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Running for an SGA Office

 

This page provides information about running for a SGA (Student Government Association) office. Students may run for a SGA office at the end of any spring semester. Elections are held in March or April of every year. Elections for Freshman offices are held before the end of September. This information is in accordance with the SGA Constitution and By-Laws.

 

Filing for an Office

  • The days on which students may file for an office will be announced in chapel and in the school newspaper prior to the dates of filing.
  • Each candidate may run for only one office in a given election.
  • Candidates file for office with the executive secretary of SGA.
  • Running for office will consist of completing a form and presenting a student ID to the secretary to confirm that the candidate is an OC student.
  • The form will require a candidate's name, classification, cumulative GPA, completed number of hours, and the office for which (s)he is filing.
  • To withdraw from an election, a candidate must request that the secretary invalidate her/his filing form.
  • Candidates will be given a 3 day filing period.
  • Candidates must submit a petition containing student signatures to the SGA executive secretary by 4:00 PM on the last day of the filing period. (Candidates for executive offices must obtain 100 signatures. Candidates for class offices must obtain 40 signatures.)

 

Campaigning

  • Campaigning may begin at 4:00 PM on the last day of the filing period. (Campaigning includes any type of printed material, radio, television, or newspaper advertisements, t-shirts, handing out food, candy, and/or other miscellaneous souvenirs.)
  • Punishment for the first offense of early campaigning will include discarding of all posters, campaign signs, and recovered handouts. The beginning of that candidate’s campaign time will be delayed by one day. A second violation of campaigning rules will result in automatic disqualification from the election.
  • All campaigning materials must be screened by the elections committee. The elections committee will evaluate all material based on honesty and appropriateness. If the committee decides that any material does not meet these criteria, the candidate will be asked to discard the items in question.
  • No campaign material may be placed inside any building other than the student center or the dormitories. This includes, but is not limited to, posters and flyers. Any questions about material should be directed to the elections committee.
  • The use of sidewalk chalk is prohibited.
  • No campaigning may be done over voice mail or email.
  • The penalty for the first offense of campaign rule violation will include discarding of all posters, campaign signs, and handouts for that candidate. The candidate may replace all material after 24 hours. A second violation of the rules will result in automatic disqualification from the election.
  • Only candidates for SGA executive offices and freshman class president, vice president, secretary/treasurer, male representative and female representative shall be allowed to give campaign speeches.
  • The elections committee is responsible for implementing and enforcing other minor campaign regulations.

 

Elections and Results

  • Any qualified student can vote in all elections by displaying her/his identification card at the polls.
  • All students have the right to vote for both male and female representatives of their respective class.
  • The Elections Committee will be responsible for maintaining the security of the ballot box at the polls. No candidate may work the ballot box during the time of her/his election.
  • The election dates will be announced in chapel and in the school newspaper prior to the election.
  • Ballots are always counted at least twice.
  • The executive officers of the SGA
  • Ballots are kept for at least one week after the final election.
  • If, in the opinion of the candidate or the chair of the Elections Committee, there has been an irregularity in any phase of the election, (s)he can present the case before the Elections Review Board within one week after the final election.
  • In the event that a candidate does not receive a majority of the votes, a run-off election is held.
  • Run-off elections will be announced in chapel on the day of the run-off.
  • Winners will be posted on the SGA bulletin board and announced in the school newspaper.
  • Those who are elected as officers and senators will assume their duties at the beginning of the following fall semester and will serve for two consecutive semesters.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Qualifications for Being a Candidate:

Executive Officers

 

Executive officer positions:

  • president
  • vice president
  • secretary
  • treasurer

For detailed descriptions of these positions and their responsibilities, view Article II of the SGA Constitution.

 

General Qualifications for Candidates for Executive Offices

 

  • Upon taking office, executive officers must have completed a minimum of 60 credit hours, with 24 of those hours completed at OC.
  • Candidates for executive offices must have at least a 2.30 cumulative grade point average when the executive officer elections are held.
  • The executive officers must carry at least 12 credit hours each semester while in office.

 

Presidential Candidates

Candidates for the office of President of the student body must fulfill one of the following requirements:

  • Candidates must have at least one semester of experience in the SGA at any time during her/his years at OC before running for office, or
  • Candidates must attend a minimum of six weekly SGA meetings during the spring semester before filing for office.

 

Candidates for Treasurer

  • Candidates for office of Treasurer must have completed, with a grade of "C" or better, at least one semester of Accounting or financial training while in college.

 

Class Officers

 

Class officer positions:

  • president
  • vice president
  • secretary
  • treasurer

 

Qualifications for Candidates for Class Offices

 

  • A candidate must be a member of the class that elects her/him.
  • The candidate can run by either credit hour or year classification.
  • A candidate must have at least a 2.0 GPA for all completed hours.
  • A candidate cannot run above her/his classification unless (s)he is within five hours of the minimum requirement upon taking office.
  • Candidates for freshman class offices must be in their first or second semesters at OC, having not completed more than 32 hours.

 

Senators

Qualifications for Apartment and Residence Hall Senators

 

  • A candidate must have at least a 2.0 GPA for all completed hours.
  • During term, senators must reside in the dorm or apartment complex they were elected to represent.

 

Qualifications for Off-campus Senator

 

  • A candidate must have at least a 2.0 GPA for all completed hours.
  • During term, senators must live off campus.

 

 

 

 

Contact Student Life

The Student Life office is located in the northeast corner of the Gaylord University Center ("Student Center"). During business hours, you can visit the Student Life office during or call the office at (405) 425-5900. You can also visit the Student Life page on OC's website for information.

 

 

 

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