Winter

What to expect on the ballot:

  • AMS Executive
  • Undergraduate Student Trustee
  • Faculty Society Elections
  • Opt-out fees
  • Rector (N/A for 2017 election)

The election period is comprised of four parts – Nominations, Validation by AMS Assembly, Campaigning and Voting.

Nomination period for the AMS Executive, Trustee, Faculty Society Elections, as well as the Winter Referendum, starts January 12th, 2017, and ends January 16th, 2017. Nomination packages for available positions and for submission of a question for referendum can be picked up at the AMS front desk, located in the JDUC, between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. beginning January 12th and are due January 16th, 2017.

Nomination requirements are set out in AMS Policy Manual 1. They will be outlined in the nomination packages available in January.  Each position and referendum question require signatures of varying amounts in support of your candidacy:

  • AMS Executive and faculty society executive positions require signatures of 2% (~330) of AMS students
  • Undergraduate Student Trustee  require signatures of 2% (~330) of AMS students
  • Rector (N/A for 2017 election) requires signatures of 4% (~820) of the entire student body, defined as all eligible AMS and SGPS students
  • Questions on a referenda ballot require signatures of 2% (~330) of AMS students

At this point, a representative from all campaigns MUST attend the All-Candidates Meeting:
January 9th, TBA

The candidates and groups that are successful in the nomination period proceed to the next step, Validation at AMS Assembly.  Validation at AMS Assembly enables successful candidates and groups to appear on the ballot. It is required that all candidates attend AMS Assembly on the evening of January 19th in Wallace Hall of the JDUC to engage in discussion and respond to any questions brought forth by AMS Assembly members. The candidates and groups that are approved at AMS Assembly are officially on the elections ballot, regardless if they perform a campaign or not.

The Campaign period is from January 20th-29th 2017. At this time candidates and groups can put posters up around campus, perform class talks, and promote their platforms. There are rules and regulations surrounding this period which are outlined in Policy Manual 1 and will be made known throughout meetings in January. Violation of these rules may result in disqualification.

What positions are available?

The three-person AMS Executive is elected annually and is comprised of the President, the Vice President (Operations), and the Vice President (University Affairs). Together, they are responsible for representing the interests of all AMS members and for the day-to-day management of the Alma Mater Society.

The President is responsible for the external representation of the Society and is ultimately accountable for ensuring the fulfillment of the Society’s mandate and mission. The President also has responsibility to oversee the governance of the Society in addition to the four officers who in turn manage the day-to-day happenings of the Society. To learn more please contact the current President.

The Vice President (Operations) is also the Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation and thus has a fiduciary responsibility to oversee its $14 million dollar annual budget. They are responsible for all day-to-day operational and financial matters of the Society, including oversight of the three directors who in turn oversee the retail, hospitality, safety, and media services of the AMS. The Vice President also administers and facilitates the AMS Health & Dental Plan, the Bus-It program, and the consolidated budget for the Society. To learn more please contact the current Vice President (Operations).

The Vice President (University Affairs) is responsible for all Society matters of a political and/or educational nature, research and policy development, internal academic issues, and university administration affairs. They oversee the six commissions and serves as one of two Queen’s representatives on the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) Steering Committee. To learn more please contact the current Vice President (University Affairs).

Who can run?
To be eligible to run for AMS Executive you must meet the following criteria:

  • payment of an AMS specific Student Interest Fee. (generally this is paid in September with tuition)
  • membership in one of the student societies listed below:
    • Arts and Science Undergraduate Society,
    • Concurrent Education Students Association,
    • Physical and Health Education and Kinesiology Students Society,
    • Engineering Society,
    • Aesculapian Society,
    • Computing Students Association,
    • Commerce Society,
    • Nursing Students’ Society,
    • MBA Society.

If you are interested in running to be the AMS Executive in winter of 2016 for the 2016-2017 year, you must run as a team of 3 people, rather than for individual positions. The term of office is 1 year, from May 1st 2016-April 30th 2017.

The Rector of the University is one of the students’ representatives on the Board of Trustees of the University, which is the highest financial and strategic governing body of the university.  In this capacity the Rector votes on key matters affecting Queen’s University, and serves as a voice for student interests on the Board of Trustees.

The Rector shall be a non-elected, non-voting member of both AMS Assembly and SGPS Council but shall not be officially affiliated with any faculty or society on campus other than the student body itself as represented by the two student societies, the Alma Mater Society (AMS) and the Society of Graduate and Professional Students (SGPS).  The term for the Rector shall be three years, although it is possible to step down earlier.

Who can run?
To be eligible to run for Rector you must meet the following criteria:

  • payment of an AMS specific Student Interest Fee. (generally this is paid in September with tuition)
  • membership in one of the student societies listed below:
    • Arts and Science Undergraduate Society,
    • Concurrent Education Students Association,
    • Physical and Health Education and Kinesiology Students Society,
    • Engineering Society,
    • Aesculapian Society,
    • Computing Students Association,
    • Commerce Society,
    • Nursing Students’ Society,
    • MBA Society
  • membership in the Society of Graduate and Professional Students

To learn more, please contact the current Rector.

The Undergraduate Student Trustee is the undergraduate students’ representative on the Queen’s University Board of Trustees.

The Undergraduate Student Trustee shall be elected by the members of the Society. The campaign and election shall be held in accordance with the Society Policy on Elections and Referenda. Individuals running for the Undergraduate Student Trustee position must be a student and AMS member during the school term in which they run for office, must be a student during their term, and must pay the AMS student activity fee in each year they serve as Student Trustee.

The Undergraduate Student Trustee shall normally serve for two years.

Who can run? 

Who can run?
To be eligible to run for AMS Executive you must meet the following criteria:

  • payment of an AMS specific Student Interest Fee. (generally this is paid in September with tuition)
  • membership in one of the student societies listed below:
    • Arts and Science Undergraduate Society,
    • Concurrent Education Students Association,
    • Physical and Health Education and Kinesiology Students Society,
    • Engineering Society,
    • Aesculapian Society,
    • Computing Students Association,
    • Commerce Society,
    • Nursing Students’ Society,
    • MBA Society.