Run for Student Government

Run for Student Government for the 2013-2014 to 2014-2015 school year! Signature petitions can be picked up at the office of Student Development, AC-1E01.

In order to run for student government, the following criteria must be met:

  • Completion of at least one semester at York College as a matriculated Student, as shown by an official transcript with the Registrar.
  • Cumulative GPA of [at least] 2.3 or better, to be maintained for the duration of term of office if elected.
  • Students must be currently registered for classes in the semester in which they run; however, enrollment in College Now courses does not qualify.
  • Full-time undergraduate students must carry a minimum of 12 credit hours in the semester during which they are elected.
  • Part-time undergraduate students must carry a minimum of 6 credit hours in the semester during which they are elected.
  • Graduate students must carry a minimum of 3 credit hours in the semester during which they are elected.
  • In order to run and serve each semester, a student must have completed and earned passing grades in at least 50% of the credits (NOTE: CREDITS, NOT COURSES) for which they have registered in the prior semester, but in any event no less than 3 credits

Petitions can be dropped off at the Public Safety office, AC-1M02 up until Mar. 17th.

Spring 2014 Calendar (Revised and re-issued 4/14/14

Please Be Advised of the Following Important Dates for Student Senate Elections:

Petition Period Wednesday, 2/19 – Wednesday, 3/19
Certification of Petitions Mon. March 20th - Mon. March 31th
Posting of Certified Candidates

Mon. March 31th

Appeals Period 

Mandatory Candidates Meeting  
(hosted by VP Walker-Johnson)

Mon. March 31th -Mon. April 07th

Tues. April 1th, 12 noon or Wed. April 2th, 5 PM

Campaign Period
Note: The campaign period has been extended through May 7 to compensate for the campaign suspension on April 10-11.

Mon. April 8th - Wed. April 30th (incl. Spring Break 4/14 – 4/22) 

Candidate's Forum 
(Hosted by Student Activities)

Tue. April 29th, 12-2 pm
(location 1M06)

Election Dates (online only)  Thu. May 1st, - Wed. May 07th
Vote Now!

All Other Dates Are The Same As The Senate Election

Any other questions should be directed to: Dr. Tom Zlabinger, Elections Committee Chair

Procedures And Regulations

Petitioning Procedures

  1. Persons seeking to be a candidate for student membership on the York College Senate or the Faculty/Student Disciplinary Committee must submit a York College NominationPetition with a minimum of seventy-eight (78) valid signatures of students currently enrolled at the College. As a result, no write in candidates will be allowed.
  2. Petitions may be picked up in the Office of Student Activities and Campus programs (AC-1E01) beginning February 17, 2014..
  3. Eligibility Criteria:
    In order to run for student government, the following criteria must be met:
  • Completion of at least one semester at York College as a matriculated Student, as shown by an official transcript with the Registrar.
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.3 or better, to be maintained for the duration of term of office if elected.
  • Students must be currently registered for classes in the semester in which they run; however, enrollment in College Now courses does not qualify.
  • Full-time undergraduate students must carry a minimum of 12 credit hours in the semester during which they are elected.
  • Part-time undergraduate students must carry a minimum of 6 credit hours in the semester during which they are elected.
  • Graduate students must carry a minimum of 3 credit hours in the semester during which they are elected.
  • In order to run and serve each semester, a student must have completed and earned passing grades in at least 50% of the credits (NOTE: CREDITS, NOT COURSES) for which they have registered in the prior semester, but in any event no less than 3 credits. (See below - WHO MAY SERVE IN STUDENT GOVERNMENT - for further criteria to be maintained upon election)
  • Candidates may not conduct campaigns in groups or as slates.
  • Campaign period extended through 5/7/14 voting period to compensate for April 10-11) suspension.
  • Students must select whether they intend to run as a Senator-at-large or as a Departmental Representative before submitting Nomination Petition. The declared major, as specified by the official record of the Registrar's Office, will be used to determine the department under which the successful nominee for Departmental Representative will run.
  • All students seeking to run as a Departmental Representative are encouraged to check with the Registrar's Office to ensure that the proper major has been declared. This should be done prior to submission of the Nomination Petition. Under NO circumstances may a nominee's status or major be changed after submission of the Nomination Petition.
  • Any candidate seeking to run as a Departmental Representative is encouraged to verify with the Registrar to ensure that the proper major has been declared. This should be done prior to submission of the Nomination Petition. Under NO circumstances may a candidate’s status or major be changed after submission of the Nomination Petition.
  • Candidates who wish to run as departmental representatives may obtain petition signatures from any registered York College student. However, only students with a declared major in the respective departments may vote during the elections.
  • PLEASE NOTE:If during the academic year a student becomes ineligible or resigns, their seat shall be awarded to the candidate with the next highest number of votes in their respective category.
  • It is the responsibility of all potential candidates to ensure that the persons signing their petition PRINT THEIR NAME so that it is legible, in addition to providing a signature and the last 4 digits of their social security number. Illegible names will be disqualified on the petition. It is strongly recommended that potential candidates acquire at least ten additional signatures in the event that some signatures become disqualified. Any evidence of falsification will be referred to the Student Elections Review Committee (SERC) for action.
  • Complete Nomination Petitions must be returned to the Public Safety office (Room AC1M02) NO LATER THAN 8:00 P.M. ON THE LAST DAY OF PETITIONING - NO EXCEPTIONS. All petitions will be time-stamped upon receipt by the Officer present - it is each candidate's responsibility to ensure this occurs.
  • The Elections Committee will review each Nomination Petition and will determine the eligibility of each candidate to run in the student elections. Those persons who do not receive the determination concerning their petition, or those who do not receive the initial certification, may appeal to the Student Elections Review Committee (SERC).
  • Candidates are ineligible to serve on the Elections Committee while seeking election or re-election.

Campaigning

All candidates must conduct individual campaigns. CANDIDATES ARE NOT PERMITTED TO COALESCE IN ORDER TO FORM GROUPS OR SLATES. All campaigns must be conducted individually. SLATES ARE NOT PERMITTED

  1. All certified candidates must attend a MANDATORY Candidate Orientation Session and Meeting on either Tuesday, April 1st, 2014 at NOON or Wednesday, April 2, 2014 @ 5 p.m. (Location TBA).
  2. If a language other than English is used on campaign material, English translations must be included on that same material.
  3. No campaign literature may be distributed or posted prior to the official start of the campaign period on Tuesday, April 08th, 2014
  4. All campaign literature that is to be posted must be stamped by the Office of Student Activities and Campus Programs in Room 1E01. This must be done before duplication or election material will be taken down.
  5. Campaign literature may be posted only on bulletin boards. Banners may be hung only from railings with the use of rope or string. Banners may not be visible from anywhere in the proscribed vicinity of the voting station.
  6. No campaign literature may be mailed to students' home addresses or e-mail addresses.
  7. The use of any duplicating or electronic equipment purchased with Student Activity Fees or Auxiliary Enterprise monies is prohibited.
  8. The use of any electronic equipment, bullhorns, or any sound amplifiers is prohibited inside the Academic Core Building.
  9. Rallying or demonstrating in classrooms, hallways, the library, or lounges is prohibited. Similarly, rallying or demonstrating in the proscribed vicinity of the voting station, or in a manner that can be observed from the proscribed vicinity of the voting station is prohibited.
  10. Removing or defacing another candidates’ campaign publicity or college property is prohibited.
  11. Student candidates may campaign in the classroom only at the discretion of the faculty. Candidates should secure faculty permission at least one week prior to campaigning in the classroom.
  12. A campus-wide candidates forum is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, April 29th @ NOON (Location TBA).

Campaigning Violations

  1. Any alleged violation to the campaign regulations - during campaigning or voting - shall be submitted in writing to the SERC before the close of the polls on the final voting day. They shall include the following information:
  • alleged violator's name;
  • time, date, and place of occurrence;
  • nature of the violation with details pertaining to election regulation; and,
  • names of complainant and witness(es) with names, address, and phone numbers.
  • The accused violator will be entitled to rebuttal at a hearing before the SERC.
  • Any candidate who fails to comply with the election regulations shall be subject to disqualification after the mechanism for alleged campaigning violation has been followed and a conclusion has been determined.
  • All persons found to be in violation of the election regulations shall be subject to disciplinary proceedings.

Procedures For Dealing With Voting Irregularities, Campaign Violations, Disqualifications Of Candidates, Invalidation Of An Election And Ties

  1. Proper written allegations of improprieties or campaign violations must be received by the SERC by the close of polling.
  2. All candidates must be notified of an open hearing that shall include members of the SERC and the candidates.
  3. Witnesses shall be allowed to participate.
  4. If a member of the SERC is a witness, or is pressing charges, that person shall be disqualified from serving on the hearing panel.
  5. The hearing shall be conducted in accordance with the CUNY Bylaws Section 15.2(d).
  6. At the conclusion of the hearing, the SERC shall vote in closed session on the retention or disqualification of the candidate(s) involved.
  7. If the voting irregularity involves tampering with the voting machines, and if the result of the number of votes is close enough for the irregularities to possibly make a change in the outcome of the election, then the SERC must investigate the election process from its beginning to determine its validity.
  8. A decision of invalidation shall mean that a new election must be scheduled as soon as possible. The President of the College will determine whether the current Student Government will remain in office until the completion of the new election.
  9. No new candidates will be accepted for the new election.
  10. Campaigning may take place at a time designated by the SERC.
  11. In case of a tie in Departmental Elections, paper ballots will be employed in a special 2-day run-off election. This will also apply to At-Large elections whenever required.
  12. If there are no contested races, and/or fewer candidates than positions, everyone will agree to be voted by acclamation.

Who May Serve In Student Government

If elected, in order to serve on student government, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Cumulative GPA of 2.3 or better, which must be maintained for the duration of term of office.
  • Officers must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better, which must be maintained for the duration of term of office.
  • Full-time undergraduate students must carry a minimum of 12 credit hours in the semester during which they are elected.
  • Part-time undergraduate students must carry a minimum of 6 credit hours in the semester during which they are elected.
  • Graduate students must carry a minimum of 3 credit hours in the semester during which they are elected.
  • Students must also be and remain matriculated with respect to the C.P.E. requirements.
  • In order to serve each semester, a student must have completed and earned passing grades in at least 50% of the credits (NOTE: CREDITS, NOT COURSES) for which they have registered in the prior semester, but in no event less than 3 credits.

Voting Process For 2014 Student Government Elections:

  • Voting will take place online through VoteNet beginning May 1st through 7th, 2014. Note: The campaign period has been extended through May 7 to compensate for the campaign suspension on April 10-11.
  • There are thirty open seats on Student Government for 2014-15.
  • Eleven (11) of those seats are reserved for Departmental Representatives and nineteen (19) are open for Senators-At-Large.
  • Declared majors may also cast one vote for a Departmental Representative IF, AND ONLY IF, THE DEPARTMENT OF THEIR DECLARED MAJOR HAS A CANDIDATE ON THE BALLOT.

Voting for Senators-at-Large; a student may cast a minimum of one (1) vote, and a maximum of nineteen (19) votes.

  • Candidates may not form slates or groups of any type (only individual campaigns are permitted).
  • Campaigning has been extended throughout the voting period beginning may 1 through may 7, 2014.

Any Questions Concerning These Regulations Should Be Directed To: Dr. Tom Zlabinger, Elections Committee Chair at tzlabinger@york.cuny.edu or any other member of the Elections Committee.

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