AUSU elections allow AU undergraduate students to elect their student council who then, in turn, elect the executive council. Elections for thirteen council seats are typically held every two years unless council vacancies occur which could require a by-election.
Upcoming 2021 By-Election
Join the race in the upcoming AUSU Student Council by-election and make a difference with fellow students! Nominations open May 25 to fill six seats, with the election in June.
Any AUSU member, meaning anyone currently taking undergrad courses at AU, can run for council. All work is done remotely through email and teleconference, so you can run from anywhere and students from all branches of learning are wanted!
It’s a student leadership opportunity you don’t want to miss! Get involved, build on your experience, and represent your peers as part of an amazing team!
What do AUSU councillors do?
AUSU student councillors represent AU undergrads and advocate on their behalf. They also guide and direct the students’ union organization through its mission, vision, and values. Councillors attend regular council and committee meetings over teleconference and develop strategic plans, policies, bylaws, annual budgets, and more while serving their two-year term. Review councillor responsibilities in Policy 2.14.
Four executive positions are annually elected by the student council themselves. These positions are President, VP External, VP Finance and Administration, and VP Community and Wellness. Learn more about executive responsibilities and compensation in Policy 2.03 and Policy 2.15.
The day-to-day operations of AUSU are managed by a dedicated team of 5 staff members, however, the organization is student-led by the elected council and executives.
Benefits of being on Council
When elected as an AUSU Student Councillor, you:
- advocate for AU undergraduate students;
- nurture a student community of distance education learners from around the world;
- join an amazing team of staff and councillors who serve the student body;
- provide services and support to AUSU members;
- learn about university management and post-secondary education on the provincial and national level;
- gain governance expertise developing goals and strategic plans, approving budgets, reading and revising policies, conducting meetings, voting on motions, and more;
- sit on AUSU committees to help guide and direct the organization;
- get paid an honorarium for meetings including $75 per council meeting; and
- so much more!
Your Vote in AUSU Elections
AUSU council guides and directs your students’ union in providing services, support, and advocacy for AU students and contributes to creating a vibrant online student community.
AUSU is tackling many important topics throughout the next two years, including:
- a tuition increase of 7% for 20-21, with potential 7% increases for 2 more years
- impacts of COVID-19 on AU studies
- a new AU Virtual Learning Environment with major online infrastructure changes
- support and advocacy for marginalized and underrepresented students
- service standards and timelines at AU
- relevance and competitiveness of distance education
Council meets with AU administration and government officials, influencing decisions being made on these important topics. The students you elect decide what priorities AUSU focuses on.
How does a by-election work?
Students are invited to nominate themselves to run for council and then official candidates are announced after the nomination period.
Candidates campaign to the membership and include candidate biographies on our website. Candidates may utilize the AU Student Mobile App, AUSU Forum, and social media. The AUSU website provides updated campaign and candidate information, and regular updates will be circulated by social media and email.
Voting is done by electronic ballot which circulates to all AUSU members. A public teleconference will be held to announce the election results, following which the election results will also be posted online.
Four executive positions are annually elected by the student council themselves. These positions are President, VP External, VP Finance and Administration, and VP Community and Wellness.
The complete election rules are outlined in AUSU Policy 3.01: Election Conduct.
Find more info on AUSU elections and procedures in section 3 of the policy manual.
Discover councillor roles, responsibilities, and benefits in section 2 of the policy manual.
For any other questions on AUSU elections, please contact [email protected].