A Message For Prospective Candidates
Dear All Prospective Candidates:
We are very excited about your interest in becoming a student leader in Associated Students! Serving on the Senate enables students to apply what they learn in the classroom to real-life situations as they gain a more thorough understanding of fiscal issues, personnel matters, and programming, marketing and university priorities.
Members of the Senate will have the opportunity to develop skills in:parliamentary procedure, decision making/critical analysis, goal setting, personal development, communication, group processing and multiculturalism and creating positive changes on CSUN campus.
Members of the Senate:
- Serve as one of the 24 students representing a 40,000+ student body
- Gain valuable leadership experience
- Initiate and approve policy and legislation
- Govern a multi-million dollar operating budget
- Serve on committees that affect change on campus
- Network with people from various backgrounds
- Work with faculty and campus administrators
Elections applications will not be taken after the deadline - NO EXCEPTIONS! Also note: acceptance of an elections packet by the A.S. Office is NOT a guarantee of eligibility to run. Please be sure to mark your calendar with all the mandatory dates that are required for all candidates.
The Office of Admission and Records will determine official eligibility. Should you need any assistance or additional information please feel free to contact any A.S. Elections Committee Member or myself at either 1(818)677-2177 or
, because we are all ready to help you succeed.
I encourage you all to truly be the change you wish to see at CSUN by taking the initiative of becoming a student leader on campus. Not everyone utilizes this opportunity to make a difference on campus. Once again, thank you for your interest in running in the upcoming election. We wish you the best of luck during the campaign process!
Chair of Elections
Elections Filing Application
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Monday, February 16, 2015
Elections Filing Opens Online
All candidates must file online. Candidates may begin to campaign as soon as they have electronically filed
Monday, February 16, 2015
Street Team Applications Online
Applications Due: March 2
Street Team Training: March 3
All street team applicants must file online.
Monday, March 9, 2015 at 5:00 pm
Elections Filing Closes
Candidates may begin to campaign as soon as they have electronically filed
Wednesday, March 11, 2015, 5:00 pm, Panorama City Room
Thursday, March 12, 2015, 5:00 pm, Flintridge Room
Mandatory Candidate’s Meeting
Candidate and/OR campaign manager MUST attend one of these two events in order to run.
Monday, March 16, 2014, 12 – 1:00 pm at Thousand Oaks Room
Candidate Photo Session
These are the only pictures that may go on the ballot unless you have already submitted the photo you are going to use by March 9, 1 pm). A.S. photographer available to take all candidate photos for ballot.
Monday, March 16, 2015, Due by 1 pm at A.S. Student Leadership Office
Candidate Bios Due
Any candidate who does not submit their bio by March 16, 1 pm will not have their candidate information included on the ballot
Thursday, March 26, 2015, 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at Bayramian Lawn
Meet the Candidates Day & PRESIDENT/VICE PRESIDENT DEBATE
All Candidates MUST attend this event
Wednesday, April 1; 8 am through Thursday, April 2; 6 pm
Online Voting AND On Campus Voting Stations
Thursday, April 2, 7:30 – 8:30 pm
Election Results Reveal Event and results posted
Friday, April 3, Due by 4 pm sharp
Candidate Formal Complaints Due
Friday, March 27, Due by 4 pm sharp
Candidate Financial Statements Due
Monday, April 20, 2015, 9:00 am at the USU Grand Salon
Senate accepts Election Results and Welcomes Newly Elected 2015 - 2016 Officers
February 16th – Last Day for Senate to Approve Referenda for the Spring 2015 Ballot
February 26th – USU must give A.S. list of their candidates (28 days prior to election)
March 9th – Last day for A.S. to place Survey Questions on Ballot (14 days prior)
March 16th – Elections Advisor Determines Eligibility of Candidates (1 week after filing closes)
In order to become a member of the Senate, a candidate must be at the time of filing for election, in good standing at California State University, Northridge, as certified by the Office of the Registrar, and must remain in good standing during his/her tenure in office. A candidate must meet and maintain the minimum academic requirements stipulated in current directive(s) from the Office of the Chancellor.
Freshmen and transfer students shall be in good standing with the Office of the Registrar upon entrance to California State University, Northridge, in order to apply for Associated Students offices. A Senator must be a regular member during his/her respective office as prescribed in these Bylaws and current directive(s) from the Office of the Chancellor.
The following qualifications apply to the following positions within Associated Students; California State University, Northridge, Inc.: President, Vice President, Senators, Finance, Attorney General, all directorships and Administrative Assistants:
In addition to having earned a 2.5 undergraduate or 3.0 graduate GPA in the semester prior to the election or appointment, each candidate or applicant for these positions, at the time of filing, must also have a minimum cumulative CSUN GPA of 2.5 for undergraduates; 3.0 for graduates.
All of the above must maintain a minimum of 2.5 CSUN cumulative GPA for the duration of their term.
Executive officers of the corporation, President and Vice President, must be enrolled in and earn a minimum of nine (9) undergraduate, or six (6) graduate units during their candidacy and be enrolled in and earn a minimum of six (6) undergraduate, or six (6) graduate units each semester while in office, except in their last semester before graduation, when they may enroll in the minimum number of units required for graduation.
Senators, Attorney General, and major Directors must be enrolled in a minimum of nine (9) units undergraduate or four (4) units graduate each semester during candidacy and while in office, except when in their last semester before graduation when they may enroll in the minimum number of units required for graduation.
Candidates and Incumbents shall not be on disciplinary probation.
Any member of the Associated Students holding any of the aforementioned offices who does not meet the above qualifications must resign within two weeks of notification. Exceptions to the time frame may be made by the A.S. General Manager.
The Attorney General will ensure that all of the aforementioned qualifications for all of the aforementioned positions are met by the close of the fourth week of each semester.
Qualifications: In order to seek election for the Office of the President, a student must have completed at least sixty (60) units of college work, including at least six (6) units, or three (3) graduate units at California State University, Northridge, prior to taking office, except when taking office by succession.
Qualifications: In order to seek election for the Office of the Vice President, a student must have completed at least forty-five (45) units of college work prior to taking office.
Graduate Division Senator
Qualifications: In order to seek election for the office of Graduate Division Senator, a student must have a baccalaureate degree and be in good standing as certified by the Office of the Registrar.
Lower Division Senator
In order to seek election for the office of Lower Division Senator, a student must have completed the enrollment requirements for a Lower Division student as defined in the current University Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog, under the section referred to as Enrollment Regulations. Lower Division Senators may exceed the maximum unit limit during their term of office.
Upper Division Senator
In order to seek election for the office of Upper Division Senator, a student must have completed the enrollment requirements for an Upper Division student as defined in the current University Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog, under the section referred to as Enrollment Regulations. Upper Division Senators may enter Graduate School during their term of office.
Academic College Senator
In order to seek election for the office of Senator of an Academic College, a student must have completed at least twenty-four (24) units of college work before taking office and shall be certified as a specific major in the academic College, having successfully completed at least nine (9) units within that College, except for the College of Education, prior to taking office. The Senator of the College of Education shall have been admitted to that school previously.
Senate seats are available for the following:
- Graduate Division (2)
- Lower Division (2)
- Upper Division (2)
- College of the Arts, Media, and Communication (2)
- College of Business Administration and Economics (2)
- College of Health and Human Development (2)
- College of Education (2)
- College of Engineering and Computer Science (2)
- College of Humanities (2)
- College of Science and Math (2)
- College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (2)
Term of Office
The term of office for the President, Vice President, and Senators shall be from the first day following the end of the Spring Semester, to and including, the last day of the Spring Semester.
Download and review the Elections Code.
Policy on Posting of Literature
A privilege enjoyed by University Recognized and Associated Students chartered student clubs or organizations and University departments is the publicizing of events and activities on campus. The Associated Students (A.S.) maintains 6 bulletin boards, and there are also several board located in departmental areas.
One method of publicizing is to post material in appropriately designated areas. It is strictly forbidden for handbills or circulars of any kind to be affixed to trees, walls, doors, windows, light poles, or cars in the parking lots.
The following are policies and procedures governing posting on campus:
- The time limit for posting on Associated Students boards is three weeks for A.S. Sponsored events and two weeks for others. On-going services sponsored by A.S. may be posted indefinitely as space provides. The time limit for University Student Union (USU) boards is two weeks for all groups.
- There are 6 A.S. bulletin boards which are labeled with an identification card. A list of approved bulletin boards is available in the Matador Involvement Center (USU Room 121).
- Other bulletin boards and display areas such as classrooms have been reserved for departmental and faculty use. They are not for A.S. purposes or individual use, unless approved by the appropriate department.
- All materials to be posted must clearly bear name of the sponsoring organization or department, must be no larger than 11 ½” x 14 ½”, and must be stamped “APPROVED FOR POSTING” by the Matador Involvement Center. Organizations are cautioned that they must bear the responsibility for any materials they wish to display on campus. As sponsors, they are subject to the same laws applying to private individuals, including libel, defamation, sedition, and the regulations cited in Section 42352, Article IX of Title V.
- Only non-commercial literature may be posted. University regulations prohibit the use of bulletin boards for commercial advertising by individuals, groups, organizations, or commercial entities.
- Associated Students provides a posting service through the Matador Involvement Center. However, it is sometimes more expeditious to post your own material. If you wish to use the posting service, material should be left at the Matador Involvement Center. Only one flyer per board for each event is allowed. All others will be immediately removed.
- Any materials posted covering other materials will be removed.
- Materials posted by a University Recognized and Associated Students chartered student club or organization and University departments must not conflict with policies of the State of California or with those of California State University, Northridge. They may not include the name of CSUN unless that name is a recognized portion of the organization’s name, or unless it is an activity sponsored by CSUN. Otherwise, the name CSUN may not be used to designate the location of the event.
- NON-COMMERCIAL NOTICES: Individual students may place personal, non-commercial notices on 3” x 5”cards, as space permits, on A.S. boards. These notices may include advertisements offering for sale personal property owned by members of the campus community. These cards must be dated and are subject to a two week time limit for posting.
Policy on Distribution of Literature
Non-Commercial Literature: Students, student organizations, employees of the University, and persons not associated with the University may distribute non-commercial literature on campus in compliance with campus regulations. Non-commercial is defined as any “written or printed matter devoted to the expression of views, opinions, beliefs or contentions relating to, or the notices or announcements or meetings to be held for the discussion of religious, political, or sociological subjects, or public or private civic affairs, or other controversies, or which treat any social or economic order or which relate to the arts or sciences or which otherwise are not distributed for the purpose of soliciting business…” (Section 42352, Title V, Chapter 5 Education Code).
Commercial Literature: Only currently enrolled students sponsored by a University Recognized and Associated Students chartered student club or organization and presently employed faculty and staff sponsored by an organization of University employees at CSUN may distribute commercial literature on campus as part of the activity of that group or organization. Commercial literature is defined (Section 42352, Title V, Chapter 5 California Administration Code) as “any commercial advertising, hand-billing or circulars… distributed for the purpose of advertising any merchandise, commodity, property, business, service, art, or skill, offered, sold or rendered for hire, reward, price, or profit…”. All commercial literature must be distributed free of charge. Any students desiring a copy of commercial literature must be given the material without obligation, e.g. an address or membership card.
Procedures: Persons interested in distributing literature must complete the “Application for Permit to Distribute Literature” in the Matador Involvement Center, stating their awareness of campus policies regarding all facets of distributing literature on campus and their subsequent responsibility in fulfilling these obligations. Sample copies of the literature to be distributed must be submitted to the Matador Involvement Center, inside the University Student Union, Room 121, and be stamped “Received for Distribution.” This regulation is to protect the organization in the event that an individual should be questioned regarding the distribution of the material.
One copy of any material to be distributed will be retained in the Matador Involvement Center for information purposes only. One stamped copy must be processed by each distributor and produced on request. This copy will serve as a permit for distribution. It is expected that the organization and individuals disseminating material will take all possible precautions to preserve the beauty and order of the campus, including picking up from University grounds any materials handed out by the organization. Materials may be distributed at any time on campus. Material stamped “Received for Distribution” may not be posted on campus bulletin boards. No material may be affixed to walls; light posts, or otherwise displayed, or put on cars in the parking lots.
Locations: Literature may be distributed in all outside areas on campus and is prohibited in buildings. The distribution of literature, the setting up of tables or similar furniture may not limit traffic flow; interfere with classes in session or students studying in the library. “It must be carried out without shouting, voice amplification or other noise louder normal conversation and without deliberate provocation, harassment, or disturbance of the peace” (President’s Directive, March 1969).
Elections Street Team
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