Student Elections (Undergraduate & Graduate) – Call for Nominations
Representative to the Senate
Faculty of Health Sciences (1-year term, July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021)
Graduate students, either full-time or part-time, proceeding toward a Master’s or Doctoral degree in the Faculty of Health Sciences are eligible for nomination.
Faculty of Humanities (2-year term, July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2022)
Graduate students, either full-time or part-time, proceeding toward a Master’s or Doctoral degree in the Faculty of Humanities are eligible for nomination.
NOTE: Graduate students registered in joint or collaborative programs under the auspices of more than one Faculty are eligible for nomination in only one of those Faculties. Graduate students registered in interdisciplinary programs not under the auspices of any Faculty are eligible for nomination in the Faculty of their choice. For graduate students in joint, collaborative, or interdisciplinary programs, the seconders must be registered in either the same program or in the same Faculty in which the candidate intends to run for election.
Representative to the Senate
Faculty of Humanities (1-year term, July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021)
Undergraduate students, either full-time or part-time, registered in the Faculty of Humanities are eligible for nomination.
Definitions of Eligible Candidates and Nominators
“‘Graduate Student‘ means a person who is a candidate for an advanced degree authorised by the Senate of the University or from a college affiliated with the University and shall include Divinity College students, and Post Degree students;” (Board of Governors By-law No. 1, 1. (i))
“‘Undergraduate Student‘ means a person who is registered as a candidate for an undergraduate degree in a course of study approved by the Senate and shall include Medical students and Continuing students;” (Board of Governors By-law No. 1, 1. (r))
MANDATORY CAMPAIGN INFORMATION SESSION
Please note that you must attend a mandatory campaign information session following the close of the Nomination Period. The details of the information session will be forwarded to candidates upon validation.
The University Senate has ultimate responsibility for determining academic policy and regulating the system of education, which includes new academic programmes, changes in curriculum, standards for admission to the University, examination policy, academic regulations, the conferring of degrees, the criteria and procedures for granting tenure and promotion to faculty members and so on. The Senate recommends to the Board the establishment or termination of Faculties, Schools, Institutes and Departments. The powers of the Senate are described in Section 13 of the McMaster University Act. The composition of Senate is described in Section 12 of the Act.
Standing Committees of the Senate
The Senate has a number of standing committees where many of the matters that come to Senate for approval are discussed in detail first. The terms of reference and the composition of these committees are described in the Senate By-Laws.
2020-2021 SENATE MEETING DATES
All meetings of the Senate will be held via Videoconference (Zoom) and begin at 3:30 p.m. unless otherwise stated.
- Wednesday, September 9, 2020
- Wednesday, October 14, 2020
- Wednesday, November 11, 2020
- Wednesday, December 9, 2020
- Wednesday, January 13, 2021
- Wednesday, February 10, 2021
- Wednesday, March 10, 2021
- Wednesday, April 14, 2021
- Wednesday, May 12, 2021
- Wednesday, June 9, 2021
Student Senators are expected to regularly attend Senate meetings.
The Board of Governors
The legal responsibilities of the Board of Governors are set out in Section 9 of The McMaster University Act, 1976. While the President and senior administrative officers exert the central influence in policy as well as providing the dominant force in management under the authority of the Board, Board members play an important role in the governance of the University, since the Board is the legal owner and the final authority for the institution whose assets and operations the Board holds in trust. Except for such matters as are assigned by the 1976 Act to the Senate, the government, conduct, management and control of the University and of its property, revenues, business and affairs are vested in the Board. In carrying out its financial responsibilities, the Board must accept full accountability for the finances of the University, including monitoring and authorizing the annual operating budget, prudent investments, and comprehensive fund-raising activities, as well as the obligation to ensure that financial assets are appropriately managed. The Board receives nominations from the Senate with respect to the hiring, promoting and suspending of senior administrative and teaching personnel, and delegates the appointment, promotion, suspension or removal of all other officers, agents and employees of the University to officers of the University. The Board conducts its affairs by making by-laws, resolutions and regulations to supplement the Act. The composition of the Board of Governors is described in Section 8 of the University Act.
Standing Committees of the Board of Governors
The Board of Governors has a number of standing committees where many of the matters that come to Board of Governors for approval are discussed in detail first. The terms of reference and the composition of these committees are described in the Board of Governors By-Laws.
2020-2021 BOARD OF GOVERNORS MEETING DATES
All meetings of the Board of Governors will be held via Videoconference (Zoom) and begin at 8:30 a.m. unless otherwise stated.
- Thursday, October 8, 2020
- Thursday, December 17, 2020
- Thursday, March 4, 2021
- Thursday, April 22, 2021
- Thursday, June 10, 202
Student Governors are expected to regularly attend Board of Governors meetings.