|Role of ASMC|
|How to run for office|
Thank you for your interest in running for a position on the Associated Students of Moorpark College (ASMC) Board of Directors! Questions about running for a student government position for the 2020-2021 academic year can be directed to ASMC's Director of Constitution & Rules at ASMCStandingRules@vcccd.edu.
Questions about ASMC and other opportunities for getting involved in student life on campus can be directed to the Student Activities Specialist, Kristen Robinson, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please click on any of the quick links below to learn more about ASMC elections, or visit the Ventura County Community College District (VCCCD) website.
The Associated Students of Moorpark College (ASMC) Board of Directors hold weekly meetings and activate ad hoc committees to discuss ways to enrich student life on campus and to address current issues facing Moorpark College students. In addition to attending the weekly Board of Directors meetings, Board members also serve on college participatory, advisory, and group committees. The Board of Directors hosts campus events, such as Club Rush, Movie Nights, and Raiders Got Talent!, and they participate in campus-wide events including Constitution Day and Multicultural Day. Each Board member is expected to serve at least 3 hours per week in the Student Activities Office, making student ID cards and being available to answer student questions.
According to Moorpark College’s Making Decisions document, the ASMC Board of Directors is recognized by the college as the representative body of the students. In their role representing all students, they offer opinions and make recommendations to the administration of the college and to the governing board with regard to Ventura County Community College District (VCCCD) and MC policies and procedures that will have a significant effect on students. The specific areas of their purview are:
- grading policies;
- codes of student conduct;
- academic disciplinary policies;
- curriculum development;
- courses or programs which should be initiated or discontinued;
- processes for institutional planning and budget development;
- standards and policies regarding student preparation and success;
- student services planning and development;
- student fees within authority of the district to adopt; and
- any other district and college policy, procedure, or related matter that the district governing board determines will have significant effect on students.
The VCCCD Governing Board agrees to provide students with an opportunity to formulate recommendations through council/committee participation and to give the recommendations and positions developed by students reasonable consideration. Similarly, the Academic Senate consults with the Associated Students prior to making recommendations that impact student interests.
The 11-person ASMC student government is volunteer-based, with students gaining leadership, project management, communication, and other professional skills. In addition to these elected positions, the ASMC Board of Directors may appoint Associated Student Delegates to represent the student body on various campus-wide committees and to assist ASMC with events, activities, and projects as needed. Elections occur annually during the spring semester. Eligible students may run for the following positions:
The President of the Associated Students of Moorpark College serves as the official spokesperson for ASMC and the broader Moorpark College student body, serving as a liaison between college and district administration and the students. The President presides over all of the ASMC Board of Directors meetings, preparing the weekly agendas and distributing them in accordance with the Brown Act, and is responsible for all of the executive functions of the Board, carrying out orders, sanctions, and resolutions as effectively as possible. ASMC President is also an authorized signatory on all ASMC funding accounts, and makes nominations for vacant ASMC Board positions. Click here to view full job description.
- Vice President
In addition to assuming the responsibilities of the President in her/his absence, the Vice President oversees the appointment of Board members to college committees and oversees attendance at committee meetings. The Vice President reviews letters of intent for vacant Board positions and makes recommendations for said appointments to the President. The Vice President is also responsible for overseeing the internal administrative duties of the Board of Directors and serves as Vice Chair of the Inter-Club Council. Click here to view full job description.
- Director of Academic Affairs
The Director of Academic Affairs represents ASMC on matters of academic and educational policy by serving on both the Curriculum Committee and the Academic Senate. This position also oversees the ASMC Scholarship Program and Commissioned Arts Program, and plans at least one cultural and/or educational field trip each year for ASMC that is also open to the broader campus community.
- Director of Budget and Finance
The Director of Budget and Finance develops ASMC's annual operating budget and monitors and tracks spending of the Board's nine (9) trust accounts. This position also serves as a signatory on all ASMC trust accounts, represents ASMC on the College Fiscal Planning Committee, and acts as Chair of the ASMC Programming Committee, which provides funding to groups aimed at enhancing student life at Moorpark College. Click here to view full job description.
- Director of Campus Events
The Director of Campus Events oversees and facilitates all ASMC events and activities, manages materials related to events, and serves as a lead on any activities that are co-led with other Moorpark College clubs or units. This position serves as a voting member of the ASMC Programming Committee, and if a Campus Events ad hoc Committee is established, this position would serve as its Chair. This position also is responsible for representing ASMC and the broader student community on matters of non-academic administrative policy concerning the use of campus facilities for student programming.
- Director of Constitution & Standing Rules
The Director of Constitution & Standing Rules makes sure that ASMC operates within its own pre-established guidelines, as well as local, state, and federal regulations related to ASMC's operations (e.g., the California Education Code, California Brown Act and parliamentary procedure). This position also serves as Chairperson of the ad hoc Elections Committee, records late arrivals and absences of ASMC Board members to mandatory meetings, and takes meeting minutes for the Board of Directors' regular meetings. Click here to view full job description.
- Director of External Affairs
The Director of External Affairs assists the President and Board of Directors in coordinating advocacy efforts on behalf of students' interests and serves as the primary representative to off-campus entities. This includes representing ASMC at all monthly Ventura County Community College District Board of Trustee meetings, as well as serving as ASMC's official delegate for the Student Senate for California Community Colleges (SSCCC) Region VI monthly meetings. When appropriate, the Director of External Affairs collaborates with the Moorpark College Outreach Office to engage local high schools and other off-site entities.
- Director of Public Relations
The Director of Public Relations promotes all ASMC projects and events using ASMC social media accounts, the Moorpark Reporter, and other outlets. The Director of Public Relations serves on the Inter-Club Council, and collaborates with other ASMC Directors as well as club representatives to promote student life activities on campus. Click here to view full job description.
- Director of Student Organizations
Serving as ASMC's primary liaison between Moorpark College clubs, the Director of Student Organizations serves as Chairperson for the Inter-Club Council and as a voting member of the ASMC Programming Committee. This position works with the Director of Campus Events and Director of Public Relations to plan, market, and implement our Club Rush events each semester, and monitors clubs' activities by collecting roll sheets and meeting agendas. Click here to view full job description.
- Director of Student Services
The Director of Student Services works to develop projects and activities that promote the health, welfare, and safety fo the Moorpark College student body. This position represents ASMC and students on Moorpark College's administrative committees, such as the Student Services Council, Safety Advisory Committee, and Campus Environment Committee. The Director of Student Services also leads the college ID cardholder benefits program.
- Director of Sustainability
The ASMC Director of Sustainability oversees those activities which enhance environmental advocacy, education, and sustainability or which address environmental issues at Moorpark College. This position chairs the Associated Students Sustainability Committee and represents ASMC on the Campus Environment Committee. The Director of Sustainability also oversees the Sustainability Project Scholarship program, which allows students to apply for one-time funds to support small-scale sustainability projects on campus.
Detailed information about each position's role and responsibilities can be found in the ASMC Constitution and Standing Rules.
Students may also run for the VCCCD Student Trustee position. California state law requires the Board of Trustees of each community college district to have at least one non-voting student member recognized as Student Trustee. Student Trustees represent students at all three VCCCD campuses to the District's administration and Board of Trustees on issues important to its constituents. Student Trustees are expected to attend the monthly VCCCD Board of Trustees meetings and should become educated about board and district-wide issues. Contact Kristen Robinson at email@example.com for more information about the VCCCD Student Trustee position.
ASMC also appoints Associated Student Delegates. Delegates are appointed by the ASMC Board to represent the student body on campus-wide advisory committees and assist ASMC in events, activities, and projects as needed. Contact the ASMC Vice President at ASMCVP@vcccd.edu for more information about the Associated Students Delegates program.
To learn more about the students serving on this year's ASMC Board of Directors, visit their profiles here.
All candidates for Student Trustee and ASMC positions must meet the following minimum qualifications:
- Be at least 18 years of age prior to assuming office
- Be currently registered at Moorpark College
- Be continuously enrolled in 5 or more units when declaring candidacy and during term of office (excluding summer and winter intersessions)
- Hold and maintain during term of election and term of office a semester and cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher
- Be in good standing academically, not currently on academic or disciplinary probation, have not violated the Student Code of Conduct, and have not been expelled from a college-based Associated Students position
Additional requirements for candidates for the Student Trustee and ASMC President and Vice President positions:
- Must have completed a minimum of 12 units taken at the candidate's primary campus by the end of the current spring semester. Student Trustee candidates may not have earned more than 80 units within the Ventura County Community College District (VCCCD).
- Shall not hold the position of Student Trustee concurrently with that of an Associated Students position at any of the VCCCD campuses.
Following a student's submission of a completed Student Election Application and Eligibility Verification, the ASMC advisor will verify each candidate's standing, unit requirements, and GPA standing with the Admissions & Records office before approving the student's candidacy. The ASMC advisor will then forward the candidates' verification forms to the VCCCD Chancellor's Office.
All accepted potential candidates for ASMC positions must attend one Candidates Meeting. These meetings are facilitated by the ASMC ad hoc Elections Committee. Student Trustee candidates must attend a Candidates Meeting at their primary campus facilitated by the Associated Students Elections Committee and one additional Student Trustee Candidates Meeting at the VCCCD District Administrative Center in Camarillo, CA. Student election standard operating practices will be reviewed at the Candidates Meetings, and all candidates are responsible for knowing and adhering to these practices. Election Packets are distributed via email to candidates. Please email ASMCStandingRules@vcccd.edu to arrange a virtual Candidates Meeting.
Elections for the Associated Students of Moorpark College Board of Directors positions and for the Ventura County Community College District (VCCCD) Student Trustee position occur in April each year. Please contact ASMC Director of Constitution & Rules at ASMCStandingRules@vcccd.edu with any questions regarding ASMC elections. View the VCCCD's Associated Students Elections 2020 Handbook online for additional details on election policies and procedures.
To run for office, students must complete the following steps*:
- Attend a Candidates Meeting. All applicants are required to attend a Candidates Meeting at their primary institution to learn more about the policies and procedures surrounding ASMC Elections. Additionally, Student Trustee applicants will be put in contact with a Chancellor designee for a follow up training specific to their role. Please email ASMCStandingRules@vcccd.edu to arrange a virtual Candidates Meeting.
- Submit an application and Candidate's Platform. Applications for both the ASMC Board of Directors positions and the Student Trustee position are available online (click here to access online application). The ASMC student advisor and the Elections Committee chair will verify your eligibility to run for office and follow up with applicants via the email listed on their application. Applications and Candidate Platform Statements are due by Monday, April 13, 2020 at 12:00pm (noon) PST.
- Begin campaigning as prescribed in the Elections Handbook!
*In some instances step 1 and step 2 can be interchanged, though the online application and the online Platform Statement both must be submitted by April 13 at noon, and students must attend a Candidates Meeting before becoming eligible to be placed on the ballot.
Spring 2020 Election Timeline
||VCCCD will announce elections district-wide.
||Student Election Applications will be available online. Student Election Applications are only available until noon on Monday, April 13, 2020.|
||Candidates Meetings take place in the Student Activities Office (Campus Center). Please email ASMCStandingRules@vcccd.edu to arrange a virtual Candidates Meeting.|
||All Student Election Applications are due by noon.
||Students may vote electronically via their My.VCCCD.edu portal or at on-campus polling sites beginning at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 21 and until 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 22.|
||Election results will be posted no later than 8:00 p.m.
||Run-off election, if necessary.
The following information will help you cast your vote for your student representatives for the next academic year.
All currently enrolled Moorpark College students who have been enrolled for two consecutive semesters (i.e., Fall and Spring) can vote for ASMC Board of Director candidates. Additionally, they may vote for a VCCCD Student Trustee candidate.
How to vote
If you meet the above voter eligibility criteria, you can vote online via the MyVCCCD student portal (www.my.vcccd.edu). Voting opens on Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at 8:00 a.m. and closes at 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 22, 2020. The student ballot pops up automatically during election days, encouraging students to vote.
Additionally, the Associated Students Elections Committee (ad hoc) will have polling locations set up along Raider Walk on voting days.