Academic Catalog

Chapter IV - Campaign Provisions and Procedures

Subchapter A: Expenses

Sec. 4.1 SPENDING LIMITS. Candidates in all Student Government campus-wide elections shall adhere to the following spending limits:

  1. Executive Alliance: $511.00 in any general election or special election; and,
  2. University-wide Representative: $204.00 in any general election or special election; and,
  3. First-Year Representative: $204.00 in any general election or special election; and,
  4. College Representatives: $153.00 in any general election or special election.
  5. The amounts herein listed shall be indexed yearly for inflation based upon the latest published rate of inflation according to the United States Department Bureau of Labor and Statistics.

Sec. 4.2 RUNOFF EXPENSE LIMIT. Individual candidates and executive alliances each shall be allowed an extra $75.00 for campaigning in a runoff election.

Sec. 4.3 EXCEEDING EXPENDITURES. Candidates whose campaign expenditures exceed 120% of their designated spending limit shall be immediately disqualified by the Election Supervisory Board.

Sec. 4.4 TOTAL EXPENDITURES. Total expenditures shall include all campaign expenditures and fines issued by the Election Supervisory Board and or Supreme Court.

  1. Any fines against a candidate must be paid in-full, or else that candidate will receive a Dean of Students bar on their registration until the time the candidate has paid his or her fines in-full; and,
  2. In addition, a candidate with outstanding fines cannot be certified in his or her respective race until the time the candidate has paid his or her fines in-full; and,
  3. A candidate has forty-eight (48) hours from the announcement of the election results to pay his or her fines in-full, else the Election Supervisory Board may disqualify the candidate.

Subchapter B: Campaigning and Endorsing

Sec. 4.5 EARLY CAMPAIGNING OR ENDORSING. No campaigning or endorsing will be allowed until the official campaign period has begun as determined by the Election Supervisory Board.

  1. Please refer to TITLE II, Sec. 2.3 and TITLE III, Sec. 2.3 of this Code for a definition of campaigning and endorsing, respectively.

Sec. 4.6 FILED CAMPAIGN MATERIALS. A sample of all campaign materials must be filed with the Election Supervisory Board prior to its public distribution or publishing.

  1. Candidates who distribute, publish, or disseminate their campaign materials prior to approval from the Election Supervisory Board shall be appropriately sanctioned for each violation of this section.

Sec. 4.7 CANDIDATE RESPONSIBILITIES. Candidates are responsible for all electoral actions and conduct of their campaign staff.

Sec. 4.8 ELECTRONIC MEDIA. All campaign materials must be in compliance with University regulations governing the use of electronic media.

Sec. 4.9 PROHIBITION OF CAMPAIGNING AND CAMPAIGN MATERIALS WITHIN POLLING STATION PERIMETER. No campaigning or campaign materials may exist within twenty (20) feet of any polling stations.

Sec. 4.10 PROHIBITION OF CAMPAIGNING AND CAMPAIGN MATERIALS WITHIN POLLING LOCATION PERIMETER. No campaigning or campaign materials may exist within twenty (20) feet of any polling voting location.

Sec. 4.11 DESTRUCTION OF MATERIALS. No candidate, agent, or worker shall remove, obscure, or damage any sign, which is in compliance with the posting policies of that locale.

Sec. 4.12 DECEPTIVE OR MISLEADING CAMPAIGNING. Candidates shall refrain from knowingly deceptive campaign activities, including any act or statement reasonably calculated to injure or compromise the rights or interests of any student, faculty member, or administrator.

Sec. 4.13 VERBAL HARASSMENT. Candidates, as well as their agents and workers, shall not engage in campaigning activities that subject students, faculty, or the administration to demeaning verbal harassment as determined by the University’s institutional rules.

Sec. 4.14 REQUIREMENT TO PROVIDE EID. Students must provide their University of Texas Student EID in order to vote.

Sec. 4.15 ID COLLECTION. The collection of personal identifiers or student identification to facilitate voting is prohibited in accordance with the policies of the University IT Security Policy Office, and shall subject the candidate to disqualification by the Election Supervisory Board.

Sec. 4.16 REASONABLE LATITUDE. Reasonable latitude will be allowed by the Election Supervisory Board to electioneering activities during the campaigning process, as long as those activities are in line with those specified within this code, the general information catalogs, and in accordance with University policy.

Sec. 4.17 SANCTIONED CAMPAIGN ACTIVITY. All electioneering activities of a candidate and/or his/her respective campaign staff must adhere to the parameters set forth by this code, the Student Government Constitution, University policy, system rules, state and federal law, and any other established policy applicable to the actions in question.

Sec. 4.18 STUDENT GOVERNMENT OFFICIAL ENDORSEMENTS. No Student Government representative, executive board member, agency, or committee member, may endorse any candidate or executive alliance on behalf of Student Government or any part of Student Government in accordance with Section 10.4 of the Student Government Constitution.

Sec. 4.19 DISCLOSURE OF CAMPAIGN WORKERS. Each candidate and executive alliance shall be required to submit to the Election Supervisory Board an up-to-date list of all workers at least as often as each financial disclosure deadline.

  1. These disclosures shall be made publicly available for inspection.

Sec. 4.20  RESPONSIBILITY FOR KEEPING UP-TO-DATE LISTS OF WORKERS. It shall be the responsibility of all campaign staff to ensure accurate and up-to-date records of workers are kept and is the candidate’s or executive alliance’s responsibility to ensure these records are disclosed to the Election Supervisory Board in an appropriate manner.