The Senate of the University of Northern British Columbia is inviting nominations from UNBC undergraduate and graduate students for the following positions on the UNBC Senate:

Undergraduate Student Representatives for Senate – 6 positions

Graduate Student Representatives for Senate – 4 positions

The term of office for these positions is one year in length, from  April 1, 2017 – March 31, 2018. Elections for these positions will take place on March 13, 2017 and March 14, 2017.

In accordance with the UNBC Senate Handbook and the University Act of British Columbia, in order to serve in an elected position as a student representative on the UNBC Senate, the following criteria must be met:

(i) Be a student who is a member of either the Northern Undergraduate Student Society or the Northern British Columbia Graduate Students’ Society, and

(ii) Be a student in good standing (a student who is in “good standing” is a student who is not on academic probation and does not owe the University monies in excess of $100.00), and

(iii) Be an undergraduate student registered in at least one course in the semester in which a vacancy arises and have been registered in the semester immediately preceding the one in which the

vacancy arises. Registration in the May semester is not a requirement to meet this condition provided that, if the vacancy arises during the May or September semesters, the student is registered for the September semester and was registered during the preceding January semester, or

(iv) Be registered in a co-op work term in the semester in which a vacancy arises, or

(v) Be a graduate student who is currently enrolled in a program leading to a graduate degree.

Students elected to the Senate or to Senate Committees shall be eligible to serve during the May semester even though they may not be enrolled in any credit courses. Nominations to the Senate shall be signed by no fewer than three persons, other than the candidate, entitled to vote in the election, and shall have the signature of the nominee indicating her or his willingness to run for election.

Senate normally meets monthly, except July and December, and where additional meetings may be scheduled to deal with special issues. The meetings are held on the fourth Wednesday of every month, in the Senate Chambers, from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. The Public Sessions are held first, followed by In Camera Sessions (as required). If you are interested in serving on Senate or want to learn more about Senate, please attend the February 22, 2017 Senate meeting, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. in the Senate Chambers (room 1079 Charles J McCaffray Hall). Pizza and refreshments will be provided. Students will have an opportunity to speak to Senators and governance staff following the Senate meeting.

The Student Leadership Forum will hold a Town Hall in the Bentley Centre on February 23, 2017 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. to inform students about governance at UNBC. Refreshments and appetizers will be provided.

A new, for credit course, is currently being offered for the first time (with a tuition waiver) for students who participate in University Governance. We anticipate that this (or a similar course)  may be offered annually. Student leadership bursaries recognizing participation in Governance have also been proposed. Additional information about these initiatives, will be available at the Town Hall.

If you are interested in serving on the Senate, please complete the nomination package (attached) and return it to Kellie Howitt, Governance Officer with the Office of the University Secretariat at or drop off your completed nomination package at the front desk of the Office of the Registrar.

The election register shall be open to inspection by all members entitled to vote, in the Office of the University Secretariat, during the period for making nominations, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday to Friday (except on holidays).

The deadline for submission of nominations is 2:00 p.m. on Friday, February 24, 2017.

Further information about the UNBC Senate can be found at:

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at 250-960-5795 or by e-mail at

If you are interested in speaking to a Student Senator, please feel free to contact Ms. Amy Blanding, Graduate Student Senator or Mr. Erik Searle, Undergraduate Student Senator .

Senate Nomination Package for Students


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