Spring 2022 Special Election

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During the recent Spring 2022 election, there was no candidate meeting the established criteria needed by the deadline for the position of Student Trustee. Additionally, there were several uncontested seats for Student Senator within the U-C Senate, which now allows for an additional opportunity. The Campus Student Elections Commission (CSEC) will host a special election to fill these positions! Both are mandated by the University of Illinois System and are separate from the Illinois Student Government, whose elections were fully completed on March 9th and 10th. The Student Trustee is a single position, while the U-C Senate has several openings in each college.

Position Descriptions

Student Trustee

A single student elected to this position represents the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign on the University of Illinois System Board of Trustees. The website of the Board of Trustees can be found here. The Board of Trustees is made up of 13 members. The Governor of Illinois appoints 9 of the members. 3 of the members are students representing each university in the University of Illinois System (1 student from UIC, 1 student from UIS, and 1 student from UIUC). In addition, the Governor of Illinois serves as an ex officio member on the Board of Trustees. The position of Student Trustee is mandated by the University of Illinois System and the State of Illinois; the law regarding the position can be found here. Candidates for Student Trustee must be residents of the State of Illinois and must complete and submit a petition, which will be provided to you by the CSEC after your candidacy has been verified.

Senator in the U-C Senate

The Urbana-Champaign Senate is the official Academic Senate of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. This body is mandated by the University of Illinois System in Article II of its Statutes and is made up of 200 faculty, 50 students, and 10 professional members. The 50 student seats are divided proportionally among the colleges. A senate of this type must exist at each of the three universities in the University of Illinois System. The U-C Senate addresses academic policies such as the academic calendar, admissions requirements, degree requirements, and honorary degrees. The full scope of the U-C Senate can be found here.

For more information about the specific requirements for each position, please reference the Guide to Student Elections, which can be found here (pdf).

Students can apply to run for U-C Senate or Student Trustee starting March 16th and must have their application submitted by April 1st at 5:00 pm. These positions are open to all students who meet the relevant eligibility criteria. Note: If you were elected to serve as an ISG Senator, you can also run to serve as a Senator in the U-C Senate and hold both of those positions simultaneously.

Spring 2022 Special Election Candidate Application

Unlike the Spring 2022 elections, the CSEC will be working to approve applications as they come in, so the sooner you apply, the more time you will have to campaign or collect petition signatures if you are running for Student Trustee. This election will be quick, and the amount of time for campaigning is significantly reduced, so please make yourself aware of the relevant deadlines and regulations to ensure you comply with the election code throughout this process.

Key Dates

  • April 1st - Applications due by 5:00 pm.
  • April 8th - Petitions for Student Trustee due by 5:00 pm (If you are only running for U-C Senate, no petitions are necessary).
  • April 11th - Student Trustee Forum at 6:00 pm. All candidates for Student Trustee will have the opportunity to participate in this virtual, live-streamed forum moderated by the CSEC.
  • April 12th and 13th - Student Election days.
  • April 14th - Campaign Materials and Financial Disclosure forms are due by 5:00 pm. All candidates are required to submit a financial disclosure form and all campaign materials, if any are made, to the CSEC via email (studentelections@illinois.edu).

This is not a complete list of key dates; please reference the official Special Election Timeline for more information.

The CSEC will be posting updates on our website and through our social media. Please reach out to the CSEC at studentelections@illinois.edu with any questions, and we would be happy to help!