Article 1: Officers

Section 1: Officers

a. The officers shall be a President, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Vice President for Student Life, Vice President for Business and Finance, a President to represent each class year, Director of Operations, Buildings & Grounds Chairperson, Housing & Dining Chairperson, Campus Safety Chairperson, Diversity & Social Justice Chairperson, and special interest representatives.

Section 2: Eligibility

  • a. Officers must be fully enrolled in Kenyon College and be in good academic, conduct, and financial standing with the College as verified by the Student Council advisor.
  • b. Must have an earned 2.500 cumulative grade point average at the time of eligibility verification.

Section 3: Election

  • a. The elections of Executive Committee members, sophomore, junior, and senior class presidents, chairs of standing committees, and class representatives shall be conducted each spring semester and administered by the Student Life Committee. The Director of Operations shall be approved by the newly elected Executive Committee officers at the beginning of the fall semester and appointed by the President.
  • b. Qualifications
    • i. Candidates for the Student Council President must have had a minimum one full semester of experience as a Student Council officer or have served on a Student Council committee, excluding ad hoc committees.
      • 1. If no candidates meet the eligibility requirements and qualifications, candidates meeting only the eligibility requirements shall be considered.
    • ii. Candidates for Vice President for Academic Affairs, Vice President for Student Life, Vice President for Business and Finance, chairperson of Buildings and Grounds committee, chairperson of Housing and Dining committee, and chairperson of Campus Safety committee must have a minimum of one full semester of experience with the committee for which they are applying.
      • 1. If no candidates meet the eligibility requirements and qualifications, eligible candidates meeting the qualifications of president shall be considered.
      • 2. If no candidates meet the eligibility requirements and qualifications of president, candidates meeting only the eligibility requirements shall be considered.
  • c. Regular election procedure
    • i. Elections will be conducted by the Vice President for Student Life. The voting medium will be at the discretion of the Student Life Committee.
      • 1. Applications for positions will be available by the Monday of the fifth week of the spring semester and will remain open until the Monday of the eighth week of the spring semester.
      • 2. Applicant eligibility will be verified by the Vice President for Student Life and the advisor to the Student Life Committee during the eighth week of the spring semester. Applicants will be notified if they do or do not meet eligibility requirements by the end of eighth week.
      • 3. Candidates may campaign from the Monday of the ninth week through Friday of the tenth week of the spring semester.
      • 4. Voting will occur during the eleventh week of the spring semester. The candidate with the most votes shall win the election. Winning candidates will be notified by Friday of that same week and must accept or decline the position by the Monday of the twelfth week of the semester. If the winning candidate chooses to not accept the position, the position shall be opened for a special election.
  • d. Campaigning
    • i. Candidates are permitted to campaign during the ninth and tenth week of the spring semester.
    • ii. Regulations surrounding campaigning apply to each person running regardless of number of positions for which they are running. Regulations for campaigning are as follows:
      • 1. Each candidate is limited to 50 posters/flyers
      • 2. Only one email message to the community to promote their candidacy. This email may not contain the link to the poll site.
      • 3. Posters/flyers may only be posted on bulletin boards and other surfaces designed for such communication. Posting may not occur on entryway doors to any campus buildings.
      • 4. All candidates are responsible for all campaign materials supporting their election regardless of their origin.
      • 5. All printed materials must be removed within twenty-four (24) hours of the completion of the election process. If not removed, a fine of five dollars per day will be assessed directly to the candidate.
  • e. Special Elections
    • i. Special elections will be called by the Vice President for Student Life with approval of the Executive Committee.
    • ii. The Executive Committee will have to determine the timeline and procedure for any election. Typically, any vacancies still remaining at the conclusion of a regular election will allow for one day for applications to be submitted, two days for voting, and one day for candidates to accept the position. The candidate with the most votes shall win the election. If the winning candidate chooses to not accept the position, the position shall be opened for a special election.
  • d. First Year Class President Elections
    • i. Shall be completed by the end of the fourth full week of the fall semester.
    • ii. Any member of the first year class meeting the eligibility requirements may be considered.
    • iii. All members of the first year class may vote in the election.

Section 4: Term

  • a. The officers shall serve for one year and their term of office shall begin at the commencement of the fall semester.
  • b. Officers must meet eligibility requirements to obtain and maintain officer role.

Section 5: Removal from Office

  • a. All appointed or elected officers of the Student Council are subject to removal from office.
  • b. Officers may face removal for one or more of the following reasons:
    • i. Failure to perform the function of their office.
    • ii. Failure to meet officer eligibility requirements.
    • iii. Failure to execute regularly assigned responsibilities and meet the obligations of the Student Council.
  • c. The Student Council advisor and President shall facilitate the removal from office process. In the case of the President facing removal from office, the Vice President for Academic Affairs will facilitate with the advisor.

Section 6: Vacancy

  • a. If a vacancy occurs, the procedure for special elections will be implemented.