ASGRC Student Government SBP-VP Campaign Rules
1. GENERAL GUIDELINES
- A candidate is defined as a student of Green River College who has filed and is running for ASGRC President or Vice President.
- The ASGRC Election schedule and events will follow the current protocol for Covid-19 as outlined by the College and the State of Washington. In the event that the college continues to be closed during the Election season all of our events will be online and candidates will be expected to follow the health and safety guidelines outlined by the college.
- Campaigns may begin immediately after the candidates are announced on March 1st. This includes the posting and distributing of campaign materials.
- Candidates must read this entire packet thoroughly and understand its contents. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact the ASGRC Vice President by email for clarification (ASGRC Vice President, Michela Li: firstname.lastname@example.org).
- The only radio station(s) that can be used for campaigning are GRC radio stations, KGRG and KGRG 1.
- All Campus Corner Apartment (CCA) campaigning must follow all CCA rules and regulations. It is the candidate’s responsibility to obtain the aforementioned rules from CCA Staff. The candidate and their staff are still subject to these election packet rules and Section 4, Enforcement of Regulations. CCA Staff reserve the right to refuse a candidate from campaigning on CCA property if the campaigning is deemed inappropriate and/or unnecessary by said staff. All campaign signage and advertising that will be posted on CCA property must be submitted to CCA Staff for approval. Once the materials are approved, the candidate may only post campaign materials in the CCA Staff approved spaces and must follow Campaign Rule 3E. CCA Staff reserves the right to regulate campaign materials in accordance with Campaign Rule.
- Libel, slander, and defamation will not be tolerated during the course of campaigning. Defamation: The utterance of maliciously false statements and/or slander. Libel: A false publication, as in writing, print, signs, or pictures that damages a person's reputation and the act of presenting such material to the public.Slander: A false and malicious statement or report about someone.
- During the week of elections, campaigning may not take place within the following locations that officially house a voting booth: Holman Library, Lindbloom Student Union, and Technology Center.
- Campaigning may only take place on Green River Campuses in Auburn, Enumclaw, and Kent. This includes the posting of signs and advertisements.
2. CAMPAIGN FINANCES
- Candidate for ASGRC President and Vice president, as well as their campaign, will not be allowed to spend any money on their campaign.
- Candidates will be able to check out 100 sheets of 8.5x11 paper from the ASGRC Secretary or Director of Student Life to use for their campaign. This paper can be used in the campus life office or on a campus computer where you can use points for producing campaign material. This depends on campus being open to the public. The distribution of paper supplies will be dependent on the opening of the college campus.
- The Campus Life office has materials to make buttons and candidates will be able to use these tools with the help of the ASGRC Secretary or Director of Student Life. Any material used will be subtracted from the paper supply to the candidate. This depends on campus being open to the public. The ability to use the button maker will be dependent on the opening of the college campus.
- Candidates will be able use one 8 foot by 3 foot section of butcher paper that can be obtained from the ASGRC Secretary or Director of Student Life to use for their campaign. The materials in the Campus Life workroom may be used for making the banner. This depends on campus being open to the public. The distribution of paper supplies will be dependent on the opening of the college campus.
- Candidates will be able to use Social Media outlets that are free for all users, to promote their campaign. They will not be able to boost or pay for advertisements on social media.
- Campaign Materials will be the items made by or given to the candidate and their campaign staff advertising the candidate’s run for office. Fliers, posters, buttons, car advertising, radio advertising, etc. all fall into this category. If there are any discrepancies, the candidate is urged to ask the ASGRC Bylaws Committee for approval.
- Any buildings, property, possessions that Green River College funds and owns directly, inclusive of printers is considered campus facilities. You may use your printer points to produce campaign materials, or the resources in the Campus Life office.
- The Bylaws Committee shall define those areas allowed for the display of campaign materials.
- Campaign materials may not be displayed until the Candidates have been officially announced.
- The ASGRC Election schedule and events will follow the current protocol for Covid-19 as outlined by the College and the State of Washington. In the event that the college continues to be closed during the Election season posting of signs on campus will be prohibited.
- Signs may NOT be posted on/in:
- Painted surfaces
- Balcony railings
- Major support beams
- Glass windows and doors
- Trees and grass
- Telephone poles and Light poles
- Automobiles other than the candidates, without the owner’s permission
- Registration/Admission Lobby
- Human Resources Buildings
- Signs may not be posted in grass areas and must be at least one foot away from any nearby grass.
- Signs posted on wood surfaces outside shall be attached only with staples and/or thumbtacks.
- Signs may not be posted in the buildings that officially house a voting location during election week. Candidates must remove all materials from those buildings if applicable.
- Previously posted signs may not be removed to allow for a candidate’s signs. Signs may be rearranged to accommodate a new sign in the same space but under no circumstances may anyone cover or remove valid signs, including but not limited to other candidate’s signs.
- Every individual piece of campaign advertising signage posted on bulletin boards can be no larger than 11”x 17”. An individual piece of campaign material made up of smaller pieces of materials will be measured by the overall combined size of all materials used on that piece.
- All signs must be limited to the Public Traffic Areas of a building, which is an area of a building that can readily been seen by people who are walking past it. If there are any discrepancies as to where the Public Traffic Area of a given building is, it shall be up to the Judicial Board to determine its placement.
- All signs and advertising shall be removed from the campus by 5 pm on Monday, April 19, 2021.
- Improperly posted signs are subject to removal at any time by current ASGRC Student Government or Green River College staff. If a candidate feels that a sign was posted legitimately, or if a candidate has any questions about posting, they should contact of the ASGRC Vice President (ASGRC Vice President, Michela Li: email@example.com).
4. ENFORCEMENT OF REGULATIONS
- The Bylaws Committee of the Associated Students of Green River College, or its representative, shall have sole and original jurisdiction over violations of these rules and shall act as sole investigative and enforcement authority.
- The Bylaws Committee, or its representative, retains the right to reject claims or complaints on appropriate grounds.
- The Bylaws Committee reserves the right to disqualify a candidate if they violate campaign policy.
- The Bylaws Committee reserves the right to audit any candidate’s campaign spending money and/or any actions the candidate may be taking or did take that would violate the integrity of the election process. The Bylaws Committee reserves the right to develop the appropriate course of action in this kind of circumstance.
- If there are any circumstances that arise after the elections have taken place that are suspected to be in violation of any of these regulations, it will be up to the Bylaws Committee and the Director of Student Activities & Engagement to develop the appropriate course of action.
5. CAMPAIGN STAFF AND FRIENDS OF THE CAMPAIGN
- A candidate may choose to have a group of students, campaign staff, to help them during their campaign. This is not a requirement, but is something that the candidate can choose to include.
- The candidate must declare all of their campaign staff on the sheet provided in this packet.
- The Campaign Staff is the students of Green River College that are not running for office but that are directly helping a candidate in their campaign process.
- Students involved in campaigning on behalf of the candidate are subject to the same rules and code of conduct as candidates are.
- Only currently enrolled GRC students are permitted to be on a candidate’s campaign staff.
- Green River students are encouraged to get involved in election campaigns. Students who do not wish to be a part of a candidate’s campaign staff may still choose to support a candidate. These students shall be called “Friends of the Campaign.” This participation includes but is not limited to:
- Posting approved signs in their Campus Corner Apartment personal assigned room window.
- Advertising on their car.
- Promoting a candidate via word of mouth.
- Campaign Rules apply to campaign staff members and the candidate. A Friend of the Campaign is acting on their own accord and is not subject to the limitations presented in these rules. These students are allowed to wear buttons, advertise on their car, and do a multitude of other activities put on and supplied by the candidate to show support during the entirety of the campaign process. They cannot be barred from expressing their support for any one candidate. They are however subject to the rules related to libel, slander, and defamation as laws of this nation prevent them from being legal in political circumstances. A Friend of the Campaign may only use a candidate’s campaign materials to support the candidate. It is the candidate’s responsibility to ensure that this is upheld. It is up to the candidate to decide if it is in their best interest that the “Friend of the Campaign” shows support. If there are any questions about what is appropriate, please contact the ASGRC Vice President by email for clarification (ASGRC Vice President, Michela Li: firstname.lastname@example.org).