CONSTITUTIONAL REFERENDUM

The voting period will be open from 12:01 AM 04/25/2017 until 11:59 PM 04/27/2017 via HoyaLink

Question #1 Overview:
SENATE REFORM

Question #1 proposes the following five changes:

  1. Switch the GUSA Senate from geographic representation based on residence hall to class based representation based on class standing:
    • 6 Freshman Class Senators
    • 5 Sophomore Class Senators
    • 5 Junior Class Senators
    • 5 Senior Class Senators
    • 3 At-Large Senators; Freshmen ineligible
       
  2. Change duties of Senators to:
    • 10 Senators dedicated to the Finance and Appropriations process in conjunction with advisory boards and other organizations
      • Removes explicit mention of any external body from the Constitution to more accurately reflect how the Student Activities Fee funds student groups
    • 10 Senators dedicated to policy team assignments in consultation with the Executive
    • 2 Senators dedicated to Outreach
    • 2 Senators serving as Speaker and Vice-Speaker
       
  3. Amend Senate Elections to:
    • Spring Class
      • April election of the Seniors, Juniors, and Sophomores
    • Fall Class
      • September election of Freshmen and At-Large
         
  4. Requires outreach to underrepresented communities prior to Spring and Fall elections to encourage individuals to run and provide consultation prior to the election period
     
  5. Establishes temporary summer leadership before election of academic year leadership by the full senate in the fall

question #2 overview:
update student protections

Question #2 proposes the following change:

Amend the protections for participation in the Student Association to include citizenship, gender identity or expression, ability or disability, and any characteristics protected under federal or DC law

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Please note: policies like the Student Code of Conduct and the Student Organization Standards currently provide protections for involvement as well. Question #2 is proposed primarily to update the language in the GUSA Constitution.