Academic Catalog

Chapter III: Candidate Rights and Duties


3.01 Any eligible student, as set forth in the GSA Constitution, may file to run for either President or Vice President.

3.02 All candidates must adhere to the qualifications set forth in the GSA Constitution, this Code, University policy, General Information Catalogs, and all statutes enforceable by the Election Supervisory Board.

3.03 In the event that no one files to run for a particular office, the Election Supervisory Board, in consultation with the Graduate Student Assembly Executive Board, may extend the filing deadline for that particular race for a period of up to three (3) class days.

3.04 A list of all candidates for office will be made available online, by the Graduate Student Assembly, after filing has closed.

3.05 Candidates, their agents and workers are subject to governance by this Code both before and after they have filed for candidacy during the filing period.

3.06 All candidates seeking to run for office in the Graduate Student Assembly must file the following documents: A statement announcing the intention of the candidate to run for: (a) a particular office, listing the candidate's current address, phone number, and college; (b) a statement signed by the candidate which gives permission to the Election Supervisory Board to solicit the Dean of Students to verify the requirements for the appropriate office, in accordance with the Graduate Student Assembly Constitution.

3.07 Candidates may file to run for only one elected office per election cycle.

3.08 Upon request, prospective candidates shall be informed, prior to their filing for office, of the identity of candidates already filed for any office for which the prospective candidate is eligible.

3.09 Any candidate wishing to withdraw from an election may do so by turning in a written request no later than four (4) class days before the voting period.

3.10 Each candidate in any GSA election must keep accurate and up-to-date records of all campaign receipts and expenditures.

3.11 Receipts must be provided for all campaign expenditures. All expenses in excess of one dollar shall be included in the candidate disclosure statements.

3.12 Contributions to a candidate by individuals or organizations are allowed, but all contributions must be documented in a financial disclosure statement in accordance with this Code. Student organizations receiving student fee allotments shall not contribute funds derived from student fees to any candidate or executive alliance, nor use such funds to purchase any items to be used in campaigning. This provision shall not be construed to prohibit any Texas Student Media coverage of the campaigns that occurs as a donation.

3.13 Each candidate's financial records must list identifying information (name, item, etc.) and amounts of each contribution and expenditure. Contributions and expenditures of non-monetary assets or in-kind efforts must be listed and valued at their fair market value, as determined by the Election Supervisory Board. Each financial disclosure statement must have all expenditure receipts attached. All expenses must be included in the financial disclosure report.

3.14 All campaign materials distributed by and/or paid for by an endorser of a candidate must be included in the candidate's campaign expenditures. If an endorsing organization pays for campaign materials promoting multiple candidates, the full cost of those materials must be included in the campaign expenditures of each candidate promoted by the materials.

3.15 The Election Supervisory Board shall provide standardized forms for the purposes of this Code by the filing deadline. This summary of records shall be placed online by the Election Supervisory Board within 24 hours after records are submitted.

3.16 Failure to file accurate financial disclosure statements by the deadlines listed in this section, or falsification of financial statements, may qualify the candidate for disqualification by the Election Supervisory Board.