Vassar Student Association

Fall 2016 Elections


Each fall, the the Vassar Student Association (VSA) holds elections for the first year students at Vassar. Holding an elected VSA position—whether it be on your class council, your House Team, or a joint committee—is a tremendous way to get even more involved in your new community. We encourage every student in the Class of 2019 to read through the descriptions of the open positions below, and consider running for a position. The Vassar Student Association shapes an incredible amount of the student experience at Vassar. Representatives are essentially the architects of campus life. We govern ourselves; we certify new organizations and publications and performing groups; we sit with faculty and administrators on policy and student life committees; we plan scholarly conferences and throw all-campus parties; and we point out institutional problems and come up with solutions. Vassar is unique as its students enjoy guaranteed shared governance, which means that we have the power to shape not only our own experience at Vassar but also policies that will influence the future direction of the College. Becoming an elected VSA officer is a serious responsibility, but it's a unique and important way to contribute to your institution. Don't pass up this opportunity to get involved!

More information about the Fall 2016 elections.

Candidates | Results

Election Dates

Date Time
Tuesday, September 6th7 pmInformation Session [Location TBD]
Friday, September 9th12 pmFiling beings
Wednesday, September 14th12 pmFiling ends
Wednesday, September 14th5 pmMandatory Candidate's Meeting
Wednesday, September 14th[after meeting]Campaigning Begins immediately following the Candidate's Meeting
Monday, September 19th12 pmCampaigning concludes
Monday, September 19th12 pmVoting begins
Wednesday, September 21th12 pmVoting ends

What 2020 positions are available?

VSA Senate Positions

2020 Senator for Activities

2020 Senator for Strategic Planning

2020 Senator for Student Affairs

House Team Positions

Lathrop First Year Representative

Davison First Year Representative

Cushing First Year Representative

Noyes First Year Representative

Raymond First Year Representative

Strong First Year Representative

Joss First Year Representative

Jewett First Year Representative

Main First Year Representative

Judicial Board [4 total]

First Year Representative [1]

First Year Representative [2]

First Year Representative [3]

First Year Representative [4]

Joint Committees

Committee on College Life 2020 Representative

Committee on Admissions and Financial Aid 2020 Representative

Are there any other ways to get involved?

There are a number of (mostly) open committees and meetings that allow any VSA member to actively participate.
VSA Council Meetings
VSA Council meetings are open and allow non-elected students to speak at almost any time. They occur every Sunday of the Academic Year at 7pm in the College Center MPR.
VSA Committees
Any VSA member (matriculated student of Vassar College) can sit on the Operations, Student Life, Academics, and Activities committees.
Class Council Meetings
Class Councils are required to hold regular meetings. Each Class Council may determine whether or not it would like open meetings. In the past, most Class Councils have opted to allow any student of the respective class to participate.
House Team Meetings
House Teams hold weekly meetings that include House Officers as well as a number of Residential Life student representatives (Student Fellows, House Fellow Interns, House Student Advisers, etc.). Certain Houses allow their meetings to be open, while others do not. Feel free to contact a House officer, or your Student Fellow for more information once the Houses open.

I want to get involved, but I still have questions about the position. Who should I talk to?

The Vassar Student Association is a widespread organization, and it can often be confusing to new (and even returning) students. We are here to help. If you have any questions about the positions or the elections (time commitment, responsibilities, etc.), do not hesitate to contact the Board of Elections and Appointments. We also encourage you to read about the VSA to understand some of the broader functions of student government at Vassar. To understand the VSA in depth, feel free to read the VSA Governing Documents.

How to File

Declare a candidacy requires the following information.
» Your full name (You can optionally add a nick name in the following form: Jayden 'Jay' Jones).
» The title of the position you are filing for (view the complete list of open positions).
» A candidate statement. (To get an idea of the scope and length of a typical candidate statement, feel free to review last year’s candidate statements.) If you would prefer to not submit a statement at this time, you may leave the box blank. Your candidate statement will appear along with your name on the voting (ballot) page of the respective position.

A filing deadline will be set during the beginning of the Fall Semester. STUDENTS WHO FAIL TO FILE BEFORE THIS TIME WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO RUN IN SPRING ELECTIONS. There are absolutely no exceptions to this rule. After the filing deadline and until 24 hours before voting begins, you will still be able to add or change your candidate statement. To do so, simply email

Filing has closed.


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