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AS Spring Elections – Filing opens February 6, 2017

The Associated Students is the primary advocate for students at California State University, Northridge and provides excellent, meaningful programs and services designed to create and enhance a spirited, learning-focused campus environment.
AS Constitution Preamble

Welcome to the official website for the AS Spring Student Leadership Elections! We’re excited to see you Rise, Run, and Represent this coming semester. Associated Students isn’t only for people interested in politics or government. Anyone and everyone who has had a meaningful CSUN experience and is passionate about being a student leader to create more meaningful CSUN experiences for themselves and others is the perfect candidate for Associated Students.

When you’re a member of the AS family, it means:

  • Working with a dynamic and innovative team of involved and passionate student leaders.
  • Representing the CSUN student body on a local, state, and federal level.
  • Working with an almost 9-million-dollar budget each year.
  • Creating programs and services for CSUN students that enhance the quality of campus and student life. Programs/initiatives started by AS Student leadership include smoke free campus, the mobile bike shop, and the subsidized Metro U-Pass.
  • Voting for and creating legislation that directly impacts CSUN, the CSU, and its students.
  • Fulfilling your goals and visions for CSUN and its student body.

If you haven’t done so already, we invite you to a behind-the-scenes look by attending an AS Senate Meeting. They are held every Monday at 9am in the Grand Salon, located in the USU and are open to the public. How to Run for AS workshops will also be held in the AS offices on January 31, 2017 at 2-3pm and March 8, 2017 at 12-1pm. Take the opportunity to make your dreams for CSUN a reality and run for office in the spring AS elections!

Questions or comments? Please direct all inquiry to the AS Chair of Elections at chairofelections@csunas.org, call the AS offices at (818) 677-2477, or visit the AS offices located in the USU next to the Grand Salon

Positions and Qualifications

As well as running for AS President or Vice President, there are a variety of different senate positions in the Student Leadership department that one can run for during the elections process. These senators act as student representatives for the student body in their respective academic colleges. To this end, the senate is the voting body of student government that proposes measures and programs that directly benefit CSUN and its student body. These officer positions are:

President – Must run for office with a Vice President

The president serves as the head of the AS cabinet as well as the CEO of Associated Students Inc., a 501c3 non-profit. Lead AS Student Leadership, manage projects, implement programs and services on our campus and act as the voice of the CSUN student body in local, state, and federal levels.

Qualifications: 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.

Vice President – Must run for office with a President

Work with the AS president as the leaders of Student Leadership and make sure your visions for CSUN become reality. Direct and manage the senate as well as the numerous committees in AS in order to work towards the goals set by you, the president, and senate.

Qualifications: A student must have completed at least forty-five (45) units of college work prior to taking office.

Lower Division Senator – Two Positions Available

Represent lower division standing students here at CSUN while creating and voting on legislation in the AS senate. Work closely with students, faculty and staff to advance the interests of your fellow students.

Qualifications: 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.

Upper Division Senator – Two Positions Available

Represent upper division standing students here at CSUN while creating and voting on legislation in the AS senate. Work closely with students, faculty and staff to advance the interests of your fellow students.

Qualifications: 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.

Graduate Senator – Two Positions Available

Represent graduate students here at CSUN while creating and voting on legislation in the AS senate. Work closely with students, faculty and staff to advance the interests of your fellow students.

Qualifications: A student must have a baccalaureate degree and be in good standing as certified by the Office of the Registrar.

Academic College Senator – Two Positions Available

Represent the students of your academic college here at CSUN while creating and voting on legislation in the AS senate. Work closely with students, faculty and staff to advance the interests of your fellow students.

Qualifications: 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.

How to Run for AS Office

To run for office, submit the Candidate Filing Form by clicking the button at the bottom of this page. You may submit the Candidate Filing Form as early as February 6. Refer to the AS Constitution and AS General Elections Code for rules and regulations regarding eligibility and campaigning. All candidates will be subject to an eligibility check from Admissions and Records. It is the responsibility of the candidate to ensure they are eligible to run. You may not file a candidate form on behalf of another candidate.

Candidates may run as

  1. A President & Vice President Ticket

    Tickets MUST have a President and Vice President. No candidate will be allowed to run as only on or the other. Campaign and platform your ideas for CSUN and its students. A President & Vice President Ticket is not considered a slate unless the ticket decides to join/create one.

  2. Part of a Slate

    A slate is a group of candidates who all run together for their respective positions as part of the same campaign. All candidates must still be elected into office, even if the President & Vice President Ticket is elected. Candidates' names will appear with the title of the slate they belong to on the ballot.

    To file as a slate, fill out the slate application form and indicate which slate you belong to on the candidate filing form. Slates DO NOT need a Presidential & Vice Presidential Ticket.

  3. An Independent Candidate

    Independent candidates run for the office they desire on their own. Independents MAY NOT appear in any campaign publicity/literature of any slate. Candidates' names will appear with the word "Independent" on the ballot.

Each category of candidate may declare a campaign manager who may attend the Mandatory Candidate Orientation Meeting on their behalf.

How to Run for AS Office workshops will be held on January 31 at 2-3 p.m. and March 8 at 12-1 p.m. in the AS offices located in the USU. Please email an RSVP for your desired date to chairofelections@csunas.org.

Electronic Elections Packet: Forms, Codes, and Policies

Once you have filed for candidacy, make sure to submit the following paperwork to the AS offices or by email to chairofelections@csunas.org by the listed deadlines. Any forms not filed or filed without proper signatures/information could disqualify you from candidacy.

Forms listed in red are required to be submitted by all candidates by the listed dates.

Media Forms - Due Friday, March 31 at 4pm

Press Release Agreement - Required for candidates to appear in media through AS and CSUN.

Photo Request Form - Required if you plan to have your picture taken by AS Marketing for your ballot photo and web bio. Highly recommended.

Finance Forms – Due Friday, April 14 at 4pm

Statement of Financial Disclosure Form - Shows the amount of money spent towards candidates’ campaigns. Accompanying receipts to purchases must be submitted with the completed form. Required EVEN IF no money was spent.

Monetary Donation Disclosure Form - Shows the amount of money received by a candidate/campaign. Required EVEN IF no money was received as donation.

Inappropriate Elections Conduct Forms

Formal Complaint Form - Use this form if you wish to file a complaint against an opposing candidate/slate. The Elections Committee will then deliberate upon the charge and determine the appropriate course of action. The last day complaint forms will be accepted is Friday, April 14 at 4pm.

Policies and Codes

AS Constitution - reference for officer qualifications and eligibility requirements.

AS General Elections Code - reference for rules on candidacy and filing, campaigning guidelines, the elections process, etc.

CSUN Student Conduct Code - reference for guidelines on permitted campaign behavior.

MIC Material Distribution Policies - reference for rules on material/publicity distribution such as permitted and restricted locations, types of permitted publicity, material approval process, etc.

MIC Material Posting Policies - reference for rules on material/publicity posting such as permitted and restricted locations, types of permitted publicity, material approval process, etc.

Last Year's Presidential Debate

Check out last year's presidential debate.

Meet the Elections Committee

The Elections Committee is directly responsible for ensuring the integrity of as well as making readily available access to running and voting in the Associated Students elections. The committee is comprised of a variety of CSUN students, each who bring a unique perspective and fresh set of ideas to the committee. This team of dedicated and passionate CSUN students works throughout the year to make sure that the CSUN AS elections is the best experience possible for candidates and voters alike.

Nicholas Coleman

Nicholas Coleman — Chair of Elections
Senior - Sociology Major & Spanish Minor

Melanie Mikhaeilyan

Melanie Mikhaeilyan — Assistant Chair of Elections
Senior - Biology Major

Jenny Ibanez

Jenny Ibanez
Junior - Sociology Major & English Minor

Jaelin Palmer

Jaelin Palmer
Junior - Political Science Major

Giniele Reitzell

Giniele Reitzell
Senior - Multimedia Major

Paulina Sillva

Paulina Sillva
Junior - Business Law Major & Entrepreneurship Minor

Andrew Vacaflor

Andrew Vacaflor
Senior - Kinesiology Major