RHA Officer Elections - 2020-2021

RHA Elections - Spring Timeline

RHA hosts online elections and position appointments during the spring semester of each academic year for the next RHA Executive Board. Individuals elected in this process will begin transition of duties upon election as guided by the RHA Advisor and current executive board. All those elected are required to attend a five-day training before the beginning of the fall semester and will receive early housing accommodations provided by University Housing.

RHA Officer Requirements (Spring 2020)
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher
  • Be in good disciplinary standing
  • Be a general member (resident) of the UNL Residence Halls
  • President & Vice President candidates are required to run as a pair on one ticket and both candidates must meet all eligibility requirements
Election Process and Timeline (Spring 2020)
  • Tuesday, March 3,2020 – Tuesday, March 10,2020 - Nominations for elected positions open (President/Vice President, Treasurer) 
    • To Accept Nominations, Individuals Must Complete the RHA Candidacy Form (Closed) Before the Close of Nominations During the RHA Meeting on Tuesday, March 10
  • Tuesday, March 10, 2020 – Presentations of candidates (President/Vice President, Treasurer)
    • Each pair of candidates (President/Vice President) will be allocated five minutes to present to the RHA Senate and all attending guests and 5 minutes for questions, extendable up to 10 minutes
    • Each candidate for Treasurer will be allocated four minutes to present to the RHA Senate and all attending guests and 5 minutes for questions, extendable up to 10 minutes
    • Candidates information will be provided to all residents as well as a percentage of support from the Senate prior to the all-resident electronic election on Thursday, March 19
  • Tuesday, March 17, 2020 – Tuesday, March 31, 2020 – Nominations for the National Communications Coordinator (NCC) position open
  • Thursday, March 19, 2020 – Electronic all-resident ballot for President/Vice President & Treasurer from 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Tuesday, March 31, 2020 – Results of the March 19 electronic election announced to the RHA Senate
  • Tuesday, March 31, 2020 – Presentations of National Communications Coordinator (NCC) candidates & Election by the RHA Senate
    • Each candidate for NCC will be allocated four minutes to present to the RHA Senate and all attending guests and 5 minutes for questions, extendable up to 10 minutes
    • The current NCC will provide no more than a 2-minute dialogue on who they support for the role of NCC
    • The RHA Senate will discuss and vote to confirm the NCC for the next academic year
Appointment Process & Timeline (Spring 2020)
  • Tuesday, March 31, 2020 – Tuesday, April 7, 2020 - Nominations for appointed positions open (Chief of Staff, Advocacy/Residential Enhancement Committee Chair, Diversity/Inclusivity/Service Committee Chair, Residential Success/Wellness Committee Chair) 
    • To Accept Nominations, Individuals Must Complete the RHA Candidacy Form Before the Close of Nominations During the RHA Meeting on Tuesday, April 7
  • Wednesday, April 7, 2020  – Monday, April 13, 2020 – Interviews & Selection of Appointed Positions (Chief of Staff, Advocacy/Residential Enhancement Committee Chair, Diversity/Inclusivity/Service Committee Chair, Residential Success/Wellness Committee Chair) 
    • Each position will go through a 30-minute interview with the President/Vice President, guided by the RHA Advisor & informed of the status of their candidacy before Tuesday, April 14
  • Tuesday, April 14, 2020 – President - Elect & Vice President – Elect Present their selected candidates for approval by the RHA Senate (Chief of Staff, Advocacy/Residential Enhancement Committee Chair, Diversity/Inclusivity/Service Committee Chair, Residential Success/Wellness Committee Chair) 
    • The RHA Senate will be presented with a bill for each position with a listing of all eligible candidates who have applied and reasons for the selection of the final candidate
    • The RHA Senate will be given a chance to question the President-Elect/Vice President-Elect and candidate nominated for up to five minutes (extendable by 10 minutes).
    • The RHA Senate may then choose to confirm or deny the candidate selected. If a candidate is not approved, the RHA President-Elect & Vice President – Elect may choose from the remaining candidates who wish to be considered, re-open the appointment process if no other candidates remain, or fail the search until the fall semester.
Elected Positions

We will accept nominations/applications for elected positions from March 3, 2020 to March 10, 2020. Each candidate/candidate-pair will be asked to give a 5-minute presentation, with extra time for questions, in the March 10, 2020 General Assembly. You must fill out the application form in order to be considered: RHA Candidacy Form (Closed).

The President and Vice President must run together as a candidate-pair.

  • Verify quorum and attendance at meetings of the Executive Board
  • Report to the Senate on all Executive Board actions
  • Serve as the Association representative (i.e. Parking Advisory Committee, Police Advisory Committee, Executive Vice Chancellor Board Meetings)
  • Appoint alternate or additional representatives with Executive Board approval
  • Nominate Association and Special Committee chairs and the Chief of Staff
  • Appoint replacements for unfilled executive offices
  • Have the power to submit legislation to the Association Senate
  • Not have the right to vote, make, or second motions
  • In good faith, and to the best of their ability, enact all duly passed legislation
  • Attend MACURH President chats as well as the MACURH conference

The President and Vice President must run together as a candidate-pair.

  • Set agendas for, call, verify quorum and attendance for, and preside over Senate meetings
  • In the event of a temporary absence of the President, assume the duties of the President, for the duration of the President’s absence
  • Not have the right to vote (except in the event of a tie), make, or second motions
  • Shall be responsible for the creation and distribution of the meeting schedules and will determine the order of bills to be heard
  • Shall keep a record of senator attendance, and will be responsible for informing senators of an impending recommendation of impeachment
  • Responsible for the end of term banquet
  • Keep all financial records of the Association
  • Submit a balanced budget for Senate approval one week after receiving the semester’s allocation
  • Have the power to submit Budget Bills, not have the right to vote, make, or second motions
  • Upon request, report to the Senate concerning the financial records of the Association
  • Inform the senate of any important changes to SOFS procedure
  • Submit reimbursement forms and EPRs for all RHA events
  • Coordinate delegations to the MACURH and NACURH conferences
  • Attend regional and sub-regional business meetings
  • Maintain communication with members of the region and coordinate information as appropriate
  • Maintain resource files of materials acquired at conferences
  • Perform all duties as outlined by the MACURH and NACURH constitutions and bylaws
Appointed Positions

Next year's President is in charge of appointing each of these positions. Once appointed, the candidate must be confirmed by a Senate vote. Talk to the current Executive Board for more information if you are interested.

  • Take and distribute minutes at meetings of the Senate and the Executive Board
  • Keep a record of minutes taken
  • Be responsible for all paperwork preparations for meetings
  • Not have the right to vote, make, or second motions
  • Maintain internal files, records, and archives
  • Maintain office including mail, messages, display board, etc.
  • Oversee all placards
  • Maintain the RHA website and update it with upcoming and heard bills
  • Uphold the bylaws, constitution, and organizational procedures of the Association
  • Set the agenda for, call, and preside over meetings of their committee, giving at least forty-eight (48) hours prior notice for said meeting
  • Report to the Senate and the Executive Board all actions of their committees
  • Have any other responsibilities as defined through the passage of legislation
  • Manage the different social media accounts of RHA
  • Act as the voice of RHA in communicating news and events to residents and outside groups
  • Continually work to enhance the living and learning environment of the halls
  • Act as a liaison between the Senate and the Division of University Housing on matters of residential living
  • Plan, execute, and evaluate all social events related to, but not limited to, the issues listed in the next point that are sponsored by the Association
  • Topics related to Resident Success and Wellness: academic success, mental health, drug and alcohol abuse, personal wellness, campus and civic engagement
  • Coordinate its efforts with complex governments and their committees, other UNL organizations and departments to sponsor or cosponsor events
  • Plan, execute, and evaluate diversity related, educational, and cultural events designed to enrich residential living
  • Coordinate its efforts with other university organizations and departments to cosponsor events, such as the Women’s Center, or the LGBTQA+ Resource Center, and international student groups
  • Coordinate various service projects throughout the year that residents can join and promote charitable events in the local halls and throughout campus