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Resolution SR 1188: In Support of Extending the SGA Election Application Deadline

February 27, 2011 1 comment

Agenda Item: SR 1188 – In Support of Extending the SGA Election Application Deadline
Date: February 28, 2011
Committee: Of the Whole
Sponsors:  Samir Kiran Patel, College of Education Senator; Brian Ortiz, College of Business Administration Senator; Aman Muqeet, University Graduate School Senator; Jesus Borrero, College of Arts and Sciences Senator; Jamie Baker, College of Nursing and Health Sciences Senator; Clement Giraneza, College of Public Health and Social Work Senator;

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Status

  • Submitted, placed on February 28th Agenda.

Final Vote

  • In favor: ; Opposed: ; Abstentions: ;

 

Resolution SR 1187: In Opposition of Funding Cuts to the Pell Grant Program

February 27, 2011 1 comment

Agenda Item: SR 1187 – In Opposition of Funding Cuts to the Pell Grant Program
Date: February 28, 2011
Committee: Student Advocacy
Sponsors:  Patrick O’Keefe, Lower Division Senator; Carlos Rodriguez, Housing Senator; Jamie Baker, College of Nursing Senator; Janet Reyes, College of Engineering Senator; Odette Barrientos, College of Arts and Architecture Senator; Samir Patel, College of Education Senator;

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Status

  • Submitted, placed on February 28th Agenda.

Final Vote

  • In favor: ; Opposed: ; Abstentions: ;


Council Bill SR 1177: To approve the Student Programming Council Constitution

January 24, 2011 6 comments
Agenda Item: SR 1177 – To approve the Student Programming Council Constitution
Date: January 10, 2011
Committee: Student Advocacy
Sponsors: Patrick O’Keefe, Lower Division Senator; Carlos Rodriguez, Housing Senator; Janet Reyes, College of Engineering and Computing Senator; Samir Patel, College of Education Senator, Amanda Jimenez, Lower Division Senator;

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Status

  • Read once, SPC EBoard will present before the Senate at the next meeting. Tabled.

Final Vote

  • In favor: ; Opposed: ; Abstentions: ;

Resolution SR 1063: In support of the addition of ‘gender identity and expression’ to the ‘Freedom of Discrimination’ section to the Florida International University’s Student Code of Conduct

November 4, 2010 2 comments

Agenda Item: In support of the addition of ‘gender identity and expression’ to the ‘Freedom of from Discrimination’ section to the Florida International University’s Student Code of Conduct
Date: November 8, 2010
Committee: Student Advocacy
Sponsors: Patrick O’Keefe, Lower Division Senator; Carlos Rodriguez, Housing Senator; Amanda Jimenez, Lower Division Senator; Samir Patel, College of Education Senator; Janet Reyes; College of Engineering Senator;

In support of the addition of ‘gender identity and expression’ to the ‘Freedom of from Discrimination’ section to the Florida International University’s Student Code of Conduct

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 primary objective of the Florida International University is to provide a quality, world class education to all students, regardless of economic and/or socio-cultural factors, in a safe environment;

WHEREAS, The ‘Freedom from Discrimination’ portion of the University’s Student Code of Conduct excludes gender identity and expression from the list of protected classes;

WHEREAS, Gender identity is defined as the sex with which a person identifies or is identified, which is in sharp contrast to the definition of ‘sexual orientation’, which is described as a pattern of emotional, romantic or sexual attraction to men, women, or both sexes;

WHEREAS, Both the Student Government Association and the University Administration of Florida International University have an obligation to ensure the safety, equal protection and equal treatment of all members of the student body;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, That the Student Government Council of the Modesto A. Maidique Campus of Florida International University is in support of ‘gender identity and expression’ as protected classes to the ‘Freedom from Discrimination’ section of Florida International University’s Student Code of Conduct.

Proviso: Upon the passage of this resolution, certified copies, along with the supporting documentation that accompanied the proposed resolution, shall be remitted to the Office of the President and the Office of the Board of Trustees, so that the Board of Trustees may decide upon the addition of the proposed language to the University’s Student Code of Conduct.

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

Council Bill SR 1058: To reform the Student Advocacy Committee

October 15, 2010 Leave a comment

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.

Resolution SR 1048: In Opposition to the “Block Tuition Pricing Structure”

September 23, 2010 3 comments

Agenda Item: In Opposition to the “Block Tuition Pricing Structure”

Date: September 27, 2010
Committee: Student Advocacy Committee

Sponsors: Patrick O’Keefe, Lower Division Senator; Carlos Rodriguez, Housing Senator; Amanda Jimenez, Lower Division Senator; Samir Kiran Patel, College of Education Senator; Hector Mujica, College of Business Senator.

In Opposition to the “Block Tuition Pricing Structure”

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 objective of Florida International University is to provide the most affordable high-quality education for all of its students;

WHEREAS, The proposed “Block Tuition Pricing Structure” is one-size-fits-all tuition structure in which full time students  pay a flat rate per semester, regardless of how many classes the student actually takes;

WHEREAS, Florida International University is comprised of many students that take less than fifteen credit hours during the Fall and Spring semesters and instead take Summer semester credits to ensure that they graduate within four years;

WHEREAS, Data collected on a special report from the Florida International University Office of Planning and Institutional Research shows that as of Fall 2010, 80% of the student body takes under fifteen credit hours a semester and only 20% of the student body takes over fifteen or more credit hours a semester;

WHEREAS, Florida International University has over 10,000 graduate students that work part time or full time and would be significantly affected by these measures;

WHEREAS, The “Block Tuition Pricing Structure” will force extra, unneeded costs on many students that take less than fifteen credit hours and will ultimately increase students’ tuition charges throughout their educational careers;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, That the Student Government Council – Modesto A. Maidique Campus expresses its opposition to the proposed “Block Tuition Pricing Structure” due to the imposition of an unnecessary burden on many FIU students.

Proviso: A copy of this resolution shall be sent to the Board of Governors of the State of Florida, all of the Student Government Associations in the State of Florida, and the local legislative delegation in FIU’s district to express this council’s disapproval of the “Block Tuition Pricing Structure” proposal.

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