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.

2005

Humboldt State University Energy Independence

RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF HUMBOLDT STATE UNIVERSITY
ENERGY INDEPENDENCE

Adopted April 4, 2005

Whereas, the Associated Students of Humboldt State University wish to make our campus independent from external energy suppliers by using energy sources that do not deplete our natural resources or degrade the natural environment; and

Whereas, the official vision statement of Humboldt State University defines the University as, "…a premier institution that is dedicated to the study and preservation of the environment and its natural resources"; and

Whereas, during the 2004 Associated Students General Elections HSU students passed with 85% of the vote the Humboldt Energy Independence Fund (HEIF) Fee ballot initiative, calling for a student fee which would allow students to fund, design, and implement sustainable energy projects; and

Whereas, the Associated Students believe that prompt implementation of the HEIF fee will cement HSU's reputation for environmental responsibility; and

Whereas, the projects initiated by the HEIF will provide students with a unique curriculum unavailable at any other educational institution in the country; and

Whereas, implementing the HEIF will save Humboldt State University money at a time when energy costs continue to rise; and

Whereas, despite overwhelming student support, CSU Chancellor Reed refused to approve the HEIF fee because of a promise not to impose any new fees on the students under the current economic conditions; and

Whereas, the students of Humboldt State University acknowledge and accept these conditions, yet still chose to tax themselves, feeling the benefits of moving towards energy independence outweigh the detrimental effects of the fee; and

Whereas, HSU President Rollin Richmond has offered his full support for the
HEIF by means of a voluntary fee, and therefore be it

Resolved, that the Associated Students of Humboldt State University reiterate our plan to free our campus from dependence on external energy by means of the Humboldt Energy Independence Fund Fee as voted on an passed by the student body; and further be it

Resolved, that the Associated Students of Humboldt State University call upon CSU Chancellor Reed to allow HSU to implement the HEIF fee and in doing so remain consistent with the University's official vision statement; and be it further

Resolved, that should the Chancellor refuse, the HSU Associated Students support the implementation of a waiveable "opt-out" HEIF fee, allowing students not to
participate if they so choose; and be it further

Resolved, that copies of this resolution be sent to, but not limited to the following:
CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed, the CSU Board of Trustees, Senator Wesley Chesbro, Assemblywoman Patty Berg, the Arcata City Council, HSU President Rollin Richmond, Vice President of Administrative Affairs
Carl Coffey, Facilities Management Director Bob Schulz, the HSU Academic Senate, the California State Student Association,
The Lumberjack newspaper, and members of the local media.

Authored by:
Nicole Alvarado
Matt Clinton
Misty Hailstone
T. Cole Newton
Pearl Podgorniak

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_____________________________ ____________________________
Kyle Zeck, Legislative Vice President Samantha Williams-Gray, President

Signatures on file at the Associated Students.

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2004-2005 Humboldt State University Men

Resolution in Recognition of the 2004-2005 Humboldt State University
Men's Rugby Team Accomplishments

Approved 09/26/05

Whereas, the mission of Humboldt State University Associated Students is to "provide services and programs deemed necessary… to meet the needs of the student and campus community: and to stimulate the educational, social, physical, and cultural well-being of the University community,"
and,

Whereas, Humboldt State University Associated Students uphold a commitment to granting recognition to certain groups of students on campus that display outstanding achievement and foster a sense of school pride and unity; and,

Whereas, the 2004-2005 Humboldt State University Men's Rugby team is a Sports Club team sponsored by the Associated Students and individual team fund-raising and contributions; and,

Whereas, the 2004-05 Men's Rugby team achieved a league season record of 7 wins and 0 losses in which they outscored opponents 316 - 54; and,

Whereas, the 2004-05 Men's Rugby team then qualified for the playoffs, finishing the season with an overall record of 11 wins and 1 loss; and,

Whereas, the 2004-05 Men's Rugby team was the first ever Humboldt State Rugby team to advance the Final Four or National Title game in school history since the formation of the team in 1973; and,

Whereas, the 2004-05 Humboldt State Men's Rugby team finished the year as the National Champion Runner-up; therefore be it

Resolved, that the Associated Students of Humboldt Sate University officially recognize the accomplishments of the 2004-05 Men's Rugby team for an outstanding year; and further be it

Resolved, that the copies of this resolution be sent, but not limited too, HSU President Dr. Rollin Richmond, Vice-President of Student Affairs
Dr. Steven Butler, Clubs Coordinator Mike Kittredge, the HSU Men's Rugby Team, the Field's Oversight Committee, and the local media.

Authored by:

______________________________ _________________________________
Fred Robinson, All University Representative Carl Shoemaker, Graduate Studies Representative

____________________________________ ________________________________________
David Backues, Legislative Vice President Nicole Alvarado, President

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Opposing House Resolution 609

Resolution Opposing House Resolution 609

Approved 09/26/05

Whereas, According to the California Student Public Interest Group (CALPIRG), House Bill HR609, containing the Higher Education Reauthorization Act, will be voted upon in the House within the month, cutting nearly $9 billion from student loan programs, increasing the typical studentäó¢íó_í_Œés debt load by $5,800; and,

Whereas, The proposal to cut student aid is embedded in a budget process called "budget reconciliation" which makes cuts to programs like student aid and Medicaid in order to reduce federal spending; and,

Whereas, The majority of higher education institutions are currently raising fees and costs imposed on students to offset the budget cuts currently occurring nationwide; and,

Whereas, According to CALPIRG, over the last year, costs have risen at an average of 10.5 percent in four-year institutions and 8.7 percent at community colleges; and,

Whereas, According to CALPIRG, the average maximum Pell Grant is worth only half of what it was twenty years ago; and ,

Whereas, According to the United States Student Association (USSA), eighty percent (80%) of federal aid was once in the form of grants as opposed to loans: today that number is reversed, with twenty (20%) of federal aid coming from grants and 80 percent coming from loans, leaving the average undergraduate in a debt of $17,500 after graduation; and,

Whereas, Almost 200,000 qualified high-school graduates do not attend college each year due to cost; and,

Whereas, According to CALPIRG, sixty-three (63%) percent of undergraduates report that they would not be able to attend college if they did not work, and one in five undergraduates work thirty-five (35) hours per week (robbing them of valuable time to study and become involved in campus activities); and,

Whereas, The California State University system alone is expected to grow to over 500,000 students as early as 2010, along with Humboldt State expecting a growth of students to 12,000 by 2025; and,

Whereas, The economic condition of California's budget is resulting in massive reductions to all segments of education, with severe cuts to the two systems of higher education that serve over 611,000 students; and,

Whereas, Humboldt University students will face direct, adverse affects from this bill, therefore be it

Resolved, That the Associated Students of Humboldt State University officially oppose House Bill HR609; be it further

Resolved, That the Associated Students of Humboldt State University urges the Academic Senate of Humboldt State University, President Rollin Richmond, the CSU Board of Trustees, and Chancellor Reed to take similar actions to oppose HR609; be it further

Resolved, That the Associated Students of Humboldt State University encourage all students to contact their respective senators and Congress members regarding HR609; further be it further

Resolved, That copies of this Resolution be sent, but not limited to, HSU President Rollin Richmond, the HSU Academic Senate, US Congressman Mike Thompson, US Senators Diane Feinstein and Barbara Boxer, Dean of Enrollment Management Jean Butler, The California State Student Association, The Lumberjack, and the local media.

Authored by:

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Perry Brubaker, Student-At-Large

Approved by:

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David Backues, Legislative Vice President Nicole Alvarado, President

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Resolution In Opposition of Proposition 74

RESOLUTION IN OPPOSITON OF PROPOSITION 74

Approved October 10, 2005

Whereas, the mission statement of the Associated Students of Humboldt State University states,"The specific purpose of (Associated Students) is to… provide an official voice through which students' opinions may be expressed;… assist in the protection of the 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." (2/01); and,

Whereas, Proposition 74 increases the probationary period for K-12 teachers from two years to five years ranking California with only two other states with the highest probationary period for K-12 teachers; and,

Whereas, Proposition 74 proposes to take away a measure of job security for new K-12 teachers by denying them the right to have a fair hearing before dismissal during their first five years; and,

Whereas, Proposition 74 unfairly singles out teachers as the problem in our public school system without further addressing students' learning environment; and,

Whereas, Proposition 74 threatens to deflect and prevent retention of high-quality teachers in the California public school system; and,

Whereas, 781 students (11% of the student body) at Humboldt State University in the 2004-05 Academic year were involved in either the Elementary Education Program or the Humboldt State University Teaching Credential Program; and,

Whereas, Humboldt State University students completing the credential program will be directly affected by the outcome of Proposition 74 when entering the workforce. Therefore be it

Resolved, that the Associated Students formally oppose Proposition 74 and will assist in the efforts of CSSA (California State Student Association) and students at large to register voters, educate the student body on electoral issues, and activate the student vote; therefore be it further

Resolved, that copies of this Resolution be sent, but not limited to HSU President Rollin Richmond, the HSU Academic Senate, The California State Student Association, the Lumberjack Newspaper, the California Teachers Association, the California Faculty Association, Governor Schwarzenegger's California Recovery Team with Proponent Bonnie Garcia, and local media.

Authored by: Terra Rentz and Diana Campos

__________________________________ ___________________________
Brandon Hemenway, Representative Fredrick Robinson, Representative
College of Professional Studies All-University

__________________________________ ____________________________
David Backues, Legislative Vice President Nicole Alvarado, President

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Resolution In Opposition of Proposition 76

RESOLUTION IN OPPOSITION OF PROPOSITION 76

Approved October 10, 2005

Whereas, the mission statement of the Associated Students of Humboldt State University states, "The specific purpose of (Associated Students) is to…provide an official voice through which students' opinions may be expressed;…assist in the protection of the 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." (2/01); and,

Whereas, Proposition 76 allows the Governor new authority to unilaterally reduce state spending during fiscal situations; and eliminates the minimum school funding requirements from Proposition 98; and ,

Whereas, Proposition 76 would also have a new spending cap, which would limit spending based on revenue growth in the past three years- preventing the state from restoring spending cuts to the CSU made during slow or negative growth periods; and,

Whereas, this act would prohibit the state from using revenues generated by student fees for their intended purpose in the CSU system and other state funded programs; and,

Whereas, as a result, the fees paid by students within the CSU would not necessarily be used for their intended programs which were cut during previous state budget crises; and,

Whereas, by allowing the Governor new fiscal powers without legislative approval, the fiscal impact of Proposition 76 will be detrimental to higher education; therefore be it

Resolved, that the Associated Students formally opposes Proposition 76 and will assist in the efforts with CSSA (California State Student Association) and students at large to register voters, educate the study body on electoral issues, and active the student vote; therefore be it further

Resolved, that copies of this Resolution be sent, but not limited to HSU President Rollin Richmond, the HSU Academic Senate, the California State Student Association, the Lumberjack Newspaper, the California Faculty Association, Governor Schwarzenegger's California Recovery Team with Proponents William Hauck and Allan Zaromberg, and the local media.

Authored by: Terra Rentz and Diana Campos

_________________________________ _____________________________________
Brandon Hemenway, Representative Fredrick Robinson, Representative
College of Professional Studies All University

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David Backues, Legislative Vice President Nicole Alvarado, President

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Opposition Of 8% Student Fee Increase

RESOLUTION IN OPPOSITION OF 8% STUDENT FEE INCREASE

Approved October 24, 2005

Whereas, the mission statement of the Associated Students of Humboldt State University states, "The specific purpose of Associated Students is to…provide an official voice through which students' opinions may be expressed;…assist in the protection of the 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 California State University Board of Trustees is considering a budget with an 8% student fee increase for the 2006-2007 school year that will roughly equal $220.00 per student; and,

Whereas, public higher education has not been the fiscal priority of the State of California
for the last four years; and,

Whereas, total student fee increases have equaled 81% over the last four years; and,

Whereas, the California State University's mission statement is "To encourage and provide access to an excellent education to all who are prepared for and wish to participate in collegiate study"; and,

Whereas, the increasing student fees creates a barrier for qualified and prepared students to enroll in the California State University, and contradicts the mission statement of the CSU system; therefore be it,

Resolved, that the Associated Students formally oppose the proposed State University Fee increase for students contained in the 2006-2007 CSU budget; therefore be it further,

Resolved, that copies of this Resolution be sent, but not limited to The Board of Trustees of the California State Student Association, CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, State Senator Wes Chesbro, State Assemblymember Patty Berg, HSU President Rollin Richmond, HSU Academic Senate, the California State Student Association, the HSU Lumberjack News, and the local media.

Authored by: Robert W. Christensen, HSU Representative
California State Student Association

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Noah Schillo, CNRS Representative Brandon Hemenway, COPS Representative

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David Backues, Legislative Vice President Nicole Alvarado, President

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Funding for Sustainable Community Agriculture Education

RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF UNIVERSITY FUNDING FOR SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITY AGRICULTURE EDUCATION

Approved November 7, 2005

Whereas, the Mission Statement of the Associated Students of Humboldt State University states that "The Associated Students…[shall] provide an official voice through which students' opinions may be expressed;" and,

Whereas, the Mission Statement of the Associated Students of Humboldt State University states that "The specific purpose of this corporation is to…stimulate the educational…well-being of the University community;" and,

Whereas, Humboldt State University's Vision Statement states that Humboldt State University is "a premier institution that is devoted to the study and preservation of the environment and its natural resources;" and,

Whereas, Humboldt State University draws students for their interest in sustainable communities and development; and,

Whereas, sustainable and community agriculture is considered one of the single most influential choices in reducing human's ecological footprint/impact on the environment; and,

Whereas, Humboldt State University has offered hands-on courses such as Engineering (ENGR) 380: Community Agriculture, which utilizes the Arcata Educational Farm as a laboratory and educational forum; and,

Whereas, ENGR 380, Community Agriculture, had funding discontinued in 2003; and,

Whereas, no other courses regarding community and sustainable agriculture are currently offered through Humboldt State University; and,

Whereas, ENGR 380 is not being offered at Humboldt State University after the Fall of 2005 because the volunteers who have lectured ENGR 380 since 2003 are unavailable to teach without pay; and,

Whereas, previous attempts to secure the future survival of sustainable and community agriculture curriculum have failed; and

Whereas, no supplemental courses or programs to this course and curriculum are planned to be offered in the future at Humboldt State University; and,

Whereas, the Environmental Science degree concentration "Soils
and Alternative Agriculture" does not have a complete curriculum without a course regarding sustainable agriculture; therefore be it,

Resolved, the Associated Students of Humboldt State University support an administrative decision to fund a course or courses teaching community and sustainable agriculture; therefore be it further,

Resolved, that copies of this resolution shall be sent, but not limited to; HSU President Rollin Richmond, Rick Vrem, Provost, James Howard, Dean of the College of Natural Resources & Sciences, Sayeed Mortazavi, Chair of the Academic Senate, Beth Eschenbauch Chair of Environmental Resource Engineering Department, all campus clubs and organizations, all A.S. Programs, the Lumberjack News, and the local media.

Authored by: Michaela Neumann & Jennifer Fusaro

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Michaela Neumann Jennifer Fusaro

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Noah Schillo, Representative Carl Shoemaker, Representative
College of Natural Resources & Sciences Graduate Studies

__________________________________ ________________________________
David Backues, Nicole Alvarado
Legislative Vice President President

Original signatures on file with the Associated Students

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2004

GRENADA RELIEF EFFORTS

MEMORANDUM

DATE: October 25, 2004 (approved)

TO: Humboldt State University Campus Community

FROM: Samantha Williams-Gray
President, Associated Students

SUBJECT: The Grenada Relief Effort at Humboldt State University

On behalf of the Associated Students Council, I wish to express support for the Grenada Relief Effort at Humboldt State University. The mission statement of the Associated Students affirms that the purpose of Associated Students is to:

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 well-being of the University community.

The Associated Students recognize that during the years of 2000, 2001, and 2003, fifty Humboldt State University students participated in the Grenada Anthropological Field Schools. In Grenada, these students were able to study the Mona Monkey in its natural environment; thus enriching their studies that directly pertains to their major at Humboldt State University.

The Associated Students also recognize that Dr. Mary Glenn, Professor in the Anthropology Department, organized the Grenada Disaster Relief Fund in order to assist the families that have befriended our Humboldt State University students. When Hurricane Ivan hit the small island of Grenada, it left massive destruction and devastation in its tracks. The residents, including the families that have supported our Humboldt State University students, are left without food, shelter, and clean water. These families assisted our Humboldt State University students adapt to and learn from their new environment, and they ensure that students leave Grenada having an overall positive experience.

The Associated Students furthermore acknowledge and value the important efforts of students, faculty and staff to help the residents of Grenada in their recovery efforts after Hurricane Ivan.

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Optical Scanning Web Eval Memo

M E M O R A N D U M

DATE: November 13, 2003

TO: HSU Provost's Council

FROM: Gretchen Newsom for

The Associated Students

SUBJECT: Review and Commentary on Optical Scanning of Course
Evaluations and Grade Reports

On behalf of the Associated Students Council, I wish to convey that the Associated Students is supportive of the recommendations within the report on the Future of Optical Scanning of Course Evaluations and Grade Reports. The switch to online course evaluations yields many positive aspects including, but not limited to, saving money, reducing our environmental impact by decreasing paper usage, and increasing accessibility to course evaluations. The concept of online course evaluations does generate some negative aspects as outlined in the recommendations from the ad-hoc committee. However, after carefully considering this matter we are affirmed in our belief that grade reporting and course/instructor evaluations should be conducted online.

Associated Students strongly opposes a coercive approach in yielding a fair sample of online faculty/course evaluations. We acknowledge that in order to convince students of the importance of RTP evaluations, an education campaign must be conducted. We will actively support this campaign if the online faculty evaluations are combined with the Associated Students Webevals via the optional dual survey instrument.

The A.S. WebEval system is meant to aid students in the selection of classes by providing a means to see the opinions of fellow students concerning our faculty, including but not limited to teaching style, subject matter, grading, etc. This program was implemented two years ago, and has generated over 1600 anonymous evaluations. Of the 1600 evaluations, only one was censored due to unsavory commentary. The majority of comments are positive in nature, but in order to protect the interest of faculty members while also serving the greater needs of students, we have closed the viewing of these evaluations from beyond the immediate campus. We feel that this is a successful forum for student commentary on our education while also providing an important tool for our academic pathway. For questions or concerns about the Associated Students Webevals program, please contact me or visit www.humboldt.edu/~aseval.

Furthermore, the Associated Students feels that students should not be presented with a list of outstanding on-line course evaluations as part of the registration process. This action seems to be counter to the effort of yielding a fair and accurate evaluation. However, we are supportive offering a reminder during the registration process of the importance of these evaluations. We are also in strong agreement that questions within the course evaluations should have uniformity within the college, or at the very least by each department. The scale of evaluation should be uniform throughout the entire University.

I encourage your consideration and support of the above requests and recommendations. I would be pleased to discuss this matter with you in detail and answer any questions. Thank you for your consideration.

cc: President Rollin Richmond
Provost, Rick Vrem
Vice President of Student Affairs, Steven Butler

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MEMORANDUM SUPPORTING HSU SMOKING POLICY

MEMORANDUM

DATE: November 8, 2004

TO: Dr. Rollin C. Richmond
HSU President

FROM: Samantha Williams-Gray
Associated Students President

SUBJECT: Campus Smoking Policy

On behalf of the Associated Students Council, I wish to convey the following views on the new HSU Smoking Policy. Considering that most of the recommendations that were made in the "Resolution Regarding the Revised HSU Campus Smoking Policy," adopted in the spring semester of 2003, have been met, the Associated Students Council is satisfied with the new Smoking Policy.

The Associated Students recognize that it is impossible to create a Smoking Policy that will ensure that all people on campus will be content. However, the Associated Students feel that the process for identifying designated smoking areas would have been better served with a greater and more diverse representation, including but not limited to people with disabilities, smokers and a larger sampling of students. The Associated Students feel that because the new Smoking Policy is entirely contingent upon community enforcement, the majority of which will be students, we should have been given more of a voice in the process. The Associated Students also believe that it is necessary to provide covered shelters in the designated smoking areas, which we feel will help with enforcement.

cc: Academic Senate
Dr. Steven Butler, Student Affairs Vice President

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Resolution Transgender Day

RESOLUTION SUPPORTING THE
TRANSGENDER DAY OF REMEMBRANCE

Adopted 11/03/03

Whereas, The Mission Statement of the Associated Students of Humboldt State
University states that "The Associated Students…[shall] 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 well-being of
the University community," and

Whereas, The Associated Students of Humboldt State University supports and
values diversity (which is not limited to different ethnicities and cultures,
but also includes gender and sexual orientation) and upholds a
commitment to commend and partake in acts of social justice that
educate the community on issues of diversity, and

Whereas, November 20th 2003 is the the Fith annual Transgender Day of
Remembrance, a day commemorated world wide to remember those that
were killed because of bias towards transgender people, and

Whereas, Over the last decade, more than one person per month has died due to
transgender-based hate or prejudice; this trend shows no sign of abating,
and (www.remembering our dead.org)

Whereas, This year we remember over 20 individual killed because of anti-
transgender hatred in the USA and over 30 people worldwide, and

Whereas, Humboldt State University has not been immune to anti-transgender
prejudice as anti-transgender hate crimes are reported to law enforcement
and recorded with the state autourney general's office in recent years, and

Whereas, The Transgender Day of Remembrance serves several university
community members and raises public awareness of hate crimes against
transgendered people, and

Whereas, Compassion and respect for transgender people is promoted through a
vigil and other events and, the Day of Remembrance reminds non-
transgendered epople that transgender people are sons, daughters,
parents, friends and lovers, and

Whereas, The Day of Remembrance gives community members a chance to step
forward with transgender people and stand in vigil, memorializing those
who have died by anti-transgender violence. Therefore, be it

Resolved, November 20, 2003 be the Transgender Day of Remembrance at
Humboldt State University, and be it

Resolved, The Associated Students of Humboldt State University encourages
active participation in this event amongst our students, staff ad faculty;
participation includes attending events, workshops, trainings, movie
screenings, and/or the Day of Remembrance Vigil on November 20,
2003; be it further

Resolved, That copies of this resolution be sent, but not limited to, HSU
President Rollin Richmond, Vice President of Student Affairs,
Steven Butler, Academic Provost Richard Vrem, HSU Department chairs,
The HSU Academic Senate, HSU's MultiCultural Center, the California
State Student Association, the HSU Lumberjack, and the local media.

Authored by:
Anne Serene and Gretchen Kinney Newsom

___________________________________ __________________________________

Original signatures on file at The Associated Students

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Resolution Regarding the Revised HSU Campus Smoking Policy

Resolution Regarding the Revised HSU Campus Smoking Policy

Adopted 10/06/03

WHEREAS: The general student election of Spring 2003 yielded the
following results concerning the ballot question on the
campus smoking policy (students were asked to select the
policy that they most supported):

Should HSU maintain present policy of no smoking
within 15 feet of all campus buildings?
YES 357 39%

Should HSU ban smoking entirely?
YES 312 34%

Should HSU only allow smoking in certain
designated areas?
YES 244 27%

WHEREAS: The Spring 2003 ballot question concerning the campus
smoking policy did not yield a declared majority preference
for any of the proposed policies,

WHEREAS: The Associated Students of Humboldt State University have
extensively facilitated discussion between a variety of
students to vainly attempt to bring consensus on the smoking
policy,

WHEREAS: Governor Davis signed into effect Assembly Bill 846 which
prohibits smoking within 20 feet of all public buildings,
including CSU campus buildings, and therefore be it

RESOLVED: The Associated Students of Humboldt State University
recommend a revised campus smoking policy that
incorporates the 20 foot restriction as specified within AB
846, but encourages (not necessitates) smoking to occur in
designated smoking areas across campus, and furthermore,
be it

RESOLVED: That the location of designated smoking areas not be located
within any campus parking lot, and that the actual location
of these designated smoking areas will come as a result from
collaboration between the Department of HSU Physical
Services, students, faculty and staff, with specific emphasis
on the desired conduction of a campus walk through, and
furthermore, be it

RESOLVED: The Associated Students of Humboldt State University,
encourage a thorough evaluation of enforcement practices
concerning the campus smoking policy with a prioritized
emphasis on community enforcement and respect rather than
official police enforcement; and furthermore, be it

RESOLVED: That copies of the results of this ballot question will be sent
to, but not limited to, President Rollin Richmond, the
Academic Provost, Dr. Steven Butler, Vice-President of
Student Affairs, the Academic Senate, the California State
Student Association, the Alcohol & Other Drug Abuse
Prevention Committee, the Student Health Center, the
Lumberjack and the local media.

Authored by: Gretchen Kinney

Original signatures on file at the Associated Students' Office

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RENEWAL OF HUMBOLDT STATE UNIVERSITY'S COMMITMENT TO EXCELLENCE IN UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION

RESOLUTION ON THE RENEWAL OF HUMBOLDT STATE UNIVERSITYäó¢íó_í_ŒéS COMMITMENT TO EXCELLENCE IN UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION

Adopted 11/08/04

Whereas, Humboldt State University has long been renowned for its commitment
to excellence in undergraduate education;

Whereas, The number one goal of the Academic Excellence chapter of the Strategic
Plan seeks to amend Appendix J of the Faculty Handbook to place faculty
research efforts as the number one criteria for promotion;

Whereas, Compulsory faculty research efforts may weaken the quality of education,
as tenure-track faculty may increasingly be replaced with part-time
lecturers;

Whereas, Both students and faculty come to Humboldt State for its quality
classroom environment; therefore be it

Resolved, That the Associated Students of Humboldt State voice its concern towards
elements of the Strategic Plan which have the potential to erode the quality
of education at the undergraduate level; and be it further;

Resolved, That the Associated Students commends both faculty members who are
able to successfully conduct research under the current system of
promotion, as well as all members of the faculty, whose dedication to the
education of their students cannot be easily matched at most universities;
and be it further

Resolved, That the Associated Students of Humboldt State asks both the Academic
Senate, as well as HSU President Rollin Richmond to renew this
Universityäó¢íó_í_Œés commitment to excellence in undergraduate classroom
education; and be it further

Resolved, That copies of this resolution be distributed, but not limited to: CSU
Chancellor Charles Reed, HSU President Rollin Richmond, Provost
Richard Vrem, the six University Deans, the HSU Academic Senate,
Dr. Steven Carlson, Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee, William
Wood, Chair of the HSU Faculty Personnel Committee, the California
State Student Association, Associated Students of the College of the
Redwoods, the Lumberjack newspaper, and other local media.

Authored by:

Kyle Brossard, Representative
College of Natural Resources and Sciences

Kyle Zeck
Legislative Vice President

Approved:

Samantha Williams-Gray
President

Kyle Zeck

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Resolution Ballot Initiative Smoking Policy

Resolution for Ballot Initiative Regarding
The HSU Campus Smoking Policy

Adopted 4/7/03

WHEREAS: The general student election is forthcoming on the 22nd,
23rd, and 24th of April, 2003; and,

WHEREAS: The Associated Students of Humboldt State University
believe students have a right to a democratic process
which allows us to make decisions about issues that
govern our lives,

WHEREAS: The CSU Board of Trustees have issued a decree giving
each campus president the ability to revise the campus
smoking policy; and,

WHEREAS: In accordance with the A.S. Resolution Regarding the
Smoking Policy (adopted October 7th), the Associated
Students of Humboldt State University has
collaborated with the Alcohol and Other Drug
Prevention Committee, and conducted two A.S.
Symposiums on the campus smoking policy to gather
insight and perspective on possible alternatives to the
current smoking policy; and therefore be it

RESOLVED: That the following question be placed on the Student
General Election Ballot for the election taking place on
the 22d, 23rd, and 24th of April, 2003:

1) Which HSU Smoking Policy option do you most
support?
äó¢íó_äó¢íó_ Designated smoking areas
(no transitory smoking)
äó¢íó_äó¢íó_ Ban smoking on campus
and furthermore, be it

RESOLVED: The Associated Students of Humboldt State University,
ask that the issue of enforcing the smoking policy be
brought before the Associated Students Council, the
Academic Senate, and the Alcohol and Other Drug
Abuse Prevention Committee, in collaboration with
the University Police Department; and furthermore,
be it

RESOLVED: That the Associated Students of Humboldt State
University recommend that the HSU Department of
Housing formulate their own policy with guided
consultation of Residence Halls Association, be it

RESOLVED: That copies of the results of this ballot question will be
sent to, but not limited to, President Rollin Richmond,
the Academic Provost, Dr. Steven Butler,
Vice-President of Student Affairs, the Academic
Senate, the California State Student Association,
the Alcohol & Other Drug Abuse Prevention
Committee, the Student Health Center, the
Lumberjack and the local media.

Authored by: Gretchen Kinney & Manolo Platin

Original signatures on file with the Associated Students' Office.

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FUNDING FOR CONTINUOUS ALCOHOL AND OTHER DRUG EDUCATION PROGRAMMING

RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF UNIVERSITY FUNDING FOR CONTINOUS ALCOHOL AND OTHER DRUG EDUCATION PROGRAMMING

Adopted 11/08/04

Whereas, Humboldt State University Division of Student Affairs is committed
to the academic and personal well being of the students and,

Whereas, The current mission statement of the Division of Student Affairs states,
"Student Affairs facilitates academic success and personal development
by promoting leadership and providing services and programs for students
and the University community" and;

Whereas, The HSU Alcohol and Drug Policy states, "The faculty, staff, and
administration of Humboldt State University are dedicated to creating
an environment that allows students to achieve their educational goals.
Humboldt State University believes that an awareness through education
is necessary to promote a healthy lifestyle on campus" and;

Whereas, President Richmond stated in his fall 2004 convocation address,
"I ask that every faculty member and every staff member help to educate
students about the consequences of drug use, and that they make a point
of discussing drug use in their classes" and;

Whereas, According to the Student Affairs Annual Judicial Report 2003-2004,
214 students were referred to the Student Affairs Vice Presidentäó¢íó_í_Œés
Office for alcohol and/or drug offenses and;

Whereas, Approximately 65% of those students were freshmen living in the
Residence Halls and;

Whereas, The University Budget Committee recently allocated in the 2004-2005
budget an additional $62,000 towards Alcohol and other Drug Education
Programs as a one time allocation and;

Whereas, The majority of this funding went toward sanctioning of students who
have already been found in violation the HSU Drug and Alcohol Policy
and not toward education efforts;

Whereas, It would benefit the HSU community to expand this allocation as continuous funding for subsequent years so that the Division of Student Affairs may hire a full time Alcohol and other Drug Education Program Coordinator to facilitate student education and student counseling and therefore be it;

Resolved, that the Associated Students of Humboldt State University encourage and support the allocation of continuous funding by the University Budget Committee for the sole purpose of hiring an Alcohol and Drug Education
Program Coordinator by the Division of Student Affairs and further be it,

Resolved, This resolution shall be sent, but not limited to, President Rollin
Richmond, Provost,Vice President for Academic Affairs and Chair
of the University Budget Committee Richard Vrem, Chair of the HSU
Academic Senate and Co-Chair University Budget Committee, Ken
Fulgham, Vice President Steven Butler, Director of the Student Health
Center Dr. Rebecca Stauffer, Director of Humboldt State University
Residence Halls John Capaccio, Chief of University Police Tom Dewey
and members of the local media.

Authored by:

Nicole Alvarado
Student Affairs Vice President

Approved by:

Samantha Williams-Gray
President

Kyle Zeck
Legislative Vice President

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Resolution in Opposition to Student-Fee Increases

RESOLUTION IN OPPOSITION TO STUDENT-FEE INCREASES

ADOPTED DECEMBER 13, 2002

WHEREAS: Governor Davis has recommended a $59.6 million dollar reduction
from the California State University (CSU) Budget; and

WHEREAS: The CSU Chancellor's Office has recommended to the CSU Board
of Trustees that state university fees be increased by a minimum 10%
for undergraduate students and a minimum of 15% for graduate
students for Spring 2003; and

WHEREAS: The current CSU Board of Trustees is considering the recommended
increase, which it previously committed to opposing, during special
session on Monday, December 16, 2002; and

WHEREAS: Governor Davis has stated, "And I know that every time we raise
fees, we freeze our students, we deny them the opportunity for
an unparalleled education" (October 25, 2002); and

WHEREAS: A fee increase will increase barriers to education, a point of
paramount importance in the CSU mission ("To encourage and
provide access to an excellent education to all who are prepared
for and wish to participate in college study"); and

WHEREAS: Humboldt State University students will have already paid their
Spring 2003 fees and will then be retroactively billed an additional
$72 dollars for undergraduates and $114 for graduate students; and

WHEREAS: The impact of retroactive billing will cause additional strain on the
University's already limited resources and will be costly as well; and

WHEREAS: 61% of the HSU student population receives financial aid, an
increase in the State University Fee will tax the students' already
limited financial resources; and

WHEREAS: An increase in State University Fees will decrease the diversity
of HSU student population; therefore be it

RESOLVED: The Associated Students of Humboldt State University oppose
the proposed State University Fee increase for Spring 2003; and
therefore be it further

RESOLVED: That the Associated Students encourages HSU students to lobby
against the fee increase via communication with legislators and
the CSU Board of Trustees; and therefore be it

RESOLVED: That copies of this resolution be sent, but not limited to
HSU President Rollin Richmond, HSU Academic Senate,
California State Student Association, the CSU Board of Trustees,
and CSU Chancellor Charles Reed.

Adopted from Sonoma State University ASI Board of Directors Resolution of 12/02.

Submitted by: David Risenfeld

Original signatures on file at the Associated Students' Office.

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HSU Energy Independance Fund Memorandum

-M E M O R A N D U M-

DATE: April 30, 2003

TO: Robert C. Schulz, AIA
Director, Physical Services

FROM: Gretchen Kinney
President, Associated Students

SUBJECT: HSU Energy Independence Fund

On behalf of the Associated Students Council, I wish to convey that the
Associated Students is supportive of the HSU Energy Independence Fund.
The concept of the HSU Energy Independence Fund initiated a student fee
of $10 per an academic semester to generate funding for renewable energy
and energy conservation methods which would allow HSU to become
energy independent via conservation and alternative generation, because
the State does not necessarily support the economics of these projects.

The Associated Students feels that the HSU Energy Independence Fund will
further our campus' reputation as being a leader of sustainable development
with dedication to environmentally conscious actions. However, the
Associated Students is extremely aware that students, who are already
burdened by alternative fee increases, will pay these fees. Accordingly,
we are supportive of a formal student body referendum concerning the
approval of the HSU Energy Independence Fund to take place in Fall 2003.

We hereby recognize that in addition to the student fee component, the
HSU administration would contribute to the fund, net energy savings that
result from projects implemented by the Energy Independence Fund.
Student Fees will not be used in lieu of economically defensible energy
savings projects that can be funded from State sources. Furthermore,
we recognize that a student majority board will control the HSU Energy
Independence Fund. The Associated Students is receptive and supportive
of the HSU Energy Independence Fund going to a student vote in the fall.

Copy: President Rollin Richmond
Vice President Carl Coffey
Michael Winkler
HSU Sustainable Campus Task Force/Club

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Resolution Supporting the Preservation of the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) at HSU

RESOLUTION SUPPORTING THE PRESERVATION OF THE EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY PROGRAM (EOP) AT HUMBOLDT STATE UNIVERSITY

Approved January 26, 2004

Whereas, the Associated Students (AS) is the official voice of the students of Humboldt State University; and,

Whereas, the Mission of the Associated Students of Humboldt State University is to "assist in the protection of the rights and interests of the individual student and the student body" and,

Whereas, EOP serves more than 600 actively enrolled low-income and educationally disadvantaged Humboldt State University students any given semester; and,

Whereas, EOP's advising unit provides more than 4,000 sessions per year for academic, personal, financial aid and career advising; and,

Whereas, EOP at Humboldt State University admits and enrolls more than 225 new low-income, educationally disadvantaged students and awards a total of $239,000 each year in grant awards for financially eligible students, and

Whereas, each year approximately 60 EOP students graduate from Humboldt State University; and,

Whereas, EOP has already undergone budget reductions that caused its Summer Bridge Program to be reduced by 15% of students admitted; and,

Whereas, The California State Student Association (CSSA) has taken a position opposing Governor Schwarzenegger's mid-year reduction to the CSU 2003-2004 budget by an additional $23.8 million dollars"including $12.5 million dollars to eliminate State Outreach funding; therefore, be it

Resolved, that the Associated Students of Humboldt State University officially oppose Governor Schwarzenegger's proposed 2004-2005 budget that eliminates funding for Outreach Programs, including EOP in the California State University; and be it further

Resolved, that the Associated Students of Humboldt State University stand in solidarity with other entities on the HSU campus that support the preservation of the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP); and be it further

Resolved, that the Associated Students of Humboldt State University dedicate resources for a campaign to preserve EOP at Humboldt State University; and be it finally

Resolved, that copies of this Resolution be sent, but not limited to, HSU President Rollin Richmond, HSU Vice-President of Student Affairs, Steven Butler, the HSU Academic Senate, the California Faculty Association, the Academic Senate of the CSU, the California State Student Association, CSU Chancellor Charles Reed, The CSU Board of Trustees, Governor Schwarzenegger, The California State Senate, The California State Assembly, the HSU Alumni Association, and the HSU Educational Opportunity Program

Authored by:
Manolo Platin, HSU Representative
California State Student Association

___________________________________ _______________________________
Dusty Duley, Representative Joshua Allen, Representative
College of Natural Resources & Sciences College of Natural Resources & Science

Original signatures on file at the Associated Students' Office

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Resolution in Support of the campus wide forum on April 9th, as well as the organizing efforts of fa

Resolution in Support of the Campus Wide Forum on April 9th, as well as the organizing efforts of faculty, staff, and students of color on campus.

Adopted 4/5/04

Whereas: The Mission Statement of the Associated Students of Humboldt State
University states that " The Associated Students…[shall] 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 well-being of the University community;" and,

Whereas: The Associated Students of Humboldt State University support and value diversity and uphold a commitment to commend and partake in acts of social justice that educate the community on issues of diversity; and,

Whereas: The students of Humboldt State University recognizes that the recent campus climate surrounding race represents an increase in the institutionalized covert and aversive racism that perpetuates a hostile environment on campus for students, faculty, and staff of color; therefore be it,

Resolved: That on April 9 2004 at 4 pm in the Kate Buchanan Room, a Campus Wide Forum will be held as a day to address the historical pattern of the criminalization, sensationalized media representations, and safety of students of color on campus, and be it further,

Resolved: That the Associated Students strongly urge students, faculty, and staff attend this forum to pontificate the actualization of our commitment to students of color and their safety on Humboldt State University's campus, be it further,

Resolved: That this resolution will be sent to the following but not limited to these persons/organizations; Multicultural Center, Women's Center, MECHA, Accion Zapatista, Black Student Union, Latinos Unidos, Asian Pacific American Student Alliance, American Indian Alliance, Sista to Sista, Gamma Alpha Omega Sorority, Jewish Student Union, Queer Student Union, Disability Resource Center, University Police Department,

Lumber Jack Newspaper, President Rollin Richmond, Dr. Steve Butler Vice President of Student Affairs, Dr. Richard Vrem Vice President of Academic Affairs, Helen Jones Director of Diversity and Compliance Services, Susan Higgins, Dean of the College of Professional Studies, Karen Carlton, Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities, James Howard, Dean of the College of Natural Resources and Sciences and all academic departments, Sue McConnie, Chair, Academic Senate, Richard Vrem, Provost, Val Philips, Dean of Undergraduate Studies and Office of Enrollment Management, Randi Darnell Burke, Director of Educational Opportunity Program, and members of the local media.

Authored by Jordan Camp, James Braggs, Franisco, Samantha Willams-Grey,
Paris Adkins, Kelley Kiesling, Gretchen Kinney Newsom.

original signatures on file at the Associated Students office

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Resolution in Opposition to the Excess/Sanctionable Units Initiative

Resolution in Opposition to the proposed Excess/Sanctionable Units Initiative for Higher Education

Adopted May 3, 2004

Whereas: The Mission Statement of the Associated Students of Humboldt State University states "The Associated Students…[shall] provide an official voice through which students' opinions may be expressed;" and

Whereas: The Governor has vigorously pursued a series of severe cuts and significant fee increases directed at higher education to offset the California budget deficit. Within the Governor's proposed budget is an equally detrimental initiative referred to as Excess Units, also known as Sanctionable Units; and

Whereas: According to the Governor's Budget Summary on Higher Education 2004-2005, "the Governor's Budget proposes an elimination of the General Fund subsidy for UC and CSU students who take courses in excess of 110 percent of the total units required to earn their degree. Since most undergraduate majors at CSU require 120 semester units, students would generally begin paying the additional per-unit charge after completing 132 units;" and

Whereas: According to the Senate Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review*, " This proposal is specifically aimed at providing a financial incentive for students who have already earned enough units for a Bachelor's degree to graduate, rather than staying enrolled and taking additional (presumably unnecessary) courses. If students were to pay the full cost of instruction the price tag would be approximately $7,500 at the CSU. Both the UC and CSU seriously doubt they would be able to reap much (if any) of the $33.7 million of revenue this proposal is expected to raise. {Rather,} students would presumably graduate and/or stop taking classes if the cost were to escalate to $200-300 per unit;" and,

Whereas: The Excess/Sanctionable Units Initiative would deter students from the potential of double majors, minors, and/or study abroad opportunities, which are deemed necessary for competitive career placement post-graduation; and

Whereas: The Initiative's success relies on the student's unchallenged ability to declare a major early in his/her pursuit of a degree within higher education, and precludes him/her from the full ability to alter the declared choice and change majors; and

Whereas: The proposal hinders Humboldt State University and the CSU from upholding their commitment to the support of life long learning; and therefore be it
Resolved: The Associated Students of Humboldt State University is supportive of students identifying and meeting their educational goals rather than facilitating a policy that creates punitive measures against students who pursue learning above and beyond 110% of the minimum number of units necessary to graduate; and be it further

Resolved: The Associated Students of Humboldt State University acknowledges the need to facilitate graduation in a timely manner and recommends a policy that focuses on academic advising resources such as the degree audit report, mentoring, or degree road maps; and be it further

Resolved: The Associated Students of Humboldt State University condemns the Excess/Sanctionable Units Initiative, and regards it as a potential atrocity to learning and academic freedom; and be it further

Resolved: That copies of this resolution shall be sent to, but not limited to Governor Schwarzenegger, Chancellor Reed, the Board of Trustees, President of the UC, Chancellor of the Community Colleges, the Senate Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review, the Senate Committee on Education, the Assembly Committee on Higher Education, the Assembly Committee on Appropriations, Assemblymember Berg, Senator Chesbro, President Richmond, Provost Vrem, the HSU Academic Senate, the Statewide Academic Senate, CSSA, the Associated Students of the CSU, K-12 Superintendent of Public Education, and the Lumberjack Newspaper.

Authored by: Gretchen Kinney Newsom

_________________________________________________ ____________________________________
Christopher Cook, Representative Dusty Duley, Representative
College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences College of Natural Resources & Sciences

_________________________________________________ ____________________________________
Gretchen Kinney Newsom, President Kelley Kiesling, Legislative Vice-President

* Senate Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review, Overview of the 2004-2005 Budget Bill, Higher Education.
URL www.sen.ca.gov/ftp/SEN/COMMITTEE/STANDING/BFR/_home/Over04/Highered.pdf

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Resolution in Support of Medically Recognized Patients Use of Cannabis on Campus

Resolution in Support of Medically Recognized Patients Use of Cannabis on Campus

Adopted May 3, 2004

Whereas: The Mission Statement of The Associated Students of Humboldt State University states that "[shall be] 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 individual student and 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 well-being of the University community;" and,

Whereas: The Associated Students recognizes there are students on campus who are medically recommended by a licensed physician to use cannabis for mitigation of physical aliments; and,

Whereas: The legal use of cannabis has been supported and made legal by the People of California through the passage of Proposition 215 of 1996, through measures by the Office of the District Attorney of Humboldt County, from the legislation of S.B. 420 by the State of California, and through cases within the California & United States Supreme Courts; and,

Whereas: This issue has been brought forth into the public realm of HSU by the Lumberjack, in which, University Police Chief Bob Foster was quoted as saying, "Marijuana is not legal.

If a person has it on campus they may be disciplined or arrested following federal law…It's important to know that local ordinances and state medicinal marijuana laws do not apply on school property, including [state] colleges and universities. On campus you will be arrested for either possession…"(1); and,

Whereas: David Bearman, a medical doctor, who was formerly Director of Student Health Services at San Diego State University, as well as an instructor in courses that deal with physiology at the University of California Santa Barbara, San Diego State University, & University of California San Francisco, was a Guest Columnist for the Lumberjack, and was quoted as saying, "The practice of medicine is not regulated by the federal government…[Bob Foster's] contention that marijuana is not legal in the State of California is wrong…Ronald M. George, Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court said,…'Under the state law, the possession & cultivation of marijuana is no more criminal-so long as its conditions are satisfied-then the possession of any prescription drug with a physicians prescription'…"(2); and,

Whereas: Students who hold valid 215 cards or have documentation that they are medicinally recognized by a licensed physician to posses and use cannabis legally should not live in fear of retribution by the University Police Department (UPD); and,

Whereas: Under current UPD & HSU policies, any student who is apprehended by UPD for the legal use of their medication, is subject to but not limited to citation, arrest, prosecution, and loss of financial aid; and,

Whereas: Such actions are detrimental to a student's educational goals, personal well-being, and legal rights; and

Whereas: The Associated Students does not condone the public use, production, or distribution of cannabis on school property by any student, nor do they wish to infringe upon the rights of students to have a smoke and drug-free campus; and be it,

Resolved: That the Associated Students calls upon the University Police Department and HSU President Rollin Richmond to be lenient with their drug policy towards students who are exercising their right to medicate in private or with another medicinally recognized student for safety & security reasons, in their dormitory, the forest behind campus, or within their vehicle; and be it,

Resolved: That Associated Students also asks that the HSU Policy that was established in 2001, be changed to reflect this appeal to the administration on the behalf of students to prevent the infringement of a medical users rights, and prevent the possible lawsuit that may follow from such infringements; and be it,

Resolved: That Associated Students recommends to University Housing to look into providing a private, locked room for those students who are medicinally recommended by a physician to use cannabis and live within the dorms; to lessen the impacts of other students rights to live in a smoke and drug-free environment; and be it,

Resolved: That copies of this resolution will be sent to University Police Chief Bob Foster, University Housing Director John Capaccio, HSU President Rollin Richmond, HSU Student Affairs Vice-President Steve Butler, the HSU Residence Hall Association, the Arcata City Council, the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors, District Attorney Paul Gallegos, the Humboldt County Medical Cannabis Task Force, and the local media.

Authored by Joshua Allen, AS Representative
College of Natural Resources & Sciences
Medicinally Recognized Cannabis Patient

_____________________________________ _______________________________________
Dusty Duley, Representative Robert Reed, Representative
College of Natural Resources & Sciences College of Professional Studies

_____________________________________ _______________________________________
Gretchen Kinney Newsom, President Kelley Kiesling, Legislative Vice-President

(1) (Lumberjack Vol. 84 No. 21, Wed. 3/10/2004, pg. 3 & 6)
(2) (Lumberjack Vol. 84 No. 25. Wed. 4/14/2004, pg.18)

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Resolution in Support of Assembly Bill 2710 (Diaz/Liu)

Resolution in Support of Assembly Bill 2710 (Diaz/Liu) Student Fees

Adopted May 4, 2004

WHEREAS: the Associated Students is the official voice of the students of Humboldt State University; and,

WHEREAS: the Mission of the Associated Students of HSU is to äó¢íó_äó¢íó_äó¢íó_assist in the protection of the rights and interests of the individual student and the student bodyäó¢íó_í_Œ; and,

WHEREAS: The State of California has long recognized the value of providing its citizens broad access to higher education by keeping fees at its public institutions of higher education as low as possible; and

WHEREAS: In 2002-2003 UC and CSU students experienced a 10 percent fee increase, and in 2003-2004 their fees were raised an additional 30 percent. Now the Governoräó¢íó_í_Œés budget proposes a 10 percent increase in undergraduate fees, and a 40 percent increase in graduate fees for the 2004-2005 academic year; and

WHEREAS: California Community College Students also suffered a 64 percent fee increase last year, and are facing yet another 44 percent boost this year; and

WHEREAS: Students attending these institutions have been forced to experience the pain of Californiaäó¢íó_í_Œés budget crisis. Fee increases should not be the way to solve the Stateäó¢íó_í_Œés deficit. Instead, it is in the stateäó¢íó_í_Œés best interest to maintain open access for students who seek to achieve their personal goals; and

WHEREAS: There is an urgent need for a sensible student fee policy. Governing boards within the legislature and the administration must be held responsible for disallowing many students of lower and middle economic backgrounds from not attaining their educational goals; and

WHEREAS: Assembly Bill 2710 would ensure that any increase in student fees would result in a proportional improvement in academic quality and services; and

WHEREAS: The Bill moreover states that the price of mandatory public secondary resident student fees would be set and adjusted by not more than 8% in any academic year and based only on what the average middle class family in California is able to pay without grants and loans; and

WHEREAS: This Bill asks the Legislature and the Administration to recognize all costs incurred by the system in providing public postsecondary education and fund a percentage of the real cost accordingly; and

WHEREAS: Lastly, this Bill would establish that any increase in fees would be accompanied with an increase in state and institutional aid; and therefore be it

RESOLVED: That the Associated Students of Humboldt State University commend Assemblymember Diaz for his student-centered approach to addressing the needs of many students attending a UC, CSU or a community college; and be it further

RESOLVED: that the Associated Students of Humboldt State University support Assembly Bill 2710 , authored by Assemblymember Diaz; and be it further

RESOLVED: That copies of this Resolution be sent, but not limited to: Assemblymember Patty Berg, Senator Wesley Chesbro, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, California State Assemblypersons Diaz, Liu (Bill authors), the California State Student Associationäó¢íó_í_Œés Office of Governmental Relations, President Rollin C. Richmond, the Lumberjack Newspaper, local media, the HSU Academic Senate and the Academic Senate, CSU

Authored by:
Manolo P. Platin, HSU Representative
California State Student Association

____________________________________ ___________________________________
Robert Read, Representative Joshua Allen, Representative
College of Professional Studies College of Natural Resources & Sciences

___________________________________ ____________________________________
Gretchen Kinney Newsom, President Kelley Kiesling, Legislative Vice President

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Resolution Supporting the Preservation of the Campus Recycling Program

Resolution Supporting the Preservation of the Humboldt State University Plant Operations Physical Recycling Collection Program

Adopted May 3, 2004

Whereas: The Mission Statement of the Associated Students of Humboldt State University states that they "[shall be] an official voice through which students' opinions may be expressed; foster awareness of these opinions both on and off campus; 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 well-being of the University community;" and,

Whereas: Humboldt State and the Associated Students has had a long history of advocating environmental and sustainable responsibility; and

Whereas: The HSU Strategic Plan states that its vision for the future is to "provide a socially and environmentally responsible education"; and,

Whereas: HSU has repeatedly stated its commitment to a sustainable campus and the reduction, reuse, and recycling of natural resource-based products; and

Whereas: HSU is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges as being "environmentally and socially responsible"; and,

Whereas: The Associated Students realizes that to maintain our environmental responsibilities, we need to continue to minimize the environmental impact of our use of natural resources; and,

Whereas: The Campus Recycling Program (CRP), was established in 1974, it began the collection of aluminum cans in 1987, and became a successful Associated Students funded program in 1989; and,

Whereas: The responsibility for collecting recyclables for the program was handed over to University Plant Operations in 2001 so that the AS program could focus upon composting and education, and will be eliminated on campus beginning July 1st, 2004 due to budget cuts; and,

Whereas: The environmental impacts of the closure Plant Operations Physical Recycling Collections
Program would be detrimental to the Earth, conflicts with HSU's position as an environmental leader, and negatively impacts the distinction of HSU graduates from other universities; and,

Whereas: State Assembly Bill 75 of 1999 requires that each State agency or large State facility
(State universities, community colleges, prisons, etcäó¢íó_äó¢íó__) to develop an integrated waste management plan by July 1, 2000; to divert at least 25 percent of its solid waste from landfills or transformation facilities by January 1, 2002; and to divert 50 percent by January 1, 2004; and,

Whereas: In 1998, HSU became one of the first institutions in the country to achieve a 50% waste diversion rate due to the efforts of the Campus Recycling Program and the Plant Operations Physical Recycling Collections Program, six years before the mandate 50% reduction; and,

Whereas: The elimination of the Plant Operations Recycling Collections Program would put HSU in noncompliance of AB 75, which is a mandated State law; which would require HSU, "a State agency if unable to comply with the requirements, shall notify the State Integrated Waste Management Board in writing, detailing the reasons for its inability to comply and shall request an alternative pursuant to äó¢íó_äó¢íó_ 42922 or an extension pursuant to äó¢íó_äó¢íó_ 42923 of AB 75"; and,

Whereas: The City of Arcata must also meet a 50% waste reduction goal under AB 939, of which HSU is a factor in the municipality's overall percentage; Arcata could be penalized a fine of up to $10,000 a day for the University's noncompliance; and,

Whereas: Such an action could potentially be detrimental to the relationship between HSU and the City of Arcata; therefore be it,

Resolved: That the Associated Students recognize recycling as a fundamental responsibility of HSU
Administration and demand that HSU Administration continue funding Plant Operations
Physical Recycling Collections at its current level and follow the letter of the law; and be it further,

Resolved: That copies of this resolution will be sent to, but not limited to, CSU Chancellor Charles Reed, HSU President Rollin Richmond, the Campus Recycling Program, Plant Operations, HSU Director of Physical Services, State Senator Wes Chesbro, State Assemblywoman Patty Berg, the State Integrated Waste Management Board, the City of Arcata, and the Lumberjack.

Authored by Joshua Allen & Dusty Duley
Associated Students College of Natural Resources & Sciences Representatives

_____________________________________________ _______________________________________
Christopher Cook, Representative Randy Mishler, Representative
College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

_____________________________________________ _______________________________________
Gretchen Kinney Newsom, President Kelley Kiesling, Legislative Vice-President

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RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF BALLOT MEASURE Q

RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF BALLOT MEASURE Q
THE COLLEGE OF THE REDWOODS SCHOOL BOND

Approved 9/27/04

WHEREAS, Humboldt State University and the College of the Redwoods
share the responsibilities for higher education in Humboldt
County, and

WHEREAS, The two institutions depend on one another, sharing a great
number of students, faculty and resources, and

WHEREAS, College of the Redwoods is committed to offering a high-quality
core curriculum that will satisfy the lower-division general
education requirements for transfer to four-year colleges and
universities, and

WHEREAS, College of the Redwoods is also committed to offer rigorous,
high-quality educational programs leading to the Associate in
Arts or Associate in Science Degree, Certificates of Achievement,
or Certificates of Completion, and

WHEREAS, College of the Redwoods is further committed to provide high-
quality professional and technical programs that will allow
students to obtain skills necessary to enter or advance in the
workforce or to be better prepared for further education, and

WHEREAS, These programs will be continuously articulated with the private
and public sectors and with other institutions of higher education,
and

WHEREAS, College of the Redwoods is in need of funding for the
renovation of lab and classroom facilities to strengthen its
academic and vocational training programs, and

WHEREAS, Eleven specific projects have been identified in Measure Q and
include adding classrooms and tech labs, renovating unsafe and
deteriorating buildings, and repairing, constructing, furnishing and
equipping facilities, and

WHEREAS, Measure Q will authorize the Redwoods Community
College District to issue and sell bonds up to the maximum
of $40,320,000 to accomplish these projects; therefore be it

RESOLVED, The Associated Students of Humboldt State University fully
support Measure Q, College of The Redwoods School Bond;
therefore be it further

RESOLVED, That copies of this Resolution be sent, but not limited to:
HSU President Rollin Richmond, College of the Redwoods
President, Casey Crabill, the HSU Academic Senate, The
California State Student Association, the Lumberjack
Newspaper, and local media.

Authored by Cole Newton and Michelle Woo
HSU Associated Students
College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Representatives

_______________________________ ________________________________
Cole Newton, Representative Michelle Woo, Representative
College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

______________________________________ _______________________________________
Kyle Zeck Samantha Williams-Gray
Legislative Vice President President

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COLLABORATION BETWEEN THE ASSOCIATED STUDENTS AND HSU FACULTY ON CAMPUS VOTER REGISTRATION DRIVE

RESOLUTION ON COLLABORATION BETWEEN THE ASSOCIATED STUDENTS AND HSU FACULTY ON CAMPUS VOTER REGISTRATION DRIVE

Approved 9/27/04

WHEREAS, The Associated Students is the official recognized voice of the
students at Humboldt State University; and

WHEREAS, The 1998 Higher Education Act requires that institutions of
higher education "make a good faith effort to distribute a mail
voter registration form, requested, and received from the State, to
each student enrolled in a degree or certificate program and
physically in attendance at the institution, and to make such forms
widely available to student at the institution;" and

WHEREAS, President Richmond has signed on to support all efforts to
increase student turnout at the polls; and

WHEREAS, The Associated Students is committed to working on the
institutionalization of voter registration within the University
in order to allow Associated Students to better focus on
educating student voters, in a non-partisan manner, and
turning them out to vote with a more educated understanding
of the issues; and

WHEREAS, The mission of the California State University (CSU) is "To
prepare significant numbers of educated, responsible people to
contribute to California' schools, economy, culture, and future; to
prepare students for an international, multi-cultural society; and to
provide public services that enrich the university and its
communities;" and

WHEREAS, Less than half of eligible citizens between the ages of 18-24 voted
in the 2000 Presidential Election, compared with 70% of older
citizens; and

WHEREAS, An engaged citizenry is essential to the success of the democratic
process in the City of Arcata, the County of Humboldt, the State of
California, and The United States; and

WHEREAS, The Associated Students recognizes the impact and influence that
HSU Faculty members have on their students and that
collaboration between students, faculty, staff and administration,
is essential to a significantly important to a successful voter
registration drive; therefore be it

RESOLVED, that the Academic Senate of Humboldt State University, in
conjunction with the Associated Students, and President
Rollin Richmond, ask all faculty members to promote
civic engagement by annually allotting ten minutes of
classroom time during the first week of class to promote non-
partisan voter registration for all students; therefore be it further

RESOLVED, That copies of this Resolution be sent, but not limited to:
HSU President Rollin Richmond, the HSU Academic Senate,
The California State Student Association, the California
Faculty Association, the Lumberjack Newspaper, and the local
media.

Authored by:

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Manuel Fonseca, Representative
California State Student Association

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Michelle Woo, Representative Kyle Brossard, Representative
College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences College of Natural Resources & Sciences

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Kyle Zeck Samantha Williams-Gray
Legislative Vice President President

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