Student-Elected Trustee Election (Undergraduate)-Spring 2023

May 01, 2023

View the Results here
Meet the Spring 2023 Student-Elected Trustee Candidates here
Watch the Student-Elected Trustee Forum here
Cornell is one of relatively few institutions in the nation to allow students to directly elect representatives to its highest governing body. In alternating years with the graduate and professional students, an undergraduate will be elected by fellow undergraduate students to serve as a full voting member on the Board of Trustees.

Information for Candidates (Undergraduates)

Candidates must be enrolled full-time in one of the undergraduate colleges; not on disciplinary probation or suspension; and must be, and expect to remain, registered in good-standing in their current college as an undergraduate through the end of the two-year term. The elected candidate will serve as a full-voting member of the Cornell University Board of Trustees for a two-year term, from July 1, 2023 to June 30, 2025. If you are unsure of your eligibility, please contact the Office of the Assemblies via email:
Each person who wishes to be a candidate in this election must complete the following requirements by Tuesday, April 11, 2023 at 5:00PM (EST):
  1. Register to attend the information session on Monday, March 27, 2023 at 4:00PM via Zoom
  2. Complete the Online Registration Form. Be prepared to provide:
    • a candidate statement (1500 character-limit);
    • describe relevant experiences, community involvement and special interests; 
    • a photo of yourself;
  3. Gather 150 valid, distinct signatures using the online Candidate Petition Form (see instructions for Creating the Online Petition Form).
    • We recommend you collect more than 150 signatures in the event that some cannot be validated.
  4. Any registered Cornell undergraduate student may sign your petition form (even if they are not eligible to run for student-elected Trustee). Undergraduate students may sign more than one petition. There is no limit to the number of signatures you may submit (see instructions for Signing the Online Petition Form).
    • Complete your online petition signature gathering by the registration deadline of Tuesday, April 11, 2023 at 5:00PM (EST).
In addition to completing the registration requirements, candidates must also do the following as part of the election process:
  1. Attend the informational meeting-Monday, March 27, 2023 at 4:00 PM(EST) via Zoom
  2. Attend the mandatory campaigning meeting to receive guidance and review permitted campaigning- Monday, April 17, 2023 from 4:30-5:30 PM in Conference Room B12, Day Hall
  3. Attend the mandatory educational meeting with University Counsel-Tuesday, April 18, 2023 from 4:00-4:45 PM (EST) in Conference Room B12, Day Hall
  4. Participate in the The Daily Sun 2023 Student-Elected Trustee Candidate ForumWednesday, April 26, 5PM-6:30PM (EST) via Zoom
  5. Submit the Candidate Expense Report via email to the Office of the Assemblies by Friday, May 5, 2023 by 5:00pm, even if you have no expenses.
  6. In the event of a challenge to a candidate, submit the Challenge Form via email to the Office of the Assemblies by Thursday, May 4th, 2023 by 12:00PM (EST) 
Voting begins at 10:00AM (EST) on Monday, May 1st, 2023, and ends at 12:00PM (Noon EST) on Thursday, May 4th, 2023.
Election Calendar - Student-Elected Trustee | Spring 2023