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2008 Spring Student Rules

Candidates and their supporters must follow all election guidelines outlined in this document. Failure to do so may result in disqualification of candidates by the Trustee Nominating Committee, hereafter referred to as the committee.

Candidate Information

1. Eligibility

Candidates must meet all of the petition requirements by the petition deadline to be eligible to participate in the election.

  1. Student candidates must be registered, full-time students in residence at the Ithaca campus, and plan to be so for the duration of their two-year term as trustee. Undergraduate students may run for trustee in odd years and graduate or professional students may run for trustee in even years.
  2. Each petition must have 200 valid signatures. It is recommended that candidates collect more than 200 signatures in the event that some cannot be validated.
  3. Only official petition forms will be accepted. Any forms that have been modified or amended will not be accepted. Collection of NetIDs or other information for the candidate’s use is optional. If such information is collected, the candidate must collect it on a separate form. This optional material is not to be added to or substituted for the material requested on the official petition form, and it will render the entire petition page void if included.
  4. The Office of the Assemblies will contact petitioners within 48 hours of the petitioning deadline if their petitions are deemed invalid.
  5. All petitions may be reviewed in the Office of the Assemblies (109 Day Hall, Monday — Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) by any member of the community who wishes to examine them. Petitions may not be photocopied.
  6. All candidates must attend mandatory meetings or to send a proxy on their behalf. If they fail to do so, they will be disqualified from the election.

2. Promotional Materials

  1. Each candidate may receive 300 single sided 8 1/2” X 11” photocopied, black and white impressions at no charge. Poster or quarter card design should be submitted to the Office of the Assemblies, 109 Day Hall, for copying. Candidates may select the color of paper on which the materials are printed from a standard palette provided by the office. All materials must include the dates and times of the election that are set in the elections calendar.
  2. Each candidate must complete the candidate background questions and statement via the web. Statements will be posted at the Trustee elections website, used on the ballot, and published in campus publications.
  3. The Office of the University Registrar (B7 Day Hall) will take photographs of candidates prior to the petitioning deadline on the calendar. These photos and other candidate information will appear in campus publications, on the web and on the ballots. Candidates must use the official photo form.
  4. All candidates are encouraged to participate in the Candidates’ Forum held by the Cornell Daily Sun.

Election Guidelines

1. Maintaining a Fair Environment

Candidates and their supporters shall comply with the election rules stated here. They shall not create an intimidating or uncomfortable environment for other candidates, students, or employees. They must notify the committee of any potential violations immediately after they occur by emailing the Office of the Assemblies. They shall rectify any violations to the best of their ability upon notification by the committee. They may still submit a challenge for any violation at the conclusion of the campaigning period if desired.

Candidates and their supporters may not exceed $100 for out-of-pocket spending and fair market value of donations of materials, professional services, and/or money. Candidates must submit all receipts and proof of fair market value to the Office of the Assemblies, 109 Day Hall, by 12:30 p.m. on the last day of the election. If no money was spent for the campaign, a personally signed, dated statement of zero ($0) spending is still required to be turned in by the deadline.

All campaign materials, either physical or electronic, published by candidates and/or their supporters are to promote only the Student Trustee candidate. Any materials that include the names, positions, or any other information regarding other elections are strictly prohibited.

2. Early Campaigning

Candidates and their supporters must refrain from the following campaign activities until campaigning officially begins:

a) distributing printed or electronic campaign material to the public, b) advertising candidacy by chalk, poster or other method designed for public viewing, c) making speeches or statements to employee/student organizations or groups of employees/students. Current trustee members seeking re-election must refrain from any form of publicity during the petitioning period.

3. University Postering & Chalking Policy

Candidates and their supporters must comply with the University Postering & Chalking Policy, included in the election packet.

4. Residence Hall Policies

  1. Postering in Residence Halls
    Candidates and their supporters must comply with the Campus Life policy for posting in Residence Halls. Posters cannot be placed under residence hall room doors or hung on doors without the permission of the resident(s) of the room.
  2. Campaigning in Residence Halls
    According to the Building Safety Code, candidates may only campaign door-to-door in a hall for which they have a key or access card issued to them or, for other halls, if a resident of that hall accompanies them. The hours a candidate is allowed to campaign in a residence hall are from 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Monday - Friday, and 2:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. RA’s may ask a candidate to leave their hall if a candidate does not follow these guidelines. RA’s may also report any concerns or complaints by emailing the Office of the Assemblies.

5. Campaigning in Dining Halls

Candidates and their supporters may not campaign inside or immediately outside dining halls. Dining staff may ask anyone who does not follow these guidelines to leave a dining hall. Dining staff may also report any concerns or complaints to the committee by emailing the Office of the Assemblies.

6. Campaigning in Classrooms

Candidates and their supporters may campaign in classrooms solely at the discretion of the instructor.

7. Campus Mail

Use of Campus Mail for campaigning purposes is prohibited.

8. Electronic Communications

University-monitored e-mail list traffic is at the discretion of the list owner. When in doubt, it is expected that the candidate will obtain permission from the owner of the list.

9. Campus Code of Conduct

All candidates and their supporters shall comply with applicable rules and policies, including the Campus Code of Conduct. Violations of the Code may be referred to the Judicial Administrator for appropriate action.

Petition and Campaign Penalties

The committee shall determine whether or not a candidate has committed a campaign violation. Campaign violations may result in appropriate remedial measures determined by the committee up to and including disqualification of a candidate. Should the committee decide that a violation or series of violations have been committed on such a scale as to alter the fairness of the election, it may disqualify a candidate by majority vote. Any concerns or complaints may be sent to the Office of the Assemblies.

Election Procedures

1. The Elections Calendar

  1. The committee shall adopt a calendar for spring elections.
  2. Consideration shall be given to any religious holidays that may fall during the election period, so that the right to free religious observance is afforded to all potential candidates.

2. The Trustee Nominating Committee

  1. Committee members are expected to abide by the highest standards of personal conduct and integrity. Therefore, members should not be actively involved in the campaigning process. Members must recuse themselves from the committee if they plan to actively take part in a campaign or sit on the executive board of an organization that has endorsed a candidate. All conflicts should be considered before the election cycle begins.
  2. The committee shall meet as soon as possible after each challenge deadline.
  3. The committee shall verify election results.

3. The Office of the Assemblies

  1. The Office of the Assemblies by delegation from the committee shall prepare all printed material and distribute election packets.
  2. The Office of the Assemblies shall validate petitions as follows:
    1. Check each petition for the required number of signatures and validate candidates and signatures as to eligibility to sign petitions.
    2. Bring any petitions it finds invalid to the committee for action.
    3. Make petitions available to any member of the community who wishes to examine them.

4. Conduction of Election and Tabulation

  1. The order in which names appear on the ballot shall be randomly selected.
  2. The Office of the Assemblies will tabulate votes using the Hare System, as described in Appendix A.
  3. The Office of the Assemblies will post preliminary results as soon as possible after the committee has ruled on any challenges.
  4. A printout of election results shall be available in the Office of the Assemblies, 109 Day Hall, for one year.

5. Challenges

  1. Eligibility to Challenge
    Any member of the Cornell community, except members of the committee, may submit a challenge.
  2. Challenge Deadlines
    1. Petition challenges must be submitted to the Office of the Assemblies, 109 Day Hall, by 4:30 p.m. on the next business day following the petition deadline.
    2. Election challenges must be submitted by 12:30 p.m. on the day after voting ends.
    3. No challenges or further supporting documentation will be accepted after these deadlines.
  3. Format of Challenges
    Challenges must be in writing and accompanied by the following supporting documentation:
    1. challenger’s name
    2. candidate’s name
    3. date of challenge
    4. reason for challenge and supporting evidence
  4. Notification of Election Challenges
    The Office of the Assemblies will send an email notifying anyone who is named in an election challenge.
  5. Response to Election Challenges
    A challenged candidate may review challenges in the Office of the Assemblies, 109 Day Hall and address written statements in response to the committee. The deadline for responses is set in the elections calendar.
  6. Challenge Review Meeting
    The committee will schedule a meeting to review challenges. The committee will meet in closed session and decide the merit of the challenge by majority vote.
  7. Appeals
    Appeals of committee decisions should be directed to the University Ombudsman within 24 hours of notification by the committee. The Ombudsman will consider whether the committee ruling was in compliance with the election rules, and may ask for a reconsideration of the ruling.
  8. Finality
    The determination of the committee shall be final.
  9. Confidentiality
    All challenges are confidential and shall be available only to the members of the committee.

Contact TNC

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