“We’re hoping that (the election) will run a lot more smoothly than last year,” Sundaram said. “I think a lot of the changes to Title VI (of the Student Code) will make things better.”
Another major change includes students’ right to an attorney. In the case that a complaint is filed, both the plaintiff and the defendant will have access to a student attorney if they choose.
“If either party decides that they don’t like the final decision, they have the possibility of appealing it to the Student Supreme Court,” Sundaram said.
Another subject of interest was the requirement that students collect a certain number of signatures in order to be put on the ballot.
Students seeking signatures are prohibited from visiting classrooms, computer labs, libraries and dining halls to gain standing for a position on the ballot.
Cody Poplin, a student in attendance, asked a question about specific rules concerning website hosting and domains.
According to revised election law in the Student Code, students are allowed to launch websites promoting themselves after the mandatory candidates meeting Jan. 24.
“The emphasis is that you cannot go in the Pit or have grand displays promoting your campaign until Jan. 31,” said Zach De La Rosa, speaker of Student Congress.
Student Body Vice President Zealan Hoover also spoke to students about the upcoming elections.
“The (campaign season) is going to be respectful, and it’s going to reflect everything that is important about student self-governance.”
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