Student Bar Association

SBA Elections Information - Fall 2020

SBA Fall 2021 - Spring 2022 Elections 

Voting for the 1L Rep positions, Transfer Representative, and LLM Representatives will take place from Wednesday, October 13 at 9 AM EST to Thursday, October 14 at 5 PM EST. You will receive a link to vote for your 1L section, fellow LLMs, or transfer representative based on your eligibility to vote in the election. The fall 2021 election packet can be found here.

Questions? Concerns? Email us at law.sba@nyu.edu 

Election Rules

Purpose of the Rules

The purpose of these rules is to make sure that candidates are not spending too much time or money on their campaigns, and that voters are not too heavily bothered by the campaigns. The Elections Committee wants to promote collegial elections.  

Voting

All JD and LLM Students may vote for the SBA Officers on the Executive Board. Only 1Ls in a section vote for that section’s representative, only LLMs vote for their representatives, and only transfer students in their first semester as transfer students at NYU may vote for the position of transfer student representative.

Petitions

Completed electronic petitions must be emailed to law.sba@nyu.edu by Tuesday, September 15th at 5:00 PM (EDT) unless an extension has been announced. Students may sign petitions for more than one candidate for the same position.

Personal Statements

Candidates are also required to submit a personal statement via email to law.sba@nyu.edu. Personal statements for positions must be no more than 500 words in length. They can be as short as the candidate would like. Candidates may include a photo of themselves in the email for publication along with their personal statements. All of the personal statements and photographs will be made available to the student body before and during the election.

Posters

Candidates are allowed a maximum of four posters, each no larger than 11” by 14” (one each for Hayden, D’Agostino, Vanderbilt, and Furman). If candidates wish to share poster-space with other candidates, then their number of posters is correspondingly increased—i.e. two candidates who share all of their posters are permitted to post a maximum of 8 posters, with the same rules applying to location distribution; if two candidates produce two joint posters, then each candidate may also post three “solo” posters. Posters should also be made available for electronic access in our remote/hybrid semester. Canva (www.canva.com) provides free online poster and flier design tools. All posters should be sent to law.sba@nyu.edu in order to be included on the SBA’s virtual FB poster wall, which will be linked on the SBA website and Facebook page.

Phoning

Telephoning individual students is permitted. Telephoning students on behalf of a candidate is not permitted. Mass texting by, or on behalf of, a candidate is also not permitted.

Leafleting
Any form of leaf letting is NOT permitted.

Mass Messaging

Reaching out your friend to ask or remind them to vote for you is permitted. However, mass messages (defined as any written content systematically communicated, whether by email, mail-merge, Groupme or otherwise, to any group of students) are restricted to fifteen times during the campaign period, and are limited to five messages per channel (unique GroupMe, listserv, etc.). A group consists of two or more students. A Coases listserv or any other listserv posting constitutes one mass message. In sending mass emails, candidates must “cc” law.sba@nyu.edu. Note that all e-mails sent by, or reasonably interpreted to be on behalf of the candidate (whether or not sent by the candidate), count toward the limit, so please use sound judgment. A mass e-mail sent on a candidate’s behalf will count towards the candidate’s e-mail limit; this includes emails from Student Groups in support of specific candidates.

Parties

During the election period (from when petitions are available until after the election), candidates are NOT permitted to hold, or have held on their behalf, election parties. Election parties are defined by the SBA as those parties where candidates, or others in support of those candidates, post or distribute campaign materials, give a speech on behalf of any individual’s candidacy, or where groups of 10 or more students gather to plan campaigning activities.

Facebook, Gmail, Twitter, NYU Listservs
Candidates may make their Facebook, Gchat, Instagram, and Twitter (or functional equivalent) status messages reflect their candidacy. Candidates may create Facebook Groups or Event Pages, but Facebook Messages are governed by the same rules as mass messages for e-mails. Any mass message via e-mail or Facebook will count towards the five mass message limit. Wall postings do not count as messages, so long as they are on the candidate’s own campaign page, but please do not make multiple wall postings. Be courteous.

Chalking and Classroom Announcements

Candidates are permitted to chalk classroom boards during the period leading up to the election, public health restrictions permitting. However, please be respectful of classroom decorum and mindful of other groups that use chalkboard space to advertise their events. Do not take up more space than is necessary. Additionally, should any campaign messages be deemed inappropriate by the Elections Committee, a candidate may be disqualified. Campaign messages, chalking, or announcements may be deemed inappropriate for referencing other candidates or individuals.

Classroom announcements are permitted, subject to the discretion of the professor. Please note that professors are NOT required to allow campaign announcements during class. Written permission for a classroom announcement must be received from the professor prior to class, and a copy of this must be submitted to the SBA via email at law.sba@nyu.edu. Failure to comply may result in disqualification. This will help ensure that the election process does not hinder the learning environment, which should always be the first priority for classroom activities during scheduled class times.

Clarification of Election Rules

Any candidate seeking clarification of specific provisions of these elections rules may submit any question to the Elections Committee (law.sba@nyu.edu), the Elections Committee will respond within 24 hours.

Grievance Procedure and Violations

Any student can bring a case against a candidate, or a candidate’s supporter(s), for violating the election rules. The Elections Committee shall have jurisdiction to review cases involving alleged violations of election regulations under the SBA Constitution. The Election Committee is comprised of all 3L and LLM students currently on the SBA.

Any grievance must be filed in writing and submitted to the Elections Committee (law.sba@nyu.edu) within twelve (12) hours following the end of election balloting. Within seventy-two (72) hours from the filing, the Elections Committee must conduct a hearing on said grievance and issue an opinion. The Elections Committee may not publically announce the election results until any potential grievance procedure is satisfied.

A student called before the Elections Committee as a respondent has the following rights: the right to review the petition; the right to present information challenging the complaint; the right to a hearing; the right to present witnesses who have information relevant to the case; the right to be present at the hearing; and the right to appeal the final decision to the Dean of Students. At the hearing, the petitioner and respondent will have the opportunity to present their cases and witnesses in support of their version of the allegation. The Elections Committee will have the final determination in all matters.

Any violation of these election rules may result in the disqualification of a candidate or other sanction, whether the violation is performed by the candidate or by a candidate supporter.

The Election Committee is compromised of the Election Chair, President, Vice President, and Secretary of the SBA.