Inter Housing Council

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Timeline and Campaign Guidelines

Register as a Community Council candidate or nominate a member of your community!

Campaign Financing

  • No campaign is to spend more than $20.00 (if any money at all) on their campaign.
  • Submit copies of all receipts with your name and position you are running for to your Coordinator of Student Development (CSD) at the front desk.
  • Candidates are responsible for any campaign-related purchases and will not be reimbursed.

Printed Posters and Signage

  • Prior to posting, ALL signs must be approved by the CSD for your community.
  • Approval process: Email photo of electronic design/physical (handmade) posters to your CSD.
  • If unapproved/inappropriate signs are posted, judicial action may be taken, and you may be disqualified from the election. 
  • Signs may only be posted in public places (e.g., lounges, main lobby, etc.). 
  • Signs must be hung up using blue painters tape, provided for you at your front desk. That is the only item that University Housing/the Community is permitted to contribute to your campaign.
  • Signs may not be posted on railings, windows, doors, floors, or safety-equipment (e.g., fire alarms, fire extinguishers, emergency equipment). Sidewalk chalking is prohibited.
  • No signs can, in any way, cover up another candidate’s sign that was hung previously.
  • If a person running for a Council position, or an acquaintance of that person, removes or damages any of their competitors’ signs, they will be disqualified.
  • Signs must be taken down by 12:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 1st, 2016  

Electronic Advertising

  • Approval process: Email advertisement to your CSD prior to posting.
  • Posting of approved content to the building/community Facebook page can be done with the permission of your CSD.
  • Candidates may campaign via personal social media accounts, but should keep all communications appropriate.  If inappropriate campaign-related communications take place, judicial action may be taken, and you may be disqualified from the election.

Important Dates to Remember

Monday, September 19 Community Council Interest Session
Friday, September 23 Campaigning Begins!
Monday, September 26 Deadline to register as a candidate. Candidate Registration Due by 5 p.m. No late registrations will be accepted.


“Meet the Candidates” night will begin between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Tuesday, September 27 through
Thursday, September 29
Community Council Elections! Vote online through the Survey Monkey address sent to your Cal Poly e-mail. POLLS CLOSE AT MIDNIGHT!
Friday, September 30 Election Results Posted at the front desk of each community.
Monday, October 3 Council Meet and Greet and overview of Leadership Conference.
Saturday, October 8 IHC Leadership Conference for all newly elected leaders. Hosted in Baker Science Building from 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Monday, October 10 First Full Community Council Meeting! Business as usual.


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