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.
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
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once you have filed for candidacy, make sure to submit the following paperwork to the AS offices or by email to email@example.com 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.
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.
Check out last year's presidential debate.
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.
Jaelin Palmer — Chair of Elections
Junior - Political Science Major
My name is Jaelin Palmer and I'm a Political Science major starting my senior year. Aside from being the Chair of Elections, I'm also the Continuing Education Chairman for Tri Delta, on CSUN’s Model United Nations team, and I work as a RHMS Social Justice Fellow for the non-profit Jewish World Watch. I love to be involved, and although I have many big dreams and aspirations, my ultimate goal is to work in The White House someday. Since transferring to CSUN, I've been so impressed with the crossover of people. I love that Greek members are part of student government, work in the Pride Center, and are involved in clubs. The inclusion here is a great feeling. I spent 8 months in D.C. learning that if you work hard enough, anything is possible. So dream big Matadors!
Melanie Mikhaeilyan — Assistant Chair of Elections
Senior - Biology Major
I am a senior undergraduate student, majoring in Biology. As a transfer student, I am the Vice President of Tau Sigma National Honor Society for Transfer Students. Having participated in the CSUN CASE program, I have taken part in clinic services at the Klotz Student Health Center and have worked with health care providers. Intrigued by new scientific discoveries, I have been a member of a research program on campus aimed to identify anti-clumping reagents that may be clinically useful in anti-thrombocytic, anti-cancer and anti-infection venues. As a Pre-Pharmacy student, my goal after graduation is to enroll in a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program. Throughout the past year of being a CSUN student, I have learned that my favorite aspect of the University is the small class sizes because students have the opportunity to receive individualized attention from a professor. As much as I enjoy learning, I enjoy traveling. Having studied abroad in Ireland and at Oxford University in England, I plan to continue to study in numerous other countries throughout my educational journey.
Freshman - Broadcast Journalism Major
Along with serving on the Elections Committee, Shannon is a member of the CSUN cheer team as well as an officer in her sorority, Delta Delta Delta. After graduating from CSUN, Shannon hopes to write and report for E! Entertainment. An interesting fact about Shannon is that she loves Disney and Star Wars!
Freshman - Mechanical Engineering
My name is Uriel Castillo. I am currently a first-time freshman with sophomore credit. I am majoring in Mechanical Engineering to become an employee at Boeing and applying the principles I learned at the university. Here at CSUN, I have joined The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) a membership organization that enables collaboration, knowledge sharing, career enrichment, and skills development across all engineering disciplines. My goals here at California State University, Northridge are to obtain my Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and consequently improve skills and knowledge through a lifelong process of learning. A fun fact about me is that water is by far my favorite drink. I can never have too much. Besides that, as a member of the Elections Committee I plan to increase the number of voter registration by advocating a better and brighter future for CSUN.
Freshman - Biology
My name is Diana Vicente, I am a freshman majoring in Biology. Although this is only my second semester, I am incredibly excited to get involved on- campus. I love all the resources and opportunities that are available to us here at CSUN. My goal is to attend veterinary school after graduating, I love animals and I am currently a lead volunteer and veterinary assistant for Found Animal's Adopt & Shop and now a part of the elections committee with Associated Students. I hope to grow, become more involved, and make friendships with the amazing people in student leadership.
Junior - Economics
My name is Gary Jamgotchian and I am currently a junior majoring in Economics with a minor in Sustainability. As well as being part of the Elections Committee, I am also a member of the co-ed professional fraternity, Delta Sigma Pi. I am currently the Vice President of Social Activities for the fraternity and I aspire to gain more leadership roles in the future. I am also a Supplemental Instructor for Econ 160 and a tutor at the LRC. My passions are meeting new people and animals. That is why my dream is to work at a non-profit organization where I can help the world become a friendlier place for animals and people alike.
The Club Competition is a great opportunity for all University recognized clubs and organizations to promote themselves to their fellow students and win funding while doing so. Any recognized club or org with a good standing Agency Account with Associated Students is allowed to participate to win not only money but also present themselves to the student body and gain popularity amongst students. The club or org with the most votes at the end of the voting period will receive a first place prize of $550 followed by second place with $300 and finally by third who wins $150. This is an amazing opportunity for clubs to not only win funding but also win over potential new members to their organization. Apply today!