Student Government Elections 2017

Student Government Elections 2017

Elections are now open for the Richmond, The American International University in London Student Government Association (SGA) Executive Board 2017/18. Details and application information can be found below.

Candidate Terms & Conditions

The following rules and regulations should be read in conjunction with the Student Code of Conduct and SGA Constitution:

  • All candidates must be in good academic and social standing. Candidates who do not fulfil this requirement will be asked to withdraw from the ballot. However, candidates are able to file an appeal to the Student Government Association (SGA) Executive Board, Assistant Dean of Student Activities and the Vice President (Pro Vice Chancellor) for Student Affairs. The appeals will be evaluated and discussed on an individual basis.
  • Candidates who are in threat of academic and/or social probation will be contacted by the Vice President for Student Affairs and/or the Assistant Dean of Student Activities. Candidates who fall under this section will be asked to withdraw from candidacy but may appeal via the same process as stated under item 1.
  • Candidates are welcome to campaign to promote themselves but they must do so in a fair and appropriate manner. Any candidate suspected of violating this term will receive a written warning by either: the Student Body President (or a non-returning SGA member if the President is returning) and/or the Assistant Dean of Student Activities or the Vice President for Student Affairs.
  • Candidate spending during the period of campaigning is limited to £50 per Executive Board Member and £20 per Course Rep. All candidates will be asked to turn in any financial records relating to election-related activities to ensure they comply with the restrictions.
  • Candidates may not use funds to solicit or bribe voters, actions such as this will lead to disqualification.
  • Posters used in campaigns must first be authorised by the Department of Student Affairs and receive an official stamp. Posters are limited to 10 hard copies per campus but may be distributed on social media as the candidate sees fit.
  • Candidates who feel they are subject to inappropriate campaign publicity may consult with either: the Student Body President (or a non-returning SGA member if the President is returning), and/or the Assistant Dean of Student Activities or the Vice President for Student Affairs.
  • Candidates should not include inappropriate material in their campaign. This may include but is not limited to alcohol, illegal drugs, sex and stereotyping.
  • Coalitions and pre-organized cabinets are forbidden. Members of the SGA should be well-rounded individuals who are capable of working in diverse environments.
  • Existing SGA officials including Executive Board members, Course Reps and Events Management Team Assistants are forbidden in endorsing any candidate. Candidates receiving endorsements risk being disqualified and the Student Government member disciplined.
  • All staff and faculty are forbidden to vote in any SGA election, votes found to be from staff or faculty will be discounted and run the risk of triggering a rerun of the election.
  • All staff and faculty are forbidden to endorse any candidate in any manner. Exceptions can be granted if, for example, the candidate would like a staff member to send a mass email on their behalf. Only the staff from the Department of Student Affairs can authorise this form of promotion.
  • Not all members will be appointed via elections. See Article 12 of the Official SGA Constitution.
  • Only students of Richmond, The American International University in London (including study abroad students) are entitled to vote.
  • Upon appointments, the fore-going President will send all relevant handover documents and schedule a meeting to discuss various matters.
  • Candidates should be aware that campaigning activities does not excuse an absence in any class.

*Unless stated otherwise, any violation of the above terms and conditions will result in immediate withdrawal from the ballot.

Role Descriptions

Event Day Date Time
Nominations Open

Online

Monday 3 April 12:00
Nominations Close

Online

Friday 7 April 16:59
Manifesto/Candidate Photo Deadline for moderation (350 word limit)

Submitted to stugovt@richmond.ac.uk

Friday 7 April 16:59
Approved Candidate Briefing

Via email

Monday 10 April 12:00
Campaign Period Begins Tuesday 11 April 10:00
Presidential Candidate Debate

(Asa Briggs Video Studio – streamed over Facebook Live)

TBC TBC TBC
Vice President for Academics Candidate Debate

(Asa Briggs Video Studio – streamed over Facebook Live)

TBC TBC TBC
Voting Opens

Online

Friday 21 April 12:00
Voting Closes

Online

Sunday 23 April 17:00
Election Results Announced

Via email

Monday 24 April 14:00