Campaigning Rules

The BCSG Committee Selection Board maintains standards for participation in elections. Please find below campaigning rules for those running for student government positions. Failure to adhere to the campaigning rules may result in disqualification.

Candidate Behavior

  • Candidates must adhere to the Code of Student Conduct.
  • Candidates are representatives of Bates students to the Bates and Lewiston-Auburn communities. As a potential student body leader, they should be mindful of the intended and potential impact of their actions and behaviors on our communities. 
  • Candidates should be respectful of fellow candidates and each candidate will be held accountable for their actions.
  • Candidates are prohibited from tampering with other candidates’ print or digital campaign materials.
  • Candidates may not have individuals other than their running mate (if applicable) create campaign materials or host campaign events on their behalf (including, for example, tabling in Commons).

Campaign Obligations

  • Candidates must attend all official campaign events relevant to the position they are running for.
    • If a candidate cannot attend they must notify campuslife@bates.edu in advance of the event, and send a proxy to represent them.
    • Failure of a candidate or their proxy to attend an official event will cancel the candidate’s ticket.

Campaigning Methods

  • Posters, stickers, and flyers are permitted.
    • Candidates should only post print materials on campus bulletin boards. Candidates may not post print materials on other areas including, but not limited to: doors, bathroom stall doors, walls, stairwells, etc.
  • Candidates may not distribute food items.
  • Candidates may not spend more than $30 on campaigning materials.
  • Candidates may not solicit donations or fundraising to support their campaign.
  • Candidates may not sell merchandise, food items, or services to support their campaign.
  • Social media campaigning is highly encouraged.
    • Candidates can create an Instagram, Snapchat, etc. for their campaign. However, they should be mindful of the content that they post, and refer to the Campus Life Social Media Policy for guidance.
  • Candidates may not campaign through listservs or Google Groups unless they are running for Class Representative, in which case they may email their class year’s corresponding listserv below:
    • firstyear@lists.bates.edu
    • sophomore@lists.bates.edu
    • junior@lists.bates.edu
  • Campaigning through Bates Today and the campus feed on Bates Engage Mobile is permitted.

Campaign Content and Collegiality

  • Candidates are prohibited from targeting another candidate’s campaign in their print and digital campaign materials. 
  • Campaign materials should challenge ideas, not people.

Reporting of Concerns

Individuals wishing to report violations of these campaigning rules may contact campuslife@bates.edu.