Article IV - Executive Board Elections
Candidates may distribute printed campaign materials before the
elections begin. The Executive Board will distribute the candidates’ application
for office before question and answer. Each candidate will be allowed to
speak before the election for each office for a maximum of three (3) minutes and
then may field questions from the General Assembly for five (5) minutes and may
be extended for five (5) additional minutes. Those who wish to decline
nominations may notify the President before the election for that office begins.
Elections will be held in the order determined by the
President. After the candidates are questioned, they are asked to leave the room
regardless if the election is contested or not. Candidates with voting
rights will be allowed to leave their ballots with the RHA Advisor before they
leave the room. After the candidates have completed the question and answer
period and have left the room, discussion begins about the candidate for a
maximum of two (2) minutes. After each candidate has been presented and debated,
a general debate on all the candidates will be held for five (5) minutes with an
option to extend the debate for five (5) extra minutes.
Ballots are collected and counted by the RHA Advisor.
Results of the elections are announced by
Article V - Presidential Selection Committee
Three weeks before general elections for all other
Executive Board and liaison positions the President will take nominations for
the position of President for the upcoming year at the General Assembly meeting.
People may nominate themselves for the position.
As soon as a person accepts the nomination, he or she
will receive the application packet that is due by the deadline on the
At least two weeks before general elections, the General
Assembly will choose their members for the Presidential Selection Committee.
At least one week before the general elections, all
Presidential candidates will be interviewed by the chosen committee. All
interviews will be no longer than sixty minutes, and all candidates will be
asked the same questions agreed upon by the committee. After all the interviews,
the committee will have a pro-con discussion about the candidates, and each
member of the committee will get an equal vote. The committee will vote on each
candidate individually as to whether they are qualified and should be sent to
the General Assembly to be voted upon. Those receiving a majority of yes votes
will be sent to the General Assembly. If multiple candidates are sent, an
election will be held. A simple majority is required to be selected. If only one
candidate is sent, the General Assembly choices will be yes, no confidence, or
During the week of the general elections, the outgoing
President will announce who the committee has suggested as President. The
representative from the committee will answer any questions from the General
Assembly. The President will then ask the General Assembly to confirm the
If the General Assembly decides not to accept any of the
committee’s choices, the process will begin again from step one (1) with the
acceptance of nominations. The General Assembly will be allowed to change their
respective members on the committee if they so choose.
If any person was removed from the process, the
Associate Director of Residence Life and Services will decide if that candidate
may run again.
No applicant from the first Presidential Selection
Committee may decide to run for the position of President at this time.
The application will consist of the following
Why do you want the position?
What past experience do you have that relates to this position?
What do you believe the purpose of RHA is on campus?
What are your time commitments for the next academic year?
List and describe any special projects or programs in
which you were involved.
Article VI - Appointment of SGA Senators to
The two Student Government Association (SGA) student senate
seats designated for representation by RHA shall be filled by one Executive
Board member and one General Assembly member.
The two SGA student seats designated for representation by RHA
shall be chosen separately. A member of the Executive Board shall be appointed
by the President. The other shall be a member of the RHA General Assembly and
shall be elected by the General Assembly.
The Executive Board senate seat may be filled by a General
Assembly member, if the President deems it necessary. These appointments
must receive a simple majority approval by the General Assembly.
Once appointed, the senators will represent the interests of
RHA and report all activities, findings, and progress to the General Assembly
during a regular business meeting.
E)Elections for the Student Activities Council (SAC) and the Student
Government Association (SGA) liaison will be held no later than the third
meeting of the fall semester. Their term will be through the conclusion of the
Article VII - Elections for the liaisons to
Student Organization Funding Allocation Council (SOFAC) and the National
Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH) will be held in the spring.
Elections for SOFAC will be held during the GA
meeting following Executive Board elections.
Elections for the NRHH liaison will be held by
Liaisons will hold their positions from the last
meeting of the spring in which they are elected to the last meeting of the
SOFAC and NRHH liaisons will automatically be
representatives for the building in which they live the following year.
Article VIII - RHA Liaison Candidates
Candidates for each position, regardless of semester,
must be nominated at the meeting prior to elections or place his/her name into
consideration at least one (1) week prior to elections through official
notification of the President or RHA Advisor.
Liaison activities include, but are not
limited to, attending Resident Assistant staff meetings, attending hall council
meetings, and helping with programming.