About the ASUA Elections Commission
The ASUA Elections Commission is a body of student formed every year. The tasks of the E.C. are to assist and headline outreach initiatives for the UA campus to inform students of what ASUA is. Members will gain experience in public speaking and communication skills as they will interact with student leaders and professional staff. Students will also be exposed to the elected positions in ASUA and learn vital skills as media campaigning, platform building and outreach to run as a candidate in a FUTURE ASUA Election.
The ASUA Elections process runs for nearly eight weeks. From the day candidate applications become available to the General Election Results Show, students pass through a rigorous campaign to become candidates. Once candidacy is established, students run to become elected officials of the Associated Students of the University of Arizona. Traditionally, candidates run on platforms, or goals and changes that they would like to see realized while in office. After candidacy is announced, the platforms of the candidates will be announced to the student body so that voters may gain additional criteria with which to vote. Everyone is encouraged to visit the ASUA office and aspiring candidates may contact any of the current elected officials at any time. For more information, visit asua.arizona.edu.
Additional research is encouraged by the reading of the 2018-2019 ASUA Elections Code, which is the body of policies by which all candidates must abide.
If there are any further questions, comments, or concerns, you may visit the Elections area in the ASUA Offices at any time or email Elections at ASUAfirstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Office of the President
The Student Body President of The Associated Students of the University of Arizona (ASUA) is responsible for the function of the entire Associated Students of the University of Arizona on a year-round basis with a certain flexibility such as all official University holidays, winter recess, and spring break. The Student Body President shall serve as Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer of the Associated Students and function as the Chief Spokesperson for the students of The University of Arizona. The Student Body President has the inherent responsibility to create and execute any student legislation or project to ensure the well-fare of the students of The University of Arizona. The Student Body President directly appoints and oversees all stipend directors consisting of over 25 students in the Presidential cabinet. This is in additional to managing the entirety of the Associated Students. The ASUA President shall fill vacancies and establish connection in the ASUA Supreme Court. The Student Body President’s duties include creating a balanced operating budget for ASUA pursuant to ASUA Constitution and responsible for all of Associated Students’ funds, and shall be responsible for insuring that these funds are spent according to legislative branch funding, the University of Arizona and Arizona Board of Regents current policies. Duties also include attending all possible committee meetings hosted by the University of Arizona to ensure student voice at the university level. The President may appoint any director or elected official to these meetings. In order to ensure maximum advocacy university wide, the Student Body President must schedule and attend one on one meetings with The University of Arizona’s Administration. The Student Body President must also maintain a presence at the state-wide and state legislative level by attending all regular meetings of the Arizona Board of Regents and shall supervise all advocacy units including but not limited to Government Affairs and Policy & University Affairs of ASUA. All powers incidental to the proper functioning of the Presidency shall be vested in the Student Body President.
About the Office of the Executive Vice President
The Executive Vice President is the chief spokesperson of the Senate and presides over, and is President of, the Senate. The Executive Vice President is responsible for maintaining the legislative and business records of ASUA. They are responsible for President in carrying out the duties of that office and shall act in the President’s behalf in his/her absence. The Executive Vice President coordinates the ASUA Club Funding Process as related to the Bylaws of ASUA. Additionally, the Executive Vice President appoints the members of the Appropriations Board, Club Advocates, and Standards Board. The EVP oversees all of these boards and staff members, and is responsible for their task management and coordination. The EVP works with the ASUA Treasurer to ensure appropriate financial tracking of all club and organization accounts. This position requires financial knowledge and strong organization skills. The EVP is responsible for coordinating the club recognition process, which occurs three times throughout the year. The Executive Vice President is the Chief Club Advocate, serving as the first liaison between 500+ clubs and ASUA. Other duties include planning and executing club workshops, recognition and registration weeks, club awards ceremonies, and two club fairs per year. This job requires immensely strong and sharp communication skills. The individual in the position should have an adaptable personality and the ability to be flexible. Previous experience as a leader in student clubs and organizations is highly beneficial. Overall, the Executive Vice President is the ASUA officer whose charge is to unify and serve students involved in clubs and organizations by advocating for needs and concerns of clubs.
About the Office of the Administrative Vice President
The Administrative Vice President is the executive in charge of overseeing the Programs and Services that ASUA offers students. These programs and Services are FORCE, Pride Alliance, Students for Sustainability, Safe Ride, Freshman Class Council, SHAC, Bear Down Camp, Spring Fling, UEMS, Volunteer UA. The Administrative Vice President holds one on ones every other week with these directors, and is in charge of holding all of the directors accountable throughout the year. The AVP hires and oversees these directors throughout their term. The Administrative Vice President also oversees the Administrative Chief of Staff who releases a monthly involvement newsletter that students can subscribe to for involvement opportunities. The Administrative Vice President sits on various committees and assists the student body president in accomplishing their goals throughout the year.
About the Office of the ASUA Senate
The sixteen ASUA Senators are elected to serve the student body and act as a representation of the student population to the rest of the University. Senators are responsible for being open to student suggestions and ideas, and formulating platforms and projects that can better the University as a whole. Senators are required to hold ten office hours every week, attend weekly meetings with fellow Senators, and sit on a variety of external committees. At weekly meetings, the Senate is given the task of providing reports and updates, and approving the funding allocations of the Appropriations Board. The Senate may be presented with funding requests, new suggestions from student groups, and other political issues upon which they have the responsibility to act. Each year, the student body elects 13 College Senators and 3 "At-Large" Senators. The 13 College Senate seats represent the following Colleges:
- College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
- College of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape Architecture
- College of Education
- College of Engineering
- College of Fine Arts
- College of Humanities
- College of Medicine - Tucson College of Nursing
- College of Science
- College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
- Eller College of Management
- The Mel and Enid College of Public Health
College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences Though every year presents different issues, Senators are consistently responsible for adhering to the bylaws, updating policy, and looking out for the welfare of the University.
For more information about the Elections Commission, visit: http://elections.asua.arizona.edu