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Nominations Commission

About Nominations Commission

The Nominations Commission (NomCom) is a branch of the ASSU composed of seven graduate and undergraduate students. It is responsible for nominating students as voting members to university committees, including the Board of Trustee committees, academic policy committees, and many more!

It is essential that student voices are present in shaping University policies, and NomCom makes this possible. NomCom acts as an important interface between University administrators, ASSU, and the student body throughout the year by establishing processes which address their concerns and requirements.

Students nominated by the ASSU Nominations Commission to serve on University Committees work with faculty, administrators, alumni, and trustees to enhance the welfare of the Stanford community. Sitting as a member can therefore be very rewarding, an excellent opportunity to voice your opinions and subsequently contribute to the community.

The Board of Trustees, the Academic Council, the Provost, the President, the Dean of the School of Humanities and Sciences, the Dean of Student Affairs, and the Chief Information Officer convene over 40 committees for yearlong terms to address issues affecting all walks of student life.

Interested in Committees?

If you are interested in serving on a University Committee, apply here.

Interested in Nominations Commission?

If you are interested in serving on Nominations Commission itself, apply here.

What does NomCom do?

  • Advertises for committee openings accross campus
  • Centralizes the applications and nominations process for all committee openings
  • Provides a legitimated process for filling committee openings

Why should University administrators use NomCom?

  • It saves time finding student representatives for openings
  • Helps to replace or fill unexpected committee openings during the year
  • Procides access to a diverse and far-reaching applicant pool
  • Provides direct ASSU Senate and Council approval
  • Consolidates over 300+ applications of interested students throughout the year for committee placement
  • Helps hold student representatives accountable

How does NomCom work?

NomCom works on the academic year schedule, placing most students in Committees during Spring Quarter to serve during the next academic year.

Fall Quarter

  • Application process occurs for filling new committee positions and remaining open positions for the academic year
  • NomCom advertises its committees during the Student Activities Fair
  • ASSU Representatives file committee updates at the end of the quarter

Winter Quarter

  • Contacts committees to collect their needs for the following academic year
  • Applications open; the Commission hosts informational open houses
  • Replace and fill any open positions on an as needed basis
  • ASSU Representatives file committee updates at the end of the quarter

Spring Quarter

  • The Commission interviews applicants for the main cycle of placement
  • Once nominations are made, the applicants are approved by the relevant bodies
  • ASSU Representatives file committee updates at the end of the quarter

What is the usual application process?

NomCom creates an application which includes a resume upload, questions regarding student, interest, and qualifications. Students may apply for up to 3 committees. Applications usually open during the Fall and Spring Quarters.

Application Timeline

  • 2-3 weeks: Applications open; marketing
  • 1 week: Application review and interview notification
  • 1 week: Applicant interviews
  • 1 week: NomCom deliberations and nominations
  • 1-2 weeks: Nominations are sent to the ASSU Senate and Council for approval

*Ad hoc placements can be made in a minimum of 3 days during normal application cycles and can potentially take up to 2 weeks for the rest of the year.


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