Trinity College elections are held in March each year. Check out the Electoral Guide 2017 to see which positions you can run for.
To run for a position you must be nominated as well as seconded by two different members of college. All nominees, nominators and seconders must agree to abide by the rules and customs of the college regarding elections. If you have any questions or concerns, please email the CRO at firstname.lastname@example.org. Once nominations have closed, the CRO/DRO will contact the nominees to ensure that they are willing to accept their nomination. Nomination forms can be completed online.
Elections at Trinity take place over three weeks: Week 1, Week 2, and Week 3. Elections for positions with the highest amount of responsibility and importance are held in the first week. Voting is conducted online and requires a personalized student code and birthdate to ensure legitimacy in counting. Trinity employs a preferential voting system where students rank the candidates in order of desirability. Furthermore, the option to add “Reopen Nominations” to a ballot is also available, should a voter wish to see the election reopened with different candidates.
If you choose to run or would like more information about elections, be sure to check out the Trinity College Electoral Policy (January 2017).
A history of the outcome of Trinity’s elections can be found here.
Forums are an opportunity for the candidates for Head of College, Arts, Non-Residence Affairs and TCM Chair, to introduce themselves to the college and answer questions from students on their plans for Trinity College community life & governance. To keep up to date with forums for the 2017 Elections, join the Heads & TCM Forums 2017 Facebook group.
WEEK ONE ELECTIONS
These positions often require page-long position papers with photos and are distributed online as well as in hard copy in Strachan Hall.. The seven students chosen during Week 1 elections are responsible for major parts of college governance and social life. All Student Heads are responsible for a common room at Trinity. Female Heads of College and Arts alternate each year between Whitaker House and No Name House, while Male Heads of College and Arts alternate between Welch House and Massey House. Male and Female Non-Resident Heads are responsible for the Non-Resident Affairs Committee (NRAC) Common Room in the Buttery.
- Head of College: These two elected individuals are foundational to college life and University of Toronto campus life. The Heads of College help represent Trinity to the broader U of T community and organize social events, such as the Heads’ Pub Night and Quad Party along with the four other Heads. The Heads of College also have seats on the Board of Stewards and Finance Committee.
- Heads of Arts: These two Heads are responsible for student social life at the college, accordingly, they are the most engaged with planning social outings and events in accordance with the social calendar set by the Board of Stewards. While they are predominantly interested in the student social experience, these two elected representatives are active participants in college governance through their seats on the Board of Stewards and Finance Committee. As mentioned above, the Heads of Arts are each responsible for a common room at Trinity.
- Heads of Non-Residents: These two individuals are responsible for representing non-resident student community at Trinity and jointly chairing the Non-Resident Affairs Committee (NRAC). These two Heads also plan social events such as Heads’ Pub Night and Quad Party alongside the four other Heads but also, they are responsible for organizing NRAC Halloween. Frequently found in the NRAC common room in the Buttery, these two also sit on the Board of Stewards and Finance Committee.
- TCM Chair: The chair of Trinity’s student government, the Trinity College Meeting (TCM), this position is highly involved in college-level governance and acts as an unbiased steady hand throughout the year’s eight TCMs. These meetings often cover topics of wide import, including constitutional amendments, club funding, event proposals, Travel Fund requests, and university-relations. The TCM Chair also has a seat on the Board of Stewards and Finance Committee.
WEEK TWO ELECTIONS
These elections traditionally include major Trinity College Literary Institution (The Lit) positions, major TCM positions (excluding the Chair), the three Trinity Senate representatives, as well as the Presidents and Treasurers of Trinity’s levied clubs.
WEEK THREE ELECTIONS
These elections include the remaining positions, such as the Secretaries and Vice-Presidents of the levied clubs, the editorial staff of the Salterrae, Trinity’s magazine, and the Stephanos, Trinity’s yearbook. Members-at-Large for the Board of Stewards and Finance Committee are also elected during Week 3.