elected representation on the university’s highest governing body from: students, faculty and staff

Within CUD there is a strong commitment to continue progressing as an institution, within the decisions taken within the university we are proud to have students who actively participate in the series of decisions that are made, for this reason the university has a student council that is selected by the students themselves.

Canadian University Dubai Student Councils are non-incorporated associations, whose missions are aligned with the Mission and the Vision of Canadian University Dubai. Members of the Student Councils are full-time students in good academic standing. The Student Councils are on a volunteer basis, and are non- profit organizations.

Policy

CUD has a very clear policy where it talks about the formation of the 3 different existing student councils, the purpose of these councils, the possibility that any student can apply, no matter their ethnicity, religion, gender, or physical condition, are encouraged to be part of the Student Councils and the organization how these councils’ work.

  • Article 1 – Definition of the Student Councils

Canadian University Dubai Student Councils are non-incorporated associations, whose missions are aligned with the Mission and the Vision of Canadian University Dubai. Members of the Student Councils are full-time students in good academic standing. The Student Councils are on a volunteer basis, and are non- profit organizations.


  • Article 2 – Names of the Student Councils

The names of the three Student Councils are:

    • Canadian University Dubai Student Council - Life on Campus;

    • Canadian University Dubai Student Council - International Events and Community Outreach;

    • Canadian University Dubai Student Council - Academic Endeavors.


  • Article 3 – Mission of the Student Councils

      • Canadian University Dubai Student Councils will act as a liaison between the students and the administration, aiming at creating an environment where collaboration and friendship between students and staff are present

      • Canadian University Dubai Student Councils work towards the promotion of the good welfare of all students.

      • Canadian University Dubai Student Council encourages student life on campus, which includes promoting and participating actively in all student cultural and non-cultural events.

      • Canadian University Dubai Student Councils will act as Ambassadors to the University


  • Article 4 – Membership

All students, no matter their ethnicity, religion, gender, or physical condition, are encouraged to be part of the Student Councils. Each Student Council consists of the following six student executive positions, in addition to general student members:

      • President

      • Vice President

      • Treasurer

      • Secretary

      • Media Officer

      • Public Relations Officer Each member will be elected for a one-year term, with a possible renewal of maximum one year.


Canadian University Dubai Student Councils are open to full time students who have completed at least two semesters and who are in a good academic standing. The Student Councils’ elections are held at the beginning of each Spring semester.


  • Article 6 – Student Councils Responsibilities and Duties

The three Presidents elected to represent the three Student Councils will:

  • Act as the spokesperson for the specific Student Council (Life on Campus, International Event and Community Outreach, Academic Endeavors);

  • Aid in the appointment of new members.

  • Assign specific tasks to the new elected members.

  • Schedule meetings.

  • Participate in a weekly meeting with the appropriate Vice President.

  • Prepare and present to the Vice President the annual Student Councils report that includes the Financial Report, Activities Report, and strengths and gaps of the Student Councils.

  • Meet with Deans or Program Leaders at the end of each semester to discuss students’ concerns with regard to the particular department (Student Council - Academic Endeavors);

The three Vice Presidents elected to represent the three Student Councils will:

  • Replace the President in his/her absence.

  • Oversee the work of the other members.

  • Support the President.

  • Organize the Student Councils meetings and retreats.

  • Support in organizing events and activities.

The three Media Officers elected to represent the three Student Councils will:

  • Create and participate in the making of all marketing material for Students Councils events and activities.

  • Work closely with the Marketing Department while designing marketing materials for Student Councils events and activities.

  • Have some experience in design.

  • Support in organizing events and activities.

The three Public Relations Officers elected to represent the three Student Councils will:

  • Work closely with Communication Department while marketing student events and activities.

  • Work with the Manager of Student Services in the establishment of corporate and companies’ sponsorships.

  • Support in organizing events and activities.

The three Secretaries elected to represent the three Student Councils will:

  • Schedule meetings.

  • Take the minutes of all Student Councils meetings.

  • Maintain a record of all events and activities held during the academic year.

  • Write office correspondence if needed.

  • Support in organizing events and activities.

The three Treasurers elected to represent the three Student Councils will:

  • Keep and maintain all financial records of the Student Councils.

  • Submit a financial report at the end of each semester.

  • Support in organizing events and activities. Volunteer Student Members will:

  • Promote the Student Councils activities events.

  • Support all Student Councils activities and operations.


  • Staff advisors

The immediate supervisor of the Student Councils is the University Senate. The Dean of Student Affairs will guide and advice the Presidents of the Student Councils.


  • Article 7– Requirements for remaining in Student Councils

      • Student Council members are required to attend all Student Councils scheduled meetings; members should inform the President of the Student Council for a non-attendance.

      • Members of the Student Councils are bound to their duties, and responsibilities.

      • Members of the Student Councils must maintain the required CGPA.


  • Article 8 – Resignation from Office

Members of the Student Councils wanting to resign from office must submit a written letter of resignation to the University Senate and the Dean of Student Affairs. The University Senate will hold a re-election two week after the resignation is presented. The Vice President will replace the President until the newly elected President is voted. For any other position, members can appoint other members to serve in the vacant position.


  • Article 9 – Removal from Office

Members can and will be removed from office for unexcused absences from official meetings, non-performance, or non-participation in Student Councils activities and events. Also, members can be removed if they fail to maintain their CGPA. The removal will be made official by the University Senate and this official removal will be communicated in official letter to the Chairman of the Board of Trustees.

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The university has certain requirements for a candidate to be eligible to vote for the three councils.

President and Vice President

  • Should be a full-time undergraduate student, who has completed at least two semesters.

  • Should and must have a CGPA of 3.0 or above; failure to maintain this CGPA will result in dismissal from office.

  • Should commit to enroll for Fall, Spring, and Summer of their elected term of office;

  • Should have demonstrated some leadership at Canadian University Dubai.

  • Should apply by filling out the Student Councils application form available at the Student Affairs Department.

  • Should submit his/her resume, and one photo to the Student Affairs Department.

  • Should pass the interviews with the University Senate Executive Committee and the Dean of Student Affairs.

  • Should submit a list of 30 students who support his/her nomination.


Other Officers

  • Should be a full-time undergraduate student, who has completed at least two semesters.

  • Should and must have a CGPA of 2.5 or above; failure to maintain this CGPA will result in dismissal from office.

  • Should commit to enroll for Fall, Spring, and Summer of their elected term of office.

  • Should have demonstrated some leadership at Canadian University Dubai.

  • Should apply by filling out the Student Councils application form available at the Student Affairs Department.

  • Should submit his/her resume, and one photo to the Student Affairs Department.

  • Should pass the interviews with the University Senate and the Dean of Student Affairs.

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The Elections rules and procedures are as follows:

  • Rules, Procedures and Responsibilities

    • A list of 30 students who support a candidate running for the president or vice president position is required. This list should be submitted according to the deadline of the election to the University Senate;

  • Each candidate must complete the election registration form and submit it to the University Senate. This form should include the candidate’s specific position he or she wishes to run for;

  • Candidates cannot apply for more than one position;

  • Candidates should prepare a three to four-minute campaign speech which should be presented during an assembly;

  • Candidates should prepare themselves to participate in open debates;

  • Campaign materials such as flyers and posters should be approved by either the Dean of Student Affairs or the VP of Academic Affairs before they are displayed;

  • Only current full-time and part-time students are eligible to vote;

  • Results of the Student Councils vote will be announced two days after the elections are complete; • Members of the Student Councils who were dismissed or resigned cannot run for elections;

  • At the end of each semester, the Manager of Student Services will review the CGPAs and the performances of all Student Councils members.


  • Elections Code of Conduct

The Election Committee has a mandate to ensure that the election process is fair and impartial. Violation of the elections code of conduct will result in sanctions such as temporary or permanent suspension from campaigning and, in extreme cases, the candidate’s name will be removed from the elections list.

The following rules are to be followed during the elections:

    • Candidates should refrain from making deceptive or misleading statements during their candidacy;

    • Candidates should refrain from attacking each other during the election campaign;

    • Candidates must have all their campaign material approved and signed by the Dean of Student Affairs;

    • Candidates must hold their speeches one week before the elections;

    • Candidates must remove all their campaign material one week after the elections.

The elections of the Student Councils are held every Spring Semester. Meetings are open to all Canadian University Dubai Students.


  • Voting Procedures

      • Voting procedures will be the responsibility of The Elections Committee under the supervision of the University Senate and the Dean of Student Affairs;

      • The Elections Committee will ensure that all voters are current Canadian University Dubai students;

      • Voting will be open to all full time and part time student enrolled in the current academic year;

      • Voting Students will be allowed to vote once, and must show their Canadian University Dubai ID to the members of the Elections Committee before voting;

      • Blank votes and ballots improperly marked will be voided;

      • Voting will last two days and will start after one week of campaigning.


  • Disputes and Violations

      • Candidates who violate the election code of conduct will be subject to sanction from the Elections Committee;

      • Complaints against any candidate’s conduct during the election campaign must be reported in writing to the appropriate Vice President;

      • Written complaints will be dismissed if they are not filed within 3 school days after the incident took place;

      • Violations of the Elections Code of Conduct will lead to a hearing by the Elections Committee;

      • Candidates will be informed in writing of the decision of the Elections Committee

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Canadian University Dubai Student Councils are open to full time students who have completed at least two semesters and who are in a good academic standing. The Student Councils’ elections are held at the beginning of each Spring semester.

Qualifications of Student Council

Members President and Vice President

    • Should be a full time undergraduate student, who has completed at least two semesters;

    • Should and must have a CGPA of 3.0 or above; failure to maintain this CGPA will result in dismissal from office;

    • Should commit to enroll for Fall, Spring, and Summer of their elected term of office;

    • Should have demonstrated some leadership at Canadian University Dubai;

    • Should apply by filling out the Student Councils application form available at the Student Affairs Department;

    • Should submit his/her resume, and one photo to the Student Affairs Department;

    • Should pass the interviews with the University Senate Executive Committee and the Dean of Student Affairs;

    • Should submit a list of 30 students who support his/her nomination. Other Officers

    • Should be a full time undergraduate student, who has completed at least two semesters;

    • Should and must have a CGPA of 2.5 or above; failure to maintain this CGPA will result in dismissal from office;

    • Should commit to enroll for Fall, Spring, and Summer of their elected term of office;

    • Should have demonstrated some leadership at Canadian University Dubai;

    • Should apply by filling out the Student Councils application form available at the Student Affairs Department;

    • Should submit his/her resume, and one photo to the Student Affairs Department;

    • Should pass the interviews with the University Senate and the Dean of Student Affairs

CUD always invites all students of the different programs to participate in the annual election process, as well as to manage the process so that it is as peaceful and fair as possible.

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CUD makes the student council a strong committee within the university structure, having a strong relationship with the Disciplinary committee and with the higher bodies of the university.

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