by Christopher Whitten
University of Memphis
Last year's University of Memphis general election for the Student Government Association saw infractions concerning misplaced campaign material, misappropriation of funds and misconduct by student candidates. This year, SGA President Tyler DeWitt plans to eliminate that behavior by implementing a new system, which will reduce the percentage of overall votes received by the party in violation.
"Under this system, candidates are held directly accountable for their actions by a penalty that is enforceable," DeWitt said. Under the old system, candidates who conducted themselves improperly received monetary fines once a formal grievance had been filed. However, fines had never actually been issued until last year, DeWitt said.
"This led to some serious issues concerning whether SGA has the right to assess such a fine and where the proceeds from any fine would go," he said.