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Resolution SR 1056: In support of the Proposals for the Audiovisual System Upgrades of GC 150 and GC 140

October 4, 2010 Leave a comment

Agenda Item: In support of the Proposals for the Audiovisual System Upgrades of GC 150 and GC 140

Date: October 4, 2010

Committee: Of the Whole

Sponsors: Carlos Rodriguez, Housing Senator; Patrick O’Keefe, Lower Division Senator; Donovan Dawson College of Arts and Sciences Senator

In support of the Proposals for the Audiovisual System Upgrades of GC 150 and GC 140

WHEREAS,  The Student Government Association’s purpose is to ensure that students concerns are addressed in the immediate governance and policy development of Florida International University at all levels, providing an official voice and action on behalf of the student body;

WHEREAS,  The Division of Student Affairs has submitted two (2) requests to the Technology Fee Committee regarding Audiovisual System Upgrades for rooms GC 150 and GC 140;

WHEREAS,  These rooms are used more than seventy-three (73%) percent and eighty-three (83%) percent of the time, respectively, for academic purposes;

WHEREAS,  This project will enhance the students’ learning experience by using new technologies that facilitate the delivery of knowledge, and feature additional technological resources that will enhance the high-tech feel and increase demand of classes hosted in these venues;

WHEREASThe proposed upgrade will promote the Universitiesy’s Worlds Ahead initiative to be on the cutting edge and forefront of technology;

WHEREAS, Tthe faculty will receive more receptive students who will more actively engage during class lectures thus enhancing the teaching experience for the students;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Student Government Council – Modesto A. Maidique Campus expresses its support of the Audiovisual System Upgrade as requested to the Technology Fee Committee.

 

In favor: 19; Opposed: 0; Abstentions: 0; Status: Signed.

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Council Bill SR 1049: To modify the Graduate Student Funding Committee Guidelines

September 24, 2010 1 comment

Agenda Item: To modify the Graduate Student Funding Committee Guidelines

Date: September 27, 2010
Committee: Graduate Student Funding Committee
Sponsors: Erika Denise Edwards, Graduate Senator; Rachel Emas, Graduate Senator; T.J. Ligouri Graduate Senator; Alex Barrio College of Law Senator; Aman Muqeet, Graduate Senator, Dillon Arango College of Medicine Senator

To modify the Graduate Student Funding Committee Guidelines

SECTION I. Short Title

This bill may be cited as the “GSFC Application Deadline Reform Act of 2010.”

SECTION II. Modifying the Graduate Student Funding Committee Guidelines Submission deadline

Section 1.01

(c) Applications should must be submitted at least eight (8) weeks seven (7) weeks prior to the event.

(i)If applications are received with less than eight (8) weeks prior to the funding event, the student may not be aware of the funding decision prior to the funding event.

In favor: 24; Opposed: 0; Abstentions: 0; Status: Signed.

Resolution SR 1047: In support of AEROBOTS@FIU Design & Build Success Technology Fee Proposal

September 14, 2010 2 comments
Agenda Item: In support of AEROBOTS@FIU Design & Build Success Technology Fee Proposal Date: September 20, 2010
Committee: Of the Whole
Sponsors: William-Jose Velez, College of Engineering and Computing Senator; Patrick O’Keefe, Lower Division Senator;

In support of AEROBOTS@FIU Design & Build Success Technology Fee Proposal

WHEREAS,  The Student Government Association’s purpose is to ensure that students concerns are addressed in the immediate governance and policy development of Florida International University at all levels, providing an official voice and action on behalf of the student body;
WHEREAS,  The College of Engineering and Computing has more than 4,000 students enrolled in its academic programs;
WHEREAS, The AEROBOTS@FIU Design & Build Success project would expose students to work in a multidisciplinary environment with hands on experience, while gaining outside classroom exposure to  carrier and networking resources;
WHEREAS, The Aerobot multidisciplinary design and build project will have a complete reconnaissance system to be developed by a student team in order to compete in  an international competition;
WHEREAS, With this initiative students will have the ability to engage in project oriented assignments with modern technology and students will also be able to compete in a technologically fast paced society;
WHEREAS,  Faculty will receive more receptive students who will more actively engage during class lectures thus enhancing the teaching experience for the students;
WHEREAS, Six students and two faculty members will be actively involved with the project, more than thirty (30) students will follow the developments in the senior design course closely, ten (10) students will be conducting research on engineering related topics and participating in competitions focused on designing, building and testing devices will benefit from this initiative, and forty (40) students involved in the AEROBOTS@FIU society will also be following and learning from the developments in the project;
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Student Government Council – Modesto A. Maidique Campus expresses its support of the purchasing of all necessary equipment and software for the AEROBOTS@FIU Design & Build Success as requested to the Technology Fee Committee.
In favor: 26; Opposed: 0; Abstentions: 0; Status: Signed.

Council Bill SR 1046: To Add Clear Checks and Balances Provisions to the SGC-MMC Statutes

September 13, 2010 Leave a comment

Agenda Item: Checks and Balances Council Bill of SGC-MMC

Date: September 13, 2010

Sponsors: Hector Mujica, College of Business Administration Senator; Cristina Loreto, At-Large Senator; Daniel Gonzalez, College of Arts & Sciences.


To Add Clear Checks and Balances Provisions to the SGC-MMC Statutes

SECTION I. Short Title

This bill may be cited as the “Checks and Balances Act of 2010”

SECTION II. Purpose

The purpose of this bill is to amend the statutes in order to clearly define the checks and balances process as well as the removal process of any SGA officer in accordance with the Constitution.

SECTION III. Removing Subsection C from Section 2.05

Section 2.05 Executive Cabinet

(a)        The members of the Executive Cabinet shall be nominated by the President and Vice President and approved by a simple majority of the Senate.

(b)        The composition of the Executive Cabinet is determined by the President and Vice President. There shall be a permanent Chief of Staff, and Director of Student lobbying within the Cabinet. Cabinet positions may also include: Executive Assistant, Director of Student Lobbying, Athletics Coordinator, Student Advocate, Special Events Coordinator, and Communications Director.

(i)         New Cabinet positions shall be created by the President through a new cabinet position Executive Order, to be announced at the next Executive branch meeting and Senate meeting following the establishment of the position.

(ii)        The Cabinet Position Executive Order creating the position shall provide an overview of the general functions and duties of the position, as well as the formal title for the position.

(iii)       Nominees appointed by the President and being presented for approval by the Senate must be in attendance in the Senate meeting during which they will be considered. If there is a case in which a nominee cannot be in attendance, the President may speak on their behalf, by discretion of the Senate Speaker.

1)         A copy of the Executive Order must be provided to the Senate when a nominee is presented to be confirmed.

2)         Each nominee must be presented and confirmed individually.

(c)        An Executive Cabinet member may be removed from his/her position with no less than a two-thirds vote by the Student Senate. The basis for removal of an Executive Cabinet member shall be malfeasance, misfeasance, and/or nonfeasance. An Executive Cabinet member may also be removed by the President, or a President’s designee.

SECTION IV. Correcting the terminology used in Section 3.07

Section 3.07 Senate Meetings

(a)        The Senate has the right to hold hearing on individual members of the Cabinet Executive Branch and the Governing Councils. These hearings will be held during Senate sessions, and be used to investigate the actions of the members of the Cabinet and the Governing Council that the Senate may deem questionable.

(b)        In order for there to be a hearing, a Senator must petition the Senate in a motion to hold a hearing on a particular individual or groups of individuals that are part of the Executive Branch. The Senator must give a valid reason that requires the hearing. A simple majority is required for the motion to pass.

(c)        The Speaker must inform the individual(s) that they must attend a hearing at the next Senate session. The session will take place during New Business of the Agenda.

(d)       If the individual(s) does not attend their hearing, they may be brought up to Judicial Board.

SECTION V. Adding Section 2.06 Impeachment of Executive Branch Officials to Article II

Section 2.06 Impeachment of Executive Branch Officials

(a)        Any member of the Executive Branch may be impeached if instigated by a three-fifths (3/5) vote of the entire Senate membership. The basis for impeachment of an Executive Branch member shall be malfeasance, misfeasance, and/or nonfeasance.

(b) In accordance to Article III, Section 5 of the Student Government Association Constitution, the Chief Justice from the same SGC as the impeached official shall preside over impeachment proceedings. The Senate, during impeachment, shall be the acting jury; a two thirds (2/3) vote of the entire Senate membership shall remove the impeached official from office.

(c)        Any Executive Branch member, with the exception of the Vice President, may be removed by the President, or a President’s designee, without consent from the Senate.

In favor: 9; Opposed: 7; Abstentions: 0; Status: Became law by default.

Council Bill SR 1045: To create a Senate Ad Hoc Select Committee to Establish the Political Parties Regulations

September 9, 2010 2 comments

Agenda Item: To create a Senate Ad Hoc Select Committee Date: September 13, 2010

Committee: Of the Whole

Sponsors: Hector Mujica, College of Business Administration Senator; William-Jose Velez, College of Engineering and Computing Senator.

To create a Senate Ad Hoc Select Committee to Establish the Political Parties Regulations

SECTION I. Short Title

This bill may be cited as the “Select Investigative Committee on Political Parties Regulations Creation Act of 2010”

SECTION II. Purpose

The purpose of this ad hoc investigative committee shall be to analyze the current Elections Code and determine the appropriate regulations for political parties within the Student Government Council – Modesto A. Maidique Campus, given the fact that there are currently no regulations regarding groups or parties and their effect in the SGA Elections, based on the Mujica vs Student Election Board case of 2010.

SECTION III. Committee Membership

a) The committee shall be co-chaired by the Speaker of the Senate and by the Vice President as an ex officio member, as confirmed by the Senate with the approval of this bill.

b) The committee shall be comprised of six senators, to be selected by and including the Speaker, taking in consideration the preference and interest of Senators, as follows:

1. Speaker

2. One Lower Division Senator

3. One Graduate Senator

4. Two (2) other members of the Senate

5. One At-Large Senator

SECTION IV. Committee Duties

a) The committee shall investigate the party system at other Student Governments in other universities to gain a better understanding of the procedures, guidelines necessary for the fair conduction of elections for the Student Government.

b) The committee shall asses the regulations for a political party system at Florida International University’s Student Government Association in accordance to the Constitution, SGC-MMC Statutes, University policies and State of Florida laws.

c) The committee shall present a report outlining the recommended guidelines for a party system at Florida International University.

d) All finding and documents must be reported to the Senate on the 11th of October of 2010.

In favor: 20; Opposed: 0; Abstentions: 0; Status: Signed.

Council Bill SR 1043: To create and establish the Graduate Student Funding Committee Guidelines

September 8, 2010 1 comment

Agenda Item: Graduate Student Funding Committee Funding Policies Date: September 13, 2010

Committee: Of the Whole

Sponsors: Erika Denise Edwards, Graduate Senator; Rachel Emas, Graduate Senator; T.J. Ligouri Graduate  Senator; Alex Barrio College of Law Senator; Aman Muqeet, Graduate  Senator

To create and establish the Graduate Student Funding Committee Guidelines

SECTION I. Short Title

This bill may be cited as the “Graduate Student Funding Committee  Guidelines  of 2010.”

SECTION II. Creating the Graduate Student Funding Committee Guidelines

FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY

STUDENT GOVERNMENT COUNCIL

MODESTO A. MAIDIQUE CAMPUS SENATE

GRADUATE STUDENT FUNDING COMMITTEE GUIDELINES

Section 1.01

(a)        Applicants shall be eligible to request funds from the GSFC once a semester and twice during the fiscal year.

(b)        No applications for funding will be accepted after the event.

(c)        Applications should be submitted at least eight (8) weeks prior to the event.

(i)         If applications are received with less than eight (8) weeks prior to the funding event, the student may not be aware of the funding decision prior to the funding event.

(d)       Funding is available only for traveling within the United States or to those countries that have diplomatic relations with the Government of United States.

(i)         The following six (6) countries do not have official diplomatic relations with the US: Bhutan, Cuba, Iran, Iraq, North Korea, and Taiwan.

(e)        The following documents are required to submit a complete application for conference or professional development funding:

(i)         Funding request form

(ii)        Release and Indemnity Agreement

(iii)       Proposed detailed budget (with totals excluding taxes and fees)

(iv)       Supporting documents for budget

(v)        Letter of support from advisor (on FIU letterhead)

(vi)       Summary of benefits to Florida and FIU

(vii)      Conference acceptance letter or invitation

(f)        For conference funding, GSFC monies can only be used to reimburse students for the following:

(i)         Travel: car rental payments OR airline tickets

(ii)        Conference registration fees

(g)        GSFC reserves the right to make any changes to these funding guidelines as may be necessary to ensure equity in the distribution of funds, upon approval of the SGC-MMC Senate.

(h)        Upon the review of a student’s funding application, the following outcomes are possible:

(i)         All incomplete or inaccurate applications are denied.

(ii)        All complete applications that provide incorrect supporting documents will be referred back to the student to be resubmitted with the correct supporting documents.

(iii)       For those students that are receiving additional funding from another source for the same research activity, conference, or professional development event, the following procedures will be followed:

1)         25% of the total amount of funding from all additional sources will be subtracted from the total amount of potential funding from the GSFC.

2)         Students with 100% of their funding needs met by other sources for a specific request are not eligible for GSFC funds.

(i)         Upon the review of a student’s funding application, the following will occur:

(i)         All complete applications will receive a response within two weeks regarding the funding decision.

(ii)        If a student’s application is approved for funding, the GSFC office assistant will contact the student’s department to begin a Travel Authorization (TA) form.

In favor: 11; Opposed: 2; Abstentions: 0; Status: Signed.

Resolution SR 1042: Honoring Bruce Hauptli’s Tireless Commitment to FIU

September 2, 2010 1 comment

Agenda Item: Honoring Bruce Hauptli’s Tireless Commitment to FIU

Date: September 6, 2010

Committee: Of the Whole

Sponsors: Moses Aluicio, College of Arts and Sciences Senator; Daniel Gonzalez,College of Arts and Sciences Senator;

Honoring Bruce Hauptli’s Tireless Commitment to FIU

WHEREAS, The purpose of the Student Government Association is to foster student life, embrace global diversity, as well as represent and address students’ needs at the community, state, federal and international level;

WHEREAS, The objective of Florida International University is to provide an affordable, quality education to students of all economic, racial backgrounds and nationalities that is “Worlds ahead”;

WHEREAS, In an effort to provide students with a quality education, FIU has employed hundreds of dedicated staff and faculty since it was founded in 1965;

WHEREAS, Bruce W. Hauptli, Ph. D has generously and compassionately served the university community for over 30 years as a Professor, Administrator, and Chairman of the Faculty Senate;

WHEREAS, The Gregory Wolfe Award was bestowed upon Dr. Hauptli in 1995 by the Student Government Association as a result of his extensive service to the university community;

WHEREAS, Dr. Hauptli is not only a recognized scholar in the field of Philosophy, but has contributed to the local community as a member of the Steering Committee for the South Region I of the Dade County Public School’s Citizens Advisory Board;

WHEREAS, Dr. Hauptli will be going on sabbatical during the Fall 2010 and Spring 2011 semesters for the purpose of refocusing academically before returning to the University in the Fall of 2011;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Student Government Council—Modesto A. Maidique Campus appreciates and celebrates Dr. Hauptli’s tenure and contribution to the FIU community and wishes him well on all his future endeavors.

In favor: 17; Opposed: 0; Abstentions: 0; Status: Signed.