New student elections regulations passed through Student Congress Tuesday seek to spare UNC students of a repeat of last year’s controversy.
The new bill — which modified Title VI of the Student Code — introduces a slew of new rules that members of student government say will make the process clearer for everyone involved.
Among the new features is a disciplinary points system. Candidates’ code violations are separated into seven different classes, with a different number of points allotted to each. Once a candidate reaches 10 points, he or she is disqualified.
ELECTION POINTS SYSTEM
There are seven classes of candidate violations. Each counts for a certain number of points, ranging from 1 to 10.
1. Defacing school property – 2 points
2. False start – 3 points
3. Location – 3 points
4. Technology – 3 points
5. Falsification – 6 points
6. Financial problems – 7 points
7. Harmful or malicious behavior- 8 points
And each point earned results in a five percent decrease in the candidate’s total starting budget.
“As you get closer to the end, and as people spend their money, they will be seriously incentivized not to commit violations,” said Zach De La Rosa, speaker of Student Congress.