The Fair Practices Code, often referred to as the FPC by NEC and student government members, is an integral part of the NEC’s mission of ensuring all elections are run fairly.
The FPC clearly outlines how elections are to be run (including regulations on candidate spending and campaigning tactics).
The FPC is available for review by any interested member of the University community, and is updated from time to time internally by the NEC.
Any member of the University Community (including the NEC) has the right to file a violation against a candidate, if the individual believes the FPC has been violated. Additionally, anyone can file a violation against the NEC or a third party (not a candidate, surrogate, or the NEC) if it is believed that the third party biased the election. Violations are accepted by the NEC at the close of each election cycle.
If violations are filed, the individual filing the violation has the right to present her/his case, and the individual charged with the violation has the right to defend her/himself. The entire NEC body then deliberates in private, determining if the FPC was indeed violated, and if so, the necessary actions (per the FPC).
Candidates should follow the policies set by the University and by the College House system.
In addition to the conditions states in the FPC about electronic campaigning, candidates should follow the policies set by the university.
Fair Practices Code for Referenda (FPCR)
The FPCR regulates all aspects of the undergraduate referenda process, such as in cases of proposed Undergraduate Assembly Constitution amendments.