Are you hoping to advocate for students, financially support nearly 200 campus organizations, and develop as a leader to improve the CWRU community? Then consider running in the 2017 - 2018 USG Election!

Elections Timeline:

  • April 4, 4:00-5:00pm - Campaign Workshop, Tinkham Veale University Center Student Org Center
  • April 6, 11:59pm - Letter of Intent Submissions Close
  • April 6, 7:00PM-8:00PM - MANDATORY Candidates Meeting, Tinkham Veale University Center Student Org Center
  • April 7 - Campaigning Begins after candidates sign the candidates agreement
  • April 13, 8:00AM - Polls Open
  • April 14, 11:59PM - Polls Close

Letters of Intent should be no longer than one page and should contain the candidate's reasons for wanting to be a Representative or Executive Member, as well as any relevant qualifications the candidate may possess for the position.


The following positions are open to any undergraduate seeking office in the Undergraduate Student Government:

Representative Positions:

  • College of Arts & Sciences Representatives - act as the voice and vote of the College of Arts and Sciences and are elected at a ratio of 100 students to 1 representative.  Representatives serve on a caucus which involves the representatives from the same constituency, as well as a committee where they work on initiatives to solve student issues. For the 2017-2018 academic year there are approximately 14 Representative positions available. 
  • College of Engineering Representatives - act as the voice and vote of the College of Engineering and are elected at a ratio of 100 students to 1 representative.  Representatives serve on a caucus which involves the representatives from the same college, as well as a committee where they work on initiatives to solve student issues. For the 2017-2018 academic year there are approximately 15 Representative positions available. 
  • Frances Payne Bolton College of Nursing Representatives - act as the voice and vote of the College of Nursing and are elected at a ratio of 100 students to 1 representative.  Representatives serve on a caucus which involves the representatives from the same college, as well as a committee where they work on initiatives to solve student issues. For the 2017-2018 academic year there are 3 Representative positions available. 
  • Weatherhead School of Management Representatives - act as the voice and vote of the Weatherhead School of Management and are elected at a ratio of 100 students to 1 representative.  Representatives serve on a caucus which involves the representatives from the same college, as well as a committee where they work on initiatives to solve student issues. For the 2017-2018 academic year there are 3 Representative positions available. 

Executive Positions:

  • President - The role of the Student Body President is two-fold. Externally, the President is expected to represent the student voice at CWRU, whether that be in meetings with the administration and the Board of Trustees, or sitting on various university committees. Internally, the President leads the Executive committee of the Undergraduate Student Government, overseeing five Vice Presidents and the internally appointed members. To be successful in this position requires a strong work ethic, ability to manage and motivate others, and willingness to fight for the rights of students at CWRU. At least one semester of prior experience serving in USG required.
  • Vice-President of Finance - The Vice President of Finance is tasked with managing USG's budget, both internally and externally, overseeing the Finance Committee in allocating the Student Activities Fee to USG recognized organizations and overseeing the treasurers in regards to club reimbursements. The Finance Committee is tasked with allocating the SAF, recognizing student organizations, and addressing issues facing student organizations. Additionally the VP of Finance serves as the main point of contact for student organizations. At least one semester serving on USG Finance Committee is required.
  • Vice-President of Student Life - The Vice President of Student Life chairs the Student Life Committee that is charged with the responsibility of addressing campus life issues to the administration. The SL Committee handles issues including, but not limited to, campus services (health/safety/security, transportation/parking, fitness, access), diversity and inclusion, community service development, facilities/maintenance, and other student affairs related topics.
  • Vice-President of Academic Affairs - The Vice President of Academic Affairs is responsible for - heading USG's Academic Affairs Committee, serving as the undergraduate representative on the Faculty Senate Committee on Undergraduate Education (FSCUE), the Faculty Senate, and the Provosts Commission on the Undergraduate Experience (PCUE). The VP of Academic Affairs functions as the bridge between the student body and university administrative offices focused on academics or academic costs such as Undergraduate Studies, the Office of the Provost, the Office of Enrollment Management. The Vice President of Academic Affairs primarily focuses on undergraduate education costs, university policies, teaching and learning pedagogues, and any other decisions that affect overall undergraduate education.
  • Vice-President of Public Relations - The Vice President of Public Relations is charged with the responsibility of directing the Public Relations Committee to publicize USG meetings, forums, and other related activities, events, information, and developments to the University community. The VP of PR will serve as a liaison between USG and other media organizations in handling advertising, marketing, and publicity. He or she shall also be in charge of USG campus events and programming.
  • Vice-President of Information Technology - The Vice President of IT chairs the USG IT committee that is charged with handling all technological concerns of the USG (including, but not limited to, printing, wireless access and online resources). The VP of IT also coordinates electronic communications within USG, maintains the USG website, leads technological initiatives and advocates information technology concerns of the students.
  • Chief Judicial Officer - The CJO chairs the Judicial Board that handles matters of oversight and review within USG as well as student organization conflicts. The CJO is responsible for USG's compliance with its governing documents and the maintenance of its legistlation.