Eli Ridder | Analysis

Two campaigns have started some three months in advance of the by-election for the remaining senate seat representing the University of Guelph-Humber on the 162-member Guelph Senate, but what exactly do the senators do?

Five candidates formally entered the race over the last week and what they’re fighting for is to have say over academic programs, regulations and policies.

Follow the by-election: Election 2018

This is according to the University of Guelph Act, which established the Senate and its jurisdiction that guides its both elected and ex-officio members gathered from the student population and paid faculty.

The Act outlines the responsibilities of the Senate which includes electing the Chancellor; to control, regulate and determine the educational policy of the university; to conduct examinations and appoint examiners; and give out degrees, among other tasks.

Essentially, senators take on academic policy for the university. This differs from the socially-focused IGNITE student government.

The University of Guelph-Humber has four seats on the Guelph Senate out of 162 senators, with one senator per program at Guelph along with faculty ex officio representatives.

The winner of the by-election would join incumbents Dilshan Jayasingh and Dalton Beseau, as well as newcomer Genevieve Samlal, as the senatorial team representing Guelph-Humber.

More coverage to follow. Image of the University of Guelph-Humber from The Globe and Mail. 


Written by Eli Ridder

Eli Ridder is a journalism student at the University of Guelph-Humber and a senior correspondent for multiple independent publications including, but not limited to, The Anon Journal, Berning Media Network and the Ribbon. Find out more at eliridder.ca

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