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Election Process

For students expected to be sophomores, juniors, or seniors, your elections take place during the later half of the spring semesters. Each year, you will be expected to attend an informational meeting that will detail the duties of different Student Senate positions. All positions will be required to gather signatures and campaign for their position. Gathering signatures will take place during one full week, then following that week will be an Election Day. Campaigns should focus on current issues facing the university, as well as trying to get students to vote. Voting is done through online ballots sent out via email to every student. Each year the timeline changes, so please check back for up to date information.

For incoming First-Year students, your elections take place during the first few weeks of your first fall semester. Only first-year students are eligible to vote, and the voting will be done through a Google Form emailed out to all students with freshman status. To file for election, first-year students should print and complete an Election Petition that will be released every year at the beginning of each academic year. 30 signatures from first-year students are required, as well as a signature from a current Student Senator and a current Faculty Senator. Each year the timeline changes, so please check back for up to date information.

Elections For The 2020-2021 Academic Year

Student Senators

Hello Students! All constituencies will have elections during the beginning of the Fall 2020 semester. Any and all potential candidates must attend an informational meeting on August 25th in order to receiving your petitions. The details around the meeting will be released shortly. These petitions for election will have you seek out signatures from people in your constituency. These petitions must be returned to the Elections Committee Chair by September 1st at 11:59pm in order to be considered a candidate. Once you are officially named a candidate, the formal election period begins on September 2nd and ends as the polls close on September 9th. Election Day is on September 9th from 8am to 5pm. Ballots will be emailed to every student. Encourage friends, classmates, and constituents to vote in this year’s election! Please contact the Student Body Vice President with any questions or concerns.¬†Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, dates and times may be changed according to the current state of the university. Please check this website and/or our Student Senate social media pages daily for updates

President and Vice President

Thank you to all those who participated in the Student Body Presidential and Vice Presidential election on Friday April 17th. I am happy to announce your Student Body President and Vice President for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Kaitlyn Steinhiser; Student Body President 

Ben Jacobs; Student Body Vice President.

Student Senate Elections are won by a simple majority. We had 891 ballots cast in this year’s election. Kaitlyn Steinhiser won the Presidency with 50.22% of the vote and Ben Jacobs won the Vice Presidency with 69.36% of the vote. Congratulations to all candidates who ran stellar campaigns. Thank you to all who voted to make their voices heard.


If you have any further questions about Student Senate, please do not hesitate to contact the Student Body President or Vice President via email for more information.