RHA Elections

Election confirmation emails will be sent out Thursday by noon. Elected candidates have until Friday, March 15th, 2019 at 4:30pm to accept or reject the position.
Those who did not get elected will be notified once all positions are filled. Final results will be announced at GA on March 27th, 2019 (after Spring Break).

Please reach out to us regarding any questions you may have about running.

RHA Election Policies are listed at the bottom of this page.


All positions are paid hourly $$$. If you would like to be involved with RHA or want more info on the positions, please contact any of the executive members by emailing um.rha@maine.edu or calling us at 207.581.2504.

If you would like to join your RHC, please visit your Community Coordinator or RA!
(more info on Residence Hall Council page)

Descriptions of positions and requirements (section pulled from RHA Constitution, updated 2.27.19):

Article V. ELECTED OFFICERS

  1. The elected officers of RHA shall consist of a President, Senior Vice President, VPFA, VPP, VPDI, NCC and Secretary.
  2. If it is felt that an elected official should be removed from their position, a Resolution may be presented to the GA stating the reason(s) for removal. A 2/3 vote is required by all members of the GA for a Resolution to pass.
  3. The elected officers must reside on campus.
  4. The outgoing officers shall have the responsibility of training the newly elected officers of the duties and responsibilities of the office by the end of their term.
  5. Candidates for all positions must complete two (2) academic semesters as University of Maine residence hall students by the onset of their first full semester in office.
  6. The elected officers will hold a set amount of office hours per week. Elected officers are classified as either “full-time” or “part-time”.
    1. “Full-time” officers will hold a set number of hours per week, as determined by the VPFA and approved by the Executive Board.
      1. These officers are the President, Senior Vice President, VP of Financial Affairs, and VP of Programming.
      2. These officers will generally meet weekly with the Advisor(s).
    2. “Part-time” officers will hold “as-needed” office hours determined by the President and VPFA, approved by the Executive Board.
      1. These officers are the VP of Diversity and Inclusion, National Communications Coordinator, and Secretary.
      2. These officers will meet less frequently with the Advisor(s).
        1. Certain instances, such as conference, will allow for these meetings to be more frequent, as needed.
  7. Powers and Duties of the President:
    1. The President shall have the primary responsibility for all external affairs of RHA. This shall include representing and expressing the wishes of the On-Campus Student Body to any person outside that body, serving on all appropriate University and Student Government committees, and informing RHA of all issues and decisions of the administration which will affect the On-Campus Student Body.
    2. Any issues or conflicts between members of RHA, multiple RHC’s, or committee shall be dealt with directly by the President. If the conflict involves the President, it shall be the Senior Vice President’s responsibility to handle such matter.
    3. The President shall perform any other duties as in this constitution, as is directed by the GA, and as is stated in their job description.
    4. The President shall have the power to veto any resolution prior to the next regular meeting of the RHA General Assembly after the passage of said resolution.  A veto may be overturned by submitting a Veto Overturn Resolution, to be voted at during the next RHA General Assembly meeting. The President may not veto a Veto Overturn Resolution.
    5. The President shall hold regularly scheduled Presidents Council meetings with all RHC presidents.
  8. Powers and Duties of the Senior Vice President:
    1. The Senior Vice President shall have the primary responsibility for the internal affairs of RHA; this shall include the General Assembly and RHC’s.
    2. The Senior Vice President shall perform other such duties as in this constitution, as is directed by the GA or the President of RHA, and as is stated in their job description.
  9. Powers and Duties of the Vice President of Financial Affairs:
    1. The Vice President of Financial Affairs (VPFA) shall be the chief financial officer of RHA, and as such, shall have primary responsibility for all RHA accounts and general supervision over all funding and funding requests, including those of the Residence Hall Councils.
    2. The VPFA shall have the right to inspect the financial records of any Residence Hall Council.
    3. The VPFA may recommend freezing a Residence Hall Council’s fund to the Executive Board to be voted on as defined in the Financial Policies.
    4. Meet with the Accountant on a weekly basis to review expenditures and budget.
    5. Review all Alternate Funding Requests (AFR) for approval or denial.
    6. Host weekly RHA Budget Council meetings to review all requests before they are presented at the General Assembly.
    7. Open the AFR form one (1) week before the start of each semester so that ResLife may have time to secure funding and materials for early Friday Night Programs.
    8. The VPFA shall perform other such duties as in this constitution, as is directed by the GA or the President of RHA, and as is stated in their job description.
  10. Powers and Duties of the Vice President of Programming:
    1. Coordinates all RHA run programs and events.
    2. Chair of RHA program and event committees.
      1. The President and/or the VP of Programming may choose to select an alternative Chair for certain committees.
    3. Collaborate with other university departments on programs and events.
      1. Such departments include, but are not limited to, Residence Life, Campus Activities and Student Engagement (CASE), Campus Activities Board (CAB), University of Maine Student Government, Inc. (UMSG), and Residence Hall Councils.
      2. The VPP must request an exception from the RHA President in regards to Article V of the RHA Constitution, section 9, sub-section a.
    4. Point person for organizations requesting funds or support from RHA.
      1. Ensures that organizations meet requirements for funding outlined in the RHA Bylaws, Article VI, section 3.
    5. The VPP shall attend various events and programs sponsored by RHA whenever possible.
    6. The VPP shall perform other such duties as in this constitution, as is directed by the GA or the President of RHA, and as is stated in their job description.
  11. Powers and Duties of the Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion:
    1. Responsible for reviewing all funding requests, legislation, and General Assembly processes to determine whether the practices of the Residence Hall Association are inclusive of all residents on campus.
      1. The diversity and inclusivity criteria include, but are not limited to,
        1. Racial and cultural
        2. Gender and Sexual Identity
        3. (Dis)ability and accessibility, including physical and/or mental disabilities
        4. Religious Identity
        5. Dietary restrictions
    2. Must be Safe Zone certified through LGBTQ+ Services, certified by a facilitator.
      1. Certification must be completed between being elected to the position and starting the position.
    3. Develop programs in partnership with multicultural and diverse groups across campus.
      1. At least one program or event a semester.
    4. Develop educational workshops and resources for Residence Hall Councils to implement in their communities.
      1. Will work with the RHC’s to implement, as well as help coordinate.
      2. Will make materials available to all RHC’s.
    5. Collaborate with the Residence Life department to develop workshops and trainings for Residence Life staff that promotes inclusivity and diversity in residence halls.
    6. Set up and facilitate annual diversity and inclusivity training for incoming executive board members.
    7. Chair the Resident Activism and Inclusivity Committee, as well as any other related RHA committees.
      1. May coordinate with the RHA President to appoint a different chair to such committees, if the need arises.
    8. Attend the monthly Allies Councils meetings held by LGBTQ+ Services.
    9. Attend at least two events focused on diversity and inclusion every semester.
      1. Must have a facilitator or supervisor verify attendance/participation.
    10. The VPDI shall perform other such duties as in this constitution, as is directed by the GA or the President of RHA, and as is stated in their job description.
  12. Powers and Duties of the Secretary:
    1. To maintain and publish the contact roster, attendance records and minutes.
    2. To make available to all RHA members the time, date, and location of all RHA meetings.
    3. To receive, maintain, and distribute all documents and records.
    4. Maintain all social media accounts.
    5. Work with the NCC to table for RHA.
    6. The Secretary shall perform other such duties as in this constitution, as is directed by the GA or the President of RHA, and as is stated in their job description.
  13. Powers and Duties of the National Communications Coordinator:
    1. To serve as RHA’s official liaison to North East Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls and NACURH, Inc. and shall attend all of the respective conference meetings.
    2. To be responsible for selection, preparation, registration and training of the RHA Delegation as permissible by the RHA Budget.
    3. To ensure that RHA proceedings are conducted according to the RHA Constitution and Policy Manual as well as serve as an expert in parliamentary rules and procedures.
    4. Work with the Secretary to table for RHA.
    5. The NCC may be asked to travel to neighboring colleges and universities to meet with their RHA members and to bring ideas back to the university.
    6. The NCC shall perform other such duties as in this constitution, as is directed by the GA or the President of RHA, and as is stated in their job description.
  14. Executive officers are encouraged to attend several ResLife staff meetings throughout each semester.
    1. The Executive Board will need to coordinate with the Area/Community Coordinator to be added to meeting agendas.
    2. Executive officers shall rotate going to different complex/area staff meetings.
    3. Executive officers that are RA/CA’s are encouraged not to be added to meeting agendas as part of RHA. Instead, another executive officer should attend to represent RHA.

RHA Election Policy and Procedures (formally adopted on 2/27/19)

  • Elections shall be held at the last regularly scheduled General Assembly before Spring Break.*
  • Election speeches shall be delivered at the second to last General Assembly before Spring Break.*
  • Applications for running for an executive position shall be due at least one day before the speeches are given.*
  • Applications shall be open for at least ten days before the deadline.*
  • Materials and information shall be published to residents several days before applications open.
  • Speeches shall not exceed three minutes in length.*
  • Following each speech, the General Assembly shall have five minutes to ask the candidate questions.*
    • The questions shall be predetermined by the General Assembly before the day of the speeches so that all candidates may have enough time to prepare an answer.
  • If a candidate is unable to attend the General Assembly meeting to deliver a speech, they may submit a video recording up to three minutes in length or send a proxy on their behalf.
  • All candidates may be present for the speeches.
  • Candidates may choose a primary and secondary position they wish to run for on the application.
  • Only General Assembly members (as defined in the RHA Constitution), RA representatives, and candidates may vote.
  • All General Assembly members may vote, regardless if they are a candidate.
  • If there is a tie, there shall be no more than two further votes to attempt to break the tie.
    • After any vote resulting in a tie, the General Assembly may choose to call back the candidates and ask more questions. Both candidates shall be called up together.
    • If the General Assembly can not break the tie after three attempts, or if one or more of the tied candidates is not present, then the General Assembly may decide to have the Executive Board make a decision.
      • If the tied candidates are on the Executive Board, the decision of the Executive Board must be made without such candidates present.
      • The RHA Advisor(s) shall oversee this process.
    • If the General Assembly and the Executive Board is unable to reach a decision, all ties shall result in a ‘No Confidence’ verdict from RHA.
    • The Executive Board shall elect to establish a new timeline for any vacant positions, or elect to appoint an officer with a ⅔ confirmation vote of the General Assembly.
      • Any candidate deemed ‘No Confidence’ will not be eligible for appointment.

*Per RHA Constitution