Run for Student Government

Apply for Spring 2018 Elections

Deadline: Friday, March 23 at 12 p.m.

Current UT Dallas students may file for spring elections by completing the following:

  1. Submit an Online Application Form via OrgSync.
  2. Print and return the following forms to the Student Government office (SU Suite 2.4):
    1. Student Authorization Form
    2. Infraction Agreement Form
    3. Ticket Registration Form (only required if running as a part of a ticket)
    4. Candidate Endorsement Form (optional)
  3. All Candidates must attend at one of the campaign orientations meetings. If they cannot, they must contact the Elections Board Chair (Ashley Levy).
    • Mar. 19, 5:30 p.m. | ATEC 2.602
    • Mar. 20, 3 p.m. | JSOM 1.212

Senate Seats Available

  • Naveen Jindal School of Management - 7
  • Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science - 6
  • School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences - 1
  • School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication - 1
  • School of Arts and Humanities - 1
  • School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics - 3
  • School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences - 2
  • School of Interdisciplinary Studies - 1
  • At Large - 18
    • Sophomore - 6
    • Junior - 6
    • Senior - 6
  • Graduate School - 6
  • Total of 46 Senators - Including President and Vice President

Any student who applies that is undeclared will be listed on the interdisciplinary ballot.

Elections

Voting will be held online from Wednesday, March 28 at 8 a.m. through Friday, March 30 at 4 p.m.

Election results will be announced on Friday, March 30 by 6 p.m. Results will be posted on Student Government Headquarters Door and Facebook.

Run-off election (if needed) will be held Wednesday, April 1 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Post-Elections

Candidates must submit a Financial Disclosure Form by Tuesday, April 3 at 4 p.m. to avoid infractions charged to your UT Dallas student account.

All campaign material must be removed by Wednesday, April 4 at 12 p.m. Failure to do so will result in a fine to your student account.

If victorious, candidates must accept their senate seat in SU Suite 2.4 by Wednesday, April 4 at 4 p.m. Failure to do so will result in forfeiture of seat.

Duties and Responsibilities

By joining Student Government, officers and senators are expected to:

  1. Attend all senate meetings (Tuesdays at 5:15 p.m.)
  2. Represent and be in contact with constituents.
  3. Be present for all senate-sponsored events, including, but not limited to, Student Government booths, campus-wide community service projects, mandatory events and retreats.
  4. Perform all duties outlined in the UT Dallas Student Government Bylaws.

Senators are required to be a member of a senate standing committee and attend all regular committee meetings in addition to all regular senate meetings.

 

Campaign Regulations

All campaign materials must be approved by either (1) Student Government advisor (Briana Lemos) or (2) election board chair (Ashley Levy), before being posted or dispersed. Both can be found in the Student Union, Suite 2.4.

Copies of all campaign material, other than posters, must be filed with Student Government prior to being posted.

All campaign materials must be posted according to University and election code policies. For more information see the Student Organization Manual.

Election Infractions

Failure to turn in the Financial Disclosure Form by the deadline will result in an infraction. This will be strictly enforced. Student account will be charged.

Endorsements

Each campus organization may endorse only one candidate or party for a senate seat in each grade level, in the form of a written record filed with the Student Government office.

A candidate may have as many endorsements as desired. Each organization is allowed one endorsement poster regardless of the number of actual endorsements it makes.

Complete the Candidate Endorsement Form.

Expenditures

Campaign material in the form of buttons, stickers and business cards is allowed without limit. Expenditures for all such items are limited to the stipulated $500 for officer candidates, $150 for Senate candidates. All such items need to be approved and filed by Student Government.

Additional Information

FAQ

  1. Who can run for Student Government?
    Any UT Dallas student may run for Student Government. In order to be eligible to run for the President or Vice President position, a student must have served at least one full semester on Student Government.
  2. What is a ticket?
    A student may form a ticket by asking other sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduate students to run as a team. Tickets are typically led by two students seeking the President and Vice President positions. There is no obligation to run on a ticket and students may also choose to run on their own. Members of a ticket will normally benefit from having a shared platform and communication strategy.
  3. Do I have to vote for people in the same ticket?
    Students vote for individuals, not for a ticket. This remains true for the President or Vice President, meaning that it is possible for a VP from one ticket and a President from another ticket to win. The individuals who receive the most votes will be awarded the positions.
  4. How are positions divided among schools or majors?
    • There will be one seat allocated for every 750 students in each school. Every school will be guaranteed one seat.
    • 18 at large seats will be divided equally among Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors. Graduate students will have 6 seats available.
    • A student's name could show up twice on the ballot.
    • Freshman seats will be appointed in the fall semester.
  5. How can I learn more about Student Government’s current projects?
    1. Student Government meetings are open to the student body and occur each Tuesday at 5:15 p.m. in the Galaxy Rooms.
    2. Check out our webpage or find us on Instagram and Facebook!

Election Board Chair

Ashley Levy
[email protected]

2017 Dates and Deadlines

Senate Filing Begins Monday, Feb. 26, 9 a.m.
Campaign Orientation Meeting Thursday, Feb. 22, 2 p.m. | SSA 14.245
Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2:30 p.m. | SSA 14.244
Wednesday, Feb. 28, 11:30 a.m. | SSA 14.265

All Candidates must attend at one of the campaign orientations meetings. If they cannot, they must contact the Elections Board Chair.

Senate Filing Ends Friday, March 23, 12 p.m.
Forms Due:
  1. Online Application Form
  2. Student Authorization Form
  3. Infraction Agreement Form
  4. Ticket Registration Form (optional)
  5. Candidate Endorsement Form (optional)
by Friday, March 23, 12 p.m.
Elections Starts Wednesday, March 23 at 9 a.m.
Ends Friday, March 30 at 4 p.m.
Results Announced Friday, March 24, by 6 p.m.
Posted on SG Headquarters Door & Facebook
Financial Disclosure Form Due Tuesday, April 3, 4 p.m.
No exceptions, to avoid infractions.
Run-off Election (if necessary) Wednesday, April 4, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Results posted by Election Board at 5 p.m.
Campaign Materials Removed Wednesday, April 4, 12 p.m.
No exceptions, to avoid infractions.
Accept Senate Seat Wednesday, April 4, 4 p.m.
Submit in writing at the Student Government office SU 2.4, no exceptions.