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Following UCF approval, SGA candidate Richard Stein can print "Bullshit Commission" on all his campaign materials.

The presidential hopeful received permission to use the swear word in his campaign, as part of his "Bullshit Commission," a direct portal he plans to create, if elected, which would allow students to report complaints they have about the UCF campus.

He tweeted last Tuesday that he had "won a legal argument, overruling decisions by Election Commission & UCF Attorney General."

"As my argument was of a legal nature, as it concerned free speech, I referred to it as a legal argument, but in no way did I go through a formal legal proceeding," Stein said.

Communications Coordinator of the Office of Student Involvement David Oglethorpe confirmed Monday that the SGA Election Commission approved Richard Stein's campaign materials.

Students who decide to campaign for SGA positions, he added, should direct questions about the use of any campaign material to the Election Commission, and that candidates must submit the materials to the commission for approval.

"Student organizations must make sure that their actions always fall in line with the policies and procedures outlined in the UCF Golden Rule," Oglethorpe said.

Stein had submitted his campaign materials to the Election Commission, which denied it initially.

"Mr. Stein's initial submission was denied due to inappropriate content and its possible lack of compliance with the UCF Golden Rule," Oglethorpe said. "The Election Commission indicated that it would re-review the submission if the candidate obtained clarity from the Office of Student Conduct. As of this time, the second review has not yet occurred."

"Student organizations must make sure that their actions always fall in line with the policies and procedures outlined in the UCF Golden Rule," Oglethorpe said.

Stein had submitted his campaign materials to the Election Commission, which denied it initially.

"Mr. Stein's initial submission was denied due to inappropriate content and its possible lack of compliance with the UCF Golden Rule," Oglethorpe said. "The Election Commission indicated that it would re-review the submission if the candidate obtained clarity from the Office of Student Conduct."

However, Stein said that after his material was denied by the Election Commission, he had obtained written approval from the director of the Office of Student Conduct in an email, and then obtained approval from the Election Commission itself.

"I have written approval from the Election Commission stating that I have the ability to use that word, and he approved my campaign material," Stein said. "So I've already purchased the campaign material upon his acceptance of the wording.

"I wanted to fight for this word … because it actively portrayed the comments that were made by the UCF public. Based off of the comments from the majority of students as I campaigned, that was the terminology they used. I thought it would be an injustice for me not to communicate that in my platform."

The main reason for using the word, he explained, is to encourage "dialogue" on campus.

"One of the main reasons why I want to use this word was just so I can encourage a political dialogue on campus as to what freedom of speech actually means, and if it takes me using the word 'bullshit,' then that's fine with me," Stein said.

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Nada Hassanein is a Digital Producer for the Central Florida Future. Follow her on Twitter at @nhassanein_or email her at NadaH@CentralFloridaFuture.com.

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