Cal Poly suspends fines for student election violations

nwilson@thetribunenews.comMarch 7, 2014 

An entrance to Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo.

JOE JOHNSTON — jjohnston@thetribunenews.com

Fines have been suspended for alleged student government elections violations by four student government candidates for president at Cal Poly.

Cal Poly’s Associated Students, Inc.’s Recruitment and Development Committee, formerly known as the Elections Committee, met Friday to discuss the next steps regarding the alleged election violations, ASI spokeswoman Michelle Broom said.

Broom said the fines are suspended until the university hears back from legal counsel regarding inconsistencies in the elections code.

Four students running for ASI president faced penalties, including a $100 fine, because their names appeared in the Mustang News – the university’s student news organization. The students received word they’d violated a code that prohibits “active campaigning” until 10 days before the election, starting April 13, which includes no written mention of a student’s name in connection with their candidacy.

“We will provide more information as it becomes available,” Broom said.

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