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Student government elections for 2015-16 will be held during the first week of May 2015. If you have questions about the results, please email or visit ASSOU in SU 308. 

Applications Due: April 30

Campaign Weeks: April 20- May 1

Debate Day: April 30

Voting: May 4- May 8

Declare your candidacy by Thursday, April 30, 5 p.m. 

Election Information

  • What does the student government do?
ASSOU fights for issues that matter to students. As part of the Oregon Student Association, ASSOU is committed to making students’ lives better through grassroots organizing, legislative advocacy, and voter registration. All positions interface with campus leaders to effect change and improve the campus culture!
  • Why should I run for office?
Being involved in student government is a great way to meet people, learn valuable skills, and make a difference on important issues like tuition affordability. This is also a great leadership position that future employers respect!

  • Who can run for office?
You must be enrolled at Southern Oregon University, in good academic standing, and have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher to run in student government elections.
How do I run for office?
  • ASSOU President & Vice President:
The ASSOU President and Vice President lead the executive branch of ASSOU. They run on a combined ticket, so you must pick a running mate.

  • ASSOU Senate Positions:
Senators serve the legislative branch. With the interests of their specific group in mind, senators make decisions about student fee funding allocation and other legislation that affects student services, on-campus buildings, and various support where students might be under served. *See below.
​​Declare your candidacy by Thursday, April 30, 5 p.m. 
Declarations of Candidacy are due Friday April 17th, at 10 am.​​ to Sours Leadership Center in the Stevenson Union (Chief of Staff Mailbox)
*One senator will be elected for the following:
  1. Arts & Performance Senator
  2. Athletics & Recreation Senator
  3. Business, Communication, & Environmental Studies Senator
  4. Campus Life & Housing Senator
  5. Clubs & Organizations Senator
  6. Education, Health, & Leadership Senator
  7. Environmental Affairs Senator
  8. Gender Equality & Sexual Diversity Senator
  9. Humanities & Culture Senator
  10. International Senator
  11. Multicultural Affairs Senator
  12. Nontraditional, Higher Education (HEC) & Military Affairs Senator
  13. Social Sciences Senator
  14. Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics (STEM) Senator

ASSOU election rules ensure that all candidates, their campaigns, and all other related activities will be carried out according to the following principles:

  • The interests of the student body are protected.
  • Fairness among candidates is to be required.
  • The educational atmosphere of the University shall not be disrupted.
  • The integrity of ASSOU and confidence of the student body are not compromised.

For details, please review the Election Rules.

As a student of Southern Oregon University, you have the right to take action by placing a referendum on the ballot to be voted on by the study body.
The process is simple:
Step 1: Fill out the petition for ballot measures form. Turn it in to the mailbox labeled "Chief of Staff" in SOURS on the 3rd floor of the SU.
Step 2: Get approval from Elections Committee. The deadline to submit your ballot measure to the Elections Committee for approval is Monday, April 27. 
Step 3: Collect student signatures of support. You must get 225 valid signatures to qualify for placement on the ballot.
Step 4: Have your idea voted on by the student body! Voting will take place May 4-8.
For deatails, please review the Ballot Measure Rules.