In their last meeting of the fall semester, Student Senate passed the implementation of an event registration form and left unfinished business about interpreting election results.
In it’s Nov. 16 meeting, Senate went back and forth with feedback on a new event registration form that would be required for every student organization to fill out before holding an event. Student Affairs Assistant Vice President Kori Hoffmann presented changes to the form based on the feedback. The first thing debated on was a paragraph outlining the responsibility of the organization for its members.
This part of the proposal said every member or officer has to discourage activity that would break organizational policy, the law or University policy, and organizations would be held accountable for the actions of a member who breaks any of those rules.
The Office of Student Involvement’s response to the concern was to cut it completely. Hoffmann said this was implied in the other paragraphs outlining the policy.
“Ultimately, Student Senate is the one who recognizes our student organizations on campus. They’re the ones who can take away recognition. Really, all that power comes from you guys as Student Senate,” Hoffmann said.
The registration form is currently only adopted by Greek Life organizations, but after a unanimous vote from Student Senate, it will be introduced in the spring and fully enforced in fall 2022.
Senate also circled back to another point of business from their previous meeting: interpreting election results.
In their last meeting, Senate debated three options on how they wanted to fill the elected positions, the first being to only allow one person to run for one position.
In opposition to this possibility, it was argued that allowing people to hold more than one position would help combat low attendance that was seen at the beginning of the semester.
The second option was that class officers will be filled first, then all others will be filled. A third option was made to help fill the most positions. Governmental Affairs Committee co-Chair Josh Fyffe said that if someone ran for two positions and won both, they would assume the role that did not have enough candidates to fill otherwise.
At the Nov. 16 meeting, Senate voted to come up with the written bylaw for the third option of filling the most spots possible. Fyffe and co-chair Devan Rohn outlined the language of the bylaw, which will be voted on at the first meeting of next semester Jan. 18.
Other Student Senate Business:
Wellness Center Assistant Vice President of Health and Well-Being gave a presentation outlining the short and long-term goals of a well-being initiative.
Student Senate appropriated $1,500 to the Council for Exceptional Children to attend a national conference in January. CEC is an organization that focuses on information and resources for special educators. President Paige Holbrook said four members of the club needed funding for the trip, where they would be able to learn and network with people all around the country in special education. With little debate, Senate unanimously approved the appropriation of $1,500 to partially cover the cost of the trip.
Senate recognized Alpha Psi Omega, a national honorary theatre fraternity, as a new student organization.