Article Ⅶ. Nominations and Elections

Section 1. General Procedures
Section 2. Student Senate
Section 3. Student Court
Section 4. Officers of the Student Government.
Section 5.
Section 6.


Section 1. General Procedures

  1. All elections shall be conducted by the Committee on Elections and Student Surveys.
  2. All petitions or nominations must be submitted to the Chairman of the Committee on Elections and Student Surveys no less than one week in advance of the primary ballot. With the sole exclusion of first semester freshmen, students seeking election to student government must, at the time of the election, have at least a 2.2 cumulative grade point average.
  3. To be placed on the primary ballot for either the Student Senate, the College Activities Council, or the Student Court, each prospective candidate must first meet with the President of the Student Government, the Chairman of the Student Court, the Chairman of the Student Senate, or the Chairman of the College Activities Council at a time specified by the President of the Student Government, to be informed of his duties if elected. At this meeting each prospective candidate would also receive a certified petition form which must be signed by fifty (50) classmates who endorse his candidacy.
  4. A student may sign more than one candidate’s petition. If a prospective candidate meets these requirements, then he shall be considered an official candidate for office. Only official candidates will be considered in the elections.
  5. If seven (7) or more candidates run for any office, a primary election will determine the five (5) candidates who will be placed on the final election ballot. If fewer than seven (7) candidates run for any office, one final election will supplant the primary election.
  6. No more than two ballots shall be conducted in any one week.
  7. In the event of a tie for the fifth (5th) position in the primary election, all those tied for the fifth (5th) position will be included on the final ballot.
  8. A final election will determine the three (3) elected candidates for any office. In the event of a tie for the third (3rd) position in the final election for any office, there will be a run-off election to determine the candidate elected to the third (3rd) position.

All elections will be determined by a simple plurality.

Section 2. Student Senate

  1. Three weeks before the examination period begins in the second semester, the rising senior, junior, and sophomore classes shall elect their three Senators to serve as members of the Student Senate.
  2. The freshman class shall elect its Senators by the end of September.
  3. The Committee on Elections and Student Surveys shall provide a debate for all Student Senate elections, but only after a primary, if necessary, has taken place. The time, date, and location for these debates, not including first semester freshman elections, shall be decided by the Committee on Elections and Student Surveys.

Section 3. Student Court

  1. Elections for membership on the Student Court shall begin three weeks before the second-semester examination period.
  2. In the event of a tie for the second (2nd) position on the Student Court, there will be a run-off election to determine the holders of the second (2nd) and third (3rd) positions. The top vote-getting candidate will hold the second (2nd) position and the next highest vote-getting candidate will hold the third (3rd), or alternate, position.
  3. The freshman class shall elect its Student Court representatives during the last week of January. Freshman Court members serve through their sophomore year.
  4. In the case of a vacancy in the office of Student Court Chairman, the Student Government President will appoint an interim chairman from within the Student Court. The primary criteria for this appointment will be experience and previous performance on the Student Court. Though these criteria must be considered, the ultimate decision rests with the Student Body President. The interim chairman will serve until a school-wide election can be held to determine a successor, and the persons who were eligible to vote in the previous general election will be the only ones to vote in the special election.

Section 4. Officers of the Student Government.

  1. To have their names listed on the official primary ballot, candidates for the offices of President and Secretary-Treasurer of Student Government and Chairman of the Student Court shall petition the student body to obtain a list of names and signatures of at least fifty supporters.
  2. The election of Student Government offices shall begin in the third week of February.
  3. In the case of a vacancy in the office of Secretary-Treasurer, the Student Finance Board and the Assistant Dean who supervises this position will nominate an interim successor. The interim successor will hold the office until a school-wide election can be held. The persons who were eligible to vote in the previous general election will be the only ones to vote in the special election.
  4. The Chairman of the CAC for the upcoming year will be elected by the student body. Each nominee must have served or currently be serving at least one term on the CAC.
    1. Three weeks before the examination period begins in the second semester, the rising senior, junior, and sophomore classes shall elect three representatives to serve as members of the College Activities Council to work with the CAC Chairman in meeting his duties.
    2. The freshman class shall elect its representatives to the College Activities Council by the end of September.
  5. In the case of a vacancy in the office of CAC Chairman, the College Activities Council and the Assistant Dean, who supervises this position, will appoint an interim successor. The interim successor will hold the office until a school-wide election can be held. As with the normal election process, the possible candidates must be subject to a screening interview. The persons who were eligible to vote in the previous general election will be the only ones to vote in the special election.

Section 5.

The newly-elected officers of Student Government shall take office the first week after Spring Break. The former officers shall act as advisers to the newly-elected officers.

Section 6.

Officers of Student Government and members of the Student Senate and Student Court shall be inaugurated at the first meeting of the Student Senate, to be held no later than the last week before the second-semester examination period begins. Or, the inauguration may take place at the beginning of college in the fall. The President of the College shall administer the following oath to the officers and members-elect:

“I do faithfully promise to execute to the best of my ability the duties entrusted to me as an officer of Student Government (a member of the Student Senate, a member of the Student Court) of Hampden-Sydney.”

The newly-elected Student Court and Student Senate shall not take office until the academic year following their election.