Student government candidates adhere to campaign guidelines


Campaign guidelines packet courtesy of Nan Timmons

This packet outlines what A.S. candidates can and can’t do.

Kayla Fitzgerald

Each year, several students conduct a campaign when running for positions in the Associated Students elections. Students who choose to run in the elections must follow several campaign guidelines.

General Regulations:

Publicity: All of the publicity regulations correspond with Chico State’s publicity regulations. This policy sets regulations on flyers, posters, sandwich boards, lawn stakes, etc.

Free Speech: Candidates are required to follow Chico State’s free speech policies.

Campaign Rules:

  • AS oversees campaigning activities before and during the 24 hour election period.
  • AS and the university monitor on campus campaigning materials and activities according to the stated laws and policies.
  • Students who do not comply with the rules provided will be subject to his or her campaigning privileges being revoked for up to a week from the date of the incident.

Off campus:

  • Chico has regulations for public use on sidewalks, streets, power and light poles.
  • The City of Chico also has sign ordinances for residential property.
  • If a candidate violates these rules, he or she is subject to citations, fines and prosecution.
  • For more information, contact the City of Chico Code Enforcement at 530-879-6310.

AS Operated Facilities: 

  • No campaigning can occur in any facility operated by Associated Students. Those facilities include: the BMU, WREC, Butte Station, Holt Station, Rainbow Warehouse and Creekside Café
  • Candidates are allowed to campaign during events hosted in those facilities that were organized by the AS Election Supervisor
  • Students cannot use any AS resources or any campaigning purposes.

Electronic Devices:

  • Laptops can be used for campaign tabling on non-election days but no cords can be used for safety reasons
  • No voting can occur on candidates’ personal devices during election tabling

Outdoor Tabling:

  • Candidates must apply for a vending/distribution permit in person to participate in tabling
  • Must appear on the verified candidate list to participate

University Housing:

  • General voter awareness is supported
  • Individual candidate posters are not allowed to be hung in residence halls
  • One poster per candidate can be displayed during election events at the UHUB
  • Posters must be submitted to and approved by the Residence Hall Association

Additional Reminders:

  • Campaign materials can be be passed out on campus but no forms of harassment are allowed
  • Each candidate will be provided a chair at the AS FLO hosted Election BBQ on April 11 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • All campaigning material must be cleaned up by April 19 at 5 p.m.

Kayla Fitzgerald can be reached at [email protected] or @kaylafitz_20 on Twitter.