of these positions require attending weekly meetings and participating on both Standing and Ad-hoc committees.

*Please note that if you are a first-year, you will run for a sophomore seat, if you are a sophomore, you will run for a junior seat, etc.