Constitutional & Bylaw Amendments

The CSA Senate will be considering the following amendments to the CSA Bylaws at the next CSA Senate meeting Monday, November 13, 2017. They need your help in making their decision. You can reference the Bylaws documents to the right of this page as you consider these changes. Bylaw Amendments will undergo an approval voting process by the CSA Senate. Please review their descriptions and the specific changes and leave any comments or questions BELOW:

1. Commitment Form for Election Candidates

Those wishing to run in the CSA Elections must officially solidify their candidacy for the Elections via a commitment form administered by the CSA President five days prior to platform submissions and eight days prior to petition submissions. This will help the CSA Executives and Elections Committee ensure that all positions for the Elections are filled. The period between commitment form signatures and platform due dates will involve guidance and assistance from the CSA Executives and Elections Committee to prospective candidates.

Addition to Constitutional Provision: Article VI, Section 1:

Current Provision:

A. “One election shall be held each Winter and Spring Term. Officers and seven Senators shall be elected Winter Term. Remaining Senators shall be elected Spring Term.

B. The seven Senators elected Winter Term shall be elected as Class Senators of their respective grades. Two first year students, two sophomores, and two juniors shall be elected. Additionally, one senior shall be elected as the Senior Class Representative for Spring Term; when this seat is vacated in Fall Term, it shall be filled by appointment with a first-year student. Prospective Candidates for Class Senators may be voted upon by students of their class.

C. Position announcements shall be made before the fifth week of the respective term and must include the position descriptions, due dates of platform submission and any required petitions, date of the Candidate Debates, and date of the election. Candidate platforms shall be due by a date determined by the President with the advice and consent of CSA Senate before eighth week of the respective term and submitted to the Election Committee. Candidate debates shall occur before the election. The election shall be concluded before the ninth week of the respective term. Online polls must be open for a minimum of twenty-four hours.

Proposed Amendment:

A. One election shall be held each Winter and Spring Term. Officers and eight Senators shall be elected Winter Term. Remaining Senators shall be elected Spring Term.

B. The eight Senators elected Winter Term shall be elected as Class Senators of their respective grades. Two first year students, two sophomores, and two juniors shall be elected. Additionally, two seniors shall be elected as the Senior Class Representatives for Spring Term.

C. Position announcements shall be made before the fifth week of the respective term and must include the position descriptions, due dates of platform submission and any required petitions, date of the Candidate Debates, and date of the election.

D. Candidate platforms shall be due by a date determined by the President with the advice and consent of CSA Senate before eighth week of the respective term and submitted to the Election Committee.

E. Prospective candidates must confirm their candidacy and submit petitions for the upcoming Election at least one week before platforms are due via an online commitment form administered by the CSA President. Platforms shall be due three days prior to petition submissions.

F. Candidate debates shall occur before the election polls open.

G. The election shall be concluded before the ninth week of the respective term.

H. Online polls must be open for a minimum of twenty-four hours.

1. No Email List_Serv Usage. Club and Organization Signatures for Platform References

The CSA Senate wants to tighten several Election rules. The first is the restriction on the use of club and organization list_servs for campaigning. While organizations can sponsor candidates, the latter may not use the organizations' list_servs or any other that they're members of to send campaign emails. They must type the names of recipients manually and distribute such emails thereafter. This concerns Subsection (M).

Second, the CSA wants to hold candidates accountable to the issues and organizations they formally commit themselves to serving in their platforms. Organizations and their causes should not be empty capital or mere catchphrases for candidates to use to advance their campaigns. If a candidate wants to reference an organization in their platforms they must consult them. IMPORTANT NOTE: THIS IS ONLY IF A CANDIDATE REFERENCES THE ORGANIZATION, NOT AN ISSUE THAT PERTAINS TO THAT ORGANIZATION! For example, if a candidate references divestment, they need not seek the signature of clubs and organizations fighting for divestment at Carleton. However, if they reference a specific organization's name, they must obtain the signature of that club/organization.

Addition to Bylaw: Article VI, Section IV Subsections F, G, H in the proposed bylaw changes section below

Current Provision:

A. Candidates must be current members of the CSA.

B. No candidate may knowingly destroy or deface another candidate's property.

C. No candidate may spend more than $25.00 on their campaign.

D. No candidate may receive or act upon inside information regarding the progress of the election before the polls close.

E. No CSA Chartered Organization may spend any money on a candidate.

F. A candidate may have a maximum of 30 posters, with a maximum of 4 per building, up at any one time during the campaign.

G. Willful violation of these rules by candidates may be referred by majority vote of the Election Committee to the Senate, which may, by two-thirds vote, bar guilty candidates from running again for one academic term and/or refuse to seat any guilty winner, in which case a special election must be held in the same term for the vacant seat.

Proposed Amendment:

A. Candidates must be current members of the CSA.

B. No candidate may knowingly destroy or deface another candidate's property.

C. No candidate may spend more than $25.00 on their campaign.

D. No candidate may receive or act upon inside information regarding the progress of the election before the polls close.

E. No CSA Chartered Organization may spend any money on a candidate.

F. A candidate shall not use a CSA Chartered Organization's email list to campaign. Emails shall be typed manually and distributed thereafter.

G. Candidates must consult any relevant student group, club, or organization before referencing them in their platforms, future plans, and other campaign activities

H. Candidates must include signatures of all referenced clubs and organizations referenced in their platforms.

I. A candidate may have a maximum of 30 posters, with a maximum of 4 per building, up at any one time during the campaign.

J. Willful violation of these rules by candidates may be referred by majority vote of the Election Committee to the Senate, which may, by two-thirds vote, bar guilty candidates from running again for one academic term and/or refuse to seat any guilty winner, in which case a special election must be held in the same term for the vacant seat.

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