The process and procedures used to conduct College Senate elections are outlined in LaGuardia Community College's Governance Plan (approved by the CUNY Board of Trustees in 2009). Non-student Senator terms run for two years while student Senator terms run for one year with all new terms usually beginning with the October meeting. Terms that are expiring usually do so at the September meeting and except for student terms, all of which expire at the same time, expiration of terms are staggered to ensure some continuity. There are elections for at-large, divisional, departmental, and student seats. Elections for expiring seats are usually held online in mid-October after the nomination period closes expire. An election for the seven members that will serve on the College Senate's Executive Committee is held at the first meeting of the new Senate term, which is usually in October. This procedure for electing the Executive Committee is designed to comply with New York State's open meeting law and personal information is retained on the ballot.