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					The Student Government Association Candidate Packet
                                                           Elections Fall 2012

   Dear Student Leader,

           Congratulations! By picking up this packet you are one step closer to becoming a part of
   the Student Government Association! Becoming a member of senate will bring many new
   experiences, provide you with the opportunity to handle the concerns of students, and allow you
   to make important decisions on matters that directly affect the entire student body. Throughout
   your time as a senator, you will find opportunities to develop new relationships with other
   student leaders, as well as faculty, staff, and administrators. You truly have the power to make a
   difference and continue building an environment that will improve the campus community. On
   behalf of the SGA, we would like to thank you for expressing an interest in becoming involved
   with the Student Government Association.
           The Student Government Association’s mission is to “provide for the general student
   welfare, ensure the equality of all students, and promote the enhancement of the University
   experience for all." Therefore, the SGA embraces the diversity of the student body and seeks
   student senate representatives of all religions, genders, sexual orientations, disabilities, and
   ethnic or cultural origins. The SGA senate is responsible for acting as “the voice of students.”

       Dates to remember:

       Candidate Packet is due Friday, September 21st by 5pm in the Student
        Activities/Leadership Development (SA/LD) office in the second floor of the CCSU
        Student Center in SC 201 (All packets turned into the SGA office will be brough to
        SA/LD)
       Candidate Info Sessions will be held on September 10th at 12:15 PM, September
        11th at 6:00 PM, September 17th at 12:15 PM and September 18th at 6:00PM in
        the SGA office. All candidates are required to attend one session.
       September 24th – October 8th is the official campaign time, but you may begin
        campaigning as soon as you submit the last page of this packet to the SA/LD or
        Student Government office.
       This year’s elections will be held on October 9th – October 11th in the Student
        Center and online at ccsu.collegiatelink.net
       Campaign violations must be reported in writing or by email to the Elections
        committee within 24 hours of the conclusion of voting.
       Election results will be posted by October 15th at 12:00pm, in the SGA office
        unless there is a tie or a campaign violation investigation in process.
       The Senate meets weekly on Wednesdays from 3:05 PM to 4:20 PM (Meetings regularly
        run longer than the posted time). It is highly encouraged for candidates to attend
        meetings before the elections.

       If you have any questions or concerns please contact either Elections Chair Legairre Radden
   (laradden@my.ccsu.edu) or Co-Chairs Ryan Balsassario (Ryan.baldassario@my.ccsu.edu ) or
   Javier Fernandez (fernandezjae@my.ccsu.edu). Once again, thank you for your interest in the
   Student Government Association and good luck!

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The Student Government Association Candidate Packet
                                                             Elections Fall 2012


                    Student Government Positions Available

   Freshmen Senator (4 Seats Available) : A senator serves as a representative for the entire
   student body at Central Connecticut State University by enacting policies and allocating student
   funds. Senators are required to serve on at least one committee, and be able to fulfill at least two
   (2) office hours per week. Senators also serve as liaisons to clubs, with the responsibility of
   notifying them of upcoming events, deadlines, etc.
           Eligibility: Full-time matriculated undergraduate students that hold at least a 2.0 GPA.
           Freshman Senators must be first semester students at CCSU.

   Commuter Senator (1 Seat Available) : A senator serves as a representative for the entire
   student body at Central Connecticut State University by enacting policies and allocating student
   funds. Senators are required to serve on at least one committee, and be able to fulfill at least two
   (2) office hours per week. Senators also serve as liaisons to clubs, with the responsibility of
   notifying them of upcoming events, deadlines, etc.
           Eligibility: Full-time matriculated undergraduate students that hold at least a 2.0 GPA.
           Students must live off campus while attending CCSU.

   Resident Senator (1 Seat Available) : A senator serves as a representative for the entire student
   body at Central Connecticut State University by enacting policies and allocating student funds.
   Senators are required to serve on at least one committee, and be able to fulfill at least two (2)
   office hours per week. Senators also serve as liaisons to clubs, with the responsibility of
   notifying them of upcoming events, deadlines, etc.
           Eligibility: Full-time matriculated undergraduate students that hold at least a 2.0 GPA.
           Students must live on campus in a residence hall at CCSU.

   At Large Senator (1 Seat Available) : A senator serves as a representative for the entire student
   body at Central Connecticut State University by enacting policies and allocating student funds.
   Senators are required to serve on at least one committee, and be able to fulfill at least two (2)
   office hours per week. Senators also serve as liaisons to clubs, with the responsibility of
   notifying them of upcoming events, deadlines, etc.
           Eligibility: Full-time and part-time matriculated undergraduate students that hold at
           least a 2.0 GPA.

                                   Non – Senate Positions

   Senior Class President (1 Seat Available): This position represents the Senior Class at CCSU,
   and helps to organize Senior Class events, and graduation ceremonies. Candidates must be in
   senior standing (86 or more credits) and must be graduating in Spring 2013.




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                                                               Elections Fall 2012


                                  Campaign Guidelines


     1. Campaigning may begin after the last two pages of this packet are signed and submitted to the
         SGA University Assistant.

     2. There will be lobby tables available in the Student Center dates will be available for sign up at
         info sessions. Lobbying tables are to be used for campaigning.

     3. Each candidate must submit to the Elections Committee the names of any campaign volunteers;
         additionally, each candidate is responsible for informing their volunteers of the campaign
         guidelines. Campaign volunteers must abide by the campaign guidelines as well; infractions
         could result in the disqualification of their candidate.

     4. All posters, signs, flyers, promotions, etc. must adhere to campus posting policies in all buildings.
         Therefore, all promotional items must be removed 3 days after final day of voting. Failure to
         do so could result in the disqualification of the candidate.

     5. Candidates and their campaign volunteers may not deface or remove the advertising of other
         candidates; but, may report any advertising that is outside the posting guidelines of the university
         policy.

     6. Campaigning of any kind is prohibited on the days of the elections. This includes the verbal
         endorsement of any candidate and the distribution of campaign materials. Candidates and
         associates may encourage other students to participate in Student Government elections, but
         cannot advertise themselves or other candidates.

     7. The use of voice amplifying devices around campus on voting days is prohibited.

     8. Write in votes will not be counted in accordance with Title 5 Section 4 Part A of the Constitution

     9. Written complaints regarding campaign violations must be submitted to the SGA Elections
         Committee no later than noon on Monday, October 15th. All complaints must be signed by the
         complainant and date stamped by the SGA University Assistant. Email concerns may be
         investigated but must be officially signed by the complainant by the deadline to be considered by
         the committee. Upon written complaint, the Elections Committee will convene to investigate the
         complaint and to take appropriate action.

     10. In the event of a tie, a run-off election will occur on Thursday, October18th. Election complaints
         related to the run-off must be filed no later than noon on Monday, October 15th. Run-off results
         will be posted on Monday, April 22nd at noon, unless there is an additional tie or campaign
         violation investigation in process. This process will continue until there is a decided winner.




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                                                            Elections Fall 2012




                                SGA Elections Application

     Please submit this sheet and any attached information to the SA/LD office as soon as possible.
  Visit www.ccsu.edu/SGA for info & deadlines. The SA/LD office is in the Student Center, room 201.

    1. Personal Information:

    (Name – First and Last)                                                              (Blue-chip I.D. #)


    (Email Address)                                                                 (Phone Number)


    (Home Address)                                             (City, State, Zip)



    2. Position you are running for:
    * Note: If running as Senator, you must run under your current residency status.

                                     Positions
    □ Freshman                       □ At Large
    □ Resident                       □ Commuter                         □ Senior Class President

    3. Campaign Volunteers
    If applicable, please submit the names and student identification numbers of your campaign
    volunteers. If you have additional volunteers, please attach a sheet with their information.
         Name: _____________________________________ I.D. Number ______________
         Name: _____________________________________ I.D. Number ______________
         Name: _____________________________________ I.D. Number ______________

    4. Biography
            Please attach a biography or reasons why people should vote for you. This should run no
    longer than one page and be in paragraph form. The paper may include what you plan to do as a
    senator or your credentials as a leader.

    5. Acknowledgement of Elections Information and Campaign Guidelines
 I, ________________________________, have read and understand the contents of this information
 packet, including the campaigning guidelines and the Senate Bylaws. I agree to comply with the
 guidelines and understand that failure to do so could result in my disqualification from the election.

 Sign: _______________________________________             Date: _____________________


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