What are GSS Council elections?

Once annually, during the early Fall term, the standing members of GSS will elect Council, otherwise known as the legal Board of Directors.

Council is formed of “departmental” representatives and “at-large” representatives.

Departmental representatives for each faculty department within Graduate Studies at the University of Windsor. In some circumstances, due mainly to size, multiple facilities are represented by a single representative. The departmental representative positions are:

Departmental Council Positions:
Biological Sciences (PhD and MSc) / Medical Biotechnology (MMB)
Business Administration (MBA, MBA/JD)
Chemistry and Biochemistry (PhD and MSc)
Communication and Social Justice (MA)
Civil Engineering (PhD, MASc and MEng) / Environmental Engineering (PhD, MASc and MEng)
Computer Science (PhD and MSc)/ Applied Computing (MAC)
Criminology (MA)
Economics (MA)/ Applied Economics and Policy (MAEP)
Education and Educational Studies (MEd, MEd International cohort, and joint PhD)
Electrical Engineering (PhD, MASc and MEng)
Engineering Management (MEM)
Engineering Industrial Engineering / Industrial and Manufacturing Systems / Materials / Mechanical Engineering / Mechanical Engineering - Automotive Option and IMSE (MAIME)
English (MA)
Environmental Science / GLIER (PhD and MSc) / Earth Sciences (PhD and MSc)
Film and Media Arts (MFA) / Visual Arts (MFA)
History (MA)
Human Kinetics / Kinesiology (MHK and PhD)
Law (LLM)
Masters of Management (MoM)
Mathematics and Statistics/ (PhD and MSc)/ Actuarial Science (MActSc)
Nursing (PhD, MScN and MN; Graduate Diploma in Advanced Practice Oncology/Palliative Care; Graduate Diploma - Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner)
Philosophy (MA)/ Argumentation Studies (PhD)
Physics (PhD and MSc)
Political Science (MA)
Psychology (PhD and MA)
Social Work (PhD, MSW, and MSW/JD)
Sociology (PhD and MA)

At Large Council Positions:
● International Students’ Liaison
● Indigenous Students’ Liaison
● Women’s Student Liaison
Research and Innovation Liaison
Diversity and Inclusion Liaison
Accessibility and Equity Liaison

Where can I get more information?

The electoral process is under the purview of the Chief Returning Officer (C.R.O.), who acts as an independent third-party to the GSS, mandated to coordinate all elections activities, publish elections communications, handle appeals, and respond to member and public inquiries regarding the process.

Contact the standing F2021 CRO:

How do GSS Elections work?

Nomination Period: Monday October 17, 2022 – Sunday October 23, 2022 @ 5:00 PM
Mandatory All Candidates Meeting: Monday October 24, 2022 @ 6:00 PM (Teams)
Campaign Content Approval Deadline: Tuesday October 25, 2022 @ 5:00 PM
Campaign Period: Wednesday October 26, 2022 @ 12:01 AM – Tuesday November 1, 2022 @ 11:59 PM
Voting Days: Wednesday November 2, 2022 @ 9:00AM – Thursday November 3, 2022 @ 6:00 PM
Appeal Period: Thursday November 3, 2022 @ 7:00 PM – Sunday November 6, 2022 @ 7:00 PM
GSS Ratification Meeting: Following November 6, 2022


How can I nominate or be nominated?

The nomination period launches Monday October 17, 2022. Nominators and self-nominating nominees must download and complete the Nomination Form (see below), as approved by the Chief Returning Officer. Once the form is completed, it must be submitted to the GSS Chief Returning Officer (CRO) before the posted deadline.

** Please open the Nomination Form with Adobe Acrobat Reader and complete the Nomination Form digitally - all fields are fillable **

Submitting nominators will receive an acknowledgment email confirming the official receipt of their nomination. This is the only proof of your submission of nomination, which is issued by the C.R.O.

It is important to note:

All nominees and nominators must currently be full paying members of the GSS; and all nominees must obtain two additional signatures to their own, supporting their nomination as a candidate.

The deadline to submit the completed Nomination Form is Sunday October 23, 2022 @ 5:00 PM

This form must be returned electronically to: with the following:
From: Email MUST be used for all election communications
Subject: 2022 GSS Council Nomination – First Last Name
Attached: Completed Nomination Form

List of Candidates

The following list are those nominees that have been approved by the Chief Returning Officer to campaign as candidates in the election. These candidates will be listed on the online vote ballot during the election period. Results will be tabulated by the CRO and the result for each candidate will be published as "elected" or "not elected".

What to expect in campaigning?

Officially nominated candidates, which are approved by the CRO according to elections rules and GSS Constitution, are allowed to campaign during the official campaign period only. This period runs:

Campaigning: Wednesday October 26, 2022 @ 12:01 AM – Tuesday November 1, 2022 @ 11:59 PM

Candidates are permitted to campaign within the allowed rules, which are found in the GSS Constitution and as outlined by the CRO. Candidates should direct questions or concerns with the process or rules to the CRO, prior to campaigning in accordance with the established University Student Code of Conduct.

How and when can I vote?

Elections are completed electronically, which means each eligible voting member must cast their vote using the official secure online elections portal.
Members may vote by using their UWindsor credentials, and only between the official elections/voting period:

Online Elections: : Wednesday November 2, 2022 @ 9:00AM – Thursday November 3, 2022 @ 6:00 PM

How will election results be posted?

The official election results will be published by the CRO to all major communication channels, such as social media after Thursday November 3, 2022.

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