Join Student Senate
Fall and Spring Elections
Both Fall and Spring Elections are hosted by the Student Senate. All eligible members of the student body are able to participate in the election
There are 2 elections every year. During the Spring semester elections 40 general senate seats are open to eligible students. During the Fall semester election all seats that opened up during the summer and 5 Freshman seats are open to eligible students.
If seats become open during the Fall semester an internal election will be held to fill those seats. Each seat is voted on by the student senate itself, not the student body.
Follow these steps to run for Student Senate and make a difference at URI:
Quick Glance Steps
- Read the elections letter (posted soon)
- Come to the Student Senate office to sign a declaration form, bring photo ID.
- Campaign Guide
- Vote during the election days
Stop by the Student Senate office, room 201 in the Memorial Union, with any questions.
Different Senate Seats
1 Representative for each College: Arts & Sciences, Business, Education and Professional Studies Engineering, Environment & Life Sciences, Health Sciences, Nursing, Pharmacy, and University College)
Academic College Representatives – represent the interests of students within the eight academic colleges. Each college elects one representative, who also serves as the Liaison to the college. These representatives work with Deans and departments of their college to enhance student life and address college-specific problems. They may also work with student advisory boards if the college has one.
At-Large Representatives – represent the general interests of the student body as a whole. These positions are open to any student, and all students can vote for them. The representatives work on the issues that affect the student community as a whole.
On-Campus Housing Representatives – represent the interests of students living on the physical campus of URI (i.e. dorms, apartments, suites, Fraternity Circle, transfer houses, the Diversity House, IEP houses, etc). The representatives make up the On-Campus Housing Caucus and meet with Housing & Residential Life to work on issues relating to on-campus living.
Off-Campus Housing Representatives – represent the interests of students living in the near by off-campus neighborhoods (i.e Narragansett, Bonnet Shores, Pt. Judith, Eastward Look, etc). The representatives make up the Off-Campus Housing Caucus and meet with the Commuter Housing Office to work on issues relating to off-campus living and commuting.