Interested in running for SGB?

The information below details everything you need to know about running for SGB: when it happens, how it happens, and who can help.

How to Run for Board: An Overview


This February, Pitt undergraduates will elect one new President and 8 new board members to represent them for the 2020-2021 school year. These candidates are elected by a simple majority of the voting student population. See below for more detailed information about running for Board:


General Requirements

  • Students interested in running for board must be full time registered non-CGS undergraduate students on the Oakland campus of the University of Pittsburgh.
  • Students must also have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher and be in good standing with the University of Pittsburgh.

Individual Campaigns vs. Slates

  • Individual students can run for either president or a board position.
  • Candidates can also run together as a slate. In this case, one student will run for president and up to 3 will run for board positions; it is not necessary to have a presidential candidate to run as a slate. One non-CGS undergraduate student can serve as a campaign manager for a slate.

Elections Packet and Petition Signatures

  • Packets will be available in the SGB Office (848 WPU) on January 6, 2020 and are due by January 28, 2020 by 5PM.
  • In addition to filling out the application packet, Presidential Candidates must attain 250 valid signatures of non-CGS undergraduate students registered at the Oakland campus of the University of Pittsburgh. Board candidates need to gather 200 signatures.

Important Dates

  • Monday, January 6: Packets available (in the SGB Office, 848 WPU)
  • Friday, January 24th: Candidate Mixer from 1-2pm
  • Tuesday, January 28: Packets due by 5PM, slate forms due by 5PM
  • Saturday-Sunday, February 1-2: Campaign Workshops from 1-1:30pm
  • Tuesday, February 4: Campaigning begins at 12:01am
  • Wednesday, February 5: Meet the Candidates
  • Monday, February 17: SGB Presidential Debate from 7-9pm
  • Tuesday, February 18: Targeted campaign begins at 12:01AM
  • Tuesday, February 25: Election Day! Polls open from 8AM-8PM

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For more information about application packets, petition forms, informational videos, and other questions email elections chair Olivia Bartholomew at ocb4@pitt.edu!