September 12, 2018

Elections

What’s Up with College Council?

College Council is the student government at Williams. Since its inception, the Council has worked diligently as the campus-wide student representative body to represent all student interests and bring about positive change to our beloved community.  This rich history of student activism and engagement is what allows Williams students, through the Council, to remain deeply entrenched in dialogue surrounding campus issues, to improve the campus through student-led initiatives, to create a vibrant community comprised of student organizations representing the many different interests on campus, and to look critically at Williams for a sole purpose: to improve the campus for everyone.  The College Council also manages the Student Activities Tax and oversees the allocation of over $500k to fund campus wide entertainment, student organizations, lectures, and whatever else comes to mind to any student on campus!

 
Elections Timeline
 
Wednesday, September 19th (8:00 P.M.): Self-nominations due here!
Wednesday, September 19th (late night) : Self-nominations packet distributed to the student body
Thursday, September 20th (5:00 P.M.): Meet the Candidates in Baxter Hall
Thursday, September 20th: Voting begins at 6 P.M.
Thursday, September 20th: Voting Event in Dodd with Pub Night and polling booths at 9 P.M.
Sunday, September 23rd: Voting ends at 8 P.M.
Sunday, September 23th: Results released to the student body 
Tuesday, September 25th: First College Council Meeting of the academic year
 
 
What’s on the Ballot?
 
The Fall 2018 ballot will consist of two separate elections: 
  1. College Council Elections (All Classes)
  2. Honor and Disciplinary Committee Elections (for the First-Year, Sophomore, and Junior Classes)
The membership of these bodies do not overlap, unless one candidate is elected to two positions on separate bodies. Below, we describe each body and the positions that you can run for (the quantity of each position is in parentheses):
 
1. College Council (CC):
 
College Council is Williams’ student government. CC is entirely student-run and student-driven, and is responsible for being the voice of the student body to the Administration. Some of CC’s main activities include allocating the Student Activities Tax (~$425,000/year), governing all clubs at Williams and approving new ones, writing and passing resolutions, and supporting the Great Ideas Campaign to make life at Williams that much better.  Meetings are open to all of campus and are held on Tuesdays from 7:30 P.M.-9:30 P.M.
  • Assistant Treasurer (1)
  • Parliamentarian (1) 
  • Class of 2019 Representatives (4)
  • Class of 2020 Representatives (4)
  • Class of 2021 Representatives (4)
  • Sage Hall Representative (1)
  • Williams Hall Representative (1)
  • Armstrong/Pratt Representative (1)
  • Mills/Dennett Representative (1)
 
2. Honor and Disciplinary Committee:
 
The Honor and Disciplinary Committee hears and decides, either on direct referral by the Dean of the College or on appeal of the Dean’s decision, cases that involve violations of individual rights, the rules of student conduct, or the Honor Code. 
  • Class of 2019 Representative (2)
  • Class of 2020 Representative (2) 
  • Class of 2021 Representative (2)
  • Class of 2022 Representative (2)
 
 
 
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A Detailed Overview of All College Council Positions Available in Fall 2018
 
Assistant Treasurer: The Assistant Treasurer assists the Treasurer in maintaining Council’s books. The Assistant Treasurer is a member of Finance Committee and performs such duties as the Treasurer, Executive Committee or Co-Presidents may assign.
 
The Assistant Treasurer position is elected in an all-campus vote.
 
Class Representatives

2019 Class Representatives (4): Class Representatives for the Class of 2019 shall represent the interests of the Senior Class and the student body at-large, keep their constituents informed of Council proceedings, and serve and actively contribute on at least one committee.

2020 Class Representatives (4): Class Representatives for the Class of 2020 shall represent the interests of the Junior Class and the student body at-large, keep their constituents informed of Council proceedings, and serve and actively contribute on at least one committee.

2021 Class Representatives (4): Class Representatives for the Class of 2021 shall represent the interests of the Sophomore Class, keep their constituents informed of Council proceedings, and serve and actively contribute on at least one committee.

Class Representatives for the Sophomore, Junior, and Senior classes are elected via an all-class vote.
 

2022 Representatives (4): Representatives for the Class of 2022 shall represent the interests of the First-Year Class, keep their constituents informed of Council proceedings, and serve and actively contribute on at least one committee.

Sage Hall Representative (1)
Williams Hall Representative (1) 
Mills/Dennett Representative (1) 
Armstrong/Pratt Representative (1)

2022 Representatives are elected by their dorms. To be eligible to run for these positions, candidates must be members of the Class of 2022 and must reside in the residence hall that they seek to represent.

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A Detailed Overview of the Honor And Discipline Committee:

The Honor and Discipline Committee hears and adjudicates all alleged academic misconduct (academic dishonesty) cases at the College; it also hears and adjudicates appeals of social misconduct disciplinary actions that the dean’s office has imposed. The committee has two student representatives from each class year and is advised by a group of eight faculty and the Dean of the College. The committee hears cases during the 4pm-7pm time slot; please make sure you do not have a recurring conflict during this time range if you wish to serve on this committee. If you have any questions about the committee, please reach out to the student chair, Nicholas Goldrosen ’20, at ncg1@williams.edu, or the faculty chair, Prof. Olga Schevchenko, at oshevche@williams.edu.

 
Questions?
Email Lizzy (eh6@williams.edu) or Moisés (mr20@williams.edu) or stop us at any time if you have any questions related to the 2018 Fall Elections!