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The Student Organization Representative Campaigning Code of Boston College

Revised: February 26, 2014

Approved by the Elections Committee: February 26, 2014

Table of Contents

Section 1: General Campaigning Guidelines

  1. General Expectations
  2. Expectations of Candidate
    1. Drugs and Alcohol
    2. Pre-Campaigning
  3. Expectations of the Candidate
    1. Candidate Requirements
    2. Forms and Deadlines
    3. Sponsorships
  4. Electronic Communications and Social Media
    1. Solicitation
    2. Personal Campaign Page, Facebook, Twitter and other Social Media
  5. Residential Life
    1. Campaigning in the Residence Halls

Section 2: Campaign Procedures

  1. The EC Sanction Guidelines
  2. Disqualification
  3. Violations
  4. Complaints

Elections Committee UGBC Student Assembly Elections for Student Organization Representatives Campaigning Code, 2013-2014

In accordance with the authority bestowed upon by the Office of Student Involvement and the Constitution of the Undergraduate Government of Boston College (hereafter referred to as “UGBC”), the Elections Committee of Boston College (hereafter referred to as “EC”) will be a body of undergraduate students with the following responsibilities in relation to UGBC Student Assembly (SA):

Facilitate and manage one campaign season; spring SA election.

Determine the results of all elections and release the results of said elections to the Boston College undergraduate community in a timely manner.

Promote adherence to all Boston College policies and standards as outlaid in the student guidebook by all campaigns.

Publicize election information to all candidates. This includes but is not limited to deadlines, dates of events, and election rules.

Publicize voting information to the Boston College community. This includes but is not limited to election dates and instructions on how to vote.

Ensure that individual financial circumstances do not disadvantage the ability of any candidate to run a competitive campaign.

Host public events (e.g. forums and debates) in which candidates can share their platforms with voters.

Appropriately apply sanctions to candidates for any conduct that is inconsistent with the expectations outlined in this document.

Remain unbiased in the completion of all of the functions listed above.

Section 1: General Campaigning Guidelines

A. General Expectations

Candidates are expected to act with integrity throughout the entirety of the campaign season. As leaders of the Boston College community, it is in the best interest of all candidates to act as role models both within and outside of campaigning.

Candidates should respect and be mindful of all other campaign teams, members of the student body, Boston College faculty and staff, and the Elections Committee.

Candidates should employ campaign practices that are in accordance with Boston College policies and values. Boston College is a Catholic Jesuit institution and candidates are expected to act in adherence to those values.

Candidates are encouraged to infuse energy and creativity into their campaigns and to act in ways that promote the unity of the Boston College community.

The Office of Student Involvement and the Elections Committee reserves the right to expel a candidate from the elections ballot based on unethical conduct. This unethical conduct includes but is not limited to negative campaigning, slander, and other violations of this code.

B. Expectations of Candidate

i. Drugs and Alcohol

Campaigning is not permitted in the presence of drugs and/or alcohol. Any such violations will be grounds for disqualification of a candidate.

ii. Pre-Campaigning

There shall be no campaigning or information distribution (i.e. electronic, paper, verbal, etc.) before the start of campaigning as specified by the EC.

Candidates must abide by Boston College posting policies, which are available in the Office of Student Involvement and online at: www.bc.edu/spo

C. Expectations of Candidates

i. Candidate Requirements

Any student running for and holding a UGBC Office must be a full-time undergraduate student in acceptable academic standing with a 2.5 GPA or administrative approval. Students running for office must also be in good disciplinary standing with the university.

Candidates running for a specific RSO Senate position must be a member of the organization that falls under the position’s representation.

ii. Forms and Deadlines

Attendance is mandatory at all pre-campaign meetings. The candidate must be present in order to be considered for candidacy unless given permission by the Elections Committee.

All Statement of Candidacy forms and guidelines for the Student Assembly positions will be available at the mandatory informational meetings for all prospective candidates at the beginning of the election period as set by the EC. These forms must be completed and returned to the EC by the specified deadline.

All other required forms specified by the EC must be submitted by the date determined by the EC. Any candidate who fails to turn in these materials by the deadline shall be subject to immediate disqualification at the discretion of the EC.

iii. Sponsorships

Candidates may not be sponsored or endorsed by off-campus businesses or organizations. Newspapers that are produced on a regular basis, focused on campus news and available to the public are exempt from this (i.e. Heights, Torch, Gavel, etc.)

Candidates may be sponsored by the Boston College organizations and will make that known through their vote in the election. Organizations are not permitted to release who they support until the day of the Caucus.

D. Electronic Communications and Social Media

i. Solicitation

Voicemails, emails, text messages, unsolicited phone calls, any form of communication transmitted via social media, or any other form of unsolicited communication shall not be used in excess to the extent that such communications a nuisance or harassment. Failure to abide by this policy will result in punitive sanctions and may result in disqualification at the discretion of the EC.

ii. Personal Campaign Page, Facebook, Twitter, and other Social Media

Candidates are permitted to make their own promotional campaign sites. All personal websites must be shared with the EC. Failure to do so will lead to sanctions. Pages may be built prior to campaigning and candidates may put campaign platforms up, but sites will not go live until the start of campaigning.

E. Residential Life

i. Campaigning in the Residence Halls

There will be no campaigning or posting in residence halls.

Section 2: Campaign Procedures

A. The EC Sanction Guidelines

Any campaigning outside of the caucus could result in disqualification.

B. Disqualification

All candidates are subject to disqualification by a two-thirds vote of the EC if they have not upheld the ethical standards or regulations outlined in the Elections Code.

C. Violations

The EC has the right to monitor all campaign activity to ensure that no violations of the Elections Code are taking place.

D. Complaints

Complaints will be received by the EC through the MyBC complaint for website. They can be found at the EC website www.bc.edu/elections

Because it is the purpose of the EC to ensure that all campaigns are being run fairly and responsibly, the EC will review and investigate complains at its discretion in order to determine whether candidates are adhering to reasonable campaigning practices.

If a complaint is valid, the candidate/s will be informed of the impressible campaign action.

Candidates may appeal EC decisions if they have sufficient evidence to prove that the EC’s decision was rooted in unfairness or prejudice, or if new evidence regarding the EC’s case against the candidate is discovered following the EC’s decision. All appeals must be brought to the Assistant Director of the Office of Student Involvement.