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Council Bill SR 1058: To reform the Student Advocacy Committee


Agenda Item: To reform the Student Advocacy Committee

Date: October 18, 2010
Committee: Student Advocacy Committee
Sponsors: Patrick O’Keefe, Lower Division Senator; Carlos Rodriguez, Housing Senator; Samir Patel, College of Education Senator; Janet Reyes, College of Engineering and Computing Senator; Amanda Jimenez, Lower Division Senator;

To reform the Student Advocacy Committee

SECTION I. Short Title
This bill may be cited as the Student Advocacy Committee Reform Act of 2010

SECTION II. Purpose
The purpose of this bill is to modify the the bylaws in reference to the Student Advocacy Committee to ensure it is best serving its purpose. The committee agreed that set deadlines on reports to allow the committee to address student needs in a timely fashion is essential and that the committee should file a report at the end of each semester to ensure the Senate is aware of those concerns.

Section III. Modify Section 5.07 (c)
Section 5.07 Student Advocacy Committee
(a) The purpose of the Student Advocacy Committee is based upon the ideal of maximizing representation of the student body. This committee shall investigate student concerns and make recommendations as deemed appropriate.
(b) To ensure prompt responses to student issues, this committee stands dedicated to working diligently with all Senators on legislation directly impacting student advocacy.
(c) To gather information on Senator’s meetings with Deans, this committee shall collect the two reports required of each Senator per semester from the Clerk of the Student Government Association. The first report in the Fall shall be due by October 31st and the first report in the Spring shall be due by February 15th. The second reports for both semesters shall be due by the last day of the semester. These reports shall be standardized in format and shall serve to collect data on student concerns per college. The Student Advocacy Committee shall be responsible for filing a report at the end of each semester outlining students concerns that were found from survey data and meetings with Deans.
(d) This committee shall maintain record of current contact information for each of the
Executive Board members of each Governing Council Governing Council so as to be
readily available to any Student Government Association member when necessary.
(e) This committee will be responsible for direct communication with each of the Governing Councils of the Student Government Association. This includes but is not limited to contact via email and attendance at each meeting held by each Governing Council.
(f) Each member of this committee shall be assigned accordingly to a Governing Council(s) for the purpose of regulating contact and to ensure that each committee member can be present at the scheduled meeting of the respective council. A schedule of meetings shall be kept accessible to each member of the Student Government Association should he/she wish to attend a Governing Council meeting as well.
(g) The Student Advocacy Committee will maintain contact with the Student Government Association Cabinet by specifically meeting with Cabinet members whose purpose directly correlates with student concerns and by requesting weekly Council meeting minutes from the Student Government Association Clerk.
(h) A representative of this committee shall be present at the Student Government
Association Cabinet meetings on Wednesdays at 4:00pm to gather issues relating to the purpose of this committee and also to report progress to the Cabinet. This shall occur on a rotational basis and reports from Cabinet shall be presented to the Student Advocacy Committee at the first meeting subsequent to Council.
(i) This committee shall actively promote partnerships with Senators to draft legislation respective to the purpose of student advocacy and resolving student concerns.

In favor: ; Opposed: ; Abstentions:; Status: Submitted.

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