Campaigning Policy: Election Best Practices and Opportunities

To respect the needs of students at the SLC and create equal opportunity for election candidates, we have created some guidelines for campaigning in the SLC.

These opportunities and guidelines were drafted by students and are in place to ensure candidates are able to effectively engage with their peers, that all candidates are given equal opportunity and to ensure the SLC’s #1 principle of respecting the needs of students is met. If you have any questions about this, do not hesitate to contact slchelp@ryerson.ca.  

Guidelines:

Campaign Badges

    • To campaign in the SLC, email slchelp@ryerson.ca with the following information: 
      • your name,
      • slate (if applicable),
      • position you are running for,
      • date and time(s) you intend to campaign in the SLC.
    • To allow candidates to have a presence in the SLC without overwhelming students studying here, all independent candidates or slates will be permitted a maximum of five individual campaigners in the SLC at any given time during the campaign and voting period.
    • All individuals campaigning in the building will be required to wear a campaign badge, available at the SLC Welcome Desk. When the Welcome Desk is closed, campaigners can visit SLC HQ (LIB272B) or speak to any staff member in the building. This campaign badge will show SLC guests that you have been approved to be there and acts as a way to monitor the total number of individuals campaigning in the building.

To sign out a campaign badge:

  1. Check in with an SLC Specialist at the Welcome Desk;
  2. Exchange your OneCard for a campaign badge; and
  3. Fill out the campaigner sign-in sheet.

When campaigners are finished campaigning in the SLC or would like to pass the badge off to another campaign member, they can retrieve their OneCard at the Welcome Desk and sign out on the campaigner sheet.

Exclusion Zones

    • Campaigning is permitted on the 1st floor and the 6th floor with restrictions: 8 feet from the elevators, and not blocking the accessibility ramps or stairwell fire exits.
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    • Campaigning is permitted in these two designated areas only. All other areas of the SLC are considered campaign-free zones.
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    • Campaigners on the 1st floor shall not interfere with events occurring in the Amphitheatre space.

If candidates do not follow these campaigning guidelines, SLC staff will keep a record of infractions and, where requested, provide this information to the appropriate Chief Returning Officer.

Tabling

    • To help candidates engage with the student body, candidates can request a table. Each table comes with two chairs. Tables will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis depending on availability and space.
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    • Note that due to student events occurring in the first floor Amphitheatre, campaign tables will likely be on the 6th floor (Beach).
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    • If a table is not claimed within 30 mins of the requested start time, the table will be removed and the request will be considered a ‘no-show’.
    • To request a table, email slchelp@ryerson.ca with the date, and start and end times you would like the table. If you are a member of a slate, please indicate this in your email.

Postering