RUSU Election Rules

These rules are in place to ensure that all candidates running in the RUSU elections have equal access to the electorate during the election campaign. This access should be the same for all candidates, regardless of their personal financial situation or any previously held, current or future positions of influence.

These rules are binding and apply to all candidates (and campaign teams) running in the RUSU elections. The rules are reviewed and implemented by the Elections Committee.

The Rules in Context

It is important to remember that during the election campaign that candidates continue to be bound by sets of rules that, whilst not strictly Election Rules, still have a bearing on conduct.

Union Rules/Policies

  • This includes abiding by the Equal Opportunities Policy.
  • Candidates should be aware that breaking Union rules may result in a disciplinary.

University Rules

  • For example, the bullying and harassment code, damage to University property and buildings, the policy on acceptable use of computers and e-mail etc. This is all outlined in the University Calendar.
  • Candidates should be aware that breaking University rules can result in a University disciplinary.

The Law

  • For instance laws protecting the defacement of property and the Data Protection Act.
  • Candidates should be aware that breaking the Law can result in a civil action/criminal prosecution.

The Elections Committee

The Elections Committee will be comprised of the following:

  • The Returning Officer (an NUS staff member)
  • The Deputy Returning Officer (RUSU Chief Executive)
  • The Chair (RUSU President) or alternate Officer Trustee if they are standing for a position in the election
  • Another RUSU Student Officer who wishes to be included in the committee and are not standing in the election

In the event that all Officer Trustees are standing in the election then the Elections Committee will be formed from the RUSU Student Trustees.

The Elections Committee will be responsible for:

  • Administering and promoting all RUSU elections.
  • Providing appropriate training and support to candidates.
  • Producing timetables and guidelines for the individual elections.
  • Setting the budget and promotional guidelines for the individual elections.

The Elections Committee will use these rules as a guideline in the case of enquiries and complaints and will come to a decision, which will be deemed to be final and binding in all cases.

Elections Rules

All candidates:

  • Will abide by the Elections Rules, timetables, budget and guidelines as produced by the Elections Committee.
  • Will act in the interests of a fair election.
  • Will not do anything that another candidate is not able to do (to ensure that every candidate should have the same access to the electorate).
  • Must treat all other students and staff with respect.
  • Will be held liable for the actions of anyone acting on their behalf.

Eligibility to Stand for Election

  • All candidates must be full members of the Students’ Union as defined by the RUSU Memorandum and Articles of Association.
  • All candidates must be a full member for the duration of their elected time in office (with the exception of Officer Trustee Candidates).
  • Certain elections may require additional eligibility criteria (e.g. Part Time Officer elections).

Campaigning Rules

  • Campaigns should be positively promoting the candidate and what they want to achieve in their position.
  • Negative campaigning, e.g. being offensive or derogatory about the competition, will not be tolerated. It does not win votes.
  • Anything that is destructive to another candidate’s campaign, e.g. ripping down of posters, will not be tolerated.
  • The Elections Committee may define campaign-free zones. There will be a one metre campaign-free zone around any RUSU voting stations


Any complaints relating to the implementation of these rules or the conduct of candidates must be directed in the first instance to

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