Goal: Set up a time frame for discussion and how to deliberate and vote on it
Thought that with adding an ASL translator they would develop a minor ASL curriculum or something when in reality it is just assisting students—why should the whole student body fund something for just a few students?
Technology proposal - thinks this is a high cost
Career Services adding student assistance and staff – seems like a lot of people to add to the staff of career services.
Looking forward to a good debate about these topics.
Technology seems to be a bit much with one and a half more workers –the half person seems to be wasting money because of training (internships?)
How much has tuition increased each year?
Surprised at how much they were asking overall in differential tuition.
ASL translator is very needed and stresses the importance of having one at UWS
Problem with technology fees, there are 2 ways technology is funded here. Is there prioritized spending being done currently for expenses? Shouldn’t students be able to use online payment methods on the website without a 3% transaction fee if students are already paying $75/semester for technology services?
Very important tuition increase – we have a choice to make.
Clarification of goal – Timeframe to discuss this issue
Will it be discussed in sections? Approved in sections?
Process: SUFAC will review and submit proposals to SGA at the next meeting
Then Senate needs to make a decision whether the proposal needs to be voted on by a student referendum or if the Senate could vote on it and it would be final. (Consult with students)
The same people who would come out and vote in a referendum would be the ones who would contact Senators or the President so a Senate vote should work.
If SUFAC is going to look at it specifically including details, (what are the departments budgeting for?) he wants to see something more exact than the rounded figures provided currently.
Are they planning on having the library open longer? More workers?–President Fletcher thinks the hours will be maintained, perhaps with exploration of longer hours once it is renovated.
Take in mind this will be a good feedback system, but he has been told on different occasions that the Senators are elected but students feel they didn’t get to say how they specifically felt on the issue. Feels that a referendum is a lot of work but students should get their own voice heard on such a big decision.
In favor or student referendum
How long would we have to do a referendum? President Fletcher – until the end of April sometime.
Could the SUFAC meeting be catered to a time when Senators and students could be present so everyone could voice their opinions on the budget for this?—good idea
This decision needs to be considered carefully.
SUFAC would meet 4/7 at 7:30p.m.
SUFAC will present recommendations to SGA 4/14
Senate Vote would be held 4/28
Vote for Senate on 28th idea—vote gets pushed up to the 21st then the remaining week could be used for SGA to inform student body about referendum, give exact information.
Has a referendum been done recently? President Fletcher -- United Council referendum was the last one. Voter turnout? Referendum for the RSC 700ish others, about 500, like usual election turn-outs
Is this body going to try to present a unified front? Do they have to vote before the referendum? Stefan—yes to the vote before hand, impossible to be completely unified.
It is important to send the message through a referendum.
If poll was now which approach should be used? By a show of hands:
Senate making decision-3
These changes affect us also, we can make a good judgment of student opinions
We are a representative body, if we can talk to students at the SUFAC meeting (promote it!) a vote would speed up the process. If uproar happens in the meeting then have a referendum if everyone seems to be ok with the proposal, take a Senate vote. To have a referendum and present all this information the final line (the total amount) will turn uninformed students away from it. Confirmed by Senator Koltes.
What type of information would we give and how informed would students be if there were to be a referendum? What type of materials should be presented to students so that they could make an informed decision? Wants to make sure students would not place uninformed votes.
Volunteers himself for a classroom approach, go to the classes and talk about this. Not fair to put a lot of stress on one meeting.
Request to end discussion until after the SUFAC meeting.
Promote SUFAC meeting APRIL 7th 7:30
Bradshaw and Lozon write up an article for the student paper tonight.
Concerned with throwing too many events at students in a 3 day period. Promote to students carefully so as not to muddle all the promo together.
2. PR03089-01 Wilkerling/Campa
Spoke with his advisor and chair of Ed. Admin. Program. Graduate studies doesn’t even have degree progress reports. If a student comes to the grad program, leaves and comes back, they have to go through a ton of paperwork instead of just being able to bring up what classes they had. No organization within the program. We are lacking basic fundamental issues that the graduate students deserve on this campus. Graduate advisory committee came in and made recommendations but there was no action taken on any of the recommendations given.
Is there a possible element of interoffice politics? President Fletcher- issues do exist and do need to be addressed; the primary focus is to support the students in the department.
10-0-0 Approval of Resolution
3. PR0308-02 Ferpa Waiver Resolution Campa/Wilkerling
Concerns/proposed changes are listed as comments on the paper copy presented at tonight’s meeting.
Why would 1 year change to 90 days? President Fletcher- 90 days would be more limiting in the length of time information is released if a year is not needed; protects them more.
How vague would [S5] be? (the student understanding FERPA) President Fletcher – Would be a brief explanation of what FERPA rights a student has.
Can this document be voided? Hajewski – it can be voided
Can this be added in the form? Student has the right to retract, revoke, etc. this document.
10-0-0 unanimous approval of Resolution IE0308-02
4. IE0308-02 Constitutional Amendment Hanson/Peot
Changes the wording of Department to English, and World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures.
10-0-0 unanimous approval of Resolution
5. Report from Vicki Hajewski
Campus telephone service will be undergoing a significant upgrade—all campus phones will be down from 8:30 Saturday morning until? –should be back up and running sometime on Sunday. This affects all campus phones, even campus security offices. Contact 911 directly in an emergency situation. Phones are seriously outdated so this is a needed service.
Are payphones on the same system? –Vicki will check…
Why now? Vicki - Cannot be postponed (was said in Vicki’s previous meeting)