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Please carefully read the election rules for the role you are standing for. The rules are there to ensure a fair and fun election. You are responsible for you and your campaign team following these rules. You must not campaign for the election prior to the campaigning period.
 

+ Rules for Officer Roles

These rules are for the following roles: Full Time Officers, Chairs of Networks, Faculty Reps and Student Trustees.

Candidates standing for these roles must follow the Code of Conduct. 

The main rules for now are to not engage in any campaigning or promotion of your nomination and to not spend any money on campaign materials. You must first read the code of conduct and attend a compulsory rules session. You can ask students questions about their opinions to help shape your manifesto but you must not ask them to vote for you before the campaining starts on 12th March.

You must sign the code of conduct and return it to bristolsu-elections@bristol.ac.uk - you will be emailed a copy alongside all the information you need for you role once nominations close. 

The Code of Conduct includes the following rules and more explanation. You will also have to attend a compulsory session on the rules at Candidate Academy which will be at 2pm on Sunday 4th March at the Union. This session in one hour and will be followed by two other sessions on manifesto writing and campaigning.

If you have any questions or would like a clarification, please ask the Bristol SU Elections team.

Extract from rules: 

  1. Don’t break the law! Or University or Bristol SU rules. This includes, but is not limited to, not damaging property, not insulting other candidates, and you should avoid using official email lists (it’s a data protection issue).
  2. You must confirm that you meet any requirements to stand for a particular position – for example, you might have to be in a specific year, on a specific course or identify in a specific way. 
  3. All your campaign material (posters, flyers, Facebook pages, etc) should include the dates of voting and the website link. No stickers allowed.
  4. To ensure that elections are fair for candidates and voters, you may not use resources to promote yourself that are unavailable to other candidates. For example, sponsorship or special deals from local businesses. Please ask the Bristol SU Elections team before engaging in any campaigning activity if you are uncertain about its fairness.
  5. You can’t harass voters or record their votes.
  6. By nominating yourself, you allow Bristol SU and UoB to use the photo you upload in promotion material. This includes, but is not limited to, the Epigram newspaper, the Bristol SU website and Bristol SU owned social media platforms.

​The main rules are listed above and the full code of conduct has the complete set of rules including rules on budget and expenses. 

If you believe that a rule has been broken, please contact the Bristol SU Elections team, who will provide a specific complaints form. All election-related complaints must be submitted before the close of voting. The Returning Officer will assign sanctions to candidates as needed.

Appeals to decisions made by the Returning Officer will be heard by a panel at the discretion of the Democratic Standards Committee and the Chair of the Bristol SU Board of Trustees.

+ Rules for Course Reps Only

These rules are for course reps roles only. If you are standing for any other role please see the rules above. 

 

  1. Don’t break the law! Or University or Bristol SU rules. This includes not damaging property, not insulting other candidates, and breaching Data Protection rules (this means not using any mailing lists you have through being a course rep or society committee member).
  2. You must meet any requirements to stand for a particular position – for example, if you're running for 'Year 2 rep' you should be going into second year; if you're running for 'International Student Rep' you should be an international student etc.
  3. Course Reps should not spend money on their campaign. You should think creatively - use social media, lecture shout outs etc. Make sure to include the dates of voting and the website link when campaigning.
  4. No stickers allowed.
  5. To ensure that elections are fair for candidates and voters, you may not use resources to promote yourself that are unavailable to other candidates. For example, sponsorship or special deals from local businesses, mailing lists that are available to you if you are a club committee member etc. If you are uncertain please ask the Bristol SU Elections team before engaging in that activity.
  6. You should not harass voters or record their votes.
  7. By nominating yourself, you are allowing Bristol SU and the University of Bristol to use the photo you upload in their promotion material. This includes, but is not limited to, the Epigram newspaper, the Bristol SU website, and Bristol SU owned social media platforms.

 

If you have any questions or would like a clarification, please contact the Bristol SU Elections team.

If you believe that a rule has been broken, please contact the Bristol SU Elections team, who will provide a specific complaints form. All election-related complaints must be submitted before the close of voting. The Returning Officer will assign sanctions to candidates as needed. Appeals to decisions made by the Returning Officer will be heard by a panel at the discretion of the Democratic Standards Committee and the Chair of the Bristol SU Board of Trustees.