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Student Elections

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SPRING 2020 STUDENT ELECTIONS

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” -John Quincy Adams

The Associated Students of Merritt College (ASMC) is searching for students who are interested in contributing to the campus community and developing their leadership skills. 

BENEFITS

  • Represent the student body by sharing concerns, through participatory governance.
  • Strengthen leadership and public speaking talent
  • Grow your network and develop professional relationships
  • Travel to state and national leadership conferences
  • Obtain experience, strengthen college transfer applications, and build your resume

REQUIREMENTS

All students are required to have:

  • A minimum of 2.0 cumulative GPA
  • Be enrolled in a minimum of five (5) semester units at Merritt College
  • Be in good standing with the College and District. (Students on academic, progress and/or disciplinary probation CANNOT serve on ASMC.

NOTE: Students that have served on ASMC for three (3) terms and/or complete a total of six (6) semesters on the Senate are ineligible to serve another term. How to become an ASMC Senator:

Student Leadership Positions are still available!

Email Doris Hankins at dhankins@peralta.edu or Alejandra Cerda at acerda@peralta.edu by Monday, May 25, 2020 for more information. 

 

Student Elections Timeline-2020

Student Candidates 2020

STEP 1:   Submit Online Application by Friday, April 17, 2020, by 5:00 PM (PST). No applications will be accepted after 5 PM. Applications are reviewed to determine eligibility and who will be proceed forward in the process.

STEP 2:  Submit Your Petition (Not required for Spring 2020 Elections) All students running for a Senator position are required to obtain fifty (50) signatures from currently enrolled Merritt College students. Students applying for the Student Trustee Position are required to obtain two hundred (200) signatures (100 signatures from Merritt College Students and 100 from any Peralta Student).

STEP 3:   Complete the Mandatory Candidates Training (Week of April 27, 2020) All candidates are required to complete the mandatory candidates training to be eligible to have their name on the elections ballot. The training will include an overview of the election process, timeline, candidate expectations, responsibilities of the election committee, and overview of ASMC.

STEP 4:  Receiving of Candidacy The Student Activities Office will complete grade and enrollment checks for all ASMC Senate and Student Trustee applications. Students will be notified via email of their eligablitity. Students approved for candidacy will have their names officially placed on the ASMC ballot for the position they are campaigning for (Senator or Student Trustee). Students cannot begin campaigning until they have received notifications from the Director of Student Activities approving their eligibility for candidacy.

STEP 5:  Begin Campaigning After receiving written approval from the Director of Student Activities for candidacy, candidates may begin campaigning Monday, May 4, 2020 – Friday, May 8, 2020. Candidates are expected to comply with all policies and procedures (AP 5410 -Associated Students Elections; AP 3900-Time, Place and Manner; the ASMC constitution and Bylaws; Campaign Guidelines; directives from the Elections Committee and/or Director of Student Activities. ASMC does not provide candidates with campaign funds. Candidates cannot spend more than $150 on campaign activities. The valued of donated materials are considered a part of the $150 limit. All candidates must submit a  campaign expenditure report along with receipts that clearly show itemized campaign related expenses. Failure to submit expenditures as required may result in disqualification.

STEP 6:   Voting & Election Results The online voting period is Tuesday, May 11, 2020 – Wednesday, May 12, 2020 at 11:59 PM. Results will be posted Friday, May 15, 2020. Protest forms must be submitted to Director of Student Activities and Campus life via email by Wednesday, May 20, 2020.

Constitution

QUESTIONS? Email Doris Hankins, Director of Student Activities and Campus Life at dhankins@peralta.edu or (510) 434-3982. Duties of ASMC Officers President:

  • Shall be the official representative of and to the Student Body of Merritt College.
  • Shall uphold and maintain the ASMC constitution.
  • Shall have the power to call special meetings of the ASMC Senate, per the Brown Act.
  • Shall have the power to fill by appointment with, Senate approval, vacancies that may occur in the Executive branch for the remainder of office term.
  • Shall chair all ASMC meetings.
  • Shall serve as the liaison between the college administration, faculty, and students, and plan and present annual goals to the ASMC Council.
  • Shall cast the deciding vote in the case of a tie or where his/her vote will affect the results of a two-thirds (2/3) vote.
  • Shall have the power of veto.
  • Shall attend and present at Peralta District Board meetings or send a representative in his/her place.
  • Shall maintain three (5) office hours per week.
  • Shall keep in contact with the other Associated Student Governments in the Peralta District.
  • Shall have the power to assign council members to committees.
  • Shall serve on at least (1) Shared governance committee and (1) ASMC standing committee.

Vice-President:

  • Uphold and maintain the ASMC constitution.
  • Shall preside over all duties of the President whenever the President is unable to serve.
  • Shall oversee all Senator positions and report directly to the ASMC president.
  • Shall serve on at least two (2) Shared governance committees and (2) ASMC standing committee per school year.
  • Shall perform various duties during all ASMC meetings including keeping speakers to their time limit to speak and keeping order during the meeting.
  • Shall maintain four (4) office hours per week.
  • Shall report directly to the President of the ASMC.

Secretary:

  • Shall be responsible for recording, correspondence, publishing, and posting minutes of the Council meetings within 72 hours after such meetings.
  • Shall be responsible for keeping records of all correspondents.
  • Shall prepare the agenda for each Council meeting which must be posted no later than 72 hours before a Council meeting.
  • Shall perform any other functions as deemed necessary by the President of the ASMC or majority vote of the ASMC.
  • Shall create and keep updated contact sheet of all current ASMC Council members.
  • Shall maintain three (3) office hours per week.
  • Shall serve on at least two (2) committees per school year (1 shared governance, 1 ASMC).
  • Shall report directly to the President of the ASMC.

Treasurer:

  • Shall prepare the ASMC budget for the following year.
  • Shall administer the current ASMC budget for the following year.
  • Shall keep a current record of the financial state and maintain the accounts of the ASMC.
  • Shall uphold and maintain the financial code.
  • Shall prepare and present monthly budget reports to the ASMC Council.
  • Shall perform any other functions as deemed necessary by the President of the ASMC or a majority vote of the ASMC.
  • Shall serve on at least (1) Shared governance and (1) ASMC standing committee.
  • Shall maintain three (3) office hours per week.
  • Shall report directly to the President of the ASMC.

Inter Club Council Chair:

  • Shall coordinate between the ASMC Council and the ICC Council on all activities.
  • Shall ensure that all Inter-Club Council policies are followed.
  • Shall give report on all club activities at each ASMC meeting.
  • Shall attend or send a delegate to at attend at least one (1) meeting of every chartered club per semester.
  • Shall oversee all ICC meetings and events.
  • Shall perform any other functions as deemed necessary by the President of the ASMC or a majority vote of the ASMC.
  • Shall maintain three (3) office hours per week.
  • Shall serve on at least (1) Shared governance and (1) ASMC standing committee.
  • Shall report directly to the President of the ASMC.

Senators:

  • All Senators of the ASMC council must hold two (2) office hours per week, making themselves available to students, faculty, and staff.
  • Office hours shall be negotiated with the Secretary and the Vice President of the ASMC.
  • To serve on at least two (2) committees per semester year (1 Shared Governance, 1 ASMC).
  • Shall perform any other functions as deemed necessary by the President of the ASMC and a majority vote of the ASMC.