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.

2021

Resolution Calling for the Expansion of Project Rebound Services

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, Associated Students passed a resolution in support of Project Rebound at Humboldt State University.[1]; and,

WHEREAS, in keeping with that support, Associated Students believes Project Rebound students should have the same opportunities available to them as students with similar needs; and,

WHEREAS, the Prison Policy Initiative predicts there are around 5 million formerly incarcerated persons living in the United States[2], and that a majority of formerly incarcerated persons receive an income that is below the poverty line[3]; and,

WHEREAS, “About 65 percent of people released from prison in California will return to prison within three years, according to a 2012 report by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. The rate of returning convicts for rebound scholars is only 3 percent”[4]; and,

WHEREAS, formerly incarcerated persons face extraordinarily high rates of homelessness, 10 times that of the general public, due to prejudice and programs that seek to prevent access to housing applications[5]; and,

WHEREAS, houselessness, unemployment, and poverty are the biggest predictors of recidivism[6]; and,

WHEREAS, a housing program in Utah provided housing to combat homelessness by providing homes that lowered homelessness rates by 91% while saving money[7]; and,

WHEREAS, California State Fullerton developed an off-campus housing program called the John Irwin House for Project Rebound students that has proven successful in welcoming students to the campus and increasing their educational opportunities[8]; therefore, be it,

RESOLVED, Associated Students calls on Humboldt State to respond by expanding Project Rebound services to include the following:

  1. The development of a John Irwin Memorial House for Project Rebound.
  2. Removal of out of state tuition costs for formerly incarcerated students.
  3. The development of a clear emergency housing plan for formerly incarcerated students with Project Rebound.
  4. The inclusion of professional development training options for faculty, staff, and administrators on how to best support formerly incarcerated students.

RESOLVED, that copies of this resolution be sent to, but not limited to, the Director of Enrollment Management, the Director of Admissions, the Program Coordinator of Project Rebound.



[1] Associated Students, “Resolution in Support of Project Rebound at Humboldt State,” February 28, 2020, https://associatedstudents.humboldt.edu/sites/default/files/res_2019-20-09_support_for_project_rebound.pdf

[2] Sarah K. S. Shannon et al., “The Growth, Scope, and Spatial Distribution of People with Felony Records in the United States, 1948–2010,” Demography 54, no. 5 (September 11, 2017): 1795–1818, https://doi.org/.

[3] Prison Policy Initiative, “Out of Prison & out of Work,” Prisonpolicy.org, 2018, https://www.prisonpolicy.org/reports/outofwork.html 

[4] Alyssa Lopez, “Project Rebound Opens Doors for Formerly Incarcerated Students,” Daily Titan, October 10, 2018, https://dailytitan.com/news/campus/project-rebound-opens-doors-for-formerly-incarcerated-students/article_c3443200-558c-5509-a719-de8909b8edb7.html.

[5] Tanvi Misra, “The Homelessness Problem We Don’t Talk About,” Bloomberg.com (Bloomberg, August 16, 2018), https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-08-16/the-jail-to-homelessness-pipeline.

[6] Prison Policy Initiative, “Recidivism and Reentry,” Prisonpolicy.org, 2020, https://www.prisonpolicy.org/research/recidivism_and_reentry/.

[7] Kelly McEvers, “Utah Reduced Chronic Homelessness by 91 Percent; Here’s How,” NPR.org, December 10, 2015, https://www.npr.org/2015/12/10/459100751/utah-reduced-chronic-homelessness-by-91-percent-heres-how.

[8] “How a House near Cal State Fullerton Is Changing the Lives of Former Prisoners,” LAist, 2019, https://laist.com/2019/10/18/formerly_incarcerated_students_find_support_and_college_housing_at_cal_state_fullerton.php.

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AUTHORED BY:     Roman Sotomayor, Social Justice and Equity Officer

REFERRED TO:      A.S. BOARD OF DIRECTORS     

ADOPTED:            March 12, 2021

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Date Passed: Mar 26 2021

Resolution to Support Dignity of People Who Inject Drugs

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, Humboldt State enrolls students that require the use of needles (sharps) to administer medications, such as insulin, hormone replacement therapy, and other doctor-prescribed medications for health treatments; and,

WHEREAS, California State University campuses such as Sacramento State have sharps disposal containers in their ADA restrooms located within common areas behind unlocked doors accessible to the entire campus; and,

WHEREAS, the Principles of Harm Reduction are:[1]

  1. Accepts, for better or worse, that licit and illicit drug use is part of our world and chooses to work to minimize its harmful effects rather than simply ignore or condemn them
  2. Understands drug use as a complex, multi-faceted phenomenon that encompasses a continuum of behaviors from severe use to total abstinence, and acknowledges that some ways of using drugs are clearly safer than others
  3. Establishes quality of individual and community life and well-being — not necessarily cessation of all drug use — as the criteria for successful interventions and policies
  4. Calls for the non-judgmental, non-coercive provision of services and resources to people who use drugs and the communities in which they live in order to assist them in reducing attendant harm
  5. Ensures that people who use drugs and those with a history of drug use routinely have a real voice in the creation of programs and policies designed to serve them
  6. Affirms people who use drugs (PWUD) themselves as the primary agents of reducing the harms of their drug use and seeks to empower PWUD to share information and support each other in strategies which meet their actual conditions of use
  7. Recognizes that the realities of poverty, class, racism, social isolation, past trauma, sex-based discrimination, and other social inequalities affect both people’s vulnerability to and capacity for effectively dealing with drug-related harm
  8. Does not attempt to minimize or ignore the real and tragic harm and danger that can be associated with illicit drug use

WHEREAS, according to the World Health Organization, “Harm reduction (including needle/syringe programmes and opioid substitution therapy) is an evidence-based approach to HIV prevention, treatment and care for people who inject drugs and is strongly supported by WHO and other UN agencies.”[2]; and,

WHEREAS, according to the Center for Disease Control, “Nearly 30 years of research shows that comprehensive syringe services programs (SSPs) are safe, effective, and cost-saving, do not increase illegal drug use or crime, and play an important role in reducing the transmission of viral hepatitis, HIV and other infections.”[3]; and,

WHEREAS, according to an Australian study, “For every one dollar invested in NSP's (needle, syringe programs), more than four dollars were returned (additional to the investment) in healthcare cost-savings in the short term (ten years) if only direct costs are included; greater returns are expected over longer time horizons.”[4]; and,

WHEREAS, the same study found “if these programs were to decrease in size, or cease to operate, then "relatively large increases in both HIV and HCV could be expected with associated losses of health and life and reduced returns on investment,” which could result in a huge increase in healthcare and community related costs.”[5]; and,

WHEREAS, further research including an annotated bibliography detailing the effectiveness of Harm Reduction practices is available from the Humboldt Area Center for Harm Reduction,[6] an American Red Cross recognized local non-profit organization.[7]; and,

WHEREAS, allowing for the safe disposal of sharps prevents janitorial and all campus members from the dangers of pricking themselves with used needles; and,

WHEREAS, Humboldt State’s annual security report shows the campus historically has double if not triple the amount of drug arrests and referrals compared to CSU campuses of similar size[8]; and,

WHEREAS, attached is a letter of support from Ned Peck, LCSW and Staff Psychotherapist and Group Coordinator of Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS); therefore, be it,

RESOLVED, that the Associated Students calls on HSU to add sharps disposal containers that meet the CDC standards on campus, starting in all ADA approved restrooms with restrooms in campus dorms taking priority.[9]

RESOLVED, that the Associated Students calls on the University Senate to endorse this document and join Associated Students in advocating for HSU to publicly implement the principles of Harm Reduction on campus to improve student, faculty, and staff wellbeing.

RESOLVED, that the Associated Students calls on the Student Health Center to provide printed harm reduction materials and brochures similar to those distributed by the Humboldt Area Center for Harm Reduction.[10]

RESOLVED, that the Associated Students calls on the Student Health Center to continue regular NARCAN training and provide students with NARCAN so that they might be agents of life-saving action.

RESOLVED, that copies of this resolution be sent to, but not limited to the Director of the Student Health Center, the Director of Risk Management, the Director of Facilities Management, the Lead for Health Education and Clinic Support Services, President Tom Jackson, The University Senate, The Lumberjack, El Leñador.


[1] National Harm Reduction Coalition, “Principles of Harm Reduction - Harm Reduction Coalition,” Harmreduction.org, 2019, https://harmreduction.org/about-us/principles-of-harm-reduction/.

[3] “Persons Who Inject Drugs (PWID),” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2019, https://www.cdc.gov/pwid/index.html.

[4] “Australian Department of Health | Executive Summary,” www1.health.gov.au, accessed January 22, 2021, https://www1.health.gov.au/internet/publications/publishing.nsf/Content/illicit-pubs-needle-return-2-toc~illicit-pubs-needle-return-2-exe.

[5] K. Lanktree, “5 Reasons Harm Reduction Initiatives Can Help Addicts, Communities,” Oklahoman.com, June 5, 2014, https://oklahoman.com/article/4888120/5-reasons-harm-reduction-initiatives-can-help-addicts-communities.

[6] “Annotated Bibliography,” Humboldt Area Center for Harm Reduction, June 21, 2018, https://hachr707.org/harm-reduction/harm-reduction-research/annotated-bibliography/.

[7] “Red Cross Hero Award!,” Humboldt Area Center for Harm Reduction, June 1, 2019, https://hachr707.org/2019/06/01/red-cross-hero-award/.

[9] “CDC - Bloodborne Infectious Diseases - Stop Sticks : Sharps Disposal - NORA Workplace Safety and Health Topic,” www.cdc.gov, May 7, 2019, https://www.cdc.gov/nora/councils/hcsa/stopsticks/sharpsdisposal.html.

[10] “Harm Reduction Brochures,” Humboldt Area Center for Harm Reduction, September 22, 2017, https://hachr707.org/harm-reduction/harm-reduction-resources/.

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AUTHORED BY:     Roman Sotomayor, Social Justice and Equity Officer

                            Josefina Barrantes, Environmental Sustainability Officer   

ADOPTED:            March 12, 2021

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Date Passed: Mar 26 2021

An Act to Create a Bi-Yearly Student Survey Process (2020-21-13)

SUBJECT: An Act to Create a Bi-Yearly Student Survey Process

WHEREAS, the Associated Students (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, Associated Students is often called upon to make decisions concerning the student body,

WHEREAS, a lack of data on students and student concerns impedes Associated Students from making fully informed decisions about the student body and what the student body would like to see done by A.S,

WHEREAS, Associated Students already has the ability to survey students on certain matters; therefore, be it resolved that,

RESOLVED, that the Associated Students calls for the creation of a bi-yearly campus survey, developed and led by Associated Students, wherein questions will be asked about how students identify themselves, what changes they’d like to see on their campus, and the direction they lean on any upcoming decisions that will affect the entire campus or the entire student body.

RESOLVED, that a Section 17 be added to the A.S. Government Code to be titled, “Student Survey Policy Reference” with the description, “The purpose of the Associated Students Student Survey Policy  (Policy #105) is to generate and administer a student survey each semester.”

RESOLVED, that the data collected from the survey be kept confidential by Associated Students so that it is not used in an unethical way by bodies outside Associated Students.

RESOLVED, that all questions asked on the survey be ethical and relevant to Associated Student’s goals.

RESOLVED, that copies of this resolution be sent to, but not limited to, the Chair of A.S. Bylaws Committee.

 

RESOLUTION No. 2020-21-13

AUTHORED BY:           Roman Sotomayor, Social Justice and Equity Officer

REFERRED TO:             Associated Students Board of Directors

ADOPTED:                   March 26, 2021

Associated Students of Humboldt State University       Section No. 100

Policy Manual                                                                    Document No. 105


Section: Policy Statement – Administrative

Subject: Student Survey Policy


Purpose:        To generate and administer a student survey bi-yearly

New: March 26, 2021

Revised:


I.  Background

The Associated Students provides diverse programs and services that require Board Members to be informed about student interests and concerns. The best way to be informed is through direct contact with the students. One way to accomplish this is a survey process that will allow students the option to participate in campus activities and decisions.

II. Policy

The A.S. Board will be responsible for hosting a bi-yearly survey. The survey will feature general questions about the students, areas students would like to see funded, areas students have concerns over, and any campus business that is expected to occur during the coming months/years. All data should be stored in a safe and protected manner. Associated Students may decide on data points to be published on associatedstudents.humboldt.edu

III. Procedure / Timeline / Annual Calendar

The principals of non-discrimination will be observed in developing the survey. The survey will be developed during a bi-yearly working session in the fall by the Executive Committee. This should take place sometime in November at the latest. Before being sent out to students, Board Members are to consult with their Administrative Advisor and their Executive Director regarding the questions being asked to ensure they are framed in an ethical manner.

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Date Passed: Mar 26 2021

Resolution to Re-affirm the Banning of Single-use Plastics and Bottled Water in HSU Dining (2020-21-17)

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," 1 and to "stimulate the educational, social, physical, and cultural well-being of the University community" 1; and,

WHEREAS, HSU has proclaimed its vision to “improve the global human condition and our relationship with the environment” 2; and,

WHEREAS, that CSU Policy has outlined that “by 2023, the California State University's 23 campuses will be eliminating the use and sale of all single-use plastics including plastic straws, water bottles and bags” 3; and,

WHEREAS, in 2009, “the production, transportation, storage and disposal of bottled water to meet HSU bottled water demand requires approximately 43 barrels of oil per academic year; HSU contributed approximately 35,300 pounds of CO2 being released into the atmosphere” 4; and,

WHEREAS, the institution has claimed to have banned or eliminated the on-site sales and distribution of at least one type of single-use disposable plastic on the 2020 STARS report 5; and,

WHEREAS,  it has been stated in our 2020 STARS report that “Humboldt State has been an early adopter and leader in banning and phasing out plastics at HSU as both policy and general practice, having banned plastic water bottles in 2011, banned plastic bags in 2014, removed most expanded polystyrene, also known as Styrofoam, from Dining in early 2010's, and is currently working to reduce plastics further.” 5; and,

WHEREAS, in Fall of 2011, “HSU Dining Services stopped selling single-use plastic water bottles at all campus marketplaces and eateries, like the “J” Cafeteria and Depot. Throughout the semester, the campus will phase out plastic water bottles in campus vending machines as well.” 6; and,

WHEREAS, according to Humboldt State Now in September of 2011, “Humboldt State has taken the first steps in phasing out the sale of plastic water bottles on campus, making it the first public university in California and just the third public university in the nation to do so.” 6; and,

WHEREAS, it has been stated in our 2020 STARS report regarding sustainable dining initiatives that HSU has “eliminated plastic single use water bottles completely from our campus, and the beverages coolers at our primary dining location are 100% plastic free. Each student who attends HSU receives a stainless steel water container in their welcome package that can be refilled at various hydration stations across campus.” 7; and,

WHEREAS, according to Chartwells Sustainability Scorecard, “Chartwells is committed to reducing the number of single-use plastics in our dining facilities. Straws and cup lids are only offered upon request and all single-use to-go containers are recycled PET or made of fully recyclable materials.” 8; and,

WHEREAS, according to Humboldt State Now in February of 2019, “32 percent of the 78 million tons of plastic packaging produced annually is left to flow into our oceans. Much of it ends up in the ‘Great Pacific Garbage Patch’ located between Hawai’i and California, which is the largest accumulation of ocean plastic in the world.” 9; and,

WHEREAS, the sale of aluminum water bottles does is not an appropriate replacement for plastic water bottles; and,

WHEREAS, according to the Carbon Trust, “primary aluminum uses huge amounts of electricity and it’s also got some chemical releases of greenhouse gas emissions” 10

WHEREAS, half of aluminum cans are lined with BPA and the alternatives are also harmful to our health; therefore, be it

RESOLVED, that the Associated Students reaffirms their position in favor of banning single-use plastics and bottled water of any form on the HSU campus.

RESOLVED, that the Associated Students calls upon HSU dining to be better in their sustainability practices and hold Chartwells, and future dining companies they contract with, accountable in upholding past single-use plastics bans on campus.

RESOLVED, that Humboldt State University has taken steps to reduce students and faculty plastic consumption on campus. Through using the OZZI containers, water bottle filling stations, reusable water bottles, and compostable packaging, students were given options to reduce their plastic consumption. People are drawn to Humboldt State University with the impression we are a sustainable school. While steps have been in place to make this vision into a reality they need to be continuously pursued. Chartwells has taken pride over practices that have been in place at this school, as if they were the ones to introduce those ideas. What has been in place is the bare minimum and needs to keep being expanded. Prior to COVID-19 bulk food buying was going to be introduced into the market place or depot. There was also intent to put a reusable container washing station in the Depot so students could easily practice sustainability on a daily basis.

RESOLVED, that once the pandemic restrictions are lifted be it resolved that dinning should offer bulk buying and a washing station on campus for reusable containers.

RESOLVED, that Chartwells ends the sale of bottled water including aluminum water bottles due to the extensive environmental impacts that aluminum has on the environment.

RESOLVED, that the city of Arcata has some of the best drinking water in the nation and the use of bottled water is egregious, unhealthy and unnecessary.

RESOLVED, that HSU builds more hydration stations on campus to promote the use and accessibility of reusable water bottles.

RESOLVED, that future dining companies that HSU contracts with abides to these standards listed.

RESOLVED, that student clubs, Athletics and all departments on campus end the use and sale of bottled water.

RESOLVED, that the only water available on campus for consumption is tap water with the exception of laboratory use and emergency supplies.

RESOLVED, that the school disallows the give-away, distribution and sale of all bottled water as the effects of bottled water has been proven to cause social, health, economic and environmental hardships to the most vulnerable communities globally.

RESOLVED, that it is not only important to help students become aware of their plastic usage for themselves, but also for the planet. The Earth is in one of its most troubling times as the waters rise and global warming continues to make the Earth hotter. It is important that part of a student's knowledge when they leave Humboldt State University is how to reduce and eliminate plastic waste usage and carry that onto future generations to help our earth sustain life longer. The way to start educating students is to show students that single-use plastics can be eliminated from our campus stores, and to share more information through our sustainability and environmental classes about single-use plastics and how to reduce usage in student’s daily lives.

RESOLVED, that copies of this resolution be sent to, but not limited to President Jackson, Todd Larsen [Director of Housing Operations & Executive Director of University Center], Dr. Jason L. Meriwether [Vice President Enrollment Management], Eboni Turnbow [Interim Dean of Students], Stephen St. Onge [Associate Vice President of Student Success], Lynda Henderson [Purchasing Coordinator], Jonathan Reynoso [Business Operations Coordinator], Donyet King [Director of Residence Life], Sonja Brown [Regional Marketing Director for Chartwells], Melanie Bettenhausen [Director of Dining Services], Kevin Ralston [Assistant Director of Dining Services], Joe Fischioni [Division President for Chartwells], Laura Lapp [Vice President, Sustainability & Culinary Services at Chartwells Higher Education Dining Services], Kylene Ott [District Manager, Chartwells Higher Education Dining Services], Ivy Kusler [Regional Vice President, West at Chartwells Higher Education]

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AUTHORED BY:     Josefina A Barrantes, Environmental Sustainability Officer

                            Krissi Fiebig, WRRAP Compost Director, Earth Week Every Week Committee Member

                            Kenny Mort, College of Natural Resources & Sciences Representative

                            Zeen Vincent, Earth Week Every Week Committee Member

                            Courtnie LaChaine, Earth Week Every Week Committee Member

                             Jerry Swider, WRRAP Compost Operator

                             Jymanii Williams, WRRAP Compost Intern    

ADOPTED:             March 26, 2021

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Date Passed: Mar 26 2021

Resolution to Support Trans* Lives & Prosperity

WHEREAS, the Associated Students (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, Associated Students has a documented history of supporting transgender students dating back to 2012.[1]

WHEREAS, On June 15, 2020, the Supreme Court ruled that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis sex, also protects employees from discrimination on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity.  The Opinion of the Court, delivered by Justice Gorsuch, includes the following statement:

An employer who fires an individual for being homosexual or transgender fires that person for traits or actions it would not have questioned in members of a different sex. Sex plays a necessary and undisguisable role in the decision, exactly what Title VII forbids.

WHEREAS, Title IX is a federal law that was passed in 1972 to ensure that male and female students and employees in educational settings are treated equally and fairly. It protects against discrimination based on sex (including sexual harassment). In addition, Title IX protects transgender students and students who do not conform to gender stereotypes. State law also prohibits discrimination based on gender (sex), gender expression, gender identity, and sexual orientation. The preamble to Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 states that:

No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.

WHEREAS, The California Department of Education further states that:

It is the policy of the State of California that all persons, regardless of their gender, should enjoy freedom from discrimination of any kind in the educational institution of the state.

WHEREAS, Based on analysis of data from the Cooperative Institutional Research Program (CIRP) Freshman Survey, which was modified in 2015 to allow students to indicate whether they identify as transgender, the following was found:[2]

  1. The proportion of transgender students facing major financial concerns was more than 50 percent higher than the nationally normed sample.
  2. [M]any transgender students may not be able to count on parental financial support for college if their parents take issue with their gender identity. (...) the proportion of transgender students (34.9 percent) who reported they will likely need to work full time during college was about 6 percentage points higher than that of the national sample (28.5 percent).
  3. 47.2 percent of transgender students reported feeling depressed frequently, as compared to 9.5 percent of the national sample.
  4. Transgender students (...) are about 13 percentage points more likely to participate in online social networks for six or more hours per week (39.7 percent versus 26.3 percent).
  5. This latter finding is especially important because transgender students infrequently have access to supportive transgender networks on campus. Even membership in LGBTQ student organizations tends to be predominantly cisgender, so transgender students often have a difficult time meeting other transgender people on campus.

WHEREAS, Based on these findings, authors Ellen Bara Stolzenberg and Bryce Hughes make several recommendations to colleges and universities:[3]

  1. “adopt procedures that allow students to use their preferred names and pronouns when interacting with institutional agents, including faculty and student services professionals.”
  2. “adopt policies that protect the right of students to access the locker, changing, or restroom facilities designated for their gender identity and ensure that all campus buildings include a gender-inclusive facility that gender nonconforming students can access”
  3. “provide professional development opportunities designed specifically to enable faculty and staff to more competently and effectively support the needs of transgender students.”
  4. As for campus leaders, Stolzenberg and Hughes recommend that they “should work to create an environment in which students are comfortable enough to be open about who they are, they also should understand when transgender students need to seek community and support off campus (...)”.

WHEREAS, Associated Students. adds to this list the following:

  1. Adopt policies and procedures that enrich the transgender student experience and ensure transgender students are seen as existing alongside faculty, staff, and administrators.
  2. Adopt policies that use gender neutral language on all University websites, policy, and documents. This means eliminating his/her style of writing for “they/them” alternatives where appropriate.
  3. Adopt policies that allow students to have the correct name on their diplomas and all university documents without requiring students to process a legal name change.
  4. Adopt policies that prevent faculty and staff from separating classrooms and field trips by perceived binary genders. (i.e. “Alright, women on one team, men on another team.”)
  5. Adopt policies that ensure all faculty, staff, and administrators are aware of the reporting process for transphobic harassment and violence. This way they can better advise their students if the need arises.
  6. Adopt policies that prevent faculty from engaging in first day of class introductions that require students to verbally share their gender with the classroom. This gives students who aren’t out yet a choice between outing themselves or misgendering themselves verbally which can be upsetting.
  7. Adopt educational goals and provide learning experiences that center trans* history, identity development, and self-authorship.
  8. Adopt educational goals that break away from teaching and enforcing a strict gender binary, which is no longer supported by the research, especially in science courses.

WHEREAS, Associated Students. believes the safety of transgender, gender non-binary, and gender non-conforming students should be a campus priority given our rural location and the dangers the local community pose to transgender students, especially following a local incident of violent transphobia,[4]

WHEREAS, Humboldt State has recently begun leading change through the creation of a Trans* Wellness Working Group (to be named); therefore be it resolved that:

RESOLVED, that the Associated Students of Humboldt State calls on the University Senate to prioritize policies that can easily be re-written with gender inclusivity in mind.

RESOLVED, that the University Senate, upon making any changes, publicize those changes via a website such as genderinclusion.humboldt.edu to ensure all campus persons are aware of these changes and HSU’s commitment to transgender students. This website could also be a hub of resources and information for students, staff, faculty, and administrators.

RESOLVED, that the Associated Students of Humboldt State calls on the Campus Division of Enrollment Management to begin the assessment and evaluation of trans* inclusionary support across campus.

RESOLVED, that the Associated Students of Humboldt State calls on the campus to remove “LGBT+ Friendly Institution” from its website until it has proven that it is a LGBT+ Friendly Institution.

RESOLVED, that copies of this resolution be sent to, but not limited to President Tom Jackson, The Lumberjack, El Leñador, the University Senate, the Eric Rofes Center, the Queer Student Union, the Director of the Office of Diversity Equity and Inclusion

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Date Passed: Jan 29 2021

2020

Resolution in Support of SQE Demands (2020-21-10)

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 Students for Quality Education (SQE) is an organization dedicated to “fight for free, accessible and of quality, higher education”; and,

WHEREAS, the Associated Students Board of Directors values and believes in all forms of student advocacy across the California State University system (CSU); and,  

WHEREAS, the Associated Students Board of Directors then has the obligation to also support statewide student advocacy across the CSU; and,

WHEREAS, the SQE have laid out demands to the CSU system that they believe will be a benefit to all students across the CSU; and,

No Harm Disarm

Defund UPD

  1. Defund the police and invest in affirming, life-giving resources and spending for BIPOC and all people disproportionately harmed by the carceral system
  2. Remove all funding for the UPD firearms budget and remove all firearms from campus
  3. Set a student and faculty run, mutual aid based, program for the emergency/blue lights
  4. Create a student and faculty led oversight committee/body to oversee the process[1]

Resources for marginalized students

  1. Fund black student resource centers in collaboration with Black/Africana Studies faculty and students
  2. Hire more mental health counselors in representation of the student body and reflective of the APA student ratio guidelines
  3. Fund well trained, non-carceral mental health crisis intervention teams

Protect LGBTQIAP+ Students

  1. Provide more safety zones defined by and for LGBTQIA+ and BIPOC students on campus

Restorative and transformative student justice practices

  1. Have mandatory, extensive, and repetitive unconscious bias training led by trusted organizations chosen by BIPOC faculty and students Have full transparency to these training sessions including what and when
  2. Have a process for virtual harassment
  3. Student affairs must decrease their relationship with policing and do community outreach for restorative and transformative resources instead
  4. Campus Housing must decrease their relationship with policing. Resident Advisors, staff, and administration required to take consistent unconscious bias trainings

 

COVID-19 Mitigation: CSU System

Fee Reimbursement

  1. All fees for cancelled services and unusable facilities must be reimbursed, including gym, lab, housing and parking fees, etc.

Safe/free student housing

  1. We demand that the CSU system provide safe and free student housing during this pandemic. To ensure safety of CSU students, priority should be given to providing students at risk of being houseless, housing insecurity, and houseless students

Accessible online resources

  1. Provide an online open-source library for students to access and support faculty in accommodating students with free online reading material. In addition, do not penalize students for lack of access to technology.

Faculty & Staff job protections

  1. In solidarity with CSU faculty and staff, we demand that faculty and staff are jobs are prioritized above administration jobs

Transparency & Student Oversight

  1. We demand transparency in the use of CARES Act funds via a paid student oversight task force, named by our organization
  2. We demand that the CSU start planning for commencement ceremonies well in advance
  3. We demand transparency and pursuit of student input during emergency circumstances. This includes a holistic student, faculty and staff led oversight accountability board

Student loan debt cancellation

  1. We demand that the CSU cancel any student loan debt that accrued in response to COVID-19

           

COVID-19 Mitigation: California

Full rent/mortgage/utility relief

  1. As students that attend the CSU we demand full rent, mortgage and utility freeze for the on-going period in response to COVD-19

Universal housing guarantee

  1. A universal housing guarantee via the use of eminent domain. Fill Hotels not graves.

#FreeThemAllForPublic Health

  1. We demand Governor Newsom grant clemency and release incarcerated people within the CA Prison Industrial complex for public health

Student loan debt cancellation

  1. We demand a holistic approach to student debt cancellation

Wealth Tax and police fund relocation

  1. We demand a wealth tax and police fund reallocation to pay for these measures

WHEREAS, these demands reflect SQE’s vision of free, accessible, and of quality, higher education which is a vision that Associated Students shares and has historically passed resolutions in support of (footnote in a few resolutions from as far back as we can); and,

WHEREAS, with regards to policing the Associated Students Board of Directors have passed a resolution titled “A Resolution to Call for the Restructuring of the University Police Department (2020-21-06)[2] and therefore agree with SQE that UPD change is necessary; and,

WHEREAS, students, staff, and faculty within the CSU system have historically attempted to bring honest discussion of basic needs, safety, housing, resource access, and faculty retention to the attention of the CSU system with little definitive system-wide action; and,

WHEREAS, as a body of individual students, The A.S. Board of Directors, believes that the spirit of SQE’s demands in practice would not only benefit the quality of education and wellness of all students across the CSU, but also benefits the quality of workplace environment and wellness of their faculty and staff partners,; therefore, be it,

RESOLVED, That the Associated Students Board of Directors calls for system-wide attention and consideration to the full demands of the SQE, and the actions proposed in those demands; furthermore, be it,

RESOLVED, That the Associated Students Board of Directors calls for campus-wide attention and consideration to the demands of the SQE, and the actions proposed in those demands listed under “No Harm Disarm” and “Covid-19 Mitigation CSU System”; furthermore, be it,

RESOLVED, That copies of this resolution be sent to the leaders of the HSU SQE Chapter, the University Senate, the California Faculty Association, the and California State Students Association.


[1] A.S. recognizes that a process similar to this is currently underway at HSU. 

[2] A Resolution to Call for the Restructuring of the University Police Department

AUTHORED BY:           Jeremiah Finley, President & Roman Sotomayor, Social Justice & Equity Officer
SPONSORED BY:         A.S. Executive Committee
REFERRED TO:            A.S. Board of Directors
ADOPTED:                  December 4, 2020

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Date Passed: Dec 4 2020

An Act to Create a Staff Compensation Review Policy (2020-21-09)

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 Associated Students Board of Directors has multiple employees that span a wide variety of departments and; and,

WHEREAS, it is important to provide the A.S. employees with a sound and clear review process; therefore, be it,

BE IT ENACTED, by the Associated Students Board of Directors the creation of the Staff Compensation Review Policy to be added into the A.S. Personnel Code as follows:

Section 6) Compensation Review

Purpose: To establish and maintain a procedure for the Associated Students at Humboldt State University to review the compensation of the staff of the Associated Students.

  1. The process for staff compensation review shall be as follows:
    1. The Executive Director of A.S. shall create a staff compensation proposal to present to the A.S. President annually in the spring
      1.  the compensation proposal does not need to include an increase and/or decrease in the compensation of the A.S. Staff 
    2. The A.S. President shall, work in coordination with the A.S. Administrative Vice President and the HSU advisor to the A.S. Board to review the compensation proposal from the A.S. Executive Director  
      1. During the review process the aforementioned parties, excluding the Executive Director and A.S. Staff, shall also take into account the following items: 
        1. The Executive Director appraisal from the previous year
        2. The staff appraisals from the past year
        3. The job descriptions of each staff member
        4. The current and projected A.S. revenue
        5. The Stateside equivalent of positions
    3.  Upon the completion of the review process, the A.S. President may take into account the advice of the A.S. Administrative Vice President and the HSU advisor to the A.S. Board, and issue a formal response and/or a counter-proposal including an attached rationale to the Executive Director.
      1. The rationale shall be issued within 1 month of receiving the initial proposal.
    4. The A.S. President may then sign and authorize the counter-proposal to be carried out by the A.S. Executive Director.
      1. The A.S. President shall not authorize an increase in compensation of the Executive Director, Coordinators, or equivalents that leads the operational budget to exceed 50% of the projected A.S. revenue; excluding IRA and the Reserves.
      2.  The A.S. President shall not authorize an increase in compensation that exceeds a 7% increase of the current compensation amount for any employee.

AUTHORED BY:           Jeremiah Finley, President
SPONSORED BY:         A.S. Executive Committee
RECOMMENDED BY:   A.S. Bylaws Committee
REFERRED TO:             A.S. Board of Directors
ADOPTED:                   November 20, 2020

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Date Passed: Nov 20 2020

An Act to Alter the Method of Legislation & Resolution (2020-21-08)

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 Associated Students 2019-20 Board of Directors adopted the resolution An Act to Create a Bylaws Committee ; and,

WHEREAS, the resolution states that “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”[1] ; and,

WHEREAS, the resolution also states that “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.”[2]; and, 

WHEREAS, this creates a conflict with the A.S. Constitution, which this body governs itself by in Article IV section B item 1: “President: The President shall be the chief executive officer of the Association elected by the Association membership. a. Serves as the official representative of the Association. b. May propose legislation to the A.S. Board of Directors. c. Chairs the Executive Committee. d. Makes appointments to committees and boards for the Association with the consent of the A.S. Board of Directors by a 2/3 vote. e. Serves as a member of the A.S. Board of Directors. f. Vote on actions or decisions taken by the A.S. Board of Directors”[3]; and,

WHEREAS, in order to resolve this conflict; therefore, be it,

RESOLVED, that the Associated Students Board of Directors alter the method of legislation and resolutions in the A.S. Government Code as follows:

Section 12 Format of Legislation

12.1. Legislation shall be defined as any Act of the Associated Students Board of Directors, other than appropriations, which makes a commitment for the Associated Students, or establishes, amends, or repeals one or more sections of the Associated Students Constitution, Code or Policy.

12.2. All legislation shall be titled: “An Act (followed by a brief description thereof).”

12.3.All legislation shall contain the following enacting clause: “Be it enacted by the Associated Students Board of Directors ...”.

12.4.All Acts shall state that general Constitution or Code to be amended accompanied by the altered version.

Section 13 Method of Legislation

13.1. All New Business shall be submitted in writing to the A.S. Coordinator and Legislative Vice President by 5:00 p.m. at least 4 calendar days in advance of the meeting, if it is on the agenda. The A.S. Coordinator (or designee) will distribute the proposed items to each member of the Board, the Executive Officers, and the Executive Director.

13.2. First and Second Reading Rule: Prior to taking action on A.S. Board Legislation, a first and second reading of the proposed legislation is required to occur at separate Board meetings, unless the Board approves a waiver vote as outlined below:

13.2.a. The Associated Students Board of Directors may waive the second reading requirement by a simple majority waiver vote of Board Members present. If the waiver vote is approved, the Board may proceed to vote on the main motion. If the waiver vote fails, a second reading shall be required.

13.2.b. A waiver vote may be called for at the end of the discussion on Legislation.

13.3. No action may be taken on any issue of legislation until that issue has been publicly posted for at least 72 hours before a regular meeting. Except for conditions authorized by subdivision (c) of Section 89305.5 of the Gloria Romero Open Meetings Act of 2000.

13.4. All proposed legislation, when presented, shall meet one of the following criteria in order to be introduced:

13.4.a. Sponsored by the Bylaws Committee; or

13.4.b. Proposed by the A.S. President as according to the A.S. Constitution Article IV section B item 1 

13.4.b.i. The President’s proposed legislation may not go through a second reading waiver

Section 14 Effective Date of Legislation

14.1. All Acts and appropriations shall become effective on the date of passage unless otherwise stipulated by the Board or deferred governing body.

14.2. All approved legislation is to be signed and dated by the Vice President of Legislative Affairs, the Author(s), and by the President of the Associated Students, if she/he supports the resolution.

Section 15 Method of Resolutions and Proclamations

15.1. All New Business shall be submitted in writing to the A.S. Coordinator and A.S. Board Chair by 5:00 p.m. at least 4 calendar days in advance of the meeting, it is on the agenda. The A.S. Coordinator will distribute the proposed items to each member of the Board, the Executive Officers, and the Executive Director.

15.2. First and Second Reading Rule: Prior to taking action on A.S. Board, Resolutions or Proclamations, a first and second reading of the proposal is required to occur at separate Board meetings, unless the Board approves a waiver vote as outlined below:

15.2.a. The Associated Students Board may waive the second reading requirement by a simple majority waiver vote of Board Members present. If the waiver vote is approved, the Board may proceed to vote on the main motion. If the waiver vote fails, a second reading shall be required.

15.2.b.  A waiver vote may be called for at the end of the discussion on, Resolutions or Proclamations.

15.3. No action may be taken on any issue of Resolution until that issue has been publicly posted for at least 72 hours before a regular meeting. Except for conditions authorized by subdivision (c) of Section 89305.5 of the Gloria Romero Open Meetings Act of 2000..

15.4. All proposed Resolutions, when presented, shall meet one of the following criteria in order to be introduced:

15.4.a. Be sent from the designated email of the Board member/author, or;

15.4.b. Sponsored by the Executive Committee; or;

15.4.c. Be accompanied by a petition signed by not less than ten (10) Students-at-Large of Humboldt State University. This petition must include printed names, campus I. D. numbers, and signatures.

Section 16 Format Resolutions and Proclamations

16.1. Resolutions are statements of position on a particular issue by the Associated Students Board, acting as Representatives of the students of Humboldt State University.

16.2. 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.

16.3. All approved resolutions are to be signed and dated by the Vice President of Legislative Affairs, the Author(s), and by the President of the Associated Students, if she/he supports the resolution.

16.4. Resolutions shall be forwarded by the Associated Students Coordinator to all parties of interest, within reason, as designated by the Author(s).

16.5. All resolutions shall contain the following resolve clause: “Be it resolved by the members of the Associated Students Board ...”

16.6.  No action may be taken on any resolution unless that resolution has been publicly posted for at least 72 hours before a regular meeting. Except for conditions authorized by subdivision (c) of Section 89305.5. (Gloria Romero Open Meetings Act)

16.7. All resolutions, when presented, shall be dated and shall meet one of the following criteria in order to be introduced:

16.7.a. Be sent from the designated email of the Board member/author, or;

16.7.b. Sponsored by the Executive Committee; or;

16.7.c. Be accompanied by a petition signed by not less than ten (10) Students-at-Large of Humboldt State University. This petition must include printed names, campus I. D. numbers, and signatures. ; furthermore, be it,

RESOLVED, that this resolution supersedes Resolution 2019-20-17 and all changes within the Codes shall be made accordingly; furthermore, be it,   

RESOLVED, That copies of this resolution be sent to, but not limited to people, Associated Students Funded Programs.


[3] Associated Students Constitution

AUTHORED BY:           Jeremiah Finley, President
SPONSORED BY:         A.S. Executive Committee
RECOMMENDED BY:   A.S. Bylaws Committee
REFERRED TO:             A.S. Board of Directors
ADOPTED:                   November 20, 2020

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Date Passed: Nov 20 2020

Resolution to Create Long-Term Nutrition Alternatives (2020-21-07)

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, in order to promote the physical and cultural well-being, the associated students board of directors must listen to students and explore ways to ensure their voices and initiatives are upheld; and,

WHEREAS, the promotion of the student led initiatives is the foundation of the advocacy that the Associated Students Board of Directors rely on in order to progress the students’ agenda here at HSU; and,

WHEREAS, during the spring semester of the spring 2019 year, students expressed interested in having fruit trees on campus in addition, students collectively voted in 2015 on a resolution In Support of having Fruit Trees on Campus (2015-16-3) ; and,

WHEREAS, having fruit trees here on campus would provide a sustainable and equitable way for students to access food here on campus by removing the barrier of needing to go into the campus stores or walk into a faculty, staff, or administrators office during times that may or may not be accessible to said student; and

WHEREAS, the waste from the trees and potential peelings would be able to be re-used in various departments here on campus that are able to process compost, thus providing a steady amount compost fuel to be used for the purposes of said departments; and,

WHEREAS, there are multiple benefits outside of composting that are listed by the company “The Orchard Project” stating that once a single tree is established it can do many things such as: “can provide a large yield of fruit year after year for decades, requiring little human input”[1] additionally, “By working with nature, and not against her, we can create healthy, diverse and resilient systems, while reducing our impact on climate change and environmental degradation”[2]

WHEREAS, there would also be a boost in school and local pride as cited in the article series “Community Orchard Projects that Inspire” on the website and company “orchard people” stating: “But community orchards are established for a range of reasons:

  • To encourage local residents to live more sustainably and to grow their own food
  • To educate the community about how fruit grows
  • To bring fresh fruit to low-income communities
  • To grow food for food banks
  • To build community within a neighborhood
  • To animate green spaces by providing activities for children and adults
  • To create employment training opportunities for young people who want to work in urban agriculture”[3] ; and, 

WHEREAS, looking inwardly Humboldt States Office of the President cites one of its vision stating: “We will be renowned for social and environmental responsibility and action”; and,

WHEREAS, this initiative would be social and environmental responsibility put into action as well as a clear directive from the student body association requesting that this campus continue its long standing tradition of honoring both shared governance and student initiatives; and,

WHEREAS, the University Senate as per its constitution has the duty to promote the general welfare of the university stating “The Senate shall consider policies with respect to the general welfare of the university” therefore, be it,

RESOLVED, that the Associated Students Board of Directors, formally support the student-led, representative sponsored initiative of transplanting healthy fruit trees and other edible landscape items onto campus that are native and nutritious such as the California Blackberries in consultation with professors and/or departments related to the field of Botany Taxonomy; furthermore, be it,

RESOLVED, that the Associated Students Board of Directors send this resolution to the University Senate to be considered for concurrent adoption, with the specific purpose of the University Senate delegating this project and initiative to the Landscape and Tree Advisory Committee and/or other appropriate and active committees such as Earth Week Every Week Committee; furthermore, be it,

RESOLVED, that all needed alterations be negotiated through the President of Associated Students and the Student Delegation to the University Senate; furthermore, be it,

RESOLVED, that copies of this resolution be sent to but not limited to: The Lumberjack, El Leñador, the Office of the Humboldt State President, all HSU clubs and student leaders and all Associated Students funded areas.

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Proclamation: Associated Students to Affirm Student Voices at HSU

Whereas, The mission of the Associated Students at Humboldt State University 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” per the A.S. Constitution; and,

Whereas, the University Center Board of Directors is comprised of seven student representatives, three faculty representatives, one alumni representative, one community member, and two Humboldt State University administrative representatives ; and,

Whereas, two of the positions on the University Center (U.C.) Board of Directors are Associated Students (AS) Representatives; and,

Whereas, as members of both the A.S. & U.C. Boards those members are charged to, per the governing documents of each organization, California state law, and CSU policy and Executive Orders (EO’s) thereof, participate in the maintenance of all legal, and fiduciary responsibilities of each organization; and,

Whereas, according to the California (CA) Corporations code 5231 section (a) “A director shall perform the duties of a director, including duties as a member of any committee of the board upon which the director may serve, in good faith, in a manner that director believes to be in the best interests of the corporation and with such care, including reasonable inquiry, as an ordinarily prudent person in a like position would use under similar circumstances” ; and,

Whereas, The A.S. President (or designee) is a member of the University Center Board of Directors charged with also carrying out the directive of CA state law in the corporations code 5231 on the University Center Board of Directors; and,

Whereas, it is also the responsibility of the A.S. President (or designee) to “be entitled to rely on information, opinions, reports or statements, including financial statements and other financial data” ; and,

Whereas, the University Center manages programs and facilities that contribute greatly to the student life of HSU like the CenterArts for entertainment and educational series, CenterActivities, the Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center and the Student Recreation Center (SRC) which provide recreational opportunities, drop-in recreation, intramural sports, physical education classes, athletic training, and practice spaces and UC Operations which maintain and operate key meeting and event spaces on campus

Whereas, in the recent months, there have been a multitude of changes within the University Center including but not limited to the removal of the Executive Director, Dave Nakamura , the HSU Administrative initiation of a new dining consultation and potential management contract and/or agreement with Aladdin services , the changing in reporting lines from the Administrative Affairs division to the Enrollment Management Division , the positioning of an Acting Executive Director of the University Center, the attempt to increase oversight on the U.C.’s expenditures, contracts, and agreements on said organization , the unauthorized, unprompted, and unexpected removal of the University Centers Board of Directors legal counsel by the positioned Acting Executive Director as well as the numerous staffing changes that have followed and additional potential unsanctioned activity done by the HSU Administrators under the director of HSU President Dr. Tom Jackson; and,

Whereas, this has happened without the approval and/or formal consultation with the U.C. Board of Directors or a transparent process for the student body to take part in and provide input as these shifts largely took place over the summer months June-August when the student and faculty body at large are on summer break; and,

Whereas, all students across campus both in the past and present pride themselves on being able to participate in the shared and open governance process here at Humboldt State University as demonstrated in A.S. Resolution 2013-14-21 A Resolution Calling for Democratized and Student Run CSU Student Unions ; and,

Whereas, these summer actions and lack of transparency on the part of the HSU Administration coupled with the potential overreach in the definition of "oversight" the University has on auxiliary organizations like the University Center has resulted in the diminishment of student input in the established shared governance structure; and,

Whereas, the rightful governing body, the U.C. Board of Directors which is charged with providing direction and approval on the Student Union's budgeting, facilities management, programs, services, policies, and long-range planning, did not have the proper or formal notice, nor was any opportunity provided to the Board to exercise its decision making power to the fullest of it charge; and,

Whereas, the Associated Students Board of Directors values the cooperative working relations with the HSU Administration, but understand and place the practice of shared governance as a guiding tool when working with campus entities; and,

Whereas, these practices and processes taken by the HSU Administrators have not set up students and student leaders to succeed in any capacity, rather, have jeopardized the current state of the U.C. and therefore the Student Union and indirectly called on the Student Government to now respond in kind; 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.” I decree, that the Associated Students at Humboldt State University formally and unequivocally condemn the actions taken by the HSU Administrators, and HSU President; furthermore, be it,

Decreed, that the Associated Students calls on the University to immediately take steps to cooperatively develop with the University Center Board of Directors, a course of action that recognizes the legal authority and responsibility of the University Center Board of Directors, as well as the regulatory responsibility of the President and CFO; furthermore, be it,

Decreed, that the Associated Students at Humboldt State University announce the concerning events surrounding the University Center Programs, and Board of Directors to the Humboldt State University Students and call for a transparent and legally informed process on all matters and/or accusations.

Citations

A.S. Constitution

CA Corporations Code

CA Corporations Code

https://pmc.humboldt.edu/portal/leadership-change-university-center

U.C. Board of Directors Meeting-Dining – Informational Item A status update regarding the outsourcing of Dining Services to Aladdin Food Management Services.Given By HSU VPEM

Tom Jackson, Jr., President-Memorandum July 13, 2020

Tom Jackson, Jr., President-Memorandum August 18th, 2020

A Resolution Calling for Democratized and Student Run CSU Student Unions

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Date Passed: Sep 11 2020

An Act to Formalize the Associated Students Social Justice and Equity Committee (2020-21-05)

RESOLUTION No. 2020-21-05
AUTHORED BY: Roman Sotomayor, Social Justice and Equity Officer & Malluli Cuéllar, Legislative Vice President
REFERRED TO: A.S. Board of Directors       

ADOPTED: August 7, 2020

SUBJECT: An Act to Formalize the Associated Students Social Justice and Equity Committee

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, Associated Students has defined “social justice” 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”;[1]  and,

WHEREAS, A.S. champions the principles of shared governance; and,

WHEREAS, collaboration is identified as a critical part of shared governance and defined as, “a cooperative process that synthesizes and integrates the talents, resources, information, and expertise of two or more persons to accomplish a common goal… The process of collaboration is interactive and dynamic and is characterized by a balancing power when participants have unequal status.”;[2]  and,

WHEREAS, under shared governance, “Roles and responsibilities are defined, negotiated, and redefined according to projects, assignments, committees, and/or functions rather than vested positions.”;

WHEREAS, on September 24, 2019, the Associated Students Board of Directors passed An Act to clarify the commitment of Associated Students of Humboldt State which included a Resolved stating, “The Associated Students Board of Directors, request and give authorization to the Social Justice and Equity Officer to establish the ‘A.S. Social Justice Committee’, as they see fit, and upon the creation of the parameters of the ‘A.S. Social Justice Committee’ be it automatically enacted.”;[3]  and,

WHEREAS, the recommended name for the Associated Students Social Justice and Equity Committee is “Associated Students Diversity Equity and Inclusion Committee (ASDEIC)" to encourage collaboration with the President’s Diversity Equity and Inclusion Council led by the Office of Diversity Equity and Inclusion (ODEI) in assessing students’ needs and ensuring ongoing projects for diversity equity and inclusion reflect those needs; and,

WHEREAS, ODEI defines their mission statement as, “focused on systems change in support of equitable and inclusive learning and community spaces. Examples of this strategic approach to dismantling institutional and systemic racism include involvement with ongoing training for all faculty, staff, and administrators as well as implementing new policy and revising inequitable practices that create institutional racism. In addition to offering educational opportunities for the HSU community, ODEI supports the recruitment and retention of faculty and staff of color. Finally, as a campus community ODEI's mission is to strive forward with asset-based equity, student success, and student-centered initiatives that create equity, value diversity and inclusion.”;[4] 

WHEREAS, together ODEI and Associated Students can ensure students, staff, faculty, and administrators remain up to date on projects that support equitable and inclusive learning and community spaces; therefore, be it enacted by the A.S. Board of Directors,

RESOLVED, that the charge and organizational chart for the Associated Students Social Justice and Equity Committee be accepted and adopted pending the first meeting of the committee wherein the charge will be reviewed and edits will be made with the collaboration of all members present. Associated Students will then review any recommended changes during a meeting of the Executive’s Committee and vote whether or not to adopt the changes.

RESOLVED, that the Associated Students alter the Administrative Code to include a new section titled “Associated Students Diversity Equity and Inclusion Committee” containing the following:

Associated Students Diversity Equity and Inclusion Committee[5]

Section #

#.01 The Associated Students Diversity Equity and Inclusion Committee’s (ASDEIC) charge is to engage students at Humboldt State University using principles of shared governance in ongoing critical examination and reflection needed to make essential changes in the academic policies, practices, and behaviors that result in inequity, exclusion, and social injustices at HSU.

#.02 The Associated Students Diversity Equity and Inclusion Committee shall be chaired by the Associated Students Social Justice and Equity officer. This structure will be reviewed every two academic years by a task force within the committee and revised as necessary to ensure it is demonstrating values of diversity, equity and inclusion. The task force will submit a report on proposed changes and the committee will then vote on those changes.

#.03 The Chair will be responsible for: a. Coordinating the meetings of the Associated Students Diversity Equity and Inclusion Committee;  b. Scheduling and organizing meetings for ASDEIC; c. Communicating with the ODEI about projects, potential areas of collaboration, and student needs; and, d. Staying abreast on current issues and legislation affecting diversity, equity and inclusion on the college campus and beyond.

#.04 ASDEIC will be responsible for coordinating public forums for marginalized students to voice their concerns and provide feedback on campus issues pertaining to diversity and inclusion. A detailed report of the forum’s findings will be created by the committee through the use of a task force and submitted to the Associated Students President, the ODEI, and made public.

#.05 ASDEIC will regularly examine the professional development content being provided to students to ensure it reflects the values of diversity, equity and inclusion. The Committee will make recommendations about changes to content in reports sent to the Executive Committee.

#.06 ASDEIC will partner with the ODEI on projects to: a. Keep the campus up to date on current events regarding diversity, equity and inclusion; b. Inform students and staff how they can participate in such projects; c. Ensure continuity between faculty and staff perceptions of student need and student need; d. Engage in thoughtful examinations of academic policies, practices, and behaviors to ensure they’re meeting the standards of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

#.07 ASDEIC will never have more active subcommittees than the current membership is capable of managing. If a subcommittee has no members, it is to be considered “Temporarily Inactive Due to Decreased Membership”.

#.08 ASDEIC will begin with 2 subcommittees. Subcommittees may be added, altered or removed at any point by vote. Subcommittees will provide semesterly reports of their projects and progress to ASDEIC which will then travel out to the students in collaboration with ODEI.

#.09 ASDEIC will have the following subcommittees:

  1. Inclusive and Diverse Education;
    1. Combating Campus Anti-blackness Task Force
    2. Developing Decolonized Institutions Task Force
  2. Professional Development and Enrichment;

#.10 ASDEIC will be composed of:*[6]

  • A.S. Social Justice and Equity Officer (chair)
  • A.S. Student Affairs Vice President
  • A.S. Environment and Sustainability Officer
  • Learning Center Student Representative
  • Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion [ODEI] Student Representative
  • Project Rebound Student Representative
  • Student Disability Resource Center [SDRC] Student Representative
  • Social Justice, Equity & Inlcusion Center [SJEIC] Student Representative
  • Veterans [VETS] Student Representative[7]
  • Student Representative from each Cultura Center for Academic Excellence [CCAE]
    • African American Center for Academic Excellence [AACAE] Student Representative
    • Asian, Desi, Pacific Islander Collective [ADPIC] Student Representative (pending ADPIC institutionalization as a CCAE)
    • Native American Center for Academic Excellence known as the Indian Teacher and Educational Personnel Program [ITEPP] Student Representative
    • Latinx Center for Academic Excellence known as El Centro Académico Cultural Student Representative
  • Student Body Representative (x3)

#.11 ASDEIC representatives are appointed as such:

  • Standing Positions[8]
    • Learning Center Student Representative
    • ODEI Student Representative
    • Project Rebound Student Representative
    • SDRC Student Representative
    • SJEIC Student Representative
    • Student Representative from each CCAE
      • AACAE Student Representative
      • ADPIC Student Representative
      • ITEPP Student Representative
      • LCAE Student Representative
    • VETS Student Representative
    • Student of the Association, Appointed by the Social Justice and Equity Office
    • Student of the Association, Appointed by the Student Affairs Vice President
    • Student of the Association, Appointed by the Environment and Sustainability Officer

RESOLVED, that the Associated Students alter the Associated Students Constitution Section B Item 6 to include, “The Social Justice and Equity Officer shall sit on the Associated Students Diversity Equity and Inclusion Committee”.

RESOLVED, that copies of this resolution be sent to, but not limited to University President, Tom Jackson, Jr.; the office of Interim Dean of Students, Eboni Turnbow; Vice President of Enrollment Management, Jason L. Meriwether; the Interim Executive Director of the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (ODEI), Edelmira Reynoso; the Interim Associate Vice President of Student Success, Stephen St. Onge; every Cultural Center for Academic Excellence (CCAE) coordinator; Veterans Enrollment and Transition Services (VETS); the coordinator of the Social Justice Equity and Inclusion Center (SJEIC), The Lumberjack; and El Leñador.


[1] Associated Students of Humboldt State University, “An Act to Clarify the Commitment of Associated Students of Humboldt State,” associatedstudents.humboldt.edu, September 24, 2019.

[2] Timothy Porter-O’grady, Implementing Shared Governance : Creating a Professional Organization (St. Louis: Mosby Year Book, 1992).

[3] Ibid.

[4] Office of Diversity Equity and Inclusion at Humboldt State, “Mission Statement | Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion,” diversity.humboldt.edu, accessed July 13, 2020.

[5]  This charge has been adopted from the Sustainability, Equity, and Justice Fund Committee at Western Washington University.

[6] A student representative will always be preferred from administrative and staff departments. Student representatives will either be a student employed by or appointed by the corresponding department or office. When no student is present or available for appointment, a non-student staff member will be sufficient in the interim. Non-student staff members on the committee will serve as an advisory role and not have voting power.

[7] Associated Students of Humboldt State. “Resolution in Recognition of Veterans as a Cultural Community on Campus, and in Support of Efforts to Ensure Humboldt State University is a Safe and Friendly Learning Environment for Student Veterans, Active Duty Service Members and Military Family Members”. RESOLUTION No. 2008-09-04.

[8] Centers and administrative departments will be responsible for choosing their representative and for any vetting, interviewing, or decision-making this entails.

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Date Passed: Aug 7 2020

A Resolution to Call for the Restructuring of the University Police Department (2020-21-06)

Resolution No. 2020-21-06

AUTHORED BY: Giovanni Guerrero, A.S. External Affairs Representative & Jeremiah Finley, A.S. President & Roman Sotomayor, A.S. Social Justice and Equity Officer

REFERRED TO: A.S. Board of Directors

ADOPTED: August 7, 2020

SUBJECT: A Resolution to Call for the Restructuring of the University Police Department

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 students and the student body,” and to “stimulate the educational, social, physical, and cultural well-being of the university community”; and,

WHEREAS, Black, Indigenous, and Persons of Color across the nation feel unrest and face brutality at the hands of police;[1] and,

WHEREAS, the mission statement of the HSU University Police Department (UPD) is to “ensure that our campus remains a safe place to learn, live, and work.”

WHEREAS, close to 1,000 people have been shot and killed every year since 2015 by police officers;[2] and,

WHEREAS, Black, Indigenous, and Persons of Color, particularly Black people, are disproportionately shot and killed and are 1.2x to 2.5x more likely to be killed by police officers than people identifying as white;[3] and,

WHEREAS, in the Fall of 2019, Persons of Color represented 55.4% of Humboldt States student demographics;[4] and,

WHEREAS, Humboldt State’s students identifying as Black, Indigenous, or Persons of Color are at an increased risk of harm during occurrences involving the presence of police;[5] and,

WHEREAS, much of the harm done to students identifying as Black, Indigenous, or Persons of Color by police takes place during welfare checks, or when non-violent offenses occur that demonstrate no need for an armed officer to be present; and,

WHEREAS, Humboldt State’s 2019 Annual Security Report shows the majority of offenses from 2016-2019 were alcohol and drug related;[6] compared to other similar sized campuses which report higher violent offenses or lower drug and alcohol related offenses;[7] and,

WHEREAS, the UPD’s budget for 2019-20 was $2.9 million dollars which demonstrates a steady increase from 2015-16 when it was $2.5 million dollars;[8] and,

WHEREAS, the mission of Humboldt State’s Risk Management and Safety department is to “aid in the identification and evaluation of risk, to facilitate the selection and application of the best risk management techniques to mitigate risks, and to monitor the results”;[9] and,

WHEREAS, Humboldt State’s Risk Management and Safety department in 2015-16 had a budget of $506.7k which was decreased in 2016-17 to $443.5k and has only slightly increased since then to $498.4k during 2019-20.

WHEREAS, Humboldt State has failed to meet the basic standards of harm reduction on campus, of which the bare minimum is to install sharps collection containers in all single-stall bathrooms on campus as other CSU campuses, such as Sacramento State, have done; and,

WHEREAS, programs that center harm reduction and education provide more support to those who struggle with drug and alcohol use than law enforcement with a criminalization perspective is capable of.[10]

WHEREAS, Program 1033, legally requires the Department of Defense to make some items of equipment available to local law enforcement, firefighting, homeland security, and emergency management agencies.[11]

WHEREAS, in a 2019 interview with Lost Coast Outpost, President Jackson stated with regards to enrollment and the HSU budget,

“What [the budget deficit] means is we refocus and realign our resources towards those things that are actually growing, or we want to grow. So in a way, it’s a very good strategic time as an institution to reflect upon itself and ask, ‘Where do we really want to put our resources so that we can be innovative, and grow and be more marketable to students that happened to be out there and wanting to come to this campus?’ It’s a good conversation to have.”[12]

RESOLVED, in accordance with the HSU University Police Department (UPD) mission statement Associated Students calls for the formation of a task group charged with investigating areas of restructure and change to practices and policies within the University Police Department that adequately address concerns for the safety and the well-being of Humboldt State students; The task force shall investigate practices and policies such as but not limited to: disarmament of campus police, rejection of lethal equipment funneled through program 1033, an establishment of social-based services founded on harm reduction for emergency calls made to UPD that do not require an officer present, and community engagement between UPD and the campus community, to further such mission, further be it,

RESOLVED, that the Associated Students, University Senate Student representatives introduce this resolution to the University Senate and urge for the adoption of this resolution in the University Senate to begin deliberations about task force creation between Campus Administration and Associated Students, further be it,

RESOLVED, within 60 days of resolution adoption by the University Senate, Associated Students will create a task force in coordination with campus administrators charged with the investigation of safe and effective policies and practices as outlined herein of the University Police Department, further be it,

RESOLVED, that the task force shall create a deliberate charge that outlines the steps to be taken, a part of the charge shall include the facilitation of public forums to capture the campus community’s comments and concerns, further be it,

RESOLVED, membership of such a task force shall be composed of at least two appointed students of the association, a member of Project Rebound, a member of the Office of Diversity Equity and Inclusion, and a representative from the University Police Department or the University Police Chief to bridge cohesion between faculty/administrators/staff and the student body, further be it,

RESOLVED, that the task force shall complete its report no later than April 2021, further be it,

RESOLVED, following the completion of the task force’s report, findings and recommendations shall be submitted to Associated Students for resolution adoption, further be it,

RESOLVED, the Associated Students Executive Committee will meet no later than 30 days after receiving the report to review the contents of the task force’s report and draft a resolution in response to the report's findings, further be it,

RESOLVED, that the Associated Students Board of Directors shall create a resolution that aims to institutionalize safe and effective policies and practices that respond to national calls for socially just reform within University Police Departments throughout the California State University system, to pass through CSSA by collaborating with other CSU campuses in its development, further be it,

RESOLVED, any additional goals and objectives that are developed through collaboration with other CSU campuses may also be included in the final resolution for CSSA, further be it,

RESOLVED, Copies of this resolution to be sent to Humboldt State University President, Tom Jackson Jr.; Vice President for Administration & Finance, Sherie Gordon; Vice President for Enrollment Management, Jason Meriwether; Dean of Students, Eboni Turnbow; President's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council Chair, Dr. Edelmira Reynoso; The Lumberjack, El Lenador, the University Police Department Chief, and all Coordinators of the Cultural Centers for Academic Excellence (AACAE, El Centro, ITEPP).



[1] NPR Code Switch, “A Decade of Watching Black People Die,” NPR.org, May 21, 2020, https://www.npr.org/2020/05/29/865261916/a-decade-of-watching-black-peop....

[2]  Frank Edwards, Hedwig Lee, and Michael Esposito, “Risk of Being Killed by Police Use of Force in the United States by Age, Race–Ethnicity, and Sex,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 116, no. 34 (August 5, 2019): 16793–98, https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1821204116.

[3] Ibid.

[4] Office of Institutional Effectiveness, “Fast Facts F19 | Office of Institutional Effectiveness,” ie.humboldt.edu, 2019, https://ie.humboldt.edu/fast_facts.

[5] Frank Edwards, Hedwig Lee, and Michael Esposito, “Risk of Being Killed by Police Use of Force in the United States by Age, Race–Ethnicity, and Sex.”

[6] Humboldt State University Police Department, “2019 Annual Security Report” (Arcata, California: Humboldt State University, 2019).

[7] Sonoma State University, “2018 Annual Security Report” (Rohnert Park, CA: Sonoma State University, 2018).

[8] Humboldt State University, “Questica OpenBook: Humboldt State University Interactive Budget Dashboard,” hsu.openbook.questica.com (Humboldt State University), accessed July 14, 2020.

[9] Humboldt State University Risk Management, “Risk Management Policy,” accessed July 14, 2020.

[10] Open Society Foundation, “Police & Harm Reduction,” July 2018.

[11] “[USC02] 10 USC 2576: Surplus Military Equipment: Sale to State and Local Law Enforcement, Firefighting, Homeland Security, and Emergency Management Agencies,” uscode.house.gov, accessed July 14, 2020.

[12] Freddy Brewster, “In a Wide-Ranging Interview with the Outpost, New HSU President Tom Jackson Jr., PhD Talks about Challenges for the University, His Background and Why the Loss of KHSU Doesn’t Matter All That Much,” Lost Coast Outpost, September 14, 2019..

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Date Passed: Aug 7 2020

Resolution to support the former Hilltop Marketplace be designated as a Food Sovereignty Lab and Cultural Workspace (2020-21-02)

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 2018, a research project investigating national public opinion about how non-Natives perceive Native peoples (Reclaiming Native Truth, First Nations Development Institute & Echo Hawk Consulting, 2018) revealed that,  

“Most people believe that the Native population is declining, and most do not think about Native people much, if at all… Native people are misrepresented if they are even mentioned and are invisible in American society… Invisibility is in essence the modern form of racism used against Native Americans. It is this invisibility that leads to a college access and completion crisis among Native American students. When a student is invisible, his or her academic and social needs are not met. This leads to students feeling alienated and alone, derailing their matriculation and the realization of their dreams and potential… Invisibility prevents many young Native people from even thinking college is a possibility; others entertain the idea but are stopped from enrolling in college because of negative experiences with admissions processes or on college campuses… Removal is one method in which Native Americans are rendered invisible on campuses.” [1]

WHEREAS, Current Indigenous representation on Humboldt State University's campus is lacking substance. There are areas where Humboldt State has already succeeded, including the Native American Forum and recent lobby remodel project within the Behavioral and Social Science building.

WHEREAS, The Office of the President at Humboldt State University lists the following commitments on their website: “We will commit to increasing our diversity of people and perspectives” and “We will be exemplary partners with our communities, including tribal nations” and “We believe we have a special opportunity to learn from the Native American cultures, the unique ecosystem and special communities of our region, and to apply that knowledge.” [2]

WHEREAS, In Fall 2019, the students of NAS 331: Indigenous Natural Resource Management Practices imagined a class project that would have lasting benefits for the campus community beyond the scope of one semester. Students worked collaboratively to conduct interviews, research, and identify potential funding. Students interviewed Indigenous faculty and staff and asked how they would (re)Indigenize the Humboldt State University campus. Interviewees expressed the need for workshops and space for making traditional foods, regalia, baskets, and medicines. The proposed project from the class is a Food Sovereignty Lab and Cultural Workshop Center. In November 201, a space request was submitted to the University Space and Facilities Advisory Committee to implement the Lab/Center in the former Hilltop Marketplace in the BSS building. Beginning Spring 2020, two student research assistants were hired through the Sponsored Programs Foundation to pursue further work on this project. We have partnered with the Native American Studies Program (NAS), Indian Tribal and Educational Personnel Program (ITEPP), the Council of American Indian Faculty and Staff (CAIFS), the Environmental Studies Program, and students from across majors/disciplines at HSU to complete the beginning phase of this research project. The students in our class who helped to design the first phase of this project represented twelve different majors from both the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and the College of Natural Resources & Sciences.

WHEREAS, The concept of food sovereignty directly relates to building community resilience and preparing for disasters such as global pandemics and climate change. The Declaration of Nyéléni, the first global forum on food sovereignty defines: “Food sovereignty is the right of peoples to healthy and culturally-appropriate food produced through ecologically sound and sustainable methods, and their right to define their own food and agriculture systems. It puts the aspirations and needs of those who produce, distribute and consume food at the heart of food systems and policies rather than the demands of markets and corporations.”

WHEREAS, The Food Sovereignty Lab will function as a workshop and research center for practicing food sovereignty in multiple innovative ways. Centering food sovereignty through Indigenous pedagogies and enhancing academic resources for multiple disciplines across campus, this lab will illuminate respect for learning with Native American cultures and help build the future of how we address climate change, food insecurity, and social justice.

WHEREAS, The lab will include a commercially certified kitchen, storage cabinets, large work tables, office space for research and studying, a white board, a large television for use in presentations, and a sound system. In addition a native plant and food garden to be installed around the BSS building to supplement the Food Sovereignty Lab.

WHEREAS, The Food Sovereignty Lab is seeking to create a more sustainable, socially just, and welcoming campus by promoting education and research with food sovereignty. Food sovereignty teaches us that the relationships between people and nature are fundamental to our existence. A Food Sovereignty Lab can provide a platform to educate people on how to repair that relationship and to build decolonized futures.

WHEREAS, The space request for this Lab/Center was denied April 22nd, 2020: "The committee has considered the former Hilltop Marketplace space for a function that will serve as a general student space that may be accessed by all." (i.e a student lounge)

WHEREAS, The Food Sovereignty Lab, as designed by the students, is envisioned as a space that can be accessed by all, not only by our diverse student population, but also by our surrounding communities, tribal nations, and national and international scholars and community leaders. It truly opens up a space at our University that can build excitement and true connection which can only serve to increase our impact for recruitment, retention and enrollment at Humboldt State. There is potential for this project to partner with organizations across the world who are working on these issues and as we look at how HSU can strategically "tell our story" and build opportunities for students this project would answer so many of the ongoing calls to action for shaping the future of our university.

WHEREAS, Considering the history of both the BSS building as being originally designed to honor Native peoples and space on campus, and the ongoing discussions from the President's office and administration at HSU to continue to "Indigenize Humboldt State”, this is precisely why a continuity of Indigenous space near the Native forum, Goudi'ni Gallery and NAS Department is a step in the right direction for our University.

WHEREAS, We request the support of the Associated Students to advocate the Food Sovereignty Lab be implemented in the former Hilltop Marketplace to support student success, professional development, inclusivity, social and environmental justice.

RESOLVED, That the Associated Students of Humboldt State University are requesting the inclusion of the Indigenous Food Sovereignty Lab in the upcoming new HSU Academic Master Plan.

RESOLVED, The A.S President issues a 1-3 paragraph memo in support of the Food Sovereignty Lab project in the former Hilltop Marketplace location that is signed by the Board of Directors to be sent, at the latest, within 30 days of the passing of this resolution.

RESOLVED, The resolution and A.S. President’s Memo is sent to but not limited to University President, Tom Jackson, Jr.; Vice President of Enrollment Management, Jason L. Meriwether; Vice President of Administration and Finances, Douglas V. Dawes; Interim Dean of Students, Eboni Turnbow; Interim Executive Director of the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (ODEI), Edelmira Reynoso; Interim Associate Vice President of Student Success, Stephen St. Onge, Department Chair of Native American Studies, Cutcha Risling-Baldy; The Humboldt State University Senate; The Lumberjack; and El Leñador.                                                    


[1]  Reclaiming Native Truth Project. “Research Findings: Compilation of All Research.” First Nations Development Institute, 2018. https://rnt.firstnations.org/research/

[2] Office of the President. “Mission, Vision and Values.” Humboldt State University. Accessed March 30th, 2020.   https://president.humboldt.edu/vision 

 

AUTHORED BY:     Amanda R. McDonald, NAS Research Assistant

SPONSORED BY:    A.S. Executive Committee  

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Date Passed: Jul 17 2020

Resolution In Support of the Student Voices that Initiated the Change.org Petition titled, "Expel 2 Racist Students" (2020-21-04)

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 racist video and accompanying correspondence depicting enrolled Humboldt State University students exhibiting anti-black sentiments surfaced online through social media; and,

WHEREAS, a video condemning the actions of the Humboldt State University students became widespread with 23,000 likes as of June 23, 2020 on the popular video-sharing social media platform, Tik Tok; and,

WHEREAS, the Humboldt State University campus community received an email on June 3, 2020 at 11:05 am that read, “The Dean of Students office has been made aware of posts on social media showing HSU students making racist taunts and mocking the Black community. Basic decency and campus protocols demand a swift investigation, which is already underway. As administration takes these behaviors seriously, an immediate and thorough student-conduct review will be conducted accordingly, while adhering to FERPA student-privacy laws. The posts surface at a time of deep pain for the Black community. Such behavior, and the white supremacist culture that provides cover for it, does not reflect HSU values and we condemn it. We must all uphold and reinforce our values of social responsibility and respect by enforcing accountability efforts during times like these.”; and,

WHEREAS, the Humboldt State University campus community received an email on June 3, 2020 at 8:09 pm that read, “Two Humboldt State University students have been suspended from their respective athletic and fraternal campus organizations pending a current student-conduct investigation regarding racist posts that were recently discovered on social media. As we indicated earlier today, the HSU administration takes these behaviors seriously and we have immediately begun a student-conduct review, but must continue to adhere to FERPA student-privacy laws. It is important that our campus community is aware we will hold our students accountable pending results of the investigation and within the scope of the code of student conduct. Please know, due to privacy rules, the final outcomes of the investigation and the names of the students involved cannot be released.”; and,

WHEREAS, Micaela Harris, a student enrolled at Humboldt State University, created a call to action in the form of a petition on Change.org, an online petition website, that calls upon Humboldt State University to take action beyond the two Humboldt State University students’ suspension from campus organizations; and,

WHEREAS, the petition titled, “Expel 2 Racist Students”, has been signed by 21,304 individuals as July 11, 2020; and, 

WHEREAS, Humboldt State University President Tom Jackson, Jr., stated at his investiture, “We will also do our part to help us become a model global community – one that sees beyond itself; one that improves safety of its students and community...”; and,

WHEREAS, the published Humboldt State University Values Statement establishes, “We [Humboldt State University] believe in the dignity of all individuals, in fair and equitable treatment, and in equal opportunity.”; and,

WHEREAS, the preface of the Associated Students Constitution outlines that student leaders as advocates 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”; therefore, be it

RESOLVED, that the Associated Students formally supports the student voices that initiated the Change.org petition titled, “Expel 2 Racist Students”; and be it further, 

RESOLVED, that the Associated Students of Humboldt State University advocates the student-conduct investigation to follow due process and seek a just resolution; and be it finally,

RESOLVED, that copies of this resolution be sent to, but not limited to the office of Humboldt State University President, Tom Jackson, Jr.; the office of Interim Dean of Students, Eboni Turnbow; Vice President of Enrollment Management, Jason L. Meriwether; the Interim Executive Director of the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Edelmira Reynoso; the Interim Associate Vice President of Student Success, Stephen St. Onge; The Lumberjack, as well as El Leñador

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Date Passed: Jul 13 2020

In Support of the Creation of a One-Unit Academic Course Fulfilling the F-1 Visa Requirements (2020-21-03)

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 racist video and accompanying correspondence depicting enrolled Humboldt State University students exhibiting anti-black sentiments surfaced online through social media; and,

WHEREAS, a video condemning the actions of the Humboldt State University students became widespread with 23,000 likes as of June 23, 2020 on the popular video-sharing social media platform, Tik Tok; and,

WHEREAS, the Humboldt State University campus community received an email on June 3, 2020 at 11:05 am that read, “The Dean of Students office has been made aware of posts on social media showing HSU students making racist taunts and mocking the Black community. Basic decency and campus protocols demand a swift investigation, which is already underway. As administration takes these behaviors seriously, an immediate and thorough student-conduct review will be conducted accordingly, while adhering to FERPA student-privacy laws. The posts surface at a time of deep pain for the Black community. Such behavior, and the white supremacist culture that provides cover for it, does not reflect HSU values and we condemn it. We must all uphold and reinforce our values of social responsibility and respect by enforcing accountability efforts during times like these.”; and,

WHEREAS, the Humboldt State University campus community received an email on June 3, 2020 at 8:09 pm that read, “Two Humboldt State University students have been suspended from their respective athletic and fraternal campus organizations pending a current student-conduct investigation regarding racist posts that were recently discovered on social media. As we indicated earlier today, the HSU administration takes these behaviors seriously and we have immediately begun a student-conduct review, but must continue to adhere to FERPA student-privacy laws. It is important that our campus community is aware we will hold our students accountable pending results of the investigation and within the scope of the code of student conduct. Please know, due to privacy rules, the final outcomes of the investigation and the names of the students involved cannot be released.”; and,

WHEREAS, Micaela Harris, a student enrolled at Humboldt State University, created a call to action in the form of a petition on Change.org, an online petition website, that calls upon Humboldt State University to take action beyond the two Humboldt State University students’ suspension from campus organizations; and,

WHEREAS, the petition titled, “Expel 2 Racist Students”, has been signed by 21,304 individuals as July 11, 2020; and, 

WHEREAS, Humboldt State University President Tom Jackson, Jr., stated at his investiture, “We will also do our part to help us become a model global community – one that sees beyond itself; one that improves safety of its students and community...”; and,

WHEREAS, the published Humboldt State University Values Statement establishes, “We [Humboldt State University] believe in the dignity of all individuals, in fair and equitable treatment, and in equal opportunity.”; and,

WHEREAS, the preface of the Associated Students Constitution outlines that student leaders as advocates 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”; therefore, be it

RESOLVED, that the Associated Students formally supports the student voices that initiated the Change.org petition titled, “Expel 2 Racist Students”; and be it further, 

RESOLVED, that the Associated Students of Humboldt State University advocates the student-conduct investigation to follow due process and seek a just resolution; and be it finally,

RESOLVED, that copies of this resolution be sent to, but not limited to the office of Humboldt State University President, Tom Jackson, Jr.; the office of Interim Dean of Students, Eboni Turnbow; Vice President of Enrollment Management, Jason L. Meriwether; the Interim Executive Director of the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Edelmira Reynoso; the Interim Associate Vice President of Student Success, Stephen St. Onge; The Lumberjack, as well as El Leñador

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Date Passed: Jul 13 2020

An Act to Update the Fiscal Code (2020-21-01)

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, to carry out the mission the Associated Students has been tasked with, there is a need for internal documents to be reviewed and updated on regular bases; and,

WHEREAS, the A.S. Constitution States “As Fiscal Officers We Shall: allocate Associated Student Body fees in accordance with the A.S. Mission Statement.”; and, 

WHEREAS, A.S. Fiscal code was last updated and revised in the Spring semester of 2018; and,​  

WHEREAS, since then, there have been numerous changes to the workings of A.S. that have not been worked into the A.S. Fiscal Code and policies thereof, such as, the changing in administration over the A.S. event grants; therefore, be it,

RESOLVED, That the Board of Directors, alter the name of the Board of Finance to state the Finance Committee; furthermore, be it, 

RESOLVED, in order to bring the A.S. Fiscal Code to date, the A.S. Fiscal code Section 12 be amended​ to state as follows:

 

Section 12 A.S. Clubs and Organizations Travel Account 

12.1.     Purpose - Travel funds shall be made available through the A.S. budget process to clubs recognized by A.S. and A.S. organizations. These funds shall be administered by the Associated Students Finance Committee. 

12.2.          The Associated Students Finance Committee shall review the travel fund requests and award monies for distribution based on the following guidelines and criteria. 

12.2.a. Guidelines: 

2.a.a.         Travelers must be student members of the recognized club or organization they represent; 

2.a.b.         Students must be regularly matriculated, currently enrolled to receive AS funds. Non-students will not be funded; 

2.a.c.         Receipts from all expenditures must be turned in before reimbursement will be given; and 

2.a.d.         Assistance will be considered only in the areas of conference fees/activity dues, transportation, and lodging. Meals (or per diem) will not be funded. 

2.a.e.    Travel funds shall not be allocated to Sports Clubs. 

12.2.b. Criteria used in reviewing travel requests: 

2.b.a.    Number of students participating; 

2.b.b.   Indirect benefits to the students and to the university community; 

2.b.c.    Success of efforts in obtaining funding from other sources; 

2.b.d.         Planned efforts to share the experiences or knowledge gained from the trip with others upon returning; and 

2.b.e.         If the club has received funding in the past and the extent to which funds were utilized. 

; furthermore, be it,       

RESOLVED, That copies of this resolution be sent to, but not limited to people, Associated Students Funded areas.

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Date Passed: Jun 26 2020

Proclamation: 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

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

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 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

CSSA Resolution Regarding Student of Color Safety and Justice for Josiah

Author: Oliver Winfield-Perez (Humboldt State University)

WHEREAS, the California State Student Association (CSSA) is the single recognized voice of the 487,000 students in the California State University (CSU); and,

WHEREAS, CSSA and CSU students are concerned with the safety of students of color on and off CSU campuses; and,

WHEREAS, David Josiah (DJ) Lawson, Humboldt State University (HSU) sociology student, student of color, and member of campus group Brother’s United, was a valued and loved member of the CSU system, the HSU campus and Arcata community; and,

WHEREAS, DJ’s brutal murder at an off campus party in April of 2017 has caused much pain, anger, and fear in students across the CSU; and,

WHEREAS, Charmaine Lawson, DJ’s mother, has been working tirelessly with students, staff and community members thinking of creative ways to create accountability for her son’s murder, and ensure the safety of CSU students; and, (1)

WHEREAS, Humboldt County community members, HSU students and faculty, California Faculty Association (CFA) and Students for Quality Education (SQE) members have been dedicated to supporting Charmaine Lawson, the Justice for Josiah movement for months, and anti-racism work for years; and, (2)

WHEREAS, much of the discussion around student of color safety has focused on community-campus relationships, which can be both positive and rewarding, and also dangerous for students and community members; and, (3)

WHEREAS, in March of 2018, the California Supreme Court ruled in REGENTS OF UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA v. Katherine Rosen, that administration and police officers in California public universities have a heightened legal obligation to protect students from threats to their safety in campus sponsored events; and, (4)

WHEREAS, in addition, many students, faculty, community members, and staff have argued that universities should be more accountable for the safety of students of color both on and around campus borders, showing support for students, providing resources and education for maintaining safety; and,(5)

WHEREAS, students of color across CSU campuses experience violent racism daily in classrooms, campus common areas, community neighborhoods, shops, and public areas. Students of color have demanded that their experiences be heard as truth and a crisis which demands action immediately; and(6),

WHEREAS, in the 2017 CSU Student Health Report which collected student surveys in 2016 where CSU students self-rated their experience in the areas of health, safety and security, violence, sexual violence, intimate partner violence, and more on CSU campuses(7); and,

WHEREAS, the findings of the violence portion of the survey show that the “prevalence of being in physical fights was higher among males (6% vs. 4% overall), but being physically assaulted was twice as prevalent among non-binary and Black/African American and ‘Other’ students compared to other groups (5-7% vs. 3% overall, Tables 8-9). Prevalence of being verbally threatened was also higher among non-binary and ‘Other’ race/ethnicity students (20-25% vs. 15% overall."; and,

WHEREAS, other findings in the executive summary from this report reveal “threats to health, wellness, and safety were most prevalent among students of color and students of non-binary gender.”; and,

WHEREAS, one of CSSA’s 2018-2019 priorities is to enable access to housing, food, and wellness resources that promote overall student health and safety; and,

WHEREAS, another priority of CSSA for 2018-2019 is to ensure the academic success and holistic educational experience of all CSU students; therefore be it,

RESOLVED, CSSA supports the efforts of the Justice for Josiah campaign, sends our condolences to Charmaine Lawson for the death of her son as well as our appreciation for all of the work she has done in support of students in the CSU system; therefore be it also,

RESOLVED, CSSA calls for continued research into safety of students of color across the CSU, focusing on student testimonies and experiences; be it further,

RESOLVED, CSSA calls for increased accountability of CSU administration for the safety of students on and off campuses, that university officials should be transparent about racism, sexism, homophobia in communities to prospective students; be it further,

RESOLVED, CSSA requests that efforts to improve campus-community relationships and safety be implemented across the CSU system, with a student safety task force formed at each CSU. Each of the task forces would be focused around anti-racist work on and around the campus, while maintaining an intersectional lens; be it further,

RESOLVED, each task force shall be composed of CSU students, community members, faculty, staff, administration, along with executives. CFA and SQE should be invited to co-facilitate on each taskforce, where available, due to their strong basis in intersectional anti-racism work. This working group shall have a proportional number of all stakeholders named above; be it further,

RESOLVED, this working group shall be fully funded by the Chancellor’s Office.

(1) https://www.kqed.org/news/11699191/justice-for-josiah-rallies-on-csu-campuses-draw-attention-to-
black-students-killing-in-2017

(2) CSUboardoftrustees “Plenary Session – Sept 12, 2018” YouTube Video, 1:15:35. September 12, 2018. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ydzB8AnObxQhttps://www.calfac.org/headline/cfa-supports-family-slain-humboldt-state-student-calls-csu-admin-better-protect-students; https://www.calfac.org/headline/cfa-addresses-trustees-use-funds-and-student-mental-health-and-safety; https://www.calfac.org/headline/cfa-trustees-seek-justice-josiah-better-protect-students-colorhttp://csusqe.org/justice-for-josiah/

(3) CSU Board of Trustees “Plenary Session – Sept 12, 2018” YouTube Video, 1:15:35. September 12, 2018. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ydzB8AnObxQ

(4) https://caselaw.findlaw.com/ca-supreme-court/1892230.html

(5) https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2018/10/05/unsolved-murder-black-stu...-raises-many-questions; https://www.calfac.org/headline/cfa-trustees-seek-justice-josiah-better-protect-students-color

(6) CSUboardoftrustees “Plenary Session – Nov 14, 2018” YouTube Video, 1:29:40. November 14, 2018. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=55HbUnCpMdg.

(7) Nazimi, Aydin. The California State University Student Health, Wellness, and Safety Report. Long Beach: California State University Office of the Chancellor, 2016.

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Date Passed: Mar 19 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