While Student Senate elections for all senate seats takes place in February, Student Senate holds a special fall election to elect 5 freshman to senate and to fill any vacant seats. You may sign up to declare your intention to run for the following available seats depending on your eligibility:
The Following Seats are Open for the Fall Elections!
Do you want more information about the Elections? Thinking about running and would like some advice? Stop by the Student Senate office to speak to a member of the Elections Committee or the Student Senate coordinator.
Senate Elections Committee
Memorial Union Rm. 201
50 Lower College Rd.
Kingston, RI 02881
For more detailed information click on the link to our letter to all candidates.
At-Large Representatives - represent the general interests of the student body as a whole. These positions are open to any student, and all students can vote for them. The representatives work on the issues that affect the student community as a whole.
On-Campus Housing Representatives - represent the interests of students living on the physical campus of URI (i.e. dorms, apartments, suites, Fraternity Circle, transfer houses, the Diversity House, IEP houses, etc). The representatives make up the On-Campus Housing Caucus and meet with Housing & Residential Life to work on issues relating to on-campus living.
Off-Campus Housing Representatives - represent the interests of students living in the near by off-campus neighborhoods (i.e Narragansett, Bonnet Shores, Pt. Judith, Eastward Look, etc). The representatives make up the Off-Campus Housing Caucus and meet with the Commuter Housing Office to work on issues relating to off-campus living and commuting.
Academic College Representatives - represent the interests of students within the eight academic colleges. Each college elects one representative, who also serves as the Liaison to the college. These representatives work with Deans and departments of their college to enhance student life and address college-specific problems. They may also work with student advisory boards if the college has one.
Download the Candidates Letter for information on declaring your candidacy and the rules of the elections. A detailed schedule is also provided for candidates outlining important dates throughout the elections period. Don't forget to write up a Platform and submit it before the deadline-- the Platform is your opportunity to introduce yourself to voters and will be published in the Good 5 Cent Cigar during election days! The platform can make the difference between voters choosing you over your competition.
To run for election, all candidates must read and sign a copy of the Election Rules and fill out a Declaration Form at the Senate office in Memorial Union Rm. 201. You must bring your student ID. By signing the declaration form you are agreeing to abide by the rules of the elections outlined in the Candidates Letter. Any questions should be directed to the Elections Committee or the Senate Administrator.