ASOC Election

Position Descriptions

Senate Class Senators

  • Serve on at least two committees designated by the Senate.
  • Serve as liaisons and representatives to constituents.
  • Establish oneself as a resource to their constituents by hosting events and through other appropriate methods.
  • Serve in one of the following Director positions:
    • Club
    • Community Engagement
    • Diversity and Inclusion
    • Labor
    • Residential Affairs vi. Student Safety
    • Sustainability
    • Wellness
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the President or Senate.

Senate VP of Financial Affairs

  • Facilitate and host the Financial Affairs Committee.
  • Work with other members of the Senate to publicize funding guidelines and funding processes.
  • Introduce each funding request at the Senate meeting; outline any questions or concerns with each particular funding request.
  • Communicate and meet with the ASOC Finance Manager about funding allocations, reversals, and questions as often as necessary.
  • Review and draft changes to the Senate Funding Guidelines and ASOC Funding Guidelines in collaboration with the Vice President of Policies
  • Coordinate the annual budget review process.
  • Manage all capital improvement and arts endowment requests.
  • Meet semesterly with the Chief Operating Officer to offer a student perspective on the financial strategies, financial planning, and budget management functions of the College.
  • Meet with Student Service Managers to discuss operations and report back to the Senate on their achievement and address concerns.
  • Ensure that they provide an annual detailed performance report.

Senate VP of Internal Affairs

  • Facilitate the Internal Affairs Committee.
  • Moderate the Project Planning Document.
  • Facilitate appointments to the Senate.
  • Facilitate the application and/or appointment processes for student leadership positions across the Board of Trustees, campus committees,
  • councils, and working groups, when appropriate.
  • Develop and attend Senate training sessions.
  • Meet with the Chief of Administrative Affairs semesterly to discuss community building and communication with students, faculty, staff, and trustees.

Senate VP of External Affairs

  • Facilitate the External Affairs Committee.
  • Manage publicity for Senate events and referendums.
  • Manage all Senate social media and the ASOC website.
  • Program campus-wide Senate events.
  • Support Senate members that wish to host town halls or other community-based events.
  • Meet with the Vice President of Communications and Institutional Initiatives semesterly to develop the College’s visual identity and work on communication advice for organizations across the campus.
  • Collaborate with other college campuses to share best practices for elevating student voice. 

Senate VP of Academic Affairs

  • Act as a liaison between the Dean of the College and students on academic matters.
  • Meet regularly with the Registrar and faculty concerning academic affairs.
  • Manage the Textbook Reserve Program and other academic projects
  • Maintains the right to attend faculty meetings and invite a delegation of students to attend, subject to the Dean’s approval.
  • Coordinate with various academic programs and departments designed to support students including but not limited to the Center for Digital Liberal Arts (CDLA), International Programs Office (IPO), Scientific Scholars Achievement Program (SSAP), Writing Center and Disability Services. 

ASOC Finance Director

  • Work alongside the ASOC Finance Manager to oversee the financial affairs of ASOC, including each branch.
  • Work with the Executive Committee and the finance chair of each branch to review, publicize, and enforce the funding guidelines and funding processes.
  • Maintain constant communication with the finance chair of each branch about funding allocations, processes, and questions.
  • Communicate and meet with the ASOC Finance Manager about funding allocations, reversals, and questions as often as necessary.
  • The ASOC Finance Director, in consultation with the ASOC President and ASOC Finance Manager, will perform a periodic review (3&9, 6&6, 9&3 quarterly assessment) to monitor actual and projected revenues and expenditures. 
    • Upon completion of the budget review, the quarterly assessments are presented to the Executive Committee for verification, adjustment and approval.
  • Coordinate the annual budget review process and have a finalized budget for the following fiscal year ready for Executive Committee vote before the end of the school year.
  • Meet semesterly with the Chief Operating Officer to offer a student perspective on the financial strategies, financial planning, and budget management functions of the College.
  • Serve on the College’s Budget and Strategic Advisory Committee.
  • Meet with Student Service Managers to discuss operations and report back to the Executive Committee on their achievement and address concerns.
  • Ensure that they provide an annual detailed performance report. 

ASOC President

  • Serve as the primary ASOC liaison to the President of the College, the Dean of Students, and the Board of Trustees.
  • Regularly update the student body on the work of ASOC and the College.
  • Attend and chair all meetings of the Executive Committee, including moderating discussions and facilitating voting.
  • Set the agenda and send it out to the Executive Committee at least 48 hours prior to the meeting and to the campus public at least.
  • Frequently attend the meetings of each branch to give an update and to listen to the members of said branch.
  • Deliver a speech at the Orientation Welcome.
  • Set ASOC Executive Committee House Rules.
  • Sign ASOC checks at the request of the ASOC Finance Manager.
  • Create special committees contingent to the approval of the Executive Committee.
  • Advocate for increased student representation in all campus committees, councils, and working groups.
  • Work alongside relevant campus resources to provide orientation and leadership development opportunities for student leaders.
  • Serve on committees as the representative of ASOC, including the College’s Budget and Strategic Advisory Committee (BSAC), and the Equity and Inclusion Group (EIG). 

Run for Open Seats in the Upcoming Election

Running for Office

Interested in being more involved and making a difference? Running for office might be the perfect opportunity! As a part of ASOC, you’ll have the opportunity to network, gain leadership experience, and be the voice for students campus-wide. Please refer to the Election Guidelines for Eligibility Requirements.

Students running for Class Senator must acquire 20 class signatures via THIS PETITION; all other positions require 40 signatures via THIS PETITION. Please make a copy of your petition document, save it to your Google Drive, and have people sign your petition directly with their virtual signature (name and A#). You cannot sign for them. 

Please submit your virtual Google Doc petition by sharing it with the ASOC Elections Chair and Senate Advisor.

Immediately after petitions are due, there will be a short virtual candidate meeting and campaigning can begin immediately afterward. Please note campaigning for positions cannot start until the candidate meeting has taken place.

All the info you need is in the Elections Guidelines but you can also contact the ASOC Elections Chair for more information.


The mission of ASOC is to advocate on behalf of the student body, to promote discussions about how Occidental College can evolve to better serve the students, and to support and organize activities that enhance the educational, recreational, and social experience of students. All sections of ASOC serve to promote, regulate, and maintain the social and educational welfare of our student body through a student government that embodies the mission of Occidental College.