GSS Elections

Run to serve on your Graduate Students' Society's Executive Board!

Elections for the Graduate Students’ Society Executive Board will be held March 1-3, 2023.

Nominations for the Executive Board open in one week! Want to know what a day in the life of a GSS board member is like before you consider running? Come to Wednesday Coffee on February 8 and ask them yourselves! Our Directors of Communications, Services, and Student Affairs will all be present to answer your burning board questions.

 

Voting Eligibility: Voters and nominees to the board must be currently registered graduate students in the 2023-01 academic term.

When/Where: 9 am PST March 1 to 4 pm PST March 3 webvote.uvic.ca (Log in with your Netlink ID)

Information

The GSS Executive Board is responsible for the governance and management of the Graduate Students’ Society (GSS) and is the official representative of GSS members to the University of Victoria and other bodies who make policies that affect graduate students.

Nominations for the board open February 8 to February 22. Nomination packages will be posted here in early on February 8. 

Materials for Candidates:

Formal Election Announcement – Forthcoming

Nomination Package – Forthcoming

Campaign Package (includes what resources are available to Board candidates and referendum sides, GSS election/referendum rules, and a calendar of election/referendum events)

For information on forthcoming referendum questions, please see: https://gss.uvic.ca/referendum/. Referendum questions will be posted after February 2, 2023.

Available Executive Board positions and brief job descriptions:

1. Chair: Acts as the official spokesperson of the Society. Liaison between the Society and University administration and external political bodies.


2. Director of Finance: prepares the annual budget for the Society. Ensures he financial health of the GSS.


3. Director of Communications: Publicizes and promotes GSS activities and acts as Editor in Chief for the handbook and all GSS publications.


4. Director of Student Affairs: Acts as primary liaison between the Society and other student unions and student organizations; represents international student and distance student interests.


5. Director of Services: is responsible for planning GSS-sponsored activities. Is a Liaison with student groups.

Term of Appointment: April 1, 2023 — March 31, 2024

How can I learn about the role?

Bylaw 9 describes the duties of Executive Board members. The GSS bylaws can be viewed here: GSS Constitution and Bylaws.

We will also be holding two Meet the Board Events at which you can learn more about these positions and the work of the Executive Board. You can find a full schedule of electoral events below:

Quick Reference: Calendar of Important Election Dates

 

Wednesday, Feb 8, 2023

Nominations Open, packages available at http://gss.uvic.ca/election, at the GSS general office, and at Grad Council

Wednesday, Feb 8, 2023

In Person Meet the Board event!
9-10am in Side Project (Halpern Centre Room 109).

Have questions about what it’s like to serve on the board? Come ask our current Directors of Student Affairs, Communications, and Services at Wednesday Coffee!

Monday, Feb 13, 2023

Virtual Meet the Board event!
5-6pm on Zoom:
https://uvic.zoom.us/j/88680382410

Have questions about what it’s like to serve on the board? Come ask our current Directors what life as a board member is really like.

Wednesday, February 22, 2023, 4:00PM

Nominations Close.

February 20-24, 2023

Please note the GSS office closed for reading week. The electoral officer can still be reached by email.

February 23  – February 28, 2023

Campaign period.

Monday, February 27, 2023

Virtual Meet the Candidates event!
10-11am on Zoom:
https://uvic.zoom.us/j/89410390558
Want to hear from the candidates for the Board what they are all about? Come ask your questions and hear why they are the right people to get your vote.

Tuesday, February 28, 2023

In Person Meet the Candidates event!
3:30-4:30 in the GSS Board Room 108
Want to hear from the candidates for the Board what they are all about? Come ask your questions and hear why they are the right people to get your vote.

March 1, 2023, 9AM – March 3, 2023, 4PM PST

Voting.

All voting is conducted through webvote:

https://webvote.uvic.ca

March 6, 2023

Preliminary results posted on the GSS website.

March 13, 2023

Deadline to file an appeal.

March 21, 2023, 5:00PM

GSS SAGM – Electoral Officer makes a formal election report to the members. Any seats remaining vacant are filled through an election at the SAGM.

Bylaw IV of the GSS Constitution and Bylaws governs all University of Victoria Graduate Students’ Society elections. The Bylaw IX also describe the duties of Executive Board members. The bylaws are posted online here: https://gss.uvic.ca/forms-pdfs/constitution-bylaws/ 

 

Current election information will be posted: http://gss.uvic.ca/election