Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

UTSU Board:

Q: What is the UTSU Board of Directors?

A. The UTSU Board of Directors governs YOUR Students’ Union. It is comprised of members, just like you.

Q: What are the minimum requirements for sitting on the UTSU board of Directors?

A. Full-Time status as a UofT undergraduate student, unless you are:

In the School of Theology, the Transitional Year Program or a Professional Employment Year (Students in these categories are, included in the UTSU membership regardless of full-time status).

  • All UTSU fees are paid in full
  • 18 years of age at the point of ratification

Q: How is the UTSU Board structured

A: The UTSU Board of Directors is structured as follows:

The UTSU is made up of two (2) divisions:

Division I: Members from the Faculty of Arts and Science;
Division II: Members from the Professional Faculties;

Furthermore, there are various committees that board members sit on. To view the list and descriptions of these committees visit:

Q: How are the Directors appointed

A: 1 – By Elections:

Most of the Directors on the UTSU Board are elected by our membership in the Spring elections. Visit the elections page on the UTSU website for details on which seats are open in the upcoming elections:

The UTSU also holds elections in the Fall for by-elections and faculties that offer one (1) year programs. The existing Board, prior to the new terms of office, ratifies newly elected members.

2 – By Appointment:

Further, Directors may be appointed by the UTSU Board should a vacancy arise after the by-election period. Visit for more information.

UTSU Elections:

Q: When are the UTSU By- elections?

A: The Voting dates for the upcoming Spring elections are:

Online Voting

Online Voting Period Begins: Saturday, April 13, 00:01 am [Midnight]

Online Voting Period Ends: Monday, April 15, 17:00 pm

 Q. Where and how do I vote?

Online voting is available 24-hours a day during the voting period. Members can vote anywhere and at anytime on the days mentioned above by visiting

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Q. How do I run for a seat on the UTSU Board of Directors?

A. Come to the UTSU office, at 12 Hart House Circle, to pick up a nomination package in person.

Nomination Period Begins Monday, April 1 at  9:00 am  and Ends Friday, April 5 at 17:00 pm

Note: All packages must be returned, completed in full and in hard copy to the office of the CRO—12 Hart House Circle—by the end of the nomination period April 5th at 17:00 pm.  Late submissions will not be accepted.

Q: How many positions are open in this UTSU election?

A: The University of Toronto Students’ Union is holding its Spring 2019 elections for the following positions:


Board of Directors Vacancies Spring By-Election 2019


Position Title Seats Available
Vice-President, Operations 1
Vice-President, Student Life 1
Vice-President, Professional Faculties 1


Position Title Seats Available
Division  I
St. Michael’s College 3
Innis College 1
New College 3


Position Title Seats Available
Division II
Faculty of Applied Sciences and Engineering 2
Faculty of Dentistry 1
Faculty of Medicine 1
Toronto School of Theology 1
Faculty of Music 1


Position Title Seats Available
Academic Directors:
Computer Science 1
Humanities 1
Mathematical and Physical Sciences 1
Social Sciences 1


Position Title
Two (2) Professional Faculty Directors at-large from any two (2) of the following Professional Faculties:
Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering
Faculty of Dentistry
Faculty of Medicine
Faculty of Music
Faculty of Nursing
Leslie L. Dan Faculty of Pharmacy
Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education
Faculty of Law
Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design
Toronto School of Theology



Q: Why is my College or Faculty not represented in the list above in question 2?
A: Positions from your college may be holding their own internal elections or may have been fulfilled during the Spring 2018 elections.

Q: What Executive positions are open in this Spring 2019 by-election?

A: These are the Executive positions open at this time.


Position Title Seats Available
Vice-President, Operations 1
Vice-President, Student Life 1
Vice-President, Professional Faculties 1

Q: Who can vote in the UTSU Election?

A: All UTSU members (with the exception of the General Manager) are eligible to vote in UTSU elections. UTSU Bylaw II.1 states:

The members of the Union shall be:

1. All individuals who have registered full-time in a program leading to a degree, diploma, or certificate, are taking the equivalent of a full-time course load at the University of Toronto for the current session, and who have paid membership fees to the Union.
2. Registered students of the Toronto School of Theology.
3. Registered students of the Transitional Year Program.
4. Registered students of the Professional Employment Year program.
5. Members of the Executive Committee during their respective terms in office, including the General Manager of the Union.

       Important dates:

IMPORTANT DATES Spring By-Election 2019:

Nomination Period

Begins: Monday, April 1 at  9:00 am

Ends: Friday, April 5 at 17:00 pm

*  Completed Nomination packages must be submitted to the CRO or the CRO’s designate at  

12 Hart House Circle by April 5th at 17:00 pm.  Late submissions will not be accepted.

Silent Period

Begins: Friday, April 5, 17:00 pm

Ends: Monday, April 8 at 09:00 am

All Candidates Meeting Sunday, April 7th, 14:00 – 16:00 pm

Bahen Centre, 40 George Street. Rm BH1230

UTSU All Candidate Debate

Thursday, April 11th, 2019 16:00 – 21:00 pm

Claude T Bissell Building, 140 George Street. Rm BL205

The Varsity Presidential Debate (*presidential candidates only)

March 21, 2019 5 p.m. (live streamed) 21 Sussex, second floor.


In Person Campaign Period Begins: Monday, April 8, 09:00 am

In-person Campaign Period Ends: Friday, April 12, 23:59 pm

Online Campaign Period Begins: Monday, April 8, 09:00 am

Online Campaign Period Ends: Monday April 15, 17:00 pm

Online Voting

Online Voting Period Begins: Saturday, April 13, 00:01am [Midnight]

Online Voting Period Ends: Monday, April 15, 17:00 pm


Results Posted

Unofficial Results Posted within 48 hours of the close of poll


Q. Whom can I vote for in this election?

A: Members can vote for individual seats if they belong to the constituency (e.g. members of University College can vote for directors from University College). All members can vote for every executive seat, with the exception of the Vice-President, Professional Faculties. Only members that belong to professional faculties elect the Vice-President, Professional Faculties.

Q. If I voted online but did not receive a ballot for the Director from my College/Faculty. Why?

A: If you did not receive a ballot for the director from your College/Faculty, this is because your College/Faculty has opted to run their own internal elections for their Director seat(s). You will have to contact your College/Faculty Student Association/Union for details on how to vote in their internal elections.

Q. Who is eligible to vote for these new positions?

A: This depends upon whether you are a member of an Academic or a Professional Faculty:

In the case of the Academic Directors, only UTSU members who are part of one or more of the academic categories listed above may vote for a candidate from their constituency(s).

Q. What if I am registered in more than one (1) of the academic categories listed above? In which academic category to I vote?

A: If you are registered in more than one (1) of the academic categories, you may vote in elections for Academic Directors in each category in which you are registered.

Q. I have heard that some Colleges/Faculties are holding their own elections for Directors from their constituencies, will these Director sit on the same Board and have all of the same privileges as all the other Directors?

A: Yes

Voting in UTSU Elections:

Q: What does Single Transferable Vote (STV) mean?

A: STV is a voting system that utilizes ranked balloting, allowing for proportional representation of the membership. If you wish to learn more about STV voting, click on the link provided:

Q: How do I vote with a ranked ballot?

A: On a ranked ballot, a voter indicates their preferences for who is to hold the position in question. As shown in the example below, a voter indicates their first choice with a numeral “1”, their second choice with a numeral “2” and so on for each candidate that they wish to select.

Q: Do I need to provide a rank for each candidate?

A: No, you may rank some, none, or all candidates on the ballot. The choice is yours.


Q: What is a referendum?

A: A referendum is a vote held by an organization to determine its membership’s position on a particular question. The outcome of a referendum is binding, i.e. the organization must take steps to comply with the outcome of the vote.

Q: I really want to contribute to one side of a referendum campaign, how can I get involved?

A: All referenda questions are phrased as Yes/No/Abstain questions. This means that there will be campaigning in one of two (2) categories: Yes or No. Anyone wishing to campaign on either side must form or join an advocacy committee and register its members with the Chair of the Elections and Referenda Committee (ERC) and the Chief Returning Officer (CRO) and declare its position.

Q: What information do I need to provide to establish a committee?

A: You must provide the Chair of the ERC and the CRO the following information:

1.) The full name of the Advocating Committee.
2.) The name, address and telephone number of the chief agent of the committee.

3.) The names, addresses, telephone number and title of each member of the committee.

Q: There is already an advocacy committee representing my position. Does my group have to join the existing committee or can I create another committee?

A: There can only be one (1) advocacy committee per position, i.e. Yes or No campaign. Therefore, if there is already a registered advocacy committee, all members will have to be registered and work together.

Q: What are the rules for campaigning for a position in a referendum?

A: All the rules for campaigning in a referendum are outlined in the Charter of Referenda.



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