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Freshman Class Officer Packet


Freshmen Class Officer Election Application
Due no later than Monday, Sept. 24, 2012 at 5 p.m.
Ticket Candidates
A ticket is comprised of four students who represent their class as President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary. Once this application is submitted, each candidate commits to the position for which he or she applied. In the event of candidate or position changes, the application is considered void and a new application must be completed.

President:
Vice President:
Treasurer:
Secretary:

Top Ten Goals
Each ticket must propose ten goals to be accomplished during the academic year if elected. All goals must coincide with the Mission Statement and Code of Conduct of Mount Saint Mary’s University as well as election regulations. If the Executive Board Vice President and/or SGA Advisor find(s) the proposed goals unacceptable and/or inappropriate, they reserve the right to reject the application.
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Student Nominations
An application is not considered valid until a ticket submits a student nomination form to the SGA Executive Board Office by Monday, Sept. 26 at 5 p.m. Each ticket is responsible for acquiring 40 student signatures and corresponding student ID numbers in support of their ticket. Students are not permitted to sign more than one ticket’s nomination form; duplicated signatures will be considered invalid. Nomination forms with forged or falsified signatures and/or ID numbers will not be accepted and may result in disqualification from the election.
Submit your nomination form no later than Monday, Sept. 24, 2012 at 5 p.m.

Election Requirements
- Candidates must be full-time students (enrolled in 12 or more credits) to be eligible to run in a Student Government Association Class Officer election.
- All candidates on a ticket must have a GPA of 2.5 or better. If elected, Class Officers must then maintain GPA standards throughout the academic year or risk removal from office. (President and Vice President maintain 2.75 or better, Treasurer and Secretary maintain 2.5 or better)
- Candidates must be in good standing with Mount Saint Mary’s University as of two days prior to the start of voting; candidates may not be on academic or disciplinary probation. Any candidate on a ticket who is not in good standing with the University as of two days prior to the start of voting will be removed from the ballot, and his or her ticket will be considered invalid.
- Candidates commit to serve one academic year if elected to office.

Campaign Regulations
Acceptable forms of campaigning are outlined in this application; all questions regarding campaigning can be directed at the Executive Board Vice President, Mark Quaranta, via email -
1. Campaign Dates and Times
a. A ticket may begin campaigning after their application has been submitted and approved by the Executive Board Vice President and the SGA Advisor.
b. Campaigning before receiving approval will warrant campaign penalties or disqualification.
c. Before voting, personal campaigning (campaigning for one’s own ticket) is permitted. Once voting begins, a ticket can only promote student support for the election as a whole.
2. Campaigning Forms and Locations
In keeping with our green initiatives, SGA promotes a paperless campaign and election process. This section outlines the paperless modes of campaigning approved by SGA.
a. Campaigning via social networking sites (Facebook and Twitter) is permitted under the following guidelines:
i. Candidates may use a social networking group or page to promote a ticket and its election platform, not to discourage opposing tickets and/or candidates.
ii. Tickets with a social networking group are permitted to send no more than three messages to group members during the campaign period.
iii. Tickets may promote themselves through individual and group/page status updates until voting begins. Status updates after the campaign period may serve only as general reminders to vote.
iv. Tickets are responsible for any and all posts on social networking sites regarding their ticket.
v. Aggressive and/or offensive campaigning through social networking will not be tolerated and will result in campaign disqualification.
b. Campaigning via the Mount Event Channel is permitted under the following guidelines:
i. A campaign flyer in .pdf or .jpeg format is submitted to the Executive Board Vice President via email for approval prior to the start of voting.
ii. The flyer is approved by the Executive Board Vice President and/or the SGA Advisor
iii. Each ticket is permitted to submit one flyer for the Mount Event Channel
iv. A flyer for the Mount Info Channel must be submitted to Katie Price, Executive Board Secretary at -
c. Campaigning via paper poster or banner is permitted under the following guidelines:
i. Banner paper can be acquired in the Office of Campus Activities
ii. Banners are approved by the Executive Board Vice President and/or the SGA Advisor
iii. Each ticket is permitted to submit one banner to be hung in a designated location decided upon by the SGA Advisor and the Director of Campus Activities.
d. Campaigning via personal interaction with students is permitted under the following guidelines:
i. Oral communication with students must be positive and respectful in nature and does not discourage opposing tickets and/or candidates
ii. Negative campaigning is considered an extremely serious offence. Such campaigning will not be tolerated and will result in disqualification.
iii. Campaigning via personal interaction with students is not permitted in the following areas: Residence halls and lounges, library and study lounges, ARCC and fitness facilities, chapels, and academic classrooms and computer labs
iv. Campus mail and email are not permitted modes of campaigning.

Election Speeches
Tickets approved to run for election present speeches to their class on Tuesday, Sept. 25 in Laughlin Auditorium at 8 p.m. Election speeches should be no longer than five minutes and should outline the goals and plans of the ticket running for office.
Voting Process
Students will be able to vote online at a designated voting booth in Patriot Hall beginning September 26 and ending September 28 from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. on September 26 and 27 and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on September 28, students can cast their vote for one ticket using their student ID number.
 
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