MUSG   Academic   Senators

Who are Academic Senators?

MUSG is made up of students. Every decision the student senate makes directly effects us, as well as the rest of the student body. It is important to us that MUSG senators work with and on behalf of students. Senators write real legislation to be passed on to administrators, meet with faculty and university officials to discuss concerns, plan forums and events focused on specific topics and gain student feedback through surveys and meeting with students.

Duties and Responsibilities of Academic Senators

  • Attend weekly Senate meetings held on Mondays at 7:00 p.m.

  • As an Academic Senator attend regular College Council meetings (when in place)

  • As a Residential Senator, in consultation with the Hall Director and in accordance with the halls’ CPC constitutions, senators should attend one of the following CPC weekly meetings:

  • CPC E-Board meetings

  • CPC General Body meeting

  • CPC Hall Improvement Committee meeting

  • Residence Hall Senators should also meet with their hall director regularly, frequency of which is to be decided between the two parties. Senators are encouraged to join one of the CPC committees to get involved in their halls and be a visible presence to constituents.

  • Attend all additional meetings scheduled by Legislative Vice President.

  • Attend (Student Organization Funding (SOF) training in fall 2020 and spring 2021 (Dates TBD).

  • Office hours: Hold one office hour per week in the MUSG office (if open), and hold additional hour(s) as is necessary to best reach constituents.

  • Actively seek out and represent the opinion of their constituency.

  • Participate in at least one of the following standing committees of the Senate: Academics, Business and Administration, Student Life, or Student Organizations.

  • Attend the all-Senate training in fall.

  • Attend the Fall MUSG retreat the Saturday, September 26, 2020.

  • Attend the Winter MUSG retreat in January 2021. (Date TBD.)

What is Student Senate?

Change Agents. Difference Makers. Helping Hands. These phrases exemplify what MUSG’s Senate is all about. MUSG represents the students, and senate is the means to act on what student’s desire. Ever since the founding of MUSG, senate has enacted meaningful change on Marquette’s campus. Whether it be through resolutions to directly help campus, or recommendations to administration, senate strives every day to deliver on issues that matter to the students.

The MUSG Senate actively identifies, addresses, and represents students’ needs, concerns, and interests. As a body, it is our sole job to represent the students and champion initiatives and ideas that will make the Marquette student experience.

Running for an Academic Senator Seat

In order to be placed on the ballot, candidates need to obtain the required number of signatures (see below). Only signatures of eligible voters as determined by checking people in on your candidate event form via Marquee will be counted as valid on the ballot nomination form.

Signatures should be obtained from full time students in your representative area (e.g. If running for College of Arts and Sciences Senator, signatures on your nomination form must be from full time undergraduate students in the College of Arts and Sciences. OR if running for Abbotsford Hall Senator, signatures are collected from Abbottsford residents who are full time undergraduate students).

Requirements for registration are enumerated below:

  1. Minimun 2.0 cumulative GPA​.

  2. Completion of Candidate Registration Form, which includes your statement of objectives, and completion of the Campaign Materials and Expenditures Form.

  3. Candidate Nomination Form, which consists of getting signatures from full-time undergraduate students in your college as noted above. This form will be created for you once your application is approved. Signatures are collected via Marquee by having students swipe or check in to this "event."

  4. If you plan to have a campaign team, completion of the Official Campaign Workers Form. 

  5. Reading the Official Election Rules.

 

 

 

 

Additionally, please be aware of the following:

Before campaigning, you must have completed the nomination signatures process (digital form via Marquee) and register any campaign workers if you have them.  All campaign materials must also be approved by the MUSG Election Committee before they are distributed. You are also expected to adhere to the rules as outlined in the Official Election Rules, which are linked above.

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  • Senator candidates may not spend more than $100 on your campaign. 

  • If you receive a discounted price on campaign materials, you must submit the full (retail) price on your Expenditures Form.

  • You may not use the Center for Leadership, Service and Involvement (CLSI) Center or MUSG resources to produce your campaign material.

  • All receipts must be turned in to MUSG officials before the elections, attached to the Expenditures Form.

  • You will NOT be reimbursed (by MUSG or Marquette University) for the money you spend on your campaign.

  • The Elections Committee will work to approve campaign material in one business day.

  • The Elections Committee must have a copy of all campaign materials.

  • The Elections Committee will enforce all election rules; infractions may result in penalties. Candidates are responsible for knowing and understanding all of the rules. Please read the Election Rules thoroughly and completely.

  • If you have a question, ask a committee member or the elections coordinator before taking action. All questions are welcomed and, in fact, encouraged.

Finally, please mark these important dates in your schedule.

  • Wednesday, September 2, 2020: Candidate Registration form due by 5pm (online via Marquee)

  • Friday, September 4, 2020: Nomination Signature Form due by 10pm (online via Marquee)

  • Thursday, September 17, 2020: MUSG-RHA Election

  • Friday, September 18, 2020: MUSG-RHA Joint Elections Press Conference online at 12:00 p.m.

All voting will take place online on September 17, 2020 from 12:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Central Time Zone, and the MUSG Election Committee will have virtual office hours from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. to answer questions throughout the day.

Forms Needed:

Campaign Nomination Form

which consists of getting 300 signatures from full-time undergraduate students. NOTE: this is a digital signature form via Marquee and will be created once your application is approved. Signatures come in the form of students swiping or checking in to this "event."

Important Dates:

  • 9/2/2020 : Candidate Registration form (online) deadline 8 p.m. CST.

  • 9/4/2020: Campaign Nomination Form (signatures) deadline 11:59 p.m. CST.

  • 9/6/2020: Campaigning officially begins, after stated approval from Elections Coordinator

  • TBD: Presidential/Vice Presidential Debate, TIME/PLACE TBD

  • TBD: MUSG Senator Town Hall

  • 9/17/2020: Election Day

  • 9/18/2020: Elections Press Conference, TIME/PLACE TBD.

  • TBD: Inauguration, TIME/PLACE TBD.

*If there are question or concerns about any of the dates above, please contact the Elections Coordinator.

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