Senate Campaign Info

February 25th, 2016 by Samantha Miller

Tips on How-To Run a Senator Campaign*:

  • Ask your current Senator for advice on what they did.

  • Anyone from any residency can run for any Senate position.

  • Be aware of the rules below.

  • Fill out your application and turn it into the SGA Office by February 26th at 3 p.m..

  • Attend the mandatory Rules Meeting on Tuesday, March 1 at 9 p.m. in the Caf Banquet Room for any questions you have.

  • You are permitted to run an innovative campaign so long as you follow the posting guidelines for Biola's campus as well as adhere to the dates in place. For example, you may produce posters (11”x17” dimensions), postcards for lobby areas, chalk the appointed areas with your hashtag, have a Facebook solely for your campaign, or have a hashtag for yourself.

  • You are limited to spending only $100 of your own money to run this campaign. SGA will not be reimbursing you for these funds.

  • If elected, the Senator will have priority to ensure residency in the constituency they are elected to.

*YOU ARE NOT REQUIRED TO DO ANY OF THESE THINGS, these happen to be examples of what Senator candidates have done in the past.  


Pre-Campaigning Week:

  • Please be fully courteous to all other teams who are running. This means that any tearing down of other team's posters is strictly prohibited and will not be tolerated. This goes also for covering of other team's posters or vandalizing of team's campaign materials.

  • With questions about posting around campus, please read and review and be explicit with your team about Biola's posting policy here:  Only the places specified are official posting sites. Places like the Mailboxes and black asphalt are unacceptable. During the week of campaigning, the white concrete around the mailboxes is available for chalking.

  • With questions and concerns regarding creative (non-poster) posting on campus (lanterns, banners, sticky notes, other items etc...) please ask Jess Snow ( for permission.

  • Your official posters must be stamped by SGA. Bring these posters to the mandatory Rules Meeting on Tuesday, March 1 at 9 p.m. in the Caf Banquet Room, and the SGA Elections Committee will stamp them for you.  

  • Attend the Senator Candidate Photo Shoot on Sunday, February 28 from 3-4 p.m. in the Talbot East Courtyard. 

  • All social media accounts must remain completely hidden and private until campaigning starts at 10 p.m. on Tuesday, March 1.

  • YOU MUST ATTEND THE OFFICIAL RULES MEETING listed in your application. Further instruction will be stated then.

  • Once again, you are responsible for their knowledge of these rules above. Should they violate them, you may receive a penalty at the discretion of the Elections Committee.



Campaign Week:

  • Mandatory Rules Meeting, Tuesday, March 1 at 9 p.m. in the Caf Banquet Room

  • Campaigning begins Tuesday, March 1 at 10 p.m. (when the Rules Meeting concludes) and campaigning week will conclude on Sunday, March 6 at 11:59 p.m.

  • No campaigning of any nature may begin before 10 p.m. on Tuesday, March 1, 2016.

  • No campaigning of any nature may take place during the two days of voting. Candidates and campaign team members may only promote the voting process in general, encouraging students to vote. Candidates may not say “vote for me for Senator” once voting has started.

  • The legality of any form of pre-campaigning personal branding or marketing is up to the discretion of the Elections Committee and must be approved by them.


Voting: Monday, March 7th at 12:01 a.m. - Tuesday, March 8 at 10 p.m.

  • No active campaigning is on voting days is permitted. Your entire campaign team is responsible for this. You must have posters taken down on the Sunday after Elections is over.

  • Social Media during voting days – encourage the general voting process, not your candidate/yourself. Reposting the voting link is permitted and encouraged.

  • Polling places: The current SGA Senators will be hosting voting parties in their dorm lobbies, encouraging residents to vote. Candidates may not linger around the voting parties.

  • Results: The Chimes may contact you to be there for the results. It is up to your discretion whether or not you want them there. However, you cannot use the organization as your reasoning (i.e. SGA doesn’t want you here).

  • A member of the Elections Committee will call you with the results.


Elections Committee Vision Statement: The following rules and regulations are enforced in order to foster an atmosphere of excitement, to prohibit over-saturation of elections materials, and to ensure that no candidate receives an unfair advantage.



  • You may not reuse the same photos, graphics or content that you already have to advertise during campaign week.

  • You can’t use SGA office supplies

  • SGA/SMU Events – you can’t plan anything that requires the SGA/SPA/SMU staff’s cooperation. You can however utilize certain events on campus in public setting (chapel).


Posting Policy:

  • The SUB is off limits.

  • 6 posting locations: Horton small lawn, Hope small lawn, Café walkways, Rose Chapel Crosswalk-way, Bells

  • Dorm Bulletin Boards are acceptable. You must get the RD's permission. Bulletin boards in academic buildings are acceptable, no “double-posting,’ covering others’ posters. Be logical, ethical, and kind.

  • You may have one poster per bathroom.

  • All postings in buildings or apartments must be approved by the RD/RC.

  • All posters must be stamped with the approval stamp from Student Services.

  • Chalking is permitted ONLY on the white concrete, near the mailboxes only. NOT the Black Asphalt or red brick.

  • You may put posters on your own dorm doors, but not put it on someone else's door for them! You may not put posters or materials on doors into certain halls. ONLY on bulletin boards.

  • If you have campaign postcards or pamphlets, you are allowed to ask for permission in areas like the fitness center counter//Common Grounds postcard area to leave a few for people to take with them.


Possible Penalties:

  • Reduction of the campaign budget

  • Delayed campaigning start

  • “Freeze” a candidate’s campaign Facebook page

  • Enforce a removal of posters at the major poster sites


Room Reservations:

  • Please e-mail only Jess Snow at

  • You are only able to reserve 1 “spot” for each major location (Sub, Fountain, Café etc.)

  • Please understand that it takes time to confirm the reservations (campus coordination & facilities)

  • We are not able to “give” you the banner/org #. Any illegal use of a banner/org number results in immediate disqualification.


Should you have any concerns or questions, please direct them to Jess Snow at 


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