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Council Bill SR 1061: Operational Review Committee Adjustment Act of 2010

October 20, 2010 1 comment

Agenda Item: Operational Review Committee Adjustment Act of 2010 Date: October 25, 2010

Committee: Operational Review Committee

Sponsors: Moses Aluicio, College Arts and Sciences; Chris Cabral, Arts and Sciences; Joanne Myler, Honors College; Donovan Dawson, College Arts and Sciences;

Operational Review Committee Adjustment Act of 2010

SECTION I. Title

This bill may be cited as the “ORCAA – 2010”

SECTION II. Purpose

The purpose of this bill is to modify the Statutes related to the Operational Review Committee’s operations by bringing practice into policy.

SECTION III. Modify Section 5.01 (v)

Section 5.01 Committee Structure

(v)        Committees shall meet at least twice a month to conduct business. The minimum number of monthly meetings shall be determined in each standing committee’s description listed in the SGC-MMC Statutes. Attendance and minutes shall be recorded by the Vvice Cchairperson, distributed and filed with the Clerk of Council in the SGC-MMC office within 48 hours of the meeting’s adjournment.

SECTION IV. Modify Section 5.05 Operational Review Committee

Section 5.05 Operational Review Committee

(a)        The purpose of the Operational Review Committee (ORC) shall be to audit student organizations and entities that are directly funded by the Student Government Association through the student Activities and Services (A&S) fees to ensure that they are being used properly in accordance to the Student Government Finance Policy. This committee also holds the power and responsibility to investigate all organizations and/or entities, including the SGA that are questioned and/or challenged by Student Government officials as well as the entire FIU student body concerning the use or misuse of A&S monies.

(b)        This committee shall have the power to audit an entity at least twice a semester. When reviewing and investigating funded entities this committee shall utilize and be in accordance with the Florida Sunshine State Laws, the Student Government Finance Policy and any other written document that holds relevance and significance with a particular review case. If there is no written statute that can aid the committee during a review process, then the committee shall utilize past year’s reports, data, and results of the use of monies by the entity under investigation. The ORC shall have the power to request and obtain any and all documents deemed fit from the organization/ or entity during an audit. These shall include, but shall not be limited to, receipts, panther card swipes, estimated budget, actual budget or real money spent, estimated attendance, actual attendance of event, overall outcome, as well as documents of past year’s data if in fact the event or project occurred in previous years.

(c)        This committee shall have the power to write legislation about an already investigated organization or entity in regards to how the entity used or misused A & S monies. The legislation will be brought before the entire Senate for final vote. It will then be used as a guide or piece of evidence for the budget hearings at the end of the spring semester.

(d)       The ORC shall also have the power to check the Finance Committee when allocating A & S fees improperly in accordance with the SGA Finance Policy as well as any other necessary document. This shall include, at least one representative of the ORC attending every Finance Committee meeting receiving and reviewing bi-weekly reports from the Finance Committee, in addition to and working with the Comptroller on the legalities of every request for A & S funds submitted to the Finance Committee. This committee shall also handle all post event, post travel forms and all other documents necessary when requesting and obtaining information about an entity appropriated money by the Finance Committee. The documents will then be presented to the entire Senate as a form of review and guide for appropriating future A & S dollars to the same entity.

(e)        The ORC shall have the power to aid the Student Government Comptroller in checking/ monitoring all SGA officials’ use of yearly budget.

(f)        The ORC shall meet at least once a month..

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.

Council Bill SR 1051: The FIU Student Government Association Transparency Act of 2010

September 27, 2010 1 comment

Agenda Item: Amendment to the Student Government Statutes Date: September 27, 2010

Committee: of the Whole

Sponsors: Chris Cabral, Arts and Sciences Senator, Patrick O’Keefe, Lower Division Senator, Hector Mujica, Business Senator, Carlos Rodriguez, Housing Senator, Donovan Dawson, Arts and Sciences Senator, Macarena Jimenez, Lower Division Senator, Jesus Barrero, Arts and Sciences Senator, Erika Edwards, Graduate Senator

The FIU Student Government Association Transparency Act of 2010

SECTION I. Short Title

This bill may be cited as the  SGA Transparency Act of 2010.

SECTION II. Purpose

The purpose of this bill is to give all students the opportunity to be informed of all that goes on in their Student Government. Furthermore, this bill will provide a record of the major occurrences at Student Government meetings, ensuring that all participants are accurately quoted by the media and their fellow members of Student Government. Including language mandating that this rule go into effect in February 2011 will allow Student Government to lay all the groundwork needed to ensure this requirement can be fulfilled.

SECTION III. Inserting a meeting taping requirement into Article I of the SGC-MMC statutes.

Section 1.04 Recording all meetings

(a) Beginning in February 2011, all Senate, Cabinet and full council meetings of the Student Government Council at Modesto Maidique Campus shall be video and/or audio recorded, with all recordings posted online on an FIU affiliated website.

 

In favor: 21; Opposed: 0; Abstentions: 0; Status: : Passed.

Resolution SR 1030: In Support of the Establishment of Student Faculty Apprenticeship Initiative

May 17, 2010 Leave a comment

Agenda Item: In Support of the Establishment of the Student Faculty Apprenticeship Initiative
Date: May 17, 2010
Committee: Of the Whole
Sponsors: Jesus Borrero, College of Arts and Sciences Senator; Hector Mujica, College of Business Administration Senator, Donavan Dawson, College of Arts and Sciences Senator;

In Support of the Establishment of Student Faculty Apprenticeship Initiative

WHEREAS, The purpose of the Student Government Association is to evaluate and establish student programs and services, while promoting the betterment of educational standards, facilities and services;
WHEREAS, There is a need for a central venue for students to access information regarding research projects and internships, between students and faculty;
WHEREAS, Through the use of technology and collaboration, an efficient program can be created that would allow students to connect with professors engaging in research projects, and who have internships available, providing students with vital experience for the workforce;
WHEREAS, Programs like these would be in perfect harmony with Florida International University’s mission to provide quality learning, state-of-the-art research and creative activity, and problem-solving engagement;
WHEREAS, This program would engage FIU’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) of Global Learning for Global Citizenship by allowing students to partake in internships, fellowships, and research projects that develop global awareness, a global perspective, and an attitude of global engagement;
WHEREAS, As a university that is “Worlds Ahead” in its commitment to learning, research, entrepreneurship, innovation and creativity, FIU would immensely benefit from the Student Faculty Apprenticeship Initiative, as a program born out of the initiative and creativity of students, to engage in research and learning;
WHEREAS, FIU’s Office of Career Services has pledged their support towards this initiative, and is committed to providing resources that better develop FIU students for the real world;
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, That the Student Government Council – Modesto A. Maidique Campus supports the creation and establishment of the Student Faculty Apprenticeship Initiative and pledges to provide the resources and work in coordination with the Office of Career Services for the successful implementation of the program.

In favor: 15; Opposed: 0; Abstentions: 0; Status: Signed