Cornell is one of relatively few institutions in the nation allowing the campus community to directly elect constituent members to its highest governing body.

Students (alternating between undergraduate and a graduate or professional student) are elected to serve two-year terms, while faculty and staff are elected for four year terms, all as full voting members on the Board of Trustees. The Trustee Nominating Committee oversees elections for student and employee elected trustee positions.

Student, Staff and Faculty Elected Trustees

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University Charter and Charge to the Committee

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Student Assembly Elections (Undergraduates)

All currently registered undergraduate students are eligible --and encouraged-- to run for positions on the Student Assembly and represent the student voice at Cornell.

Student-Elected Trustee Elections (Undergraduate)

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 students to serve as a full voting member on the Board of Trustees.