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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 1176: To amend the composition of the Campus-Specific Budget Committees in the Constitution

January 27, 2011 3 comments

Agenda Item: To amend the composition of the Campus-Specific Budget Committees in the Constitution

Date: January 31, 2011

Committee: Of the Whole

Sponsors: Samir Patel, College of Education Senator; Carlos Rodriguez, Housing Senator;

To amend the composition of the Campus-Specific Budget Committees in the Constitution

SECTION I. Short Title
This bill may be cited as the “Campus-Specific Budget Committees Composition Act of 2011”

SECTION II. Purpose
The purpose of this amendment is to change the composition of the Campus-Specific Budget Committees to actually reflect the budget approval process of the Student Government Association.

SECTION III. Striking Finance Chair and Inserting Speaker Pro Tempore

ARTICLE VIII

University Wide Council

Section 6         Campus-Specific Budget Committees
A. The purpose of the Campus-Specific Budget Committees shall be to draft the budget for their respective SGC.
B. SGC-MMC Budget Committee shall be composed of the SGC President, Vice President,
Speaker of the Senate, Comptroller, and the Finance Chair. Speaker Pro Tempore. SGC-BBC Budget Committee shall be composed of the SGC-BBC President, Vice President, Speaker of the Senate, Comptroller, and the Speaker Pro Tempore.
C. The budget for MMC and Engineering Center shall be proposed by the SGC-MMC Budget Committee; the budget for BBC and Broward Pines center shall be proposed by the SGC-BBC Budget Committee.
D. The SGC-MMC budget shall be approved by two thirds (2/3) vote of the SGC-MMC Senate; the SGC-BBC budget shall be approved by two thirds (2/3) vote of the SGC-BBC Senate.
E. In the case either Senate of SGC-MMC or SGC-BBC does not approve the proposed budget, the budget shall be sent back to the SGC-specific budget committee; the corresponding SGC budget committee shall edit and re-propose the budget until it is approved by the appropriate Senate and signed by the Vice President of Student Affairs.

Proviso: This Constitutional Amendment shall be enacted under the special powers granted to the Vice President of Student Affairs under Article XII, Section 1, subsections E and F, therefore this Constitutional Amendment shall not need to pass the UWC nor be placed on the ballot for the next election as the budget process is imminent.

Status

Passed, awaiting President’s signature.

Final Vote

In favor: 12; Opposed: 6; Abstentions: 0

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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.

Resolution SR 1060: In Support of the “Dream Act Forum: A Conversation on Immigration and Our Future”

October 21, 2010 2 comments

Agenda Item: Resolution Support of the “Dream Act Forum: A Conversation on Immigration and Our Future”

Date: September 23, 2010

Sponsors:  Moses Aluicio, College of Arts and Sciences Senator; Carlos Rodriguez, Housing Senator; Joanne Myler, Honors College;

In Support of the “Dream Act Forum: A Conversation on Immigration and Our Future”

WHEREAS, The role of the Student Government Association (SGA) is to facilitate the cooperation between the Student Body, Faculty, and Administration, and maintain the interests and concerns of the students, ensuring that their rights and liberties are protected;

WHEREAS, Elected SGA members are also tasked with representing student interests on a local, state, and national level;

WHEREAS, The Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act seeks to provide undocumented young people the chance to earn permanent residency and eventually citizenship if: they graduate from U.S. high schools, have been in the country at least five years continuously, meet educational or military service stipulations, and maintain good moral character;

WHEREAS, The Public Health Community Project for Immigrants at FIU  is a student organization whose mission is to eliminate health disparities that exist in the immigrant communities of South Florida;

WHEREAS, The Public Health Community Project for Immigrants at FIU will be hosting the “DREAM Act Forum: A Conversation on Immigration and Our Future” on November 5, 2010 at 6:00 PM, in AHC3 130 (the new Nursing Building);

WHEREAS, tThe event will be open to the FIU community and provide multiple perspectives on the DREAM Act in an effort to educate the public on how its passage could affect students across the United States;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, Tthat that the Student Government Council – Modesto A. Maidique Campus expresses its support of the DREAM Act Forum: A Conversation on Immigration and Our Future.

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

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 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.