Campaign Rules | Webster University

Campaign Rules

  • In addition to having a complete application, including an electronic photo, all candidates must be confirmed to have a 2.5 GPA and be in good standing with the University (per the SGA Constitution).
  • Public campaigning may begin 7 days prior to voting being opened AND after confirmation has been received by the Elections Commissioner.
  • Candidates will receive an elections contract from the Elections Commissioner upon verification of eligibility.  Completed contract must be received no later than 5:00pm on Friday, April 6 in order to be included on the ballot.
  • Candidates will be listed on the ballot by position in the order that applications are received.
  • All campaign efforts must be in accordance with the university policy on Posting Notices and Solicitation, found in the Student Handbook.
  • During the elections (12:01 am Monday through 11:59 pm Thursday), personal campaigning is NOT ALLOWED within 10 feet of any public campus computer (since the elections are on-line, all computers are considered polling stations). Having a Facebook page or other online form of advertising is allowed. The spirit of this regulation is to prevent those who are using a public computer from being pressured to vote by a candidate.
  • No overly-aggressive campaigning will be tolerated.  Passive advertising is allowed, such as signs, flyers, etc. Passing out flyers to those who walk by is allowed – the key is that people are allowed to approach candidates, but candidates should not be disruptive of private events, such as study groups or meetings (dining areas are allowed, as they often are places of information exchange).
  • Campaigning and individual Election events are permitted, but are required to follow campus event reservation guidelines.  Voting at these events is permissible provided that it is not required for attendance and the voting station is in a separate, private area at least 10 feet away from the primary event activity.
  • Group election events may only be coordinated by the Elections Commissioner and Elections Committees - candidates MAY NOT coordinate any multi-candidate meet and greet, debate or similar events.  Any and all events of this nature will be scheduled prior to the opening of the election.
  • During spring elections Presidential candidates will be invited to participate in a Candidate Forum.  Participation is encouraged but not required of a candidate.
  • Results will be posted at webster.edu/sga and in the University Center Commons before 5:00pm on the Friday following the close of the election.  Candidates will only be contacted with results in the case of a tie or a write-in candidate winning the position.
  • Campaign violations will be handled on a case-by-case basis by the Elections Commissioner and the Director of Student Engagement. If considered serious enough, violations could be referred judicially through the Dean of Students office.

CONTACT:
SGA Elections Commissioner - Lisa Camp
sgaelections@webster.edu

Jennifer Stewart, Director
Office of Student Engagement
Jstewart15@webster.edu

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