The following candidates were issued a formal warning or penalty designation from the Elections Committee for breaching the Rules & Regulations for the Students' Association Elections 2018:

Candidate Name Candidate Position  Severity Designation Warning Text Date Recieved

Tom Groves

Association President

Formal Warning

5.1. Campaigning outside the designated time period

Published a campaign website prior to the beginning of campaigning.


Ruth Wright AU President Formal Warning

5.16. Prohibited activity, online campaigning?

Campaign member commented in a preexisting Facebook group chat.

Tom Groves Association President Rule Breach - Moderate

5.1. Campaigning outside the designated time period

Candidate was discussing their campaign with people outwith their campaign team before the official start of the campaign period

5.5 Campaign team, online groups

Candidate failed to add the relevant Elections Officers to their campaign group within the required 12 hour time frame.

Guy Roulstone SRC Member without Portfolio Rule Breach - Moderate

5.16. Prohibited activity and online campaigning

Candidate promoted their campaigning in multiple pre-existing Facebook group



Penalty Severity Designations

The Elections Committee shall define any rule infraction on the following scale:

  • Informal Warning

    • Will not appear on the warnings list or on the elections portal. A reminder to a candidate of the elections rules.

  • Formal Warning

    • Will not appear on the elections portal, but the elections committee is persuaded that a rule breach might have occured. 

  • Rule Breach 

    • Mild - Candidate may not have intended to break the rule, but it is too severe a breach to warrant a warning that does not go on the portal. Rule breach would not directly impact another candidate.

    • Moderate - Candidate did have some knowledge that they were breaking a rule. We may be satisfied that repetition is unlikely. Rule breach would not directly or badly impact another candidate.

    • Severe - Candidate may have been dishonest to the election committee, or have intended to break a rule with an element of deception. Rule breach would represent serious risk to fairness of election or may have badly impacted another candidates campaign.

    • Very Severe - Candidate has committed a rule break which is just short of them having been disqualified from the election.

  • Disqualification