Senate elections are held each fall between September 1 and the third Tuesday in September, per the SA Constitution. Senators comprise the legislative branch of the SA and are elected according to residence and college membership. Specific precincts for election can be found in the SA Constitution, Article III, Section 3.
Students wishing to run for Senate must submit a form of intent by the deadline and attend the candidates' meeting to be held within two days of the FOI deadline. All candidates must adhere to the general campaigning guidelines. Campaign expenditures are limited by the rules set forth in the Constitution and violation of these rules may result in disqualification (see Elections Code).
There are specific eligibility requirements for students wishing to declare candidacy. For undergraduate students, a potential candidate must have at least a 2.5 GPA and be carrying no less than 12 semester hours; freshmen are exempt from these requirements. Graduate students must have at least a 3.0 GPA and be carrying no less than 9 semester hours, and at least a 2.5 GPA from their previous institution of higher learning. All potential candidates must not be on any kind of university or disciplinary probation. Full eligibility requirements can be found in Chapter 402 of the Constitution.
Once elected, senators are required to attend all regular and special meetings of the SA Senate and their respective senate committee's meetings. Senators are required to submit at least one piece of legislation per semester and participate in the Senate Outreach Program. Senators are expected to support and provide assistance with events put on by the SA.
For more information, please contact the Vice President or Secretary. For questions about the elections code, eligibility requirements, or other matters set forth in the constitution, contact the Attorney General.