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UA Judicial Board Statement

To All Concerned Members of the MIT Community,

I am writing on behalf of the Undergraduate Association (UA) Judicial Board in light of recent concerns about the UA elections.

We, the Judicial Board, in cooperation with Election Commissioner Zhelinrentice Scott, have carefully reviewed all of the recent events and communications (via email and in person) regarding the elections.

We want to emphasize to the MIT community that we are taking all of the concerns that have been voiced seriously and in response, here are the guidelines we are setting forth for the remainder of the election.

All complaints, concerns, questions and other issues of an ethical nature that request official responses, decisions, or even clarifications of the UA’s public position, must be e-mailed to the UA Judicial Board (ua-judboard@mit.edu) and not to the Election Commission. These include concerns regarding either candidates, the election commission, or any other relevant people/issues. Please understand that we encourage public discussion of any and all issues, via public emailing lists and forums.

We request adherence to the above procedure by involved members of the community, to prevent all possible problematic situations.

We would like to clarify that the Election Commission is a strictly administrative body of the UA and any actions that it takes must be appropriate to its role as such.

Next, we feel it is important to address the recent e-mails (that many of you may have read), involving Sanjay Rao and Zhelinrentice Scott, Election Commissioner. We acknowledge that in a situation such as this one, where there are evident personality conflicts, it is important to ensure for all involved parties that the election be run in a fair and unbiased manner.

We have talked to Zhelinrentice Scott, who is committed to impartiality in her role as election commissioner. Consequently, she has agreed to yield her authority as election commissioner, with regard to all aspects of the UAP/VP elections, to election commission member Terry Gaige. This entails her absence at the paper ballot counting for that particular election. In addition, she has agreed to make no further public statements regarding any of the candidates in a context other than a strictly informational one and admits that writing her earlier e-mail regarding Sanjay Rao and the complaint addressed to the Judicial Board was not in the best interests of anyone involved, given her role as Election Commissioner.

We are also requesting of all of the candidates an uncompromising respect for the election commission, as well as their fellow candidates. Any direct communication with the commission in a form that we deem as inappropriate (not adhering to the procedure mentioned above) or disrespectful will be addressed by the Judicial Board at our discretion.

Finally, we would like to thank the Commission as well as the candidates for the incredible amount of time and effort that they have all put into this election; it is apparent that everyone involved is of high integrity and is very committed to the realization of a fair election truly representative of the MIT student interests.

Thanks and don’t forget to vote!

Sandra Sandoval

Chair of the UA Judicial Board