Elections and Referendums - General Info

CSA By-Election 

Nominations open September 10, 2019

See CSA website - Elections 2019 page

Questions: Email: csacro@uoguelph.ca

CSA General Election

Nominations open Friday, Janaury 17, 2020

See CSA website - Elections 2019 page

Each year, the Central Student Association Executive and Board members are elected to an office term of one year from May 1 to April 30. As a full-time or part-time undergraduate student at the University of Guelph, you are a member of the Central Student Association and you have the responsibility of electing your CSA Executive and Board members.

Each Board member works under the consideration of the CSA welfare, image, and mandate, to defend and protect the rights and interests of students. Board members assume the fiscal and moral responsibilities inherent in being a Director of a not-for-profit corporation and must be prepared and informed; ready to participate in all major decisions made by the organization. As such, Directors have a huge influence across campus, and beyond, making decisions that affect the quality and type of campaigns (around tuition fees, anti-oppression, etc.), services, and events offered by the students’ association. In this way, Directors also help to shape and build the students’ movement!

Each Winter semester, the following Executive and Board positions are elected:

Board of Directors: (part-time, volunteer position)

Open to any current undergraduate student:

  • Two (2) College of Arts (COA)
  • Two (2) College of Biological Sciences (CBS)
  • Two (2) College of Engineering and Physical Sciences (CEPS)
  • Two (2) College of Social and Applied Human Sciences (CSAHS)
  • Two (2) Gordon S. Lang School of Business and Economics
  • Two (2) Ontario Agricultural College (OAC)
  • Two (2) Ontario Veterinary College (OVC)

Executive Officers: (full time, paid position)

Open to any undergraduate student:

  • One (1) President 
  • One (1) Vice-President Student Experience
  • One (1) Vice-President Academic
  • One (1) Vice-President External

Executive Officer Portfolio Duties


Students have the opportunity to pursue the presentation of a yes/no/abstain question to all undergraduate students at the University of Guelph. The CSA Elections Office accepts referendum questions at the beginning of the Fall semester. Referendum teams may only begin petitioning for signatures once they have received final approval from the Standing Referendum Committee. The referendum team must have the Referendum Signature Form, complete with 2,500 signatures from the applicable membership, verified by the Elections Office, for final ratifcation by the CSA Board of Directors. Following this, there will be a campaign period that coincides with CSA General Elections nomination and campaign period, with the same final 3 (three) days being the online voting period via Gryph Mail.



All voting occurs electronically through a survey that will be sent to all of the undergraduate emails.  Each email will contain a ballot for the Executive Nominees, the College Board of Directors Nominees, as well as the Referendum Question. 

We ask the students to check their inboxes on these dates to ensure that they have received a ballot and to submit it within the allotted time.