Fall 2014 Elections
Each fall, the the Vassar Student Association (VSA) holds elections for the first year students at Vassar. Holding an elected VSA position—whether it be on your class council, your House Team, or a joint committee—is a tremendous way to get even more involved in your new community. We encourage every student in the Class of 2018 to read through the descriptions of the open positions below, and consider running for a position. The Vassar Student Association shapes an incredible amount of the student experience at Vassar. Representatives are essentially the architects of campus life. We govern ourselves; we certify new organizations and publications and performing groups; we sit with faculty and administrators on policy and student life committees; we plan scholarly conferences and throw all-campus parties; and we point out institutional problems and come up with solutions. Vassar is unique as its students enjoy guaranteed shared governance, which means that we have the power to shape not only our own experience at Vassar but also policies that will influence the future direction of the College. Becoming an elected VSA officer is a serious responsibility, but it's a unique and important way to contribute to your institution. Don't pass up this opportunity to get involved!
|Wednesday, September 10th||12 pm||Filing period begins.|
|Tuesday, September 16th||5pm||Interest Meeting - Rose Parlor (Main).|
|Wednesday, September 17th||12 pm||Filing period ends.|
|Wednesday, September 17th||5 pm||Mandatory Candidates Meeting - Rockefeller 200. Campaigning begins immediately following.|
|Monday, September 22nd||7 pm||2018 Class President Debate - Rockefeller 200.|
|Wednesday, September 24th||12 pm||Campaigning ends, voting begins.|
|Friday, September 26th||12 pm||Voting ends.|
|Friday, September 26th||7 pm||Results Released in the Retreat.|
What 2018 positions are available?
2018 Class Council
The Class President is responsible for organizing and leading all meetings of the Class Council. The primary responsibility of the Class President is to act as the liaison between the class and the VSA Council. The Class President should be in constant communication with one's class through e-mail and other means, and should be open to any other comments, suggestions, or criticisms that rise from the constituents of the class. The Class President must attend and actively participate in all VSA Council meetings and any other committees or sub-committee onto which they are placed by the VSA Council. The main responsibilities with the Class Council are to set the meeting agendas, delegate tasks for other members of the council, and to inform the council of any pertinent information from the larger VSA. The Class President also oversees all programming efforts and is responsible for delegating responsibilities to the various members of the class council.
The Vice President is responsible for coordinating programming. This includes, but is not limited to, scheduling events with SARC interns, requesting programming support such as security as necessary, and coordinating supplies for programming.
The Class Secretary is responsible for maintaining minutes for all meetings of the class council. This secretary is also the liaison to the VP for Activities and completes organization reports and review as necessary. After the meetings, the secretary will email the minutes to the Class Council. The Class Secretary is also actively involved in the programming of the Class Council.
The Class Treasurer is responsible for all of the financial dealings of the class. This includes the budgeting process, providing budget information to the Class Council, and transferring funds as necessary for programming. The treasurer is also actively involved in the programming of the Class Council.
Freshman House Representatives
The freshman class representative for each House serves in both the Freshman Class Council and the House Team, acting as a conduit between their residence and class. They participate in programming for both the class and the house. There is a freshman representative elected to each residence house.
Judicial Board (4)
There are four members of the freshman class elected to serve on the Judicial Board. The members of the Judicial Board are comprised entirely of elected students. It convenes to hold trial for students accused of violating the College Regulations and VSA Governing Documents. Judicial Board members work closely with the Dean of Students to determine student responsibility in cases involving a violation of the College Regulations. All decisions are made through vote. Members of the Judicial Board serve on the College Regulations Panel, Academic Panel, and Interpersonal Violence Panel - more information about these panels can be found here. The Judicial Board also adjudicates violations of the VSA Governing Documents, determining certain actions of the VSA.
Please note that students elected to the Judicial Board must commit to the position and serve on panels or face impeachment. Students may not serve on panels deliberating a possible violation for which they have been previously found responsible. To ensure this, the Judicial Board Chair will be aware of such findings.
Board of Elections and Appointments
Board of Elections and Appointments 2018 Representative (2) The Board of Elections and Appointments (BOEA) executes all elections and appointments for VSA positions. The duties of representatives are primarily to serve on appointment panels to review applications, interview candidates, and form a consensus or other conclusion with the rest of the BOEA. Generally, the time commitment is one to two weekend days (either a Sat. or Sun.) a month with a 1-4 hour meeting depending on the number of candidates. Note that being on the BOEA prevents you from running for any other position throughout the year and in the Spring (for the next Academic Year).
Committee on Admissions and Financial Aid (1)
Members truly determine how effective this committee is, as they suggest the topics. Past agendas have included the FOCUS recruitment of students of color, the use and training of student tour guides, the alumni-admissions program, early decision, international recruitment, financial aid packaging methods, student employment and work study wage/hour limitations, the impact of possible changes in federal and state aid policies, etc. Recently there has been discussion on the diversity of the applicant pool and recruitment.
Committee on College Life (CCL) (1)
This is a voting body, with the Chair (the Dean of the College) only voting in case of a tie. This committee is granted the power to review and alter nearly all college regulations, including alcohol policies, party policies, parking policies, and the legal definitions of punishable offenses.
Are there any other ways to get involved?
There are a number of (mostly) open committees and meetings that allow any VSA member to actively participate.
VSA Council Meetings
VSA Council meetings are open and allow non-elected students to speak at almost any time. They occur every Sunday of the Academic Year at 7pm in the College Center MPR.
Any VSA member (matriculated student of Vassar College) can sit on the Operations, Student Life, Academics, and Activities committees.
Class Council Meetings
Class Councils are required to hold regular meetings. Each Class Council may determine whether or not it would like open meetings. In the past, most Class Councils have opted to allow any student of the respective class to participate.
House Team Meetings
House Teams hold weekly meetings that include House Officers as well as a number of Residential Life student representatives (Student Fellows, House Fellow Interns, House Student Advisers, etc.). Certain Houses allow their meetings to be open, while others do not. Feel free to contact a House officer, or your Student Fellow for more information once the Houses open.
I want to get involved, but I still have questions about the position. Who should I talk to?
The Vassar Student Association is a widespread organization, and it can often be confusing to new (and even returning) students. We are here to help. If you have any questions about the positions or the elections (time commitment, responsibilities, etc.), do not hesitate to contact the Board of Elections and Appointments. We also encourage you to read about the VSA to understand some of the broader functions of student government at Vassar. To understand the VSA in depth, feel free to read the VSA Governing Documents.
How to File
Declare a candidacy requires the following information.
» Your full name (You can optionally add a nick name in the following form: Jayden 'Jay' Jones).
» The title of the position you are filing for (view the complete list of open positions).
» A candidate statement. (To get an idea of the scope and length of a typical candidate statement, feel free to review last year’s candidate statements.) If you would prefer to not submit a statement at this time, you may leave the box blank. Your candidate statement will appear along with your name on the voting (ballot) page of the respective position.
A filing deadline will be set during the beginning of the Fall Semester. STUDENTS WHO FAIL TO FILE BEFORE THIS TIME WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO RUN IN FALL ELECTIONS. There are absolutely no exceptions to this rule. After the filing deadline and until 24 hours before voting begins, you will still be able to add or change your candidate statement. To do so, simply email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Filing has closed.