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Violations of the KSU SGA Elections Regulations will be posted on here as they are filed. To file a complaint please complete the Complaint Form.


Complaint 20-01 (1/27/20, 3:05 PM)

Suspected Violator(s): Tel Wittmer

Suspected Violation: Violation of 54-0114-A-5. For primary and general election candidates seeking a student body president or student body vice president position, campaign and campaign materials, such as stickers, buttons, T-shirts, websites and other materials not listed in these regulations, shall not be dispersed or publicized until 8:00 a.m. on the first day of classes of the spring semester.

Complaint Filed by: Ashton Hess

Hearing: January 27, 2020, 8:00 PM

Determination: Not in Violation.

Reason: The candidate present presented three pieces of evidence demonstrating that (1) the username on the Instagram account had been changed on Tuesday, January 21st at 9:57PM, (2) the account privacy settings had been changed and were not switched to public until January 26th at 6:40PM, and (3) the username had been changed from prussmash2020 to wittmerlundeen20 on January 21st. In further discussion, the board determined that though the account had made posts prior to the January 21st 8:00AM publicizing date, the account was not used to create a public presence and promote the campaign until the username and privacy settings had been changed on January 26th.


Complaint 20-02 (1/28/20, 10:44 PM)

Suspected Violator(s): Tel Wittmer

Suspected Violation: Violation of 54-0114-A-5. For primary and general election candidates seeking a student body president or student body vice president position, campaign and campaign materials, such as stickers, buttons, T-shirts, websites and other materials not listed in these regulations, shall not be dispersed or publicized until 8:00 a.m. on the first day of classes of the spring semester.

Complaint Filed by: Tom Ford

Hearing: January 29, 2020, 5:00 PM

Determination: Not in Violation.

Reason: The campaign materials were not dispersed or publicized before January 21st, 2020, at 8:00AM, which is the first day to begin publicizing. The respondent submitted additional evidence demonstrating that the shirt order was placed on Wednesday, January 22nd and was only dispersed to the immediate campaign team on Sunday, January 26th.


Complaint 20-03 (1/28/20, 10:44 PM)

Suspected Violator(s): Tel Wittmer

Suspected Violation: Violation of 54-0114-A-5. For primary and general election candidates seeking a student body president or student body vice president position, campaign and campaign materials, such as stickers, buttons, T-shirts, websites and other materials not listed in these regulations, shall not be dispersed or publicized until 8:00 a.m. on the first day of classes of the spring semester.

Complaint Filed by: Tom Ford

Hearing: January 29, 2020, 5:20 PM

Determination: Not in Violation.

Reason: Upon reviewing the evidence the respondent presented, including the “About Us” webpage from PayPal, which owns Venmo, it was determined that Venmo is not a form of social media. Furthermore, examining the evidence the complainant originally presented, seeing the caption “WL” with a t-shirt emoji, it was determined that members of the student body could not deduce that this was related to a presidential campaign. Making this payment to Olivia Pruss, who serves as the campaign manager and an active member on the campaign, is not the campaign itself; therefore, any individuals who engage with the Venmo payment would not be engaging with the campaign.


Complaint 20-04 (2/3/20, 4:23 PM)

Suspected Violator(s): Robert Wasinger

Suspected Violation: Violation of 54-0109(E)(1). Failure to attend a mandatory meeting

Complaint Filed by: Hayley Spellman

Hearing: February 4, 2020, 12:45 PM

Determination: Complaint was withdrawn by complainant.

Reason: The candidate suspected of violation informed the commissioner that they were withdrawing from the Primary Election. Given that they are no longer a candidate on the ballot, it was determined that there was no longer a need to hold a hearing.


Complaint 20-05 (2/9/20, 11:59 AM)

Suspected Violator(s): Jacob Casey

Suspected Violation: Violation of 54-0120(C)(2) Content. Campaign action reports shall contain a list of all campaign actions (including planned campaign actions which will take place after the submission deadline), the date and time of and participants in each campaign action, a list of campaign staff and a short description of their duties, and any other information deemed necessary by the Elections Commissioner.

Complaint Filed by: Hayley Spellman

Hearing: February 10, 2020, 8:00 PM

Determination: In Violation.

Reason: The campaign failed to submit all campaign actions on their campaign action report, which is a requirement listed in the statute in question. The sanction the Elections Board concluded is appropriate is the campaign must submit an updated and corrected Campaign Action Report no later than 24 hours after notification of the determination.


Complaint 20-06 (2/9/20, 12:03 PM)

Suspected Violator(s): Hannah Heatherman

Suspected Violation: Violation of 54-0116(A)(1) Restricted Campaign Actions. K-State copyrighted or trademarked logos (e.g. Kansas State University, the Powercat, Willie the Wildcat) may be used with permission of the Elections Commissioner or designee after counsel with K-State's director of trademark licensing. If approved for use, candidates or campaigns must follow the university's branding guidelines.

Complaint Filed by: Hayley Spellman

Hearing: February 10, 2020, 8:30 PM

Determination: Not in Violation.

Reason: There was no alteration of the K-State logo in their produced content, which adhered to the University’s Brand Guidelines. Therefore, there was no need to obtain permission from the Elections Commissioner and the Director of Trademark Licensing. Furthermore, any apparel or branding that utilizes any trademarked logo of Kansas State University has already received permission from the Director of Trademark Licensing. Understanding that the purpose of the KSU SGA Statutes is to create a fair and equitable elections process, the Elections Board determined that the use of the logos in question did not create an unfair advantage over the other campaigns.


Complaint 20-07 (2/9/20, 12:06 PM)

Suspected Violator(s): Tel Wittmer

Suspected Violation: Violation of 54-0120(C)(2) Content. Campaign action reports shall contain a list of all campaign actions (including planned campaign actions which will take place after the submission deadline), the date and time of and participants in each campaign action, a list of campaign staff and a short description of their duties and any other information deemed necessary by the Elections Commissioner.

Complaint Filed by: Hayley Spellman

Hearing: Febuary 10, 2020, 9:00 PM

Determination: In Violation.

Reason: As defined in the KSU SGA Statues 54-0102(K), “the term ‘social media’ shall mean any electronic platforms that allow campaigns to create a public presence to preform campaign actions and provide members of the public the ability to view and engage with campaigns.” From this definition, it was determined that the creation and use of the website is considered social media and allowed campaigns and members of the public to engage with one another. Being last updated on January 26th, this is considered to be a campaign action. The campaign failed to submit all campaign actions on their campaign action report, which is a requirement listed in the statute in question. The sanction the Elections Board concluded is appropriate is the campaign must submit an updated and corrected Campaign Action Report no later than 24 hours after notification of the determination.


Complaint 20-08 (2/9/20, 12:09 PM)

Suspected Violator(s): Tel Wittmer

Suspected Violation: Violation of 54-0116(A)(1) Restricted Campaign Actions. K-State copyrighted or trademarked logos (e.g. Kansas State University, the Powercat, Willie the Wildcat) may be used with permission of the Elections Commissioner or designee after counsel with K-State's director of trademark licensing. If approved for use, candidates or campaigns must follow the university's branding guidelines.

Complaint Filed by: Hayley Spellman

Hearing: Febuary 10, 2020, 9:30 PM

Determination: Not in Violation.

Reason: There was no alteration of the K-State logo in their produced content, which adhered to the University’s Brand Guidelines. Therefore, there was no need to obtain permission from the Elections Commissioner and the Director of Trademark Licensing. Furthermore, any apparel or branding that utilizes any trademarked logo of Kansas State University has already received permission from the Director of Trademark Licensing. Understanding that the purpose of the KSU SGA Statutes is to create a fair and equitable elections process, the Elections Board determined that the use of the logos in question did not create an unfair advantage over the other campaigns.


Complaint 20-09 (2/18/20, 5:06 PM)

Suspected Violator(s): Logan Ebert, Erick Echegaray Encisco, James Fogel, Garrett Frankenfield, Aaron Middaugh, Bryson Meinhardt, Yash Ahire, Javen McCreight, Pingping Chen, Hayden Gwinner, Jared Yankovic

Suspected Violation: Violation of 54-0109(E)(2) Each General Election candidate except candidates for Graduate Student Council offices shall attend one of at least two mandatory meetings completed by 5:00 p.m. on the Tuesday one week prior to the general election as specified by the Elections Commissioner. A candidate may be excused from this requirement only if the candidate has received written permission from the Elections Commissioner prior to the last scheduled meeting.

Complaint Filed by: Matthew Swords

Hearing: Febuary 18, 2020, 5:30 PM

Determination: In Violation.

Reason: Attending the mandatory meeting is a requirement as listed in the KSU SGA Statutes. The Respondents in question did not attend one of the five meeting options, giving the Elections Board the justification for finding them in violation. All respondents are hereby disqualified from the 2020 KSU SGA Election and will have their name removed from the ballot.