Join the Senate!

  • Interested in improving Wesleyan and working with administrators? 
  • Want to make our community more active and engaging?
  • Passionate about improving the wellbeing of our peers and our impact on the environment?
  • Just want to make a difference in your community?

Join the Senate!

Our senate is composed of 35 student representatives, elected in class and at-large elections. The Senate is a formal way to get involved with the WSA and emphasizes a sustained commitment to standing committees. Meetings are held every Sunday to report out to the community.

Next Election: Spring 2018

In order to get elected, a candidate must write a candidate statement and fill out a petition that is available in the WSA Office or will be posted online during the petition period. After that, a candidate will formally be put on the ballot. Candidates may also run a write-in campaign. Depending on how many seats are available for each class year or in the at-large election, the top vote-getters will be a part in the senate. If you do not win your election, no fear, because we often have spots open for appointments, so be on the lookout for that! 

Election Rules

Campaiging is permitted and encouraged. 

  • Physical campaigning, which includes any form of written or oral communication containing a candidate’s name or likeness, is prohibited within public campus computer labs and libraries.
  • Candidates may utilize the Internet for their campaigning provided they do not violate the above clauses.
  • No one may send personal campaigning emails or information to WSA-produced listservs or social media profiles (website, Facebook, Twitter, etc.).
  • We ask that candidates not spend more than $25 on campaign-related expenses. This spending limit does not apply to printing on standard letter-sized paper on Wesleyan or personal printers. Professional or outside printing services will count against that limit. All goods will be considered and calculated at the publicly offered price. The Elections Committee reserves the right to request receipts for election-related expenditures.
  • Candidates are eligible for up to 25 pages of free printing on the WSA Office printer. Use of the WSA Office printer is restricted to the WSA Office’s publicized business hours. Please report any printing to the WSA Office staff for records. Candidates are prohibited from use of the office after business hours.

Any decision made by the Elections Committee may be appealed by a vote of two-thirds of the WSA General Assembly.

Repercussions for illegal campaigning:

  • A candidate will be responsible for acts in violation of the WSA Constitution and Elections Rules that ze commits or is aware of. Immediately after becoming aware of a violation, the candidate is responsible for notifying the Elections Committee. If the candidate is deemed responsible for the violation, ze cannot run as an official candidate for any position in a subsequent redo election.
  • If, once the election has begun, the elections committee determines that illegal campaigning has occurred, the candidate(s) in question shall be removed from the ballot and disqualified from the election. The Elections Committee shall bring this issue to the Assembly, and the Assembly has the right to nullify the election with a two-thirds majority vote at any time.
  • The Elections Committee will keep record of all formally submitted complaints/allegations of illegal campaigning and the actions taken on them.
  • The candidate may run in subsequent elections or participate in any following appointment provided that the election rules are adhered to.

Questions, comments, and complaints should be directed to wsa@wesleyan.edu or any of the Elections Committee members.

 

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