Frequently Asked Questions - Students
- Who is eligible to run in student elections?
- A full-time or part-time student who is currently enrolled with the College for one or more years.
- Students from the South and Metro electoral districts (students from the North electoral district are excluded from the nomination process this year)
- How do I know which electoral district I am in?
South: Annapolis Valley Campus (Middleton and Lawrencetown), Burridge Campus (Yarmouth), Kingstec Campus (Kentville), Lunenburg Campus (Bridgewater), and Shelburne Campus (Shelburne).
Metro: Halifax Campus (Halifax), Institute of Technology Campus (Halifax), Akerley Campus (Dartmouth), and Central Office Staff.
North: Cumberland Campus (Springhill), Pictou Campus (Stellarton), Marconi Campus (Sydney), Strait Area Campus (Port Hawkesbury), Truro Campus (Truro).
- Why are students from the North electoral district not eligible to run this year?
With such a high concentration of student and employee populations in Metro, and with communications among the Metro campuses being much easier than among the other campuses, there is the possibility that representation on the Board resulting from these elections could be dominated by the Metro Campuses. In the interest of equitable representation from across the province, the College has been divided into three electoral districts (Metro, North and South) and the districts rotate each year.
“As an NSCC student, being a member of the Board of Governors has been a great experience. It has given me insight, along with a better understanding of how innovative ideas and existing issues are discussed and decided upon. I was rather nervous when I first joined the Board, but quickly discovered that the Board atmosphere was very friendly and inviting. Although my term as a member has been short, it has been a valuable experience. I would like to thank the Board for making it a pleasant one.”
Joanna McIntyre, Student Representative, 2001-2002
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- What is the term of office for Student Governors?
The appointments for Student Governors are for a period of one year. Terms will begin on November 22, 2002, and run until November, 2003.
- Can Student Governors be re-elected for a second year?
Every student member of the Board has the right to be re-elected if they are currently enrolled with the College, so long as they do not hold the office for more than two consecutive terms.
An incumbent student member has the right to offer him or herself for re-election as a de facto nominee of a neighbouring electoral district if the campus where they are enrolled is in the electoral district that is excluded from the nomination process. In the event that the incumbent is re-elected, the rotation process for the next set of elections will not be altered, despite the fact that students from the neighbouring electoral district may not have had someone from their campuses elected to the Board.
This year we do not have any Student Governors who are eligible for re-election.
- Who can vote in student elections?
Though nominees will come from only 2 of the 3 electoral districts, every student from across the College will have the right to vote for the nominee of his or her choice.
“Representing the ideas and concerns of others is both an empowering and humbling process. Being a student representative on the NSCC Board of Governors enabled me to build my Portfolio while advocating for students. I have taken with me a sincere appreciation for life-long learning and the importance of working together for the common good.”
Natalie Charbonneau, Student Representative, 2000-2001
A voter is permitted to cast two votes: one for a candidate in the Metro Electoral District, and one for a candidate in the South Electoral District.
For more information, see Campaigning and Voting Guidelines.
- What is the process for offering my name as a candidate?
You will need to complete a Nomination Form and submit it to your campus Election Officer no later than Wednesday, November 6, 2002. This form will be used as your official entry on the Official Slate of Candidates. The entry provides each candidate with the opportunity to express his or her views and reasons for running. On November 7, 2002, the Official Slate of Candidates will be posted to the NSCC website.
- Who is the Election Officer for my campus?
Please see the list of Election Officers.
- What are the guidelines for campaigning?
- The Nomination Form filled in by the nominee is used as that candidate’s entry on the Official Slate of Candidates. The Slate will be circulated throughout the College, and the respective entries provide each candidate with the opportunity to express his or her views and reasons for running.
- No time off is granted for campaigning.
- All candidates’ notices and election materials are at their own expense.
- Consult the campus election officer for any campus-specific rules regarding an election; i.e., posting and removing notices, the use of campus facilities for speeches or question and answer periods, etc.
The Official Slate of Candidates will be posted on the NSCC website. Candidates have the option of including their e-mail addresses on the Nomination Form to facilitate voter questions.
For more information, see Guidelines for Board Elections.
- What is the role of the Board of Governors?
The Board of Governors is the governing body of the NSCC and establishes the policy direction for the management and control of the College. Regular meetings of the Board take place around the Province on a bi-monthly basis. There are 3 Standing Committees of the Board (Finance & Audit, Programs and Services), which also meet bi-monthly. Student Governors are asked to serve on one of these Committees.
“It was an honor to have been a student representative on the Board of Governors for NSCC. The focus of the college is students, so what better way to see and learn what makes the college work. There are Board members from across the province, and all opinions are taken seriously. I’m sure that any student who can make time to be a part of the Board, will find it to be a very rewarding experience.”
Don MacKay, Student Representative, 2000-2001
For more information, see The Role of the Board of Governors.
- If I’m elected as a Student Governor, when do I start?
An orientation luncheon is scheduled for Friday, November 29th at the IT Campus in Halifax. Your first meeting will be Wednesday, December 11th, at one of our Metro campuses.