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Plagiarism, illegal funds alleged in student government election



The president of the University of South Florida St. Petersburg's student government won re-election only to be disqualified for campaign violations, the university's newspaper reports.

Mark Lombardi-Nelson and his running-mate, student Senate chair Christina Hegedus, were cited for using famous quotations on Facebook without attribution; not removing flyers after being asked; using student activity funds for campaign materials; and disregarding guidelines for T-shirts and flyers, according to an article in The Crow's Nest.

The Election Rules Commission assessed the Lombardi-Nelson/Hegedus ticketa total of 10 violation points, enough to automatically toss out their victory in the student government election.

When reached on his cell phone Monday, Lombardi-Nelson said he was with his family and could not speak to the Tampa Bay Times. But he told the student paper that he would appeal the decision.

"The students have spoken, and the processes and procedures carried forward were not just," he said. "We will fight, and we will do what is in the best interest of the students. We are staying positive because that is what we have done the entire time."

Read the full list of violations here.

[Last modified: Monday, March 11, 2013 5:47pm]


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