Indiana law (IC 21-20-3-5) states that elected members of the IU Board of Trustees must hold a degree from Indiana University. Individuals who attended classes, but did not graduate, or who hold certificates, but not diplomas, are ineligible to run. One does not have to be a member of the Indiana University Alumni Association to run.
State law (IC 21-20-3-3) states that no more than one (1) alumni-elected trustee and/or two (2) governor appointees may live in the same county in Indiana. The law also pertains to candidates living outside of Indiana. This statute specifically exempts the student trustee appointed by the governor.
All candidates must obtain the signatures of two hundred (200) alumni, according to IC 21-20-3-7. To verify their graduate status, each signee must provide date of birth, last 4 digits of their social security number, full name at graduation, year of graduation, and degree granted. The signature will not be counted if graduation cannot be verified due to incomplete or incorrect information. As of 2021, electronic signatures can be substituted for original signatures.
Signees are not required to be members of the Indiana University Alumni Association but are asked to have their current information on file in the IUAA's alumni database. Alumni may update their records by calling Advancement Data Operations at 812-855-4958, 800-824-3044, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alumni can sign petitions for more than one candidate and can sign their own petition if seeking the office themselves.
Original petition signatures must be delivered to the office of the dean of University Libraries at the address below by April 1, no later than 5 p.m. EST.
All candidates are asked to supply a photograph and two personal statements, one for paper ballots and one for the online ballot. The paper ballot statement is limited to no more than 300 words. The statement for the official election website may contain up to 800 words. These items should be sent electronically to the alumni trustee election coordinator at email@example.com.
Alumni Trustee Election Coordinator
Herman B Wells Library, Room 234
1320 E. 10th St.
Bloomington, IN 47405
Fax: (812) 855-2576