Resolutions, Legislation & Proclamations

Resolutions are statements of position on a particular issue by the Associated Students Board, acting as representatives of the students of Humboldt State University. The resolutions are listed by the date on which they were passed.

2020

Associated Students In Solidarity with Black Lives Matter

Whereas, The Associated Students at Humboldt State University mission is “to provide a means for responsible and effective participation in the governance of the campus; provide an official voice through which students’ opinions may be expressed; foster awareness of these opinions both on and off-campus; assist in the protection of the rights and interests of the individual student and the student body; provide services and programs as deemed necessary by the corporation to meet the needs of the student and campus community; and to stimulate the educational, social, physical, and cultural wellbeing of the University community”[1] per the A.S. Constitution (last revised spring 2018); and, 

Whereas, The Associated Students at Humboldt State Univsierty are committed to social justice as per resolution 2019-20-01 An act to Clarify the Commitment of the Associated Students of Humboldt State University stating “The Term Social Justice is defined as is a concept of fair and just relations between the individual and society. This is measured by the explicit and tacit terms for the distribution of wealth, opportunities for personal activity, and social privileges”[2]; and, 

Whereas, It is then the duty of the Associated Students to seek out and stand against all unfair and unjust relations between the individual and society by aiding them in the positive distribution of opportunities of personal activities and social privilege; and,

Whereas, The Black Lives Matter Movement was created in July 2013 as a response to the unfair and unjust criminal justice system in the United States, specifically, the treatment of the case of Travon Martin, where, a white-passing male was allowed to walk free and be acquitted after murdering of the young man, Trayvon Martin; and,

Whereas, For the past 6 years the Black Lives Matters movement has constantly maintained its fight against the unfair treatment of the Black community in the United States through spearheading social media campaigns to shed light on the unjust system, providing information services for the undocumented Black community in the United States, providing social media material and art to share around the globe, creating healing kits for the social justice warriors around the world, creating web series & podcasts to educate on the fight for justice and freedom; and,

Whereas, In recent times creating and providing Covid-19 response resources, and creating chapters across the nation and the globe to continue the fight against the unfair and unjust system in the United States, ultimately, fighting against Anti-Blackness & equipping others to fight simultaneously; and,

Whereas, Anti-Blackness has been present in this nation for over half of a millennium, where Black people in this nation have been subject to both the direct sickness and symptoms of the worst illness that has ever reared its face on the planet to date; and,

Whereas, a millennium is one-thousand years, wherein half of that time, countless wars have been fought, civilizations built, nations formed, disasters averted, religions founded, new worlds discovered, space travel invented, all with the help of Black lives; and,

Whereas, It has come to the attention of the Associated Students at Humboldt State University that, once again, Black lives in the form of this movement have been a leading force in the fight for social justice, transforming everyday individuals into social justice warriors through peaceful protesting, counteracting deliberate misinformation, as well as creating spaces for people to process the events in these past few weeks concerning the deaths of Black lives around the United States; and,

Now, Therefore, as President of the Associated Students, being empowered by the A.S. Governing Codes Section 15.02 stating “A proclamation shall be a decree by the President of the Associated Students officially commending and/or recognizing the action(s) of an individual, group or club, or announcing special events of concern to Humboldt State University students.”[3]  I decree, that the Associated Students at Humboldt State University formally stand in solidarity with all Black lives and the Black Lives Matter Movement. 


[1] A.S. Constitution last revised spring 2018

[2] A.S. Resolution 2019-20-01

[3] A.S. Government Code Last revised Spring 2018

Adopted Friday, June 5, 2020

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Date Passed: Jun 5 2020

Resolution to Eliminate Humboldt State University’s Purchase and Consumption of Single-Use Disposable Plastic Products (2019-20-15)

WHEREAS, the Associated Students (A.S.) Board of Directors of Humboldt State University (HSU) is the single recognized voice for over 6,500 students; and,

WHEREAS, the mission of the Associated Students of Humboldt State University serves to "assist in the protection of rights and interests of the individual student and the student body," and to "stimulate the educational, social, physical, and cultural well-being of the University community"; and,

WHEREAS, the educational, social, physical, and cultural well-being of the future of the student body requires a reduction in the use and harms of fossil fuel production via unfit disposal plastics; and,

WHEREAS, Synthetic polymers used to create plastic are a byproduct of Petroleum. The use of fossil fuel is unsustainable and would not benefit HSU in long term planning due to increasing carbon emissions during production.The HSU 2016 Climate Action Plan outlines strategies for reducing emissions from purchasing and food, specifically: “Convene Zero Waste Purchasing Group, who work to minimize packaging waste of purchases across all State and non-State entities on campus.”; and, 

WHEREAS, CSU has effectively passed a policy, as of December 2018, which eliminates the use of single-use plastic straws, single-use plastic carryout bags, single use polystyrene food service items to thus replace single-use plastics items with reusable, locally compostable, and/or recyclable tools; and, 

WHEREAS, HSU should consider  thinking and acting on disengaging with plastic consumption due to a plethora of environmental and social destruction such as: the Pacific Garbage Patch; fish and bird consumption and their inability to digest plastic; plastic littered beaches and communities in the Global South; and negative health impacts among community members where plastics are produced. Single use plastics increase landfills, causing toxic runoff thus polluting water and environments which ultimately negatively affect wildlife habitat. Therefore, HSU's leadership in the banning of single-use plastic consumption would mitigate negative impacts to the intersection of social, economic, and environmental systems; and,

WHEREAS, HSU has complied with these standards by eliminating single-use plastic water bottles, plastic straws, plastic carryout bags and polystyrene food service items. There are areas where Dining Services has succeeded in providing compostable to go dishware at dining locations. However, campus events, dining locations and fundraising snack tables continue to distribute single use plastics and styrofoam as well as the Polylactic Acid (PLA) bioplastic compostable silverware provided by Dining Services - which are not compostable on a local level; and, 

WHEREAS,  recycling materials is merely an elongated path into landfills, and therefore we recognize that compostable products are the only known method of practicing a renewable waste system that gives back to the Earth rather than trashes. 

WHEREAS, Numerous programs on campus such as and not limited to: Earth Week Every Week Committee; Humboldt's Advisory Committee on Sustainability (HACS), Humboldt's Environmental independence Fund (HEIF), Waste Reduction and Resource Awareness Program (WRRAP), Campus Center for Appropriate Technology (CCAT), and the Office of Sustainability, have facilitated actions of climate resiliency and represent themselves as leaders of transformative justice; the A.S. programs known as WRRAP and CCAT, who are dedicated to sustainability, would be advised to help Associated Students ensure regulation of this resolution, in conjunction with executive and administrative offices to ensure elimination of single use plastics in all regards, and therefore, be it:

RESOLVED, Dining services are asked to stop distributing bioplastic compostable silverware. In addition, encompassing all campus events, including but not limited to: student events, concerts, campus speakers and hosts, conferences, committees- therefore the supplies (food, props, etc.) purchased for these events are asked to commit in serving in the interest of intergenerational and interspecies values which rely on the halt of disposable plastic production and consumption; and, 

RESOLVED, Dining services is encouraged to consider selling reusable utensils in dining locations; we recommend investing in a reusable utensil rental program similar to OZZI (reusable containers); and sell reusable water bottles that can be used for hot and cold products in all dining locations; and

RESOLVED, that the transformation towards the purchase and sale of bulk foods be promoted   and thus would be appropriate to provide free sustainable paper or cloth bags for students who are not able to buy reusables. This will change the culture on campus getting students used to taking their own containers around and reusing them.

RESOLVED, HSU shall not promote the use of confetti and helium balloons at commencement ceremonies; and, clubs and organizations such as CCAT, can provide sustainable alternatives and will offer workshops on making biodegradable confetti for graduation. 

RESOLVED, We demand that HSU bans the sale of all plastic bottled beverages all around campus for a start. Realistically, this is how we can slowly decrease our consumption of plastics. Eventually the sale of all plastic wrapped foods on campus will be banned in stages.

RESOLVED, That the purchasing of dining products be in contact with A.S. about ability and progress, self-monitored, and will thus continuously minimize to eliminate plastic and polystyrene shipping and packing materials. Further, we ask that campus purchases entail with all entities affiliated themselves within and off campus to work with vendors to ensure these materials (plastic, bubble wrap, styrofoam, etc.) are not included in boxes and packages to our best efforts.

RESOLVED, That copies of this resolution be sent to, but not limited to people, Associated Students Funded Programs, The University Center Executive Director Dave Nakamura, The University Center Board of Directors, Housing and Dining Services, The Humboldt State University Senate, and to the office of Humboldt State University President, Tom Jackson Jr, as well as the Humboldt State University Vice President(s) and Office(s) thereof.

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Date Passed: Apr 24 2020

An Act to Create a Bylaws Committee (2019-20-17)

WHEREAS, the Associated Students Board of Directors of Humboldt State University (HSU) is the single recognized voice for over 6,300 students; and,

WHEREAS, the Mission of the Associated Students of Humboldt State University serves to "assist in the protection of rights and interests of the individual student and the student body," and to "stimulate the educational, social, physical, and cultural well-being of the University community"; and,

WHEREAS,the 2019-2020 A.S. Board of Directors set updating the A.S. codes and bylaws as a priority during their spring training, and created the Guiding Documents Task Force; and, 

WHEREAS, it is the goal of the guiding documents task force to promote the continuity of constitutional maintenance and adherence of the Associated Students; and, 

WHEREAS, the guiding documents task force, with the advice of the Legislative Vice President and Executive Director, has then assessed that there is a need for the creation of an A.S. Bylaws Committee; and, 

WHEREAS, AS PER RESOLUTION 2019-20-02 the Legislative Vice President “having the trust of the association to make proper and accurate analysis concerning the policies concerning Associated Students that would benefit the Association as a whole”; be it enacted by the A.S. Board of Directors, 

RESOLVED,that the A.S. Board of Directors establishes the A.S. Bylaws Committee; furthermore, be it enacted,

RESOLVED,that the A.S. Board of Directors amends the Administrative Code to include:

Section 1. Membership

  1. A.S. Legislative Vice President 
    1. Shall be the Presiding Officer of the meeting
  2. Social Justice & Equity Officer (or designee) 
  3. Environmental Sustainability Officer 
  4. 3-Students from the Association, appointed by the Legislative Vice President, with ⅔ vote from the A.S. Board of Directors
  5. 2-Students from the Association, appointed by the Student Affairs Vice President with ⅔ vote from the A.S. Board of Directors
  6. 1-A.S.Representative, appointed by the A.S. President with ⅔ vote from the A.S. Board of Directors
  7. The Executive Director

Section 2. Voting Members

  1. The A.S. Legislative Vice President shall vote in case of a tie
  2. 3-Students from the Association, appointed by the Legislative Vice President, with ⅔ vote from the A.S. Board of Directors
  3. 2-Students from the Association, appointed by the Student Affairs Vice President with ⅔ vote from the A.S. Board of Directors
  4. A.S. Representative nominated by the President and approved by a two-thirds (⅔) vote of the A.S. Board of Directors

Section 3. Non-Voting (advisory)

  1. Social Justice & Equity Officer (or designee) 
  2. Environmental Sustainability
  3. The Executive Director

Section 4.Meetings

  1. Meet once a week and as deemed necessary by the Chair; 

Section 5.. Purpose/Jurisdiction

  1. Serve as an advisory group assessing the needs and goals of the Association with respect to the maintenance and upkeep of the A.S. Codes, and Bylaws. 
  2. The Bylaw Committee shall have the sole power to recommend and modify the A.S. Codes and Constitution
    1. Any recommendations and modifications to the A.S. Codes and Bylaws must be brought before the Bylaws Committee for approval by majority vote.

RESOLVED, that this amendment to include the A.S. Bylaws Committee will take effect at the start of the next academic year; furthermore, be it

RESOLVED, That copies of this resolution be sent to, but not limited to people, Associated Students Funded Programs, and to the office of Humboldt State University President, Tom Jackson Jr, as well as the Humboldt State University Vice President(s) and Office(s) thereof.

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Date Passed: Apr 24 2020

An Act to Create a Parliamentarian on the A.S. Board of Directors (2019-20-19)

WHEREAS, the Associated Students Board of Directors of Humboldt State University (HSU) is the single recognized voice for over 6,500 students; and,

WHEREAS, the Mission of the Associated Students of Humboldt State University serves to "assist in the protection of rights and interests of the individual student and the student body," and to "stimulate the educational, social, physical, and cultural well-being of the University community"; and,

WHEREAS, the A.S. Board of Directors created a task force at the beginning of the spring semester to evaluate and recommend policies that would benefit the Association as a whole; and, 

WHEREAS, the Legislative Vice President is responsible for the maintenance and adherence to the constitution codes, and policies of the Associated Students; and,

WHEREAS, it has become more apparent to the A.S. Guiding Documents task force & and the Legislative Vice President that it would be beneficial to the board as a whole to create a position solely dedicated to ensuring that the adherence to our parliamentary procedure and upkeep of our knowledge is upheld; therefore, be it enacted,

RESOLVED, that the A.S. Board of Directors create the position of Parliamentarian to be on the Board of Directors, that the role of the Parliamentarian is added to the government code as a new section, and serve with the parameters as follows:

The A.S. Parliamentarian is to be a student advisor that is responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of the Institutional Knowledge of the A.S. Board of Directors.

2. The A.S. Parliamentarian  Shall, be responsible for advising the Board Chair on Parliamentary Procedures when conducting meetings.

3. Voting constituency:

3.1. The A.S. Parliamentarian Shall be appointed by the A.S. President with 2/3 approval of the Associated Students Board.

4. Term of office: The A.S. Parliamentarian  Shall, serve for two academic school years on the A.S. Board.

  1. It is preferable to have a student that has at least two consecutive years left at HSU 

5. Powers:

5.1. The A.S. Parliamentarian  shall have the authority to prepare Articles of Impeachment to be reviewed by the A.S. Legislative Vice President upon finding violations.

       ; furthermore, be it enacted,

RESOLVED, that the appointment of a Parliamentarian may take place at the transitional meeting on May 8, 2020; further, be it.

RESOLVED, That copies of this resolution be sent to, but not limited to people, Associated Students Funded Programs, and to the office of Humboldt State University President, Tom Jackson Jr, as well as the Humboldt State University Vice President(s) and Office(s) thereof.

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Date Passed: Apr 24 2020

An Act to Prioritize Student Engagement (2019-20-16)

WHEREAS, the Associated Students (A.S.) Board of Directors of Humboldt State University (HSU) is the single recognized voice for over 6,300 students; and,

WHEREAS, the Mission of the Associated Students of Humboldt State University serves to "assist in the protection of rights and interests of the individual student and the student body," and to "stimulate the educational, social, physical, and cultural well-being of the University community"; and,

WHEREAS, the Associated Students are then also tasked with the responsibility to engage students to understand and help interpret their voices so that they can use their power in the most efficient and effective way; and,     

WHEREAS, the engagement of students comes in various forms such as participation in campus clubs, attendance of club events, participation in sports, attendance in sports, participation in the shared governance process of Humboldt State University, and attending all committees of said shared governance process; and,       

WHEREAS, the Associated Students Board of Directors like the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee are deliberating bodies that are essential to the shared governance process; and,         

WHEREAS, the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee is comprised of student-athletes that have priority registration, as was granted to them, since, they meet the criteria under “Category B” of the Registration Policy and Procedure for Students that Humboldt State University has in place; and, 

WHEREAS, this allows for the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee to have priority registration, which grants each individual student with the benefits of planning accordingly for their individual sporting events; and,

WHEREAS, the Associated Students of Humboldt State University is an essential part of the University’s shared governance process and it then requires all students advocates involved in the Board of Directors to attend various University Senate committees where it is critical for the student voice to be placed in each committee; and, 

WHEREAS, the student advocate voice being present is dependent upon the class schedule of the individual person; and,

WHEREAS, the Registration Policy and Procedure for Students that Humboldt State University has in place states in Category C “Students who would not otherwise achieve their academic goals within a reasonable period of time because they participate in an ongoing, university-sanctioned activity that significantly benefits the university. (See Procedures, Section A.3. for general eligibility criteria.) The coordinator of the activity must apply to the Academic Policies Committee (APC) on behalf of the students, for possible inclusion in Category C.” 

WHEREAS, the Associated Student Board Coordinator has submitted a request for priority registration for the A.S. Board of Directors; and, 

WHEREAS, if the Associated Students Board of Directors of Humboldt State University begins receiving priority registration this “would help the student Directors better maintain their ex-officio and appointed committee memberships. As one of the main vehicles for the shared governance structure this campus strives for, your action towards priority registration would help secure schedules that would allow Directors to uphold their responsibilities and commitments. Additionally, campus would look forward to increased and more consistent student participation in campus decision-making processes.”; therefore, be it,    

RESOLVED, that the Associated Students of Humboldt State University move to officially support the priority registration of all student-athletes and repeal the A.S. resolution titled Opposition to Priority or Specialized Registration for HSU Student-Athletes; furthermore, be it, 

RESOLVED, that the Associated Students of Humboldt State University Board of Directors attend the next University Senate Meeting full attendance, to show support for our fellow student advocates and demonstrate through public comment what priority registration can do for the entire Board of Directors; furthermore, be it,     

RESOLVED, that copies of this resolution are sent to the but not limited to the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, to the office of the President PH.D. Tom Jackson, to the office of the Vice President of Enrollment Management Ph.D. Jason Merriweather, and to the office of the Dean of Students PH.D. Eboni Turnbow.     

 

References:

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Date Passed: Apr 17 2020

An Act to Dissolve the Grad Pledge Alliance within A.S. (2019-20-13)

WHEREAS, the Associated Students (A.S.) Board of Directors of Humboldt State University (HSU) is the single recognized voice for over 6,500 students; and,

WHEREAS, the Mission of the Associated Students of Humboldt State University serves to "assist in the protection of rights and interests of the individual student and the student body," and to "stimulate the educational, social, physical, and cultural well-being of the University community"; and,

WHEREAS, the Grad Pledge Alliance was created “to plan programs, events, and workshops that seek to educate, create community, and foster dialogue revolving around the theme of sustainability specifically related to issues of social and environmental justice”; and,

WHEREAS, the Associated Students Constitution section C and number 3 under Equity states the associations vision as “striving for social and environmental justice”; and,

WHEREAS, Associated Students fully stand behind that vision statement, but also acknowledge that the Grad Pledge Alliance has a history of not being well attended and prioritized within Associated Students and the other required areas; and,

WHEREAS, it is the collective belief of the Student Affairs Vice President, and the Environmental Sustainability Officer who co-chair the Grad Pledge Alliance that it is in the best interest of all parties to dissolve this committee; therefore, be it

RESOLVED, that in an effort to broaden the Grad Pledge Alliance as a student driven initiative, Associated Students work with the Alumni Office, MultiCultural Center (MCC), and the Office of Sustainability to coordinate the next steps of the alliance and offer support, as they will act as the primary point of contacts for the Grad Pledge Alliance moving forward, furthermore; be it 

RESOLVED, that the Alumni Office remains the main source of funding, as they have continued to do so in years past in order to ensure Grad Pledge Alliance runs efficiently, furthermore; be it  

RESOLVED, that although Associated Students will not be overseeing the committee, that both the A.S. Social Justice & Equity Officer, as well as the Environmental Sustainability Officer remain ex-officio members of the alliance, furthermore; be it 

RESOLVED, that the Environmental Sustainability Coordinator & the Social Justice Summit Coordinator from the MCC are ex-officio members of the alliance, furthermore; be it 

RESOLVED, that at least 1 student representative from each of the groups that the Office of Sustainability advises,  which are WRRAP, CCAT, and Green Campus, to serve as ex-officio members of the alliance, furthermore; be it 

RESOLVED, that the alliance will meet when the above mentioned students are available, which shall occur monthly at a minimum, furthermore; be it 

RESOLVED, that copies of this resolution be sent to, but not limited to the Office of Sustainability, the Office of Alumni, the MultiCultural Center, Vice President of Enrollment Management Jason Meriwhether, Interim Dean of Students Eboni Turnbow, President Jackson of Humboldt State University. 

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Date Passed: Mar 27 2020

An Act in Support of Financially Sound Practices (2019-20-14)

WHEREAS, the Associated Students (A.S.) Board of Directors of Humboldt State University (HSU) is the single recognized voice for over 6,500 students; and,

WHEREAS, the Mission of the Associated Students of Humboldt State University serves to "assist in the protection of rights and interests of the individual student and the student body," and to "stimulate the educational, social, physical, and cultural well-being of the University community"; and,

WHEREAS, in order to achieve this mission the Associated Students Board of Directors then must spend considerable amounts of time planning events, assessing programs, creating budgets, creating educational materials, and various other amounts of time in meetings to advocate the student’s perspective. 

WHEREAS, the Associated Students are then awarded the means through a Non-Compensatory Stipends in amounts that range from 25 to 95 percent of the "estimated cost of tuition and fees" of Humboldt State University; and,   

WHEREAS, the Associated Students Board of Directors of Humboldt State University are also students of Humboldt State University and often times the aforementioned cost of tuition and fees often do not accurately reflect the true cost and toll of the attendance of Humboldt State University; and,        

WHEREAS, the student members of the Associated Students Board of Directors often take on many endeavors that require them to expend their most valuable resource as a student, that resource being time; and,   

WHEREAS, the time in long and strenuous meetings often increase the responsibility of the student board member to find alternative ways to compensate for time spent in those previously mentioned meetings; and, 

WHEREAS, currently the Associated Students Board of Directors Non-Compensatory Stipend Code states as follows: Stipends will be awarded per semester (Fall and Spring) based on a percentage of the estimated cost of resident undergraduate tuition and fees as published by the Humboldt State University Financial Aid Office. Adjustments to student fees that are put into effect after the approval of the A.S. annual budget will not be considered until the following fiscal year. Each stipend amount is rounded to the nearest dollar. The percentage of the "estimated cost of tuition and fees" shall be awarded in the following amounts: 

a. President - 95% 

b. Administrative Vice President, Legislative Vice President, Student Affairs Vice President, External Affairs Representative, Environmental Sustainability Officer, Social Justice and Equity Officer, A.S. Presents Representative, Elections Commissioner - 30% 

c. College-specific representatives from each college, AtLarge representatives, Graduate student representative - 25%. (4/17)

WHEREAS, the Associated Students Board of Directors affirmed that “the Legislative Vice President is the chief legislative assistant to the President of the Association, having the trust of the association to make proper and accurate analysis concerning the policies concerning Associated Students that would benefit the Association as a whole” as per resolution 2019-20-02;  and,  

WHEREAS, it is then the analysis of the Legislative Vice President that the current Stipend system both misrepresents the workload distribution of the Board of Directors as well as unfairly advantages and simultaneously disincentives other members of the Board of Directors; therefore, be it, 

RESOLVED, that the Associated Students Board of Directors of Humboldt State University request that the Board of Finance at their next meeting re-evaluate the Stipend System and draft a proposal for the Board of Directors to finalize by the April 24th meeting, furthermore, be it, 

RESOLVED, upon the finalization of the Board of Directors, the new stipend system shall be incorporated into the following years’ Government budget application.   

                             

References:  

  • A.S. Resolution 2019-20-02 “An Act to Establish a More Perfect Student Union”
  • A.S. Government Code

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Date Passed: Mar 27 2020

An Act to Amend the A.S. Government Code to Include Behavior-based Impeachment Offenses (2019-20-10)

WHEREAS, the Associated Students (A.S.) Board of Directors of Humboldt State University (HSU) is the single recognized voice for over 6,500 students; and,

WHEREAS, the Mission of the Associated Students of Humboldt State University serves to "assist in the protection of rights and interests of the individual student and the student body," and to "stimulate the educational, social, physical, and cultural well-being of the University community"; and,

WHEREAS, per our own Associated Students Government Code, that works in support of the A.S. Constitution, in providing additional direction to the A.S. Board of Directors and Staff for the day-to-day governance and operation of the organization; and,

WHEREAS, section 9.02 under Articles of Impeachment states, 

“ After due process, Executive Officers may be impeached from office for:

a. Neglecting duties as outlined in the Constitution of Codes;

b. Upon accumulation of three (3) points of violations for absences in a semester;

c. continuous failure to attend Board of Directors meetings;

d. continuous failure to report to Board of Directors;

e. continuous misuse of executive power;

f. overstepping the bounds of their office without the advice or consent of Board of Directors;

g. continuous failure to file written reports;

h. continuous failure to attend assigned committee meetings;

i. failure to maintain regular office hours;

j. undue interference in Board of Directors’ implementing its decisions; or

k. Excess frivolity, disinterest or lack of participation in Board of Directors responsibility may be grounds for impeachment. (4/15)” ; and,

WHEREAS, displayed in the above section, there is currently nothing in the Associated Students government codes that classify certain behaviors and conducts such as displays of disrespect, microaggressions and or conduct/behavior negatively affecting the board as a collective whole to be grounds for impeachment; and,

WHEREAS, Associated Students pride themselves on being an equitable and just governmental body always seeking to empower and uplift our fellow students as well as our fellow board members; and, 

RESOLVED, that the Associated Students amend the Government Code section 9.02 to include the following subsections  

“After due process, Executive Officers may be impeached from office for:

a. Neglecting duties as outlined in the Constitution of Codes;

b. Upon accumulation of three (3) points of violations for absences in a semester;

c. continuous failure to attend Board of Directors meetings;

d. continuous failure to report to Board of Directors;

e. continuous misuse of executive power;

f. overstepping the bounds of their office without the advice or consent of Board of Directors;

g. continuous failure to file written reports;

h. continuous failure to attend assigned committee meetings;

i. failure to maintain regular office hours;

j. undue interference in Board of Directors’ implementing its decisions; or

k. Excess frivolity, disinterest or lack of participation in Board of Directors responsibility may be grounds for impeachment. (4/15)

l. conduct or behavior that is deemed to be causing distress* on the board as a collective whole

m. continuous displays of disrespect* and or microaggressions* aimed at any student of the association, staff, fellow board members, or administration of Humboldt State University.

n.abusing the powers of the office one holds to gain advantage in future elections by promoting coalitions and or running mates.

o. negligence to thoroughly communicate with fellow board members, students of the association, staff, and administration of Humboldt State University.

RESOLVED, that copies of this resolution be sent to, but not limited to Associated Students Executive Director Jenessa Lund, President Jackson, Dean of Students Dr. Turnbow.

Definitions:

* Distress: Great mental or physical suffering, such as extreme anxiety, sadness, or pain, or the state of being in danger or urgent need. Defined by the Cambridge Dictionary of English. 

* Disrespect: A lack of respect for somebody/something. Defined by Oxford Dictionary of english.
*Microaggrestion: A  small act or remark that makes someone feel insulted  or treated badly because of their race, sex, etc., even though the insult, etc. may not have been intended, and that can combine with other similar acts or remarks over time to cause emotional harm. Defined by the Cambridge Dictionary of English.

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Date Passed: Mar 13 2020

An Act to Remove the Elections Performance Bond (2019-20-06)

WHEREAS, the Associated Students (A.S.) Board of Directors of Humboldt State University (HSU) is the single recognized voice for over 6,500 students; and,

WHEREAS, the Mission of the Associated Students of Humboldt State University serves to "assist in the protection of rights and interests of the individual student and the student body," and to "stimulate the educational, social, physical, and cultural well-being of the University community"; and,

WHEREAS, a performance bond of fifteen dollars ($15) for each candidate shall be required. This bond must be paid at the A.S. Business Office at the time of filing (turning in materials). [A.S. Elections Code 9.01]; and,

WHEREAS, failure to file (an expense report) will result in the forfeiture of a maximum of one-half (1/2) of the candidate’s performance bond. Failure to file a statement of finance within seven (7) days of the initial filing deadline will result in the forfeiture of the remainder of the performance bond [A.S. Elections Code 12.06]; and,

WHEREAS, the A.S. Constitution states, “As Student Advocates We Shall: be vocal on issues that protect and increase student rights; create opportunities to increase the student perspective in the University decision making process; actively seek institutional changes that serve to enhance the student environment; and uphold and protect the integrity of the student body association; and, 

WHEREAS, members of the student body hold various responsibilities in their individual lives such as maintaining a job in order to sustain basic necessities such as housing and food; and, 

WHEREAS, necessitating a performance bond of fifteen dollars to be paid in order to file as an official candidate in the Associated Students Elections can pose as a financial barrier for students desiring to run for office; and, 

WHEREAS, the specific purpose of this corporation is to provide a means for responsible and effective participation in the governance of the campus; provide an official voice through which students’ opinions may be expressed; therefore, be it

RESOLVED, that in an effort to allow the current students of Humboldt State University, regardless of their financial status be able to run for Associated Students office,  the Associated Students remove the requirement of an elections performance bond that requires all students to pay $15 in order to run for elections. 

RESOLVED, that to create a more inclusive system and incentivize all elected A.S. officials to submit their campaign expense reports, the Associated Students Board of Directors alter sections 12.06 of the elections code: 

[12.06 Expense reports will be due by 4:45 p.m. on the Friday following the last day of the election. Failure to file a statement will result in the forfeiture of a maximum of one-half (1/2) of the candidate’s performance bond. Failure to file statement of finance within seven (7) days of the initial filing deadline will result in the forfeiture of the remainder of the performance bond. Subsequent failure to submit a financial statement will result in the Elections Commissioner having the option to take action as prescribed Section 17 of this Code. (12/13)] 

To state as follows:  

[12.06 Expense reports will be due by 4:45 p.m. on the Friday following the last day of the election. If the candidate wins the election and fails to file a statement this will result in a maximum of one-half (1/2) point tally violation in the attendance sheet. Failure to file a statement of finance within seven (7) days of the initial filing deadline will result in an additional one-half (½) point violation tally in the attendance sheet and/or a mandatory meeting with the Executive Director; whichever the elections commission finds applicable.] 

RESOLVED, that the Associated Students Elections Code sections and numbering be edited to reflect the removal of the performance bond in all places it once was,

RESOLVED, that copies of this resolution be sent to, but not limited to, current students attending Humboldt State University, as well as our current State-designated Advisor and funded programs. 

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Date Passed: Feb 28 2020

Restructuring Committee Involvement (2019-20-08)

WHEREAS, the Associated Students (A.S.) Board of Directors of Humboldt State University (HSU) is the single recognized voice for over 6,400 students; and,

WHEREAS, the Mission of the Associated Students of Humboldt State University serves to "assist in the protection of rights and interests of the individual student and the student body," and to "stimulate the educational, social, physical, and cultural well-being of the University community"; and,

WHEREAS, students are burdened with needing to pay for college and as a result have to seek employment for financial support; and,

WHEREAS, students then are spending increased amounts of time either working or seeking work so they are then unable to fully engage in campus life which may negatively impact education; and, 

WHEREAS, Associated Students have identified, through the Strengthening Committee Task force established at the Fall 2019 Priority Planning Retreat, that students are unable to engage in campus programs because of this burden; therefore, be it

RESOLVED, that the Associated Students in collaboration with the Vice President of Enrollment Management establish a pilot program to be administered Spring 2020 and last the duration of the semester which will create a perk package for students to receive as a member of an A.S. committee.

RESOLVED, that the perk package includes a set stipend, parking scratchers and a set number of c-points to be loaded into the students account and to be determined by the Executive Committee,

RESOLVED,  that the A.S. Executive Committee will meet on a regular basis to pilot the program and discuss the ongoing needs for accountability and supervision,

RESOLVED,  that the Strengthening Committees Task Force will collect feedback from the A.S. Executive Committee to create analytical tools appropriate for evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of the pilot program to be distributed to the A.S standing committee chairs at the end of the semester,

RESOLVED, that once the pilot program is concluded and the Strengthening Committees Task Force is dissolved, the A.S. Executive Committee will examine the data to determine if the program was in fact able to increase student engagement,

RESOLVED, if the pilot program proves effective in increasing student participation, steps will be taken to explore expanding the perks to campus and/or University Senate committees where student voices are also critical,

RESOLVED, that upon determining the effectiveness of the pilot program, it will then be worked into the Executive Committee meeting agenda for the future and continue to be a priority of the A.S. Board in order to ensure students are able to become involved without fear of financial burdens,

RESOLVED, that copies of this resolution be sent to, but not limited to Interim Dean of Students Dr. Turnbow, President Dr. Jackson, University Senate Chair Dr. Burkhalter.

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Date Passed: Feb 28 2020

Resolution in Support of Project Rebound at Humboldt State (2019-20-09)

WHEREAS, the Associated Students (A.S.) Board of Directors of Humboldt State University (HSU) is the single recognized voice for over 6,500 students; and,

WHEREAS, the Mission of the Associated Students of Humboldt State University serves to "assist in the protection of rights and interests of the individual student and the student body," and to "stimulate the educational, social, physical, and cultural well-being of the University community"; and,

WHEREAS, Project Rebound was founded in 1967 by Professor John Irwin at CSU San Francisco. The program is run by full-time staff and students, most of whom have had prior incarceration experiences, where it achieved a 90% graduation rate among former inmates; and,

WHEREAS, Since 2016, Project Rebound students system-wide have earned an overall grade point average of 3.0, have a zero percent recidivism rate, and 87% of graduates have secured full-time employment or admission to postgraduate programs; and,

WHEREAS, Only one-third of the 114 California schools have programs that offer support for formerly incarcerated students, including College of the Redwoods; and

WHEREAS, Project Rebound has been expanded as a pilot program to eleven CSU campuses; and

WHEREAS, Following Governor Gavin Newsom’s 2019 budget signing, Project Rebound is slated to receive $3.3 million in state funding annually; and,

WHEREAS, the guiding values of Project Rebound include, “Every person has inherent value and holds the power of possibility and transformation within them: Meaningful access to high-quality, face-to-face higher education is fundamental to breaking intergenerational cycles of poverty, abuse, addiction, unemployment, and confinement.”; and,

WHEREAS, Project Rebound offers wrap-around services to students impacted by the criminal justice system and encourages formerly incarcerated individuals to pursue a CSU education, providing mentoring, financial support, and legal counsel; and

WHEREAS, Project Rebound empowers formerly incarcerated and system impacted students by providing college support, encouraging students to excel in higher education; and,

WHEREAS, The integration, education, and leadership of formerly incarcerated people are essential to the work of creating solutions to the social crisis of mass incarceration; and,

WHEREAS, Public resources are better invested in education and other opportunities for transformation than prisons and punishment; and,

WHEREAS, Individuals who have been incarcerated are often trapped in a pattern of recidivism; and research has shown that a university education is a very successful way to avoid recidivism and improve the lives of former inmates; and,

WHEREAS, Not counting the numbers of people on parole, Humboldt County has around 14,000 people on probation and Eureka College of the Redwoods has 50 students on probation; and,

WHEREAS, College of the Redwoods has established a campus of 300 students within Pelican Bay State Prison where 87% of students receive their Associates Degree for Transfer with a GPA of 3.0 or above; and,

WHEREAS, Humboldt State itself doesn’t offer services for formerly incarcerated students and lacks resources that would bring a sense of community and support to our population of 5,554 undergraduate students and 459 post-baccalaureate students; and,

WHEREAS, Formerly incarcerated individuals are already pursuing degrees in Humboldt County, and outreach efforts have led to expressions of interest at Humboldt State University from additional students; therefore be it

RESOLVED, That the Associated Students Of Humboldt State supports Project Rebound and joins the other eleven CSU’s supporting such as Sacramento, Bakersfield, Fresno, San Bernardino, Fullerton, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Marcos, Pomona, Stanislaus, and San Francisco; and be it further,

RESOLVED, That Humboldt State University addresses formerly incarcerated students lack of support, promotes and adds funding for resources so students know where to go for help other than the probation office; and be it further,

RESOLVED, That Humboldt State University recognizes Project Rebound as a valuable mechanism for reintegrating formerly incarcerated individuals into society; and be it further,

RESOLVED, that copies of this resolution be sent to, but not limited to the CSU Chancellor, Executive Vice Chancellor, the Board of Trustees, the Academic Senate of the CSU, the Chairs of all CSU campus Senates, Chair of the CSU Philanthropic Foundation, and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

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Date Passed: Feb 28 2020

2019

An Act to Establish a More Perfect Student Union (2019-20-02)

"...the A.S. Board of Directors move to unite student leaders across campus, such as the Residence Hall Association [RHA] Executive Committee, The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee [SAAC] Executive Team and the Associated Students Executive Committee, in the form of monthly meetings with the provisions set by the Proposal of the Associated-Residential-Athletic-Council..."

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Date Passed: Nov 5 2019

Resolution to Restore Student Well-being (2019-20-03)

...RESOLVED, that the Associated Students of Humboldt State University uphold their commitment to Social Justice by moving to restore student well-being by supporting the creation of medical information that reflects and/or highlights the correct names and pronouns of students, and additionally the confirmation of identity through last name and birthdate of students, furthermore; be it.

RESOLVED, that the Humboldt State University Student Health and Wellbeing Services also move to readjust the medical health information system to reflect and/or highlight the correct names and pronouns of students, that the Humboldt State University Student Health and Wellbeing Services move to confirm the identity of students through the confirmation of last names and bi1thdates of students, and refer to the chart to confom the correct pronouns of students, furthermore; be it

RESOLVED, that the Student Health and Wellbeing Services create a culture of competence and understanding in which students feel they are treated with respect, dignity, and empathy beyond the aforementioned terminology...

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Date Passed: Oct 22 2019

An Act to Clarify the Commitment of the Associated Students of Humboldt State (2019-20-01)

"The Associated Students Board of Directors alter the committee of the Associated Students from being "committed to sustainability" to being "committed to social justice" and that the A.S. Board of Directors require all A.S. funded programs align themselves with this commitment, for all of the Associated, funded areas to explain how they plan to use the Associated Students monies to promote social justic, and for all clubs that apply for Associated Students grants to exlpain how they will use the A.S. grants to help spread social justice..."

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Date Passed: Sep 24 2019

Resolution No. 2018-19-07 An Act to Support AB 798, Affordable Textbooks, the Activities of Affordable Learning Solutions (AL$), and SB 1359 or Zero Cost Course Material (ZCCM) Designation

In general, the "Zero Cost Course MaterialResolution...

  • encourages even more campus-wide adoption of zero-cost materials and utilization of Open Educational Resources (OER),
  • urges many different areas of campus to increase educational and training efforts around the OERs, the HSU Sustainable Learning Program, ZCCM designations and textbooks on reserve in the library

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Date Passed: Apr 29 2019

Resolution No. 2018-19-09 An Act to Support the Exemption of Student Fundraising Activities from the 5% Processing Fee Charged on all charitable donations by HSU Advancement Foundation

Associated Students supports student organizations and clubs on the HSU campus. Student clubs and organizations sometimes use fundraising as a creative way to fund student engagement projects and events for HSU students showing that student fundraising activities and solicitations of charitable donations directly support student engagement.

HSU policy requires all charitable donations to be received and receipted by the Humboldt State University Advancement Foundation (HSUAF). The HSUAF charges a 5% Contribution Administration Fee on all contributions including contributions resulting from student fundraising activities. HSU charges the HSUAF an Administrative Services Cost Reimbursement for accounting and administrative services provided to the HSUAF by HSU. The 5% Contribution Administration Fee is used by the HSUAF to pay for the Administrative Cost Reimbursement charged by HSU.

Humboldt State University would be showing good faith to student organizations by not taking money students worked hard to fundraise and get donated. The Associated Student Board of Directors supports the exemptions of student fundraising activities from the 5% Contribution Administration Fee by the and that HSU work with the HSUAF to ensure that student fundraising activities are exempted from 5% Contribution Administration Fee on all charitable donations.

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Date Passed: Mar 11 2019

Proclamation of Associated Students Recognition of CHECK IT

Whereas, Associated Students (AS) mission statement hereby states that we “provide an official voice through which students’ opinions may be expressed; foster awareness of these opinions both on and off campus; assist in the protection of the rights and interests of the individual student and the student body; provide services and programs to stimulate the educational, social, physical, and cultural well-being of the University community.”

Whereas, AS would like to commend and recognize CHECK IT as a successful student led movement that aims to empower students with knowledge and skills to take action during moments of potential dating violence, sexual assault, and other forms of harm. 

Whereas, We are proud and acknowledge CHECK IT’s aim to build a community of consent, where people feel safe and supported by those around them, where survivors feel supported, and those who commit harm are held accountable.

Whereas, CHECK IT is celebrating its 5th anniversary and has been a vital campus resource and educational program, providing strategies and knowledge about ways to identify and disrupt potential moments of harm.

Whereas, AS would also like to commend CHECK IT’s development of workshops and curriculum around bystander intervention, along with consent centered event resources for campus groups and run campaigns educating the HSU campus about Title IX, consent culture, and violence prevention.

Whereas, CHECK IT has connected people across campus and with the community, particularly with their upcoming launch of CHECK IT at Arcata High School in partnership with North Coast Rape Crisis Team.

Whereas, CHECK IT has remained committed to creating a culture of respect and consent across HSU’s campus and nationally.

Whereas, CHECK IT’s work has been platformed at state and national conferences such as the National Sexual Assault Prevention Conference in 2017 and 2018, and CSU Alcohol and Other Drugs Conference in 2015.

Whereas, CHECK IT has received national and regional recognition for student-led projects of culture change, including Celene Lopez, CHECK IT peer educator, who received the Champion of Change White House Award in 2016, the Program of the Year award from the National Residential Housing Association in 2014, and the Violence Prevention Champion Award, from the CSU Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Conference in 2014.

Now, Therefore, Associated Students would like to officially praise and support the commitment of CHECK IT and its volunteers. Associated Students recognizes that CHECK IT is at the heart of HSU’s shift into consent culture and we commit to continue supporting the work of CHECK IT and this consent movement. 

2018-19 A.S. President Jazmin Sandoval

 

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Date Passed: Feb 25 2019

2018

Resolution No. 2018-19-05 An Act to Support Ecosia on Library Computers

It is the value of HSU that individuals be environmentally, economically and socially responsible in the quest for viable, sustainable communities. The development and use of technology has often been at odds with these values. Ecosia is a web search engine based out of Berlin, Germany, that is B-Lab certified as a benefit corporation because Ecosia:

  • donates 80% of its surplus income to non-profit organization that focus on reforestation and conservationism
  • runs on 100% solar energy, neutralizing the carbon emissions associated with internet browsing
  • actively plants trees in 17 countries throughout Europe, North America, Central America, South America, Africa and Asia
  • published monthly business reports and tree-planting receipts which describe their spending in detail
  • gave away shares to the Purpose Foundation to ensure its founders can never take profits out of the company or receive dividends

Therefore, A.S. supports Ecosia being installed on all library computers as an eco-friendly web browser option.

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Date Passed: Nov 26 2018

Adopted Senate Resolution on Voting Membership of the University Senate

Resolution has to go through the Senate, Staff Council and Associated Students.
If passed by all parties, the resolution would change:

  • the California Faculty Association (CFA) HSU Chapter President from being obligated to serve as the CFA HSU Chapter Senate representative, to being able to assign a delegate from the CFA HSU Chapter.
  • the CFA HSU Chapter Senate representative and the HSU Labor Council delegate will gain voting rights instead of being non-voting Senate members

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Date Passed: Nov 26 2018

Resolution in Support of the Creation of a CSU Executive Compensation Policy (No. 2018-19-04)

A.S. of HSU supports:

  • the creation of a CSU system-wide executive compensation policy that would model a more equitable distribution of wealth
  • the existing CSU Classification and Compensation working group in their goal of developing classication standars for executive positions

A.S. of HSU calls for:

  • the CSU board of Trustees to review current compensatio levels across the CSU system, as well as research the compensation packages of related executive positions across the state of California
  • the CSU board of Trustees to decrease executive compensation and the amount of managerial/supervisor positions, and to increase the number of tenure line and permanent faculty positions, along with an increase in faculty, staff and student staff pay
  • the next HSU president to follow in Chancellor White's footsteps, and take a coluntary pay cut of at least 10% in recognition of the recent budget cuts and current financial status of the University

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Date Passed: Nov 5 2018

Resolution No. 2018-19-03 An Act for Minors and Recently Declared Students to Qualify to be a College Representative

"Resolved: Minors and recently declared students qualify to be a college representative only if there are vacancies in the Board after the elections to be more inclusive and give opportunity in a case by case basis with the board’s approval"

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Date Passed: Oct 15 2018

Resolution No. 2018-19-01 An Act to Change the "Earth Week Committee" name to "Earth Week Every Week Committee"

This resolution changes the name of the "Earth Week Committee" to "Earth Week Every Week Committee" to expand the charge of the committee to instill the spirit of Earth Week throughout the year.

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Date Passed: Oct 1 2018

Resolution No. 2018-19-02 An Act to Require Open Associated Students (A.S.) Board of Directors Positions to be Advertised in El leñador newspaper, in addition to the Lumberjack Newspaper

This resolution added El leñador to the publications that A.S. must advertise vacant Board of Directors positions.

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Date Passed: Sep 17 2018