2021 Governing Council Election – Nominations open January 12

Memorandum

To:                  Registered Students

From:             Anwar Kazimi, Chief Returning Officer

Date:              January 12, 2021

Subject:          2021 Governing Council Student Nominations

STUDENT NOMINATIONS OPEN AT 12:00 NOON on January 12, 2021

An effective way to enhance your overall student experience at the University of Toronto is to become involved in governance as an elected member of the Governing Council. Governors are collectively and individually stewards of the University and are asked to contribute to decisions that affect the University’s current and future achievements.

Not only do elected student governors contribute to the advancement of the University’s goals and objectives, they have an opportunity to find out a great deal about university issues and processes, for example, institutional budgeting, strategic planning, and academic and non-academic policy making. The Governing Council is responsible for overseeing the University’s strategic direction, finances, human resources, capital expenditures and infrastructure, academic quality, and the student experience. There are eight elected student members of the Council (four full-time undergraduate, two part-time undergraduate, and two graduate students).  Elected student members serve as volunteers for a term of one year.

Students are eligible to serve if they are registered at the University for full-time or part-time study in a program that leads to a degree, post-secondary diploma or certificate. If you have previously served in a leadership role in a recognized campus group or a student society and wish to develop your skills further, this might be the next step for you in out-of-classroom experience as a student. But previous experience of this kind is not a requirement.

Prospective candidates are advised to review the Elections Guidelines 2021 at the following elections website: https://governingcouncil.utoronto.ca/elections. The Guidelines document provides important information regarding election procedures, nominator and nominee eligibility requirements, campaign principles, allowable campaign expenses and other election processes.  Students enrolled in the Professional Experience Year (PEY) are eligible to participate in the elections as full-time undergraduate students as set out in Section 9 of the Elections Guidelines 2021. Please see definitions and student constituencies below.

Online nomination forms will be available at https://governingcouncil.utoronto.ca/elections  between 12:00 noon on Tuesday, January 12, 2021 and 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 22, 2021. Upon clicking the link to the nomination form, you may be prompted for an email address, your UTORid, and password. Please use your University of Toronto email address and your UTORid and its associated password to access the online form.

Information on elections for student seats on the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM) and University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) Campus Councils and their Standing Committees will be sent directly to UTM and UTSC students.

If you have any questions, please contact me at 416-788-1818 or anwar.kazimi@utoronto.ca; or the Deputy Returning Officer, Mr. Patrick McNeill (patrick.mcneill@utoronto.ca).

Thank you.

Sincerely,

Anwar Kazimi
Chief Returning Officer
Office of the Governing Council

University of Toronto
Simcoe Hall, Room 106
27 King’s College Circle
Toronto, ON   M5S 1A1
Tel:  416-978-8427
Fax: 416-978-8182

ELIGIBILITY:

“Full-Time Undergraduate Student” means a Student registered at the University in a program of full-time study leading to a degree, post-secondary diploma or certificate of the University or in a program designated by the Governing Council as a program of post-secondary study at the University who is not registered in the School of Graduate Studies or the Toronto School of Theology.  Full-Time Undergraduate Student status will be determined by the definition used in the Student’s academic division.  For the purpose of the Governing Council elections, Students at the University of Toronto Scarborough who are registered in a work term will be considered to be Full-Time Undergraduate Students.

“Part-Time Undergraduate Student” means a Student registered at the University in a program of part-time study leading to a degree, post-secondary diploma or certificate of the University or in a program designated by the Governing Council as a program of post-secondary study at the University who is not registered in the School of Graduate Studies or the Toronto School of Theology.  Part-Time Undergraduate Student status will be determined by the definition used in the Student’s academic division.

“Graduate Student” means a Student registered in the School of Graduate Studies.

CONSTITUENCIES for STUDENT SEATS ON GOVERNING COUNCIL FOR 2021 (8 seats)

FULL-TIME UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT CONSTITUENCY I – two (2) seats for the term July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022

I: All Full-Time Undergraduate Students registered in the Faculty of Arts and Science on the St. George campus, at the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM), or at the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC).

FULL-TIME UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT CONSTITUENCY II – two (2) seats for the term July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022

II: All Full-Time Undergraduate Students registered in the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design, Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering, Faculty of Dentistry, Faculty of Law, Faculty of Medicine (including post-graduate medical trainees), Faculty of Music, Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, and Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education.

PART-TIME UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT CONSTITUENCY – two (2) seats for the term July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022

All Students registered at the University in a program of part-time study leading to a degree, post-secondary diploma or certificate of the University or in a program designated by the Governing Council as a program of post-secondary study at the University.

GRADUATE STUDENT CONSTITUENCY I – one (1) seat for the term July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022

I: All Students registered in Division I (Humanities) and Division II (Social Sciences) of the School of Graduate Studies.

GRADUATE STUDENT CONSTITUENCY II – one (1) seat for the term July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022

II: All Students registered in Division III (Physical Sciences) and Division IV (Life Sciences) of the School of Graduate Studies.


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