Student Elections

Are you a student who is passionate about Durham College (DC)? If so, the DC Board of Governors is looking for a student leader like you to join them for a one-year term.

Here’s what you need to know:

Important dates

  • Monday, March 18 at 8:30 a.m. – nominations open
  • Friday, March 22 at 4:30 p.m. – nominations close
  • Monday, March 25 at 1 p.m. or 3 p.m.– mandatory virtual candidate information session
  • Wednesday, March 27 at 8:30 a.m. – campaign period begins
  • Friday, April 5 at 4:30 p.m. – campaign period ends
  • Monday, April 8 at 8:30 a.m. – voting begins
  • Friday, April 12 at 4:30 p.m. – voting ends
  • Thursday, April 18: official election results announced

Election principles

  • The election will be fair, transparent and accessible and provide for freedom of choice.

Length of appointment

One year, starting September 1, 2024 and ending August 31, 2025.

Qualifications to participate

A Candidate in the election must:

  • Be a Durham College student
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Be registered in at least 70% of the total number of credit courses or 66.6% of the total number of courses in a Ministry approved program
  • Be in good academic standing
  • Have no academic integrity alerts or student conduct violations on their student file

Relevant policies and procedures

It is very important that you review DC By-law No.4, to fully understand the rules of engagement. We promise it’s an easy read, only 13 pages. Durham College By-law No. 4 regulates the election of internal governors. It explains everything you need to know about the voters’ list, the campaign period, the voting period and disputes and appeals.

Other important policies and procedures we encourage you to review:

Next steps

  1. Get a copy of the nomination form online. The nomination period is from 8:30 a.m. on Monday, March 18 to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, March 22.
  2. Complete the nomination form – refer to Section 6 of DC By-law No. 4 for the specifics.
  3. Nomination forms will be accepted virtually by appointment only. To submit your form, you must make an appointment by emailing Melissa Pringle, Chief Returning Officer. Appointments are available between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday and should take no longer than 10 minutes. Potential candidates will be asked to provide photo identification during the appointment.
  4. The Chief Returning Officer will confirm the information on the nomination form and inform nominees of their acceptance as candidates by noon on Tuesday, March 26.

Candidate information session (mandatory)

Nominees must attend one of our mandatory candidate virtual information sessions on Monday, March 25 at 1 p.m. or 3 p.m. All candidates will be provided a link to attend virtually. The session will review the position, election rules and expectations. Any candidate who does not attend this session will be disqualified

Candidate video statements

Candidates are encouraged to submit a 90-second video introducing themselves and explaining why they should be elected as student governor. The videos will be published on this page during the campaign and voting periods. In lieu of a video message, submitting a photo and written statement (maximum 100 words) is permissible.

Resource documents

Interested in learning more?

Want to learn more? Schedule a virtual appointment with Melissa Pringle, Chief Returning Officer, to discuss the position and get your questions answered.